Listen carefully, and you can hear it: a tin whistle over the roar of the sea at the base of soaring cliffs. A gentle lilt of a Dubliner following the soft whoosh of a handloom. The clopping of horses’ hooves in the morning and the eclectic sounds of a Killarney pub as the sun goes down. These are the sounds of Ireland, a country with a rich history and a soul that reaches down into the depths of Ireland’s culture. After one day on the Emerald Isle, and you’ll wonder why anyone would ever leave....
Dublin – Touching Down in Dear Old Dublin
You land this morning in incredible Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland and a city with a richer literary tradition than just about anywhere on earth. Stop by your elegant hotel to freshen up, and then hit the streets of this hidden gem. Dublin is one of the great and unique cities in Western Europe; where the streets are a pleasure to walk, the museums are illuminating and inspiring, and no two pubs are ever quite the same.
Stroll O’Connell Street, the largest street in the city and the most steeped in the spirit of Dublin, where statues of great Irish patriots like Wolfe Tone and Jim Larking greet you on the north side of the River Liffey: to the south, the street gives way to Trinity College, the center of learning in Ireland and the alma mater of some of the greatest Irish literary minds in history, from Oscar Wilde to Samuel Beckett. Visit the library here to feast your eyes on the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript that is considered a national treasure. You’ll also want to walk past the fashionable shops and the famous Brown Thomas department store in Grafton Street, the center for high culture and fashion in Dublin.
Continue your journey to the elegant parks and Georgian townhouses that make up the most fashionable areas of south Dublin. Visit Merrion Square, where you can see the townhouse where Oscar Wilde was raised and a whimsical statue commemorating the author in nearby Merrion Green. Turn up river to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the center of the church of Ireland and one of the finest examples of church architecture in the city, and the imposing ramparts of Dublin Castle, once the seat of British rules in Ireland and now the site of a number of fascinating museums, including Dublinia and the Chester Beatty Library.
Claremorris – West into the Heart of Ireland
Galway – Discovering Ireland’s Scenic Coast
Galway – The Poetic Beauty of the Aran Islands
Bunratty – Turning South Past Soaring Cliffs
Killarney – Fun on the Banks of the Shannon
Killarney – An Unforgettable View of the Emerald Isle
Waterford – The Gift of Gab and Gorgeous Crystal
Dublin – Hand Weaving and Hallowed Ground