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According to the Irish saying, ‘The West is best’ and after this tour, you’re sure to agree. The counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary contain some of the last bastions of ‘old-Ireland’ as well as some of the island’s top attractions.
Access to the southwest is easy, with Cork’s international airport bringing you direct to your starting point or come in via Shannon. Coming by sea from Great Britain, the ferry port of Rosslare in Wexford is around two hours and 40 minutes journey time to your start point in Cobh, County Cork. Best of Scotland Holidays can offer you very competitive ferry prices with Stena Line.
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Cobh, County Cork
Cobh is a very large and very poignant footprint in the Titanic story. As the final port of call for the ‘Ship of Dreams’ Cobh retains not only the White Star Line pier, but also the very waiting room where passengers pass the time before boarding the Titanic’s tender ship. While here, check out the town’s fascinating Titanic history and be sure to check in with Michael Martin and his stunning ‘Titanic Trail’, an insightful and often moving tour of Cobh and its long seafaring history. Close to Cobh, too, is the Jameson Distillery at Midleton where the whiskey story plays itself out in high relief and Blarney Castle , home to the stone that has empowered millions with the ‘gift of the gab’.
Welcome to Cork city, unofficial food capital of Ireland and bursting with character and charm. It’s a small city, so you’ll be able to cover it all on foot. The English Market on Grand Parade is always buzzing so pop in for a tasty lunch or ramble around the various stalls and shops. Pay a visit to the Crawford Art Gallery. It’s free in and many famous artists from Ireland and abroad hang inside. Cork city is also the perfect place to spend the night, we have a wide selection of hotels offering deals for both individuals and groups.
Gougane Barra, County Cork
On the Cork-Kerry border is a secret spot famous all over Ireland for its beauty: Gougane Barra. Huge heather-covered hills sweep up from the lake framing the miniature St Finabar’s Oratory, possibly the most romantic chapel in Ireland. Right beside the water, a family-run hotel serves up a delicious meals. The surrounding area is covered in lush forestlands and there are a variety of marked walking trails throughout.
Killarney, County Kerry
With its central location Killarney is the perfect base to explore the stunning Ring of Kerry. A jaunting car trip (horse-drawn carriage) takes you around the famous lakes and Muckross House and Gardens , while your ‘jarvey’ (carriage driver) tells you about the local history. And of course you have to take a boat trip on those gorgeous lakes to take in a spot of fishing or just enjoy the surroundings. Killarney town is always buzzing with traditional pubs and fine restaurants. It’s the perfect place for an overnight, too.
Dingle, County Kerry
As well as being a picturesque town, Dingle is also home to a famous dolphin, Fungi. This friendly dolphin has lived in the waters of Dingle Bay for over 30 years. There are a variety of boat tour providers, such as Dingle Dolphin Boat Tours , which take groups out into the waters of Dingle Bay to visit Fungi and you’ll see him jump and splash around the waves. Dingle is also a great place to spend the night with lots of entertainment and great hotels.
Tralee & The National Folk Theatre
Next stop Tralee. You might have heard of the world-famous Rose of Tralee competition that takes place here every year. The picture perfect streets of Tralee are packed with authentic Irish pubs that play nightly trad music sessions. We highly recommend a visit to Siamsa Tíre , home of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. If you’re looking for an insight into genuine Irish culture, you’ve found it. Overnight in Tralee.
A visit to Adare in west Limerick
A visit to “Ireland’s prettiest village” Adare will be a highlight of any tour. This picture-perfect village contains a treasure trove of handcrafts, history trails, tasty restaurants and exhibitions. Make Adare Tourist Office your base of operations for the day. They’ll be delighted to advise you on the many tours and day trips available around Adare, such as a guided tour of Desmond Castle or a trip to Adare Woollens for some authentic Irish knitwear.
Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Limerick
Time for something different. The Foynes Flying Boat Museum documents the romantic era when the famous Pan Am Clipper planes used the small Irish town of Foynes as their gateway to the rest of Europe. The fascinating story is told through a range of exhibits and gorgeous illustrations featured throughout the original terminal building and in the authentic 1940s cinema. See the Radio and Weather Rooms, with their transmitters and Morse code equipment. There’s also a full-sized replica of the famous B314 flying boat. And if you wanted to know where the Irish Coffee originated, this is the place.
Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare
Built in 1425, Bunratty is one of Ireland’s most impressive medieval castles. Today the structure sits in the middle of a folk park. Inside, you’ll find one of the most extensive collections of medieval furnishings anywhere in the world. Perfect for strolling around and imagining life in another era. The star of the show at Bunratty is the medieval banquet. A four-course feast is served, while entertainers in medieval costumes add colour and ceremony to the best banquet around. Overnight in Bunratty.
Mallow Castle, County Cork
Known as ‘The crossroads of Cork’ Mallow is a bustling jewel in Cork’s crown. Standing in a lush 33 acres of gardens and parkland, Mallow Castle’s crumbling magnificence is a genuine slice of medieval Ireland. Built in 1185AD, the castle has seen many a battle and siege played out around its walls. Mallow Castle is the perfect afternoon escape for those interested in Ireland’s history. If you have the time, make sure to pop into Mallow town for a tasty lunch.
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