For a relatively small country, Ireland offers a wealth of natural wonders and cultural delights.
The South East offers abundant beauty along with more castles, churches and old monasteries, a beautiful coastline, charming seaside villages, and the friendly welcome that you will find all over Ireland – but with far fewer tourists. You’ll find:
- Destination restaurants in towns such as Ardmore, Dungarvan, and Tramore.
- Art and architecture with The Visual Centre for Contemporary Art on the grounds of St. Patrick’s College in Carlow and a remarkable collection of well-preserved churches, castles, and monastic sites in Kilkenny.
- Wicklow Mountains, a spectacularly stunning landscape with 50,000 acres of mountains, lakes, rich valleys, glens, and wild rivers.
Sumptuous spas, palm trees, hospitality that is unrivaled, world class golf and surfing, exquisite cuisine and stunning beaches? Obviously, we are talking about South West Ireland! You’ll also find:
- The stunning peninsulas of Dingle and the Ring of Kerry.
- County Cork, featuring beautiful peninsulas, dramatic beaches, beautiful walks and vistas, and great food! According to Lonely Planet, Cork City and some of the surrounding towns like Kinsale and Baltimore feature some of the finest eating in Europe with a heavy emphasis on local produce, seafood, and meat.
- The Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle in Tipperary.
- Pastoral beauty, with rolling hills, rich farmland and river valleys surrounded by soaring mountains.
With half of its residents under the age of 30, Dublin is one of youngest cities in the world. Young Europeans and tourists from around the world enjoy upscale pubs and restaurants, great live music, fantastic dining, world-class museums - not to mention cheap flights.