Dublin & Around
Dublin's key ingredients: a thousand-year history, marinated until rich in heritage and sprinkled with hedonism. Visit and enjoy. Why I Love Dublin As a Dubliner what I love most about my city is that it's big enough to always keep me entertained and amused, but small enough that I can get from its head to its heel in virtually no time at all.
Counties Wexford, Waterford, Carlow & Kilkenny
Kerry is as close as you’ll get to the mythical Ireland: that Celtic kingdom of misty mountains promised by glossy brochures, Hollywood and our daydreams. Between the county’s snow-capped summits are medieval ruins, glacial lakes, coastal peninsulas, blustery beaches, deserted archipelagos, secluded hamlets, and larger towns where live music sparks up every night.
Flung out on the far-western reaches of Ireland, Cork comes very close indeed to the misty-eyed vision of the country many visitors hold in their imagination.
Western Ireland’s heartland, County Galway has a spellbinding beauty. The beating heart of the county itself is Galway city.
You could spend weeks losing yourself in wild and woolly Donegal. The county’s stark beauty captivates you and, over time, seeps down to your core. Tortuous country roads skirt stark mountains, rugged sea cliffs, craggy peninsulas, remote Gaeltacht communities, sheep-studded pastures, pristine strands, icy streams and horizons carpeted with bog and heather.
Counties Mayo & Sligo
Clare (An Clár) is a trip in itself. It combines an Atlantic-pounded coast, and dramatic and unique wind-swept landscapes with artefacts from prehistory through medieval times. Of course all this physical attraction is fine, but what will really get into your soul is that Clare carries a song in its heart. This is the centre for traditional Irish music.
Counties Meath, Louth, Cavan & Monaghan
Counties Limerick & Tipperary
Counties Wicklow & Kildare
Diverse County Waterford harbours gorgeous seaside scenery, craggy beaches and villages like Dungarvan along its beautiful coast; a warren of walking trails in the beautiful Nire Valley, concealed by the Comeragh and Monavullagh Mountains; and lively Waterford city, with its winding medieval lanes and well-preserved Georgian architecture.
Mayo's wild beauty and haunting landscapes are reminiscent of Connemara but you'll find far fewer tourists here, which means there are plenty of untapped opportunities for exploration by car, foot, bicycle or horseback. Life here has never been easy and the Potato Famine (1845–51) ravaged the county and prompted mass emigration.
County Wexford's navigable rivers and fertile land have long lured invaders and privateers. The Vikings founded Ireland's first major towns on the wide, easy-flowing River Slaney, which cuts through the middle of the county.