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Loop Head, Ireland
From the time you arrive in Ireland you’ll be rewarded for every step you take rambling. Explore the towns like Dublin, Galway, and Cork, where you never know what surprise—whether historic, fanciful, or refreshing—will lie...
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Ireland has a super network of canals, lakes and rivers and there's nothing better than hopping on to a boat or barge and trundling slowly along the canal, perhaps tying up on the bank of a tiny village for supper and music at the local pub before...
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Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
When the sun set, the colors reflecting into the harbor entranced you in tranquility.
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2 Church St, Knockaunroe, Corofin, Co. Clare, V95 T9V6, Ireland
South of Galway in neighboring County Clare is one of Ireland’s, if not Western Europe’s, unique landscapes: the extraordinary, lunarlike limestone scenery of the Burren. (Its name derives from the Gaelic word boíreann, which...
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Fisher St, Ballyvara, Doolin, Co. Clare, V95 FY67, Ireland
We had intended to return to Galway for the night after a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher in December 2009, but were so drawn to the remote coastal beauty of the area that we spent the full day exploring. As dusk approached we began to look for a...
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Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
Fancy yourself a brave one, do ye? Aye, aye, then the Cliffs of Moher are right up your alley. Ireland's most popular tourist destination does not disappoint, though visiting during the middle of the day means you're going to have to share the...
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Co. Clare, Ireland
The Celts were a strange lot. Like the Egyptians, they believed that death was a transition to something else, so created elaborate tombs to house their kings and queens. Their 'dolmens', or passage tombs, can be found all over Ireland, but there...
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Lissoughter, Recess, Co. Galway, Ireland
With a small pack and a poncho (it will rain), Ireland is literally your oyster. That is, on many hikes you can pause to enjoy fresh ones before returning to the trail. Long-distance paths criss-cross the counties and are well-marked. In addition,...
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Great Skellig, Skellig Rock Great, Ireland
Christian monks chose the Skelligs, two rocky islets lying seven miles off the coast of County Kerry, as a place to live in peaceful isolation in the 6th century, where they built cylindrical stone beehive huts. Lucasfilm chose...
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Co. Kerry, Ireland
You'll have never seen a place more green. Hundreds of shades of it, with waterfalls and babbling brooks. Gleninchaquin is something out of a dream—yet it's the beautiful reality in Southwest Ireland. This family-owned park, overseen by Donal and...
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Seafield, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland
Bantry House is a beautiful, historic estate located on the southwest coast of Ireland. You can stay in the B&B, which includes access to the public areas of the house and lovely gardens. It sits right along the bay, with great views of the water...
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Nicholas St, Limerick, Ireland
Limerick doesn't draw nearly as many visitors as some of its neighbors — not with trendy destinations like Cork and County Clare nearby. Perhaps it has something to do with the nickname; Stab City doesn't roll off the tongue and, well, it would...
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Ross Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The ancestral home of the O'Donoghue Clan, beautiful Ross Castle is nestled in the heart of Killarney National Park, on the shores of Lough Leane. The castle is impressive, the surrounding countryside serene, and the lake rife with ghosts and...
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Gap of Dunloe, Dunloe Upper, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
We had to convince our son to take a horsedrawn carriage ride to the Gap of Dunloe, outside of Killarney, and we're very glad he relented. The driver of our "jaunting car" was a cheerful older man whose father and grandfather had also driven the...
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Muckross, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The coast of County Kerry gets a lot of attention, but don’t miss the Killarney Lakes, which are part of Killarney National Park. Start at the National Park Visitor Centre at Muckross House to learn about all the wildlife in the park’s...
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Roundstone, Co. Galway, Ireland
Surrounded on three sides by water and with a profile that looks like an ink spot, County Galway's Connemara Peninsula is small (you can drive around it in under a day), but offers every sort of outdoor adventure. Near the main town of Clifden...
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Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Before reaching this incredible castle, you will be astounded by the beautiful pastures and lakes along the roadside. Lambs occasionally trot across allowing a great opportunity for photos. Upon reaching Kylemore, you will enter through a quaint...
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Loughrask, Rent an Irish Cottage, Co. Clare, Ireland
Last summer I had a free day in Galway, Ireland, and wanted to see what I could of the beautiful countryside. I thought about taking a bus west to the famous Cliffs of Moher, but I decided that spending most of the day on a bus wouldn't be much...
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After my rehearsal dinner at the Zetland House in Cashel Bay, we boarded our bus to take the short trip to Roundstone to go pub hopping. We settled into O'Dowd's where many of my American guests enjoyed an evening in their first true Irish Pub....
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Muckross, The Demesne, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Ruins of a 550 year old Abbey on Muckross Estate in the Kilarney National Park, Ireland.
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Ballynaraha South, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Many people pass up visiting the Dingle Peninsula in favor for the famous "Ring of Kerry" drive in Ireland. However, this beautiful place packs a big punch. The town itself has plenty to do including a beautiful harbor and an aquarium, not to...
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Gurteen North, Annascaul, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Traipsing through the Dingle Peninsula gives you plenty of moments to reflect on life as it used to be and the many people that have gone before us. On a self guided hiking trip arranged through Southwest Walks Ireland, we had left our lodging in...
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Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland
This castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort, around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion...
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Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The town of Dingle is by far the most colorful, lively corner in Dingle. The streets are lined with every type of restaurant, bar and shop. Irish music flows through the streets nightly and the people are very welcoming. It is easy to navigate the...
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Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland
The bleak, windswept landscape of Connemara in the West of Ireland is characterized by bogs, lakes, mountains, and miles of stone walls. Connemara National Park is one of the best places to appreciate this unique landscape, with more than 7,000...
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Spanish Arch, Long Walk, Galway, H91 E9XA, Ireland
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Ard Bia at Nimmos (Gaelic for “high food”) is a lovely space in a stone building near the Spanish Arch in Galway, and one of the city’s most popular restaurants, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Inspired...
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Gortamullen, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, V93 VY57, Ireland
Rockcrest house is set on a quiet lane overlooking pasture land and just a few minutes walk from main streets of Kenmare. It's the perfect location to visit Killarney, Killarney National Park, the Ring of Kerry, and Dingle. Large rooms and modern...
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38 Father Griffin Rd, Galway, Ireland
Galway is a must on any tour of Ireland and The Stop is the perfect place to rest your design loving heart. The rooms are simple and the house is filled with artwork and quirky touches. Breakfast is a highlight with a focus on locally sourced...
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Quay St, Galway, Ireland
We stayed at the Park House hotel here for 4 nights as Galway is conveniently located to take the tour up to Connemara and down to Cliffs of Moher. Overall we really enjoyed Galway itself. Great little town with amazing food off of Quay street...
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Main St, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland
I did not have high expectations for Ireland food-wise - I pictured potatoes and boring bar food. I'm so glad to say that I was proven wrong...especially while in Kenmare. This meal is in my top 5 of all time so far (yes it was that good). Our...
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Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland
With its lanes of thatched-roof, old-Irish bungalows fronted by flowering gardens, lovely little Adare is beloved by a certain subset of Irish grannies as the prettiest village in Ireland. It’s easy to see why: An hour south of Shannon...