The is a country of character, with its traditions and history etched into the very stones and rolling hills which established Ireland’s picturesque reputation. Travelling to each of the four old Gaelic kingdoms gives you a sense of Irish culture while highlighting the unique aspects of each region that sets them apart from their counterparts. The Irish people balance their close community ties with a welcoming warmth that’ll draw you in and charm you to no end.
The . has undergone a transformative boost over recent years, becoming a brilliant example of contemporary Irish culture on the banks of the River Lagan. The cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter and the Queen’s quarter both have thriving artistic communities, acting as the major cultural hubs for the city with gorgeous botanical gardens and live music venues. Belfast’s port is also the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, where it’s legacy can still be felt in key locations such as the Titanic Slipways. There are some real jewels to uncover within the city centre and along the waterfront, so give yourself plenty of time to explore the city at length.
Charismatic to a fault, Dublin’s true beauty comes from the soul of its inhabitants and their enthusiastic approach to life. The city wears its history on its sleeve, displayed clearly within its mix of architecture from several centuries, and diving into the deeper lore of the city will take you on a lengthy journey. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle are highlights of the city’s architecture which exemplify Dublin’s unique charm, showcasing how city is greater than the sum of its parts and shouldn’t be missed while you’re in town. If you want to pick up the pace of your day then head to Temple Bar and the surrounding area to soak up the authentic Irish pub atmosphere.
Gazing out over an array of iconic Irish landmarks from the precipice of sun kissed cliffs with the sound of waves lapping at the shore is a wonderfully peaceful and romantic experience. is the Cliffs of Moher offer the treasured sort of view you’d expect from a fairy-tale, but the they are most definitely grounded in reality. From here, you can spy the Aran Islands over in Galway Bay as well as some of the mountain ranges to the north of Galway.
Belfast’s maritime heritage is encapsulated by the city’s Titanic quarter, where you can find the former Harland & Wolff shipyard where the colossal RMS Titanic was constructed for its voyage across the North Atlantic. The Titanic Belfast offers the experience to learn more around the tragic sinking with interactive exhibits and full-scale reconstructions.
Many stories have been woven around - some say the causeway was built between Ireland and Scotland so that two giants could battle, while others state that they were the stepping stones of supernatural beings. The whispers of lore add to the spellbinding mystery of these coastal columns, rising out of the ocean to meet the waves head on.
This well-trodden route around County Kerry has proven popular for decades, taking travellers on a tour of Ireland’s more picturesque locations which are perfect for capturing the natural beauty of the Iveragh Peninsula. From the Killarney lakes to the beach at Derrynane, following the landmarks around the Ring of Kerry will reveal some true Irish magic.
Ireland is powered by a hearty cuisine of meat stews and a variety of different breads – from soda, to potato, to barmbrack. Dublin is also the home of Guinness – the world’s most recognisable stout – crafted in the St. James’ Gate Brewery where you can take a tour to learn more about the history surrounding it. Another one of Ireland’s prized exports is authentic Irish whiskey, its name taken from an old Gaelic phrase meaning ‘water of life’, with the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery residing in Bushmills.
Christine,Jon, James Ceney
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