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13 Celtic Symbols And Their Meanings

The word “Celtic” refers to people who lived in Britain and Western Europe from 500 BC and 400 AD and with its rich history and culture, Ireland has been home to various civilizations for thousands of years. The Ireland Celts used symbols that now have become part of the Irish identity and heritage, and have even become symbols of Ireland itself.

If you’re going to Ireland, you will most likely come across these symbols in decor, clothing, etched indoors or furniture even in statues and some popular Irish brands. To better understand Ireland and its unique culture, here are thirteen Celtic symbols, a bit about their origin and their meanings.

13 Celtic Symbols And Their Meanings

Celtic Symbols and their meaning

1. The Shamrock

The Shamrock

Probably the most recognizant and popular among Irish Celtic symbols, the shamrock was derived from the original word for the plant of ‘seamrog’ which means the summer plant of young clover.

It is also a symbol that is associated with good luck, and if a 4 leaf clover is ever found that is thought to be especially lucky.

Adapted as the unofficial symbol of Ireland, this 3 leafed green plant became famous during the time of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who arrived in 433AD and brought Christianity to the nation.

It is said that he used the 3 leaves of the shamrock to illustrate and explain the Holy Trinity to early Christian followers and as an example of the father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.


2. Tree of Life Celtic Symbol

Tree of Life Celtic Symbol

Known as Crann Bethadh in the ancient language, the Tree of Life appears in many different counties, cultures, and religions.

In the early times, the Druids of Ireland were known to hold their important meetings under trees which were highly regarded for their ability to provide food, wood, and shelter.

The ancient Celts also believed that trees were the ancestors of man and the door to the spiritual world.  Oak is the most highly regarded tree of all, said to be the most sacred of all the tree species.

Frequently depicted with the branches reaching up and the roots pointing down, the Tree of Life is said to represent the connection between heaven and earth. These days, this symbol is seen in many forms and used for jewelry and tattoos.


3. The Triskele

The Triskele

Derived from the Greek word ‘triskeles’ which means 3 legs, Triskele is sometimes referred to as Triskelion and is constructed from spirals in various forms. The spiral is said to be an important spiritual marking which dates back to ancient origins in Irish culture.

Made up of 3 joining spirals, the ancient Irish believed that everything happens in batches of 3, or ‘the 3rd times the charm’ – a belief that still exists today.

The spirals are also said to symbolize the inner and outer worlds and the themes of birth, death, and rebirth as well as the unity of mental, physical and spiritual self.


4. The Harp

The Harp

Still played commonly in traditional Irish bands and pubs that support their music, the roots of the Harp as a symbol are somewhat vague. The use of it, however, dates back to before the 6th century and that Irish King Brian Boru circa 1000 was an accomplished harp player.

The Irish harp, also known as the Gaelic harp, Celtic harp, or Clarsach, is a lesser-known traditional symbol of Ireland and believed to represent royalty and the immortality of the soul.

In ancient times, bards and musicians played the harp for their chieftains and the tradition continued for later kings.

Since 1922 the harp been used by the government of Ireland as its state symbol and now appears on many logos of Irish based companies such as Guinness, Ryanair, Irish Independent Newspaper, and Harp lager to name a few.


5. St Brigid’s Cross

St Brigid's Cross

St Brigid was the daughter of Brocca, who was a Christian woman believed to have been baptized by St Patrick himself, while her father was a Chieftain. Her name means ‘exalted one’ and she is best known during her time for her acts of charity.

The image of Saint Brigid is often seen holding the circular cross that is associated with her name. The Saint Brigid’s Cross is used to celebrate the Imbolc, or the beginning of Spring which is also the festival of Brigid, the pagan goddess.

The cross is hung in Irish houses, usually in the kitchen, to ward off evil spirits and fires. Since Saint Brigid is also known as a goddess that was a giver of life, the Cross is associated with spring lambs and blooming spring plant life.


6. The Trinity Knot

The Trinity Knot

A symbol that is made of three interlocking circles, the Trinity Knot is also known as the Triquetra, which means 3 cornered or triangular. Not much is said about the Trinity Knot’s origin because it is too old, but some say it’s based on solar and lunar cycles. It is prevalent in Irish history, though, and can be seen depicted in many different areas today.

There is no definite meaning for the Triquetra, but it is commonly associated with earth, fire, and air. Others say it represents the mind, body, and soul.

The Trinity knot, however, is known as one of the earliest symbols of Christianity, pre-dating the cross by hundreds of years, and it used to symbolize the 3 in one of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. It can also be seen in Celtic metalwork and is present in the Book of Kells.


7. The Shillelagh

The Shillelagh

Another symbol that has become uniquely associated with Ireland and its culture is  The Shillelagh, which is a short, stout, wooden club with a rounded end that was originally a fighting stick used to club enemies.

Pronounced as ‘Shill-lay-lee’, it looks like a walking stick and is typically made from oak or blackthorn wood. The Shillelagh was also historically used for settling disputes, similar to the way of old duels.


8. The Green Man

The Green Man is a man’s head surrounded by foliage and used as a symbol of life and rebirth. He is known by many other names, like Jack O’ the Green, The Man in the Tree and Derg Corra Viridios.

The Green Man is associated with ancient Celtic or pagan culture and dates as far back as 400 BC where an armlet found in a Celtic grave in Germany depicted an image similar to that of the Green Man.

Today, the Green Man has become an emblem used to represent the environment. He can also be seen today on many buildings, particularly those that are religious in nature.


9. The Dara Knot

The Dara Knot

A Celtic symbol that has several different forms and can be seen in several different variations, the Dara Knot can trace its roots back to the mighty Oak tree,

The word ‘dara’ comes from ‘doire’, which means oak tree in Gaelic. The knot is designed to represent the intricate root system of the oak tree which was considered sacred by the Druid and Celts.

The Dara Knot is known to signify wisdom, strength, leadership, destiny, and power.

Like a lot of ancient Celtic symbols, the Dara knot has regained popularity throughout the years and is used in modern culture in jewelry, clothing and as tattoos.


10. The Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh symbol is made up of hands that symbolize friendship, the crown that represents loyalty, and the heart that is associated with an everlasting love.

This symbol has been used in various items but the most popular is the ring, which first became popular in the 17th century.

Claddagh rings are  examples of the ancient Roman ring category called fede rings, from ‘mani in’ which means ‘hands joined in fidelity.’ Due to the meanings behind the symbols, these rings became associated with engagement and marriage.

Famous wearers of the Claddagh ring included Queen Victoria and Princess Grace of Monaco.


11. Celtic Knotwork

Celtic Knotwork

The Knotwork is made primarily of entwined and looping knots or circles, which emblems can be found worldwide but Celtic in origin. The knotwork images date back as far as 450 ADbut has prevailed through the centuries and used in decor, tattoos, and clothing design.

The Celtic Knotwork were used to illustrate the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow by ancient monks. Not much is said about the origin of the Knotwork but as something that is widely used and seen across Ireland, this symbol is said to bring good luck, health or prosperity, or to represent luck, fertility, and similar themes.

Some knots were also used to symbolize the interconnections of man and nature or to ward off evil spirits.


12. The Motherhood Knot

The Celtic Motherhood Knot is a lesser-known symbol of ancient Irish culture and knotwork. It is a variation on the more familiar Trinity Knot and is supposed to resemble a parent and child intertwined. The motherhood knot symbolizes a mother and child’s bond and their connection to the Celtic faith.

The motherhood symbol of Celtic culture resembles two-knot work hearts that are linked with one heart being higher than the other.


13. The Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross

The most popular among the existing Celtic symbols, the cross which has a circle on its intersection was said to have originated from Saint Patrick.

Also known as the Irish Cross, the Cross of Iona, or the High Cross, the Celtic Cross has first emerged in Ireland in the early Middle Ages.

There are various interpretations as to what the Cross means, and some say that this symbol represents knowledge, strength, and compassion.

Others say that the four points are linked to the four cardinal directions, or the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water), or as a representation of our mind, soul, body, and heart.

But, since it is also widely recognized as a Christian symbol the ring surrounding the cross, is believed to symbolize God’s never-ending love for mankind.


 

12 Things To Do In Cobh, Ireland

Cobh was developed as a Victorian spa retreat in the mid-19th century and became Ireland’s most important port for trans-Atlantic travel. If you would like to create some memories that will last a lifetime, take the plunge and visit Cobh. It is a captivating town that it will hold you in its spell long after you’ve left.

There’s so much to see in this town so we put together a list of top things to do in Cobh, Ireland. And if you are staying in Cork, this can be a good day tour from the city.

12 Things To Do In Cobh Ireland

1. Experience Titanic in Cobh

Experience Titanic

Titanic Experience Cobh is a visitor center located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office in the center of Cobh town (formally known as Queenstown). Cobb was the departure point for the final 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic before heading to New York. The Titanic Experience will let you experience how it was to be in Titanic in 1912 as you learn about the historical British passenger liner.

Aside from the visitor center, you can also visit the Titanic Gardens and relax with views overlooking where the Titanic last dropped its anchor.

Opening Hours

Summer

April 1st – September 30th

9:00am to 6:00pm

Tours run every 15 minutes throughout the day
(last tour at 5:15 pm)

Winter

October 1st – March 31st

10:00am to 5:30pm

Tours run every 30 minutes throughout the day

(last tour at 4:45 pm)

Contact Information

Address: White Star Line Building, 20 Casement Square, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Phone: (021) 481 4412

Email: info@titanicexperiencecobh.ie

2. Marvel at the beauty of St. Colman’s Cathedral

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Visit St Colman’s Cathedral and marvel at the wonderful French Gothic architecture and beautiful stained glass. The cathedral is the only Irish Catholic Victorian cathedral to preserve its interior fully intact.

It took 47 years to build this cathedral which started in 1868. In 1916 a Carillon of 42 bells was installed. The largest bell is 200 feet above the ground and weighs 3.6 tons. The Cathedral organ, by Telford and Telford, contains 2,468 pipes. The Cathedral is a regular venue for Recitals by choirs from all parts of the world. St. Colman’s remains one of the top attractions in Cobh.

Contact Information

Address: 5 Cathedral Pl, Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland

Phone:+353 21 4813222

Email:  info@cobhcathedralparish.ie

3. Learn the history of Spike Island

Spike Island is a 103-acre island in Cork Harbour. This island is Ireland’s Alcatraz and it was used as a prison. Since the early 21st century, the island has been developed as a heritage tourist attraction in Cobh and it was named as the top tourist attractions in Europe by World Travel Awards in 2017.

Opening Hours

Daily- 12pm-2pm

Admission Fee

Please ring in advance to check admission fees and bookings.

Contact Information

Address: c/o Cork County Council, Carrig House, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland

Phone: (021) 237 3455

Email: admin@spikeislandcork.ie 

4. Feed the ducks or relax at Cuskinny

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Just 10 minutes from Cobh center is a natural hideaway set on beautiful Cuskinny Bay. Cuskinny Nature Reserve is a serene bird sanctuary with lots of water-based activities, stunning woodlands to explore, and hiking routes. If you want to find things to do in Cobh with kids or for families, the relaxing scenery is ideal to have a picnic while feeding the ducks and swans in the area.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm

Contact Information

Address: Cuskinny Court, Cobh, Co. Cork Ireland.

Phone:+353(0)21 2428868

Email: bookings@cuskinnycourt.ie

5. Visit Cobh Museum

Visit the Cobh museum and learn about the rich maritime history of the area. Cobh has a long maritime history and is known throughout the world for its association with emigration and was the last port of call for the RMS Titanic. The Museum holds the last written record for the RMS Titanic in the Pilot’s Logbook.

Cobh Museum is housed in the former Presbyterian Church overlooking the harbor. It is a small but excellent museum. There is so much information on display here. Its well laid out with areas where you can sit and look through the various booklets which contain paper cuttings and records.

Opening Hours

Monday-Saturday

11am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm

Sunday

2.30pm – 5pm

Admission Fee

Adult 4.00

Student/Senior 2.50

Child 2.00

Family 10.00

Contact Information

Address: Cobh Museum Scots Church High Road Cobh County Cork P24 AY26 Ireland

Phone:+ 353 21 4814240

Email: cobhmuseum1@gmail.com

6. Check out Fota Wildlife Park

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Fota Wildlife Park is a 100-acre wildlife park located on Fota Island, about 9 km from the center of Cobh. This park is a not-for-profit charity that is also one of the leading tourism, wildlife and conservation attractions in Ireland. It is home to several species of mammals and birds.

The Wildlife Park in Fota can be enjoyed by all the family with a wide range of activities to keep everyone entertained.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun: 10.00 a.m.

Gates closed: 6.00 pm

Last entry: 4.30 pm every day (5 pm for members)

We are closed on Christmas Eve to St Stephen’s Day (24th, 25th & 26th Dec).

Admission Fee

Adults: €16.70

Children (Under 16)  €11.20

Students (with valid student card), Seniors: €12.30

Toddlers (Up to 36 months): Free

2 adults + 2 children: €49.00

2 adults + 3 children: €57.00

2 adults + 4 children: €65.00

Car park/visit: €3.00

Group (20+) Adults: €12.30

Group (20+) Children, Seniors, Students (with valid student card): €8.20

Contact Information

Address: Fota Wildlife Park, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, Ireland

Phone: +353-21-4812678

Email:info@fotawildlife.ie

7. Explore Cobh Heritage Center

Cobh Heritage Center

The Cobh Heritage Centre is a museum located in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. It is attached to Cobh railway station. The “Queenstown Experience”, located at the center, has mostly permanent exhibitions of Irish history and Irish Emigration.

From 1848 – 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland. Over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration in Ireland.

Opening Hours

Summer

Open 7 days a week.

April 15th to October 13th ( Last admission is 5 pm)

9:30 am- 6pm

Winter

October 15th-April 14th

Monday- Saturday

9:30 am-5pm

Sundays and Bank holidays

11 am- 4pm

Closed December 23rd-27th and

December 31st –January 8th

Admission Fee

Adults: €10

Concession: €8.50

Child: €6

Family: €25

Contact Information

Address: Cobh, The Queenstown Story Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Phone: + 00 353 (21) 4 813591 

Email: info@cobhheritage.com

8. Relax at St. Benedict’s Priory Bible Garden and Tea Rooms

St. Benedict’s Priory Bible Garden & Tea Rooms are located at the high end of Cobh, behind St.Colman’s Cathedral. It is the perfect getaway in Cobh Ireland. Once you enter, it becomes one’s own personal sanctuary. The tranquil surroundings are perfectly conducive for a calm and peaceful atmosphere that makes people feel completely relaxed.

Admission Fee

donations only

Contact Information

Address: St. Benedict’s Priory, The Mount, Cobh, Co.Cork

Phone: +353 21 481 1354 

Email: cobhtyburnconvent@gmail.com

9. Take a trip around town on Cobh’s very own Road Train

The most relaxing, informative and fun way to view Cobh’s historic sites and beautiful sea vistas are aboard the Cobh Road Train. The Cobh Road Train takes you on a tour through the historic town of Cobh from the point where passengers boarded the ill-fated Titanic to the magnificent St. Coleman’s Cathedral.  All key historical areas are also covered and there is no better way to quickly learn everything you need to know about Cobh than taking the Cobh Road Train.

Admission Fee

 Adult – €8.00 Child – €5.00 Family – €20.00 (2+2)

Larger family, Special Group Rates and Private Tour Bookings can be arranged on request.

Contact Information

Address: Westbourne Place, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)85 – 1363 393

10. Relax in the Promenade in Cobh

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The promenade in Cobh is where many locals and visitors come to take it easy and to do a bit of people watching. Great views out over the harbor, regularly visited by huge cruise ships, and back into the town itself where St Coleman’s Cathedral dominates. You can also listen to band performances in the promenade

11. Call into the Sirius Arts Centre

Sirius Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts organization and a fantastic arts center with a great program of events in the middle of Cobh. The center holds regular art exhibitions offering the visitor an eclectic range of contemporary art from global artists. The center also offers artist in residency positions annually.

Opening Hours

Wed – Fri  10.30-17:00

Sat-Sun  13:00-17:00

Mon – Tues Closed

Contact Information

Address: The Old Yacht Club Cobh Co. Cork

Phone: 021 4813790

Email: info@siriusartscentre.ie

12. Learn history in Haulbowline

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Haulbowline is an island in Cork Harbour off the coast of Ireland and only 10 minutes by ferry from the center of Cobh. Fortifications were built here in the early 1600′ along with the world’s first yacht club. The island was also an important base for the British army.

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15 Affordable Castle Hotels In Ireland That Won’t Break The Bank

Although there are a lot of accommodations in Ireland that will fit any traveler’s budget, nothing beats the experience of staying in castle hotels in Ireland. The elegant rooms and intricate ornaments matched with great service and activities will surely make every cents count.

If you fantasize staying in a fancy castle hotel for a day or two, here are 15 affordable castle hotels in Ireland that you should add to your list.

Ashford Castle - Castle Hotels in Ireland

15 Affordable Castle Hotels In Ireland

1. Cabra Castle Hotel, Cavan, Ireland

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A 4-star castle hotel in Cavan situated in a quiet neighborhood in Kingscourt, Cabra Castle Hotel is a mix and match of royalty and modern luxury.

If you don’t want to miss this countryside hotel, be sure to check it out. This is one of the best hotels in Ireland’s castle.

Why it’s good?

Cabra Castle Hotel still has the 18th-century castle vibes but with the modern touch from its amenities. Guests here will experience the great staircase, the long hallways, high ceilings, and the countryside view from the patios and terrace.

There’s also a bar and restaurant which serve fresh local foods. Cabra Castle Hotel is also one of the most affordable castles to stay in Ireland.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $162 to $246 per night.

Average review rating

9.1 Awesome

Location

Kingscourt, Kingscourt, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

2. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Connemara

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Experience luxury in an off the beaten path location with Ballynahinch Castle. This 4-star castle hotel in Connemara will truly give you the royalty experience you ever wanted. This is one of the best hotels in Ireland

Why it’s good?

Guests who love to walk will surely find this the perfect hotel to feed their hungry feet. Ballynahinch Castle is 450 acres of woodland with the 12 Bens mountain range standing tall in the background.

Aside from the grand treatment, the castle also hosts activities like game bird hunting, pony riding, and hiking. Guests can also explore the local wildlife through the river and lakeside walks.

Rate per night

Rooms are priced from $241 to $319 per night.

Average review rating

9.4 Awesome

Location

Recess, Connemara. Galway, Ballynahinch, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

3. Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Donegal, Ireland

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lough Eske Castle Hotel is a 5-star hotel located at the foot of a mountain in Donegal. If you want to experience nature and live like royalty, this castle hotel is a great choice.

Why it’s good?

Rooms in this castle hotel are equipped with oak furniture and a marble bathroom. Guests can also enjoy a scenic garden view from each room or an afternoon in the luxurious spa.

Variety of foods are served in the hotel’s restaurant including fresh seafood from the nearby Killybegs port. Recreational activities such as golfing and fishing are also popular among guests.

Rate per night

Enjoy a Courtyard room or a Garden Suite in this hotel. Rooms are from $213 to $414.

Average review rating

9.0 Superb

Location

Lough Eske Castle Road, F94 HX59 Donegal, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

4. Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A crossover of an 11th century and 21st-century design, Clontarf Castle Hotel is 10-minutes away from central Dublin. If you want to experience a luxurious accommodation that is close to the heart of in the city, this castle hotel in Dublin is the perfect find.

Why it’s good?

Guests can expect luxurious bedrooms in Clontarf Castle Hotel with high-speed Wifi connection and LCD satellite

TVs. The award-winning restaurant, Fahrenheit Grill, serves fine cuisine and of course, their local beef and fish specialty dishes.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $223 per night.

Average review rating

9.1 Awesome

Location

Castle Avenue, Clontarf, D3 Dublin, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

5. Waterford Castle Hotel, Waterford

Waterford Castle Hotel Waterford

One of the best castle hotels in Ireland, Waterford Castle Hotel is situated on a private island in River Suir, Waterford.

This 4-star luxury accommodation is highly preferred by couples who want a very private experience and to experience Irish castle hotels.

Why it’s good?

Privacy is one of the good things in this hotel. However, even though the castle is detached from the mainland, access to this private island is still very convenient. The rooms in this hotel also come with elegant designs and stunning view.

Lots of activities are also hosted here like golfing, target shooting, and archery. Nature trails and walks are also available.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $255 per night.

Average review rating

9.2 Wonderful

Location

The Island, X91 Y722 Waterford, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

6. Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Tralee, Ireland

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If authentic ancient experience is what you’re looking for, Ballyseede Castle Hotel has the right services for you. The ambiance of this hotel will take you to the historic era of Tralee.

Why it’s good?

Doric columns and an elegant oak staircase welcome guests in this castle hotel. The hotel also serves its guests with traditional Irish cuisine in the restaurant’s fine dining setup.

Lastly, as you call it a day, the elegant rooms in Ballyseede will make your stay an unforgettable one.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $194 per night.

Average review rating

9.3 Wonderful

Location

Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

7. Kinnitty Castle Hotel, Kinnitty, Ireland

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A Gothic castle dated from 1209, Kinnitty Castle Hotel is located at the foot of Slieve Bloom Mountains. If you want the unique experience that comes with this castle, better check it out before it’s too late.

Why it’s good?

Kinnitty Castle Hotel features classic and unique ornaments. Its bedrooms come with private bathrooms filled with free toiletries a hairdryer, and a bathtub.

Complimentary tea and coffee are also available in the public areas of the castle. The hotel’s restaurant, Sli Dala Restaurant, serves dishes with Irish and European influences.

Rate per night

Rooms start at  $110 per night.

Average review rating

8.8 Excellent

Location

Kinnitty Village, Kinnitty, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

8. Ashford Castle, Mayo

Ashford Castle Mayo County Mayo

If you’re looking for country house hospitality with a touch of royalty, The Lodge at Ashford Castle is a good place to stay. An authentic Irish experience, this castle hotel in Mayo will not disappoint.

Why it’s good?

Rooms and suites in this hotel are equipped with the latest technology for an advanced comfort— bathrooms have underfloor heating. Wilde’s restaurant is also perfect for guests who share the same passion for food.

Here, guests can enjoy a six-course meal prepared from fresh local and seasonal ingredients. The hotel is only a 40-minute drive from Galway and it is considered one of the best places to stay in town too.

Rate per night

You can find deals from $164 t $411 per night in this hotel.

Average review rating

9.1 Superb

Location

Ashford Estate, Cong, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

9. Lough Rynn Castle, Leitrim

Lough Rynn Castle Leitrim

Still retaining the historic ambiance of the place, Lough Rynn Castle in Leitrim has now converted some of its spaces into comfortable and luxurious accommodation. This 4-star hotel is sitting on the shore of Lough Rynn.

Why it’s good?

The castle is combining its ancient design to modern innovation. Rooms still have the original decorations of the castle preserved but with the additional air conditioning, wifi connection, and another state of the art technology for comfort.

Guests can also enjoy a warm meal in the Sandstone Restaurant which serves fine dining cuisines.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $124 per night

Average review rating

9.2. Superb

Location

Mohill, Mohill, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

10. The Castle, Cork

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Castle or also known as the Castle Townshend has been home of the Townshend family for 11 generations. Now a safe space to accommodate guests, it is now one of the best value hotels in Castlehaven and one of the cheapest castle hotels in Cork.

Why it’s good?

The Castle is situated in a relaxing neighborhood in Castlehaven and it’s considered one of the best places to stay in Cork.

The rooms have a homey feel to it while public areas around the castle still have portraits and remembrance of the royalty that used to live here. Variety of rooms are available here from Super King-sized rooms to double rooms.

Rate per night

You can find rooms from $182 per night.

Average review rating

9.6 Exceptional

Location

The Castle, Castletownshend, Co Cork, Castlehaven, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

11. Mount Falcon Estate, Ballina

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sitting on the bank of River Moy, Mount Falcon Estate in Ballina offers large rooms, an award-winning restaurant, and a spa that surely every guest will love to experience.

Why it’s good?

The view in Mount Falcon Estate is to die for. Guests can enjoy a relaxing bath with its marble bathroom or they can utilize the gym, the spa, and the sauna which is overlooking the hotel’s beautiful garden. All sorts of treatment are also available in the spa.

There is also a private fishing spot along the river for the hotel guests. To end the day, a wide selection of wines from all over the world can be enjoyed in the hotel’s restaurant and bar.

Rate per night

Rates are from $178 per night.

Average review rating

9.0 Superb

Location

Foxford Road, Ballina, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here

12. Kilkea Castle, Kildare

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This castle hotel is located in one of the best locations in Kilkea in the County of Kildare. Also one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland, guests will surely feel like royalty once they set foot here.

Why it’s good?

This 12th-century majestic castle is only a 1-hour drive from Dublin. However, the castle also offers airport transfer for its guests. In total, there are 140 bedrooms which can fit any type of budget.

It is also best for weddings, family gatherings, and corporate retreats. Golfing, Horseback riding, Archery, and Falconry are just some of the experiences you can try in Kilkea Castle.

Rate per night

Rates are from $168 to $404 per night.

Average review rating

9.0 Superb

Location

Kilkea Demesne Kilkea Castle, Kilkea, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

13. Markree Castle, Sligo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Perfect for a luxurious weekend break, Markree Castle is highly preferred by couples who are looking for a romantic getaway. Located in Sligo, the castle has a rustic feels that you don’t want to miss.

Why it’s good?

The castle has 30 bedrooms and a 3-room bridal apartment. While it is preferred by tourists who want to experience an authentic fairytale vacation, it is also a perfect venue for wedding ceremonies.

An on-site chapel and a banquet which fits 170 people are available for rent.

Rate per night

Rates start at $101 to $426

Average review rating

9.5 Exceptional

Location

Markree Home Farm State, Demesne, Collooney, Co. Sligo, F91 AE81 Collooney, Ireland

How to book

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14. Wilton Castle, Enniscorthy

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Wilton Castle in Enniscorthy lies in the banks of Boro River. After its interesting history, this castle hotel has now been restored back to its glorious beauty to accommodate guests.

Why it’s good?

Guests here would enjoy a room with a fully-equipped kitchen and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is served every morning.

To explore the place, guests can walk to the fishing spots close to the castle. Other popular attractions are also nearby.

Rate per night

Rate starts at $185 to $449 per night.

Average review rating

9.6 Exceptional

Location

Bree, Y21V9P9 Enniscorthy, Ireland

How to book

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15. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, County Galway, Ireland

 
 
 
 
 
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Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is your quick escape to nature. Surrounded by greens and hills, this luxury 4-star castle hotel was built for real splendor and comfort since 1832. It is also one of the best castles in Galway. 

Why it’s good?

Aside from the elegant rooms, guests can also avail the castle’s tennis court, spa, and the stunning scenery surrounding it.

The Twelve Bens mountain range is visible from the background which makes it one of the best castles in Ireland to stay in.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $286 per night.

Average review rating

9.0 Superb

Location

Sky Road, Clifden, Ireland

How to book

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3 Days in Dublin: Itinerary With Maps and Tips

Dublin may be small compared to other cities in Europe, but it has plenty to offer. With lots of green spaces, castles, museums, monuments, historic buildings, and even breweries or distilleries – your 3 days in Dublin will be jampacked with this itinerary.

For first time visitors, it is advised you research and plan your trip ahead. Book tickets to attractions online, or better yet buy the Dublin Pass for huge discounts in both attractions and transportation. Dublin isn’t a city for budget travelers, so when looking for a place to stay, make sure it’s within the city center. This is to ensure that you’re close to most of the major tourist spots in Dublin or bus/train stops to help you maximize your stay.

Below is a pretty manageable 3 days in Dublin itinerary where you get to explore and get to know the city, its history as well as the rest of Ireland.

3 Days in Dublin: Itinerary With Maps and Tips

Day 1 of 3 Days in Dublin Itinerary

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

Duration: 45 minutes to an hour and a half

To start your 3 days in Dublin, make sure you get a quick breakfast before going anywhere else. You can even try some Irish coffee as it’s known to have some health benefits. After getting your fill, head on to the impressive Christ Church Cathedral, a Medieval church built in the early 11th century by the first Bishop of Dublin.

This Gothic/Romanesque cathedral is Dublin’s oldest building and one of the city’s most important landmarks. The interior is absolutely stunning, with huge Gothic nave, stained glass windows and the crypt, which is the largest in the country and the earliest surviving structure in the city. Enjoy some quiet time after touring the church then walk five minutes to your next stop, the Dublin Castle.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Duration: two hours maximum

Not the usual fairytale-like castle that you might expect, the Dublin Castle was once the seat of the Irish government. Presently, it is maintained by the Office of Public Works and open to tourists.

You can walk inside to see how the staterooms used to be, as well as the Garda Museum, and the Chester Beatty Library. There are over 11 acres to explore, which includes the crypt of the Chapel Royal, Chester Beatty Library, and Garda Museum and Archives (a police museum).

Grafton Street

Grafton Street

Duration: one and a half hour at the most

After Dublin Castle, head to Grafton Street. It is about a 10-minute walk from the castle and it is the main pedestrian street in Dublin. Apart from amazing restaurants, there’s also plenty of shops where you can find souvenirs as well as side streets with interesting finds. You’ll also ‘meet’ Mary Malone in Grafton Street, a famous statue from the popular Irish song of the same name that has become Dublin’s unofficial anthem.

The statue can be found in  Suffolk Street by the tourism office and makes for a fun photo reminder of your day in Dublin. Also within Grafton, you’ll most likely find plenty of free entertainment as musicians often stand outside playing for the crowds during the day.

You can also have your lunch here before heading to the next stop in our Dublin itinerary.

Then, head towards the nearby Saint Stephen’s Green for a bit of relaxing and quiet time.

Stephen’s Green

stephen's green parks in dublin

Duration: one hour

Once a marshy common grazing area, Stephen’s Green is one of the most famous parks in Dublin.  Here you’ll find lots of trees, a lake, a playground, a number of labeled plants (including some in Braille), fountains, statues, and memorials.

Alternately, if you enjoy gardens and green spaces, there’s the nearby Iveagh Gardens, a Victorian park that’s home to a rose garden, cascades, and yew maze.

Saint Stephen’s Green is just across from the Little Dublin Museum, which should be your next stop.

Little Museum

Duration: one hour

The Little Museum of Dublin offers visitors an alternative insight into Dublin’s past.  Each artifact/ item on display was donated by a Dubliner, which creates an authentic and more interactive experience. The tours are timed and quite short, but very informative. It’s interesting must visit and should be part of your Dublin itinerary for 3 days.

Trinity College

Trinity College

Duration: two hours

After exploring the museum, head to Trinity College. It’s an only 7-minute walk from the museum. Officially the “College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin”, the grounds are beautiful and worth a walk around.

The most popular attractions within the university are the Old Library and the Book of Kells. The 213-foot-long Long Room is the main chamber of the Old Library, which looks like it belongs in Hogwarts or the castle in Beauty and the Beast.  Photos are allowed so make sure to bring a camera.

Meanwhile, the Book of Kells is a world-famous gospel manuscript written in Latin from the 9th century. Along with the Bible’s four Gospels, there are also various texts and tables to see. It’s highly regarded as the world’s most famous medieval manuscript and Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure.

After learning an important history, you can then enjoy the rest of your evening to the most visited attractions in Ireland – the Guinness Storehouse. You can either take the Dublin Bus or walk for about 20 minutes.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

Duration: two hours

The Guinness Storehouse is a must for anyone visiting Dublin, and even if you don’t like the dark drink, it’s fascinating to learn how it’s all made. The interiors are designed to look like a giant pint of Guinness, and the tour will take you through seven stories of history, fun, and trivia. It ends with a free pint at the Gravity Bar where you get to enjoy a 360-degree view of Dublin, a perfect way to end your first day in the Irish capital.

Dublin Itinerary Route for day 1

Day 2 of 3 Days in Dublin Itinerary

Traditional Irish Breakfast

Start your second day in Dublin with a big, hearty meal that’ll help you get through a day of exploring. Enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast that generally consists of bacon, sausages, black-and-white puddings, eggs, baked beans, grilled tomato, and toast. There are various cafés, casual diners and even pubs that open early that could give you a plate of all these goodies. Most of them are right in the city center and close to popular attractions.

After breakfast relax a bit before heading to your first activity of the day: museum hopping, or more specifically, National Museum / Gallery hopping.

National Museum / Gallery

National Museum Dublin

Duration: Two to three hours

Right in the heart of Dublin are three of the city’s greatest museums. They’re all free and the perfect way to spend your second morning in Dublin. Get to know more of the capital city and the rest of Ireland and its people by the massive number of items on display.

The National Museum of Ireland –  Archaeology tells the history of Ireland through archaeology, presenting a wide range of objects from metalwork to weapons to religious objects to preserved Iron Age “bog bodies”. This museum houses the world-famous collection of medieval ecclesiastical objects and jewelry, western Europe’s greatest collection of prehistoric gold artifacts and much more.

The National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, meanwhile is a cabinet-style museum that’s about everything from mammals throughout the world to Irish fauna, presented in geological samples and zoological models. Lastly, the National Gallery of Ireland is home to an extensive collection of European art dating from the 14th to the 20th century. They have Ireland’s national collection of Irish & European art, including works by Burton, Turner, Monet, and Caravaggio. If you’re going to visit only one art museum in Dublin, this is the ideal choice.

After soaking up Ireland’s history, science, and art, its time to head out of the city for a bit of nature and a castle tour. Walk for 8 mins to Pearse Station then take the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) train to Dalkey.

Dalkey

Dalkey castle

Duration: five to six hours

First off, have a delicious lunch in town and one of the most recommended places is the Magpie Inn. Then head on to the Dalkey Castle where you can enjoy a quirky but entertaining guided tour. It is one of the most popular day trips from Dublin.

Also, instead of your usual guides, the castle has actors in a costume that will tell you stories about life in the 1500s. They’ll also let you experience activities such as archery, or offer some strange medieval food. The castle also houses the Writers Gallery. Meet the many writers who have passed through Dalkey such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Maeve Binchy, and even Bono.

After a fun visit to the castle enjoy a bit of nature by heading to the beach. Take a short boat ride or even kayak to the Dalkey Island where you’ll meet wild goats. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also rock climb at the Dalkey quarry.  After you’ve enjoyed the stunning views, head back to the city and take the half-hour DART train ride back to Dublin, then a short LUAS train ride to Jameson Distillery.

If you don’t want to take public transport, joining this tour might be more ideal. You will be able to visit more places as well.

Jameson Distillery

Jameson Distillery

Duration: two hours at the most

Located in Smithfield Street, Jameson Whiskey Distillery is an international meeting spot for whiskey lovers.  Discover the beauty of Ireland’s most famous whiskey, and oldest distillery in a guided tour facilitated by their entertaining and knowledgeable staff. Learn more about Jameson’s story and history, and enjoy a free drink at the end of the tour.  This pretty much gets you ready for dinner and a bit of Dublin’s nightlife, as you head on to the Brazen Head. This is also in Smithfield and just a few minute’s walks from the distillery.

Dinner and Traditional Irish Music

Duration: two hours

Situated within the Temple Bar District which is synonymous to nightlife in Dublin, the Brazen Head is Ireland’s oldest pub. Here you can sample more Irish cuisine for dinner, and enjoy live music with a pint or two before heading back to your hotel.

Dublin Itinerary Route for day 2

Day 3 of 3 Days in Dublin Itinerary

Phoenix Park & Zoo

Duration: 2 hours

Phoenix Park & Zoo

Start early on your third day in Dublin. Get a takeaway breakfast and a large cup of your favorite drink and go on a morning stroll around Phoenix Park.  This is the biggest park in the city and is home to the Dublin Zoo, the Áras an Uachtaráin (residence of the Irish president), a castle and some impressive monuments.

You’ll also encounter a herd of wild fallow deer which are quite friendly. Walk a bit and explore the sights, then relax on a bench and finish the rest of your breakfast before heading to your next destination. Take a cab that’ll take a few minutes to the historic former prison turned museum, the Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol

Duration: one hour

The Kilmainham Gaol or jail/prison is a huge symbol of the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism of Ireland from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-1923. It opened in 1796 and closed in 1924. The British imprisoned and executed several Irish revolutionaries here, but it also held thousands of ordinary people convicted of various crimes.

Film fans may recognize Kilmainham Gaol as the filming location for the prison in the original Italian Job movie. After a tour of the jail, the next stops further takes you to Ireland’s tumultuous history. Hop on a LUAS rail and take a half-hour ride to the site of a replica of the Jeannie Johnston Tallship.

Jeannie Johnston Tallship

Duration: one hour

Climb aboard Jeanie Johnston and back to the original sailed in the mid-1800s. The original Jeanie Johnston, a three-masted sailing ship was originally built in Quebec, Canada, in 1847. It was one of the so-called “famine ships”, used to transport emigrants between Ireland and North America during the Great Famine in Ireland from 1845 to 1849. From poverty-stricken Ireland, the Jeanie Johnston made 16 trips carrying emigrants across the Atlantic to North America

Onboard, and through a guided tour, you will learn about the Famine era and life on deck both for the emigrants and crew of this iconic tall ship. The Jeanie Johnston was particularly noteworthy as she didn’t lose a single passenger or crew member on any of her voyages. The tour can be quite a moving experience, but an unforgettable one and a definite must in your three-day Dublin itinerary. Another worthy visit that’s right next to the Jeanie Johnston, located in the historic 200-year old Custom House Quay Building is EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum.

EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Duration: one hour

EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum is an interactive learning experience where you’ll discover more about Irish culture and people, particularly during those periods of mass emigration in the country’s history.  An estimated 9 to 10 million people emigrated since 1700, and the guided tours will take you through 20 themed galleries to find out the personal stories of many people who have emigrated and their journeys.

The museum is in the CHQ building which also several restaurants and cafes if you are looking for a convenient place to have coffee or a meal after your visit. The place is also a few minutes walk to the bus and light rail stop. Hop on and spend less than twenty minutes of a leisurely early afternoon commute to your next destination: the Dublin Writers Museum.

Dublin Writers  Museum

Dublin Writer's Museum

Duration: one hour

Housed in a beautiful 18th-century mansion on Parnell Square, the Dublin Writers Museum is a must-visit whether you’re interested in literature or not. Ireland is famous for being a nation of storytellers and Dublin is a UNESCO designated City of Literature.

The Dublin Writers Museum has exhibits dedicated to some of the most notable writers in Irish history, including James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and William Yeats.

Located near one of the city’s main streets, the museum is right next door to the present-day Irish Writers Union. Once you’ve acquainted yourself with Ireland’s literary history and heritage, it’s time to spend your afternoon on a leisurely stroll along Dublin’s main thoroughfare – O’Connell Street which is just a few minutes from the museum.

O’Connell Street

O'Connell Street Dublin

Duration: one hour and a half

Formerly named “Sackville Street” O’Connell Street is the most impressive street in Dublin. It may be relatively short, but it is reputed to be the widest urban street in Europe. Since you’re coming from the Dublin Writers Museum in  Parnell Square, walk towards O’Connell Bridge and you will see The Parnell Monument.

Walk further and you’ll come across a taxi rank with its own small Sacred Heart Shrine, the former Carlton Cinema with its painted fake windows, and the “Spire”, made from gleaming steel with an illuminated tip, which is the world’s tallest sculpture.

You will also come across a statue of James Joyce, and the General Post Office, which was the main focus of the Easter Rising 1916 and also the main post office in Ireland. Finally, there’s the massive O’Connell Monument which still has bullet holes from the Easter Rising in some statues. After your stroll, walk a bit to the nearest stop hop on a bus that will take you to Liffey Bridge in about 8 minutes or you can also walk for around 10 minutes.

Ha’Penny Bridge (Sunset over the River Liffey)

Ha'penny bridge dublin

Before the beginning of the 1800s, there were no bridges to cross the Liffey River only ferryboats. Officially named the Liffey Bridge, it was built in May of 1816 and required people to pay a “halfpenny” in order to cross by putting it in a turnstile on either side of the bridge. By the early 1900s, the toll was dropped. Now over 200 years old, it’s the most popular pedestrian bridge in Dublin, the site for many scenic selfies and even love locks, and the ideal place to stop after a long day to just watch the sunset or the moon rise.

On either side of this centuries-old bridge are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy an early dinner and enjoy the last few hours of your 3 days in Dublin.

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15 Things To Do In Cork City, Ireland

There are several things to do in Cork City. Cork surely has a long history behind it. Being one of Europe’s oldest cities, Cork has gone through several developments which made it a hub for tourists nowadays.

Cork is close enough to other major cities in Ireland that a day trip can be done if you don’t have enough time. It is about 3 hours from Dublin, 2 hours from Limerick and Galway and 2.5 hours from Shannon.

If you’re eyeing to tick off Ireland’s second largest city in your list, here are the best things to do and see in Cork City.

15 Things To Do In Cork Ireland

1. Fancy the 16th-century art in the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Crawford Art Gallery Cork City

The Crawford Art Gallery holds an array of art pieces from the 16th century until the present. It features paintings, sculptures, and prints on all three floors of the building.

While there are permanent exhibits, the gallery also has open doors for special exhibits which are only available for a certain season.

It also offers presentations and hands-on experiences.

Opening Times

Monday–Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm

Late opening Thursdays until 8.00pm

For an updated schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland T12 TNE6 

Email:info@crawfordartgallery.ie

Phone: +353 (0)21 480 5042

2. Take a stroll along MacCurtain Street, Cork

The vibrant and busy MacCurtain Street will need no explanation why tourists add this to their list of things to do in Cork City. This street has a lot to offer whether you’re just up to grab a pint or craving for a slice of pizza, MacCurtain Street has everything you need.

You can find Japanese, Turkish, and Indian restaurant to feed your nightly cravings. After a sumptuous meal, head over to Everyman Theater for an entertaining play or to the Mother Jones’ flea market for some awesome finds.

3. Revisit the city’s history in Cork Public Museum

Cork public museum

This Georgian House in one of the most popular parks in Cork City hosts a variety of artifacts which could help you take a tour back to the city’s past. The Cork Public Museum exhibits items from the Bronze Era, War of Independence, etc.

You can also find examples of Cork silver and needlepoint lace in this museum.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday – 10 am to 4 pm

Saturday – 11 am to 4 pm

Sunday 2 pm – 4 pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address:  Fitzgerald Park, Mardyke, Cork, Ireland

Email: museum@corkcity.ie

Phone:+353 21 427 0679

4. Check out fresh produce at the English Market in Cork

The English Market is one of Europe’s popular indoor food markets where you can find fresh produce from farms across Ireland

You can find various traders in the market from small stalls to large businesses selling all sorts of food items like meat and fish, herbs and spices, sauces and oils, fruits and vegetables, chocolates and cakes, and cheeses and pasta.

Souvenir items like t-shirts are also sold here. You can also find family secret recipes shared by some traders in the market. So if you fancy working in the kitchen and preparing one of a kind meals, a visit to the English Market pays a lot.

5. Make Irish butter in Cork Butter Museum

Cork Butter Museum

If you’ve had enough getting to know Cork City’s rich history, why don’t you visit what used to be the largest butter market in the world? Cork Butter Museum is the home of gold and creamy Irish butter.

In this museum, you can learn a few techniques on how to make butter traditionally and peek through its collection of butter wrappers. If you want a small, inexpensive, yet fun thing to do in Cork, this Butter Museum is worth a shot.

Opening Times

Mar to Oct: Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Group tours & off-season visits by prior arrangement. For more information, click here.

Admission Fee

Full €4.00, Seniors/Students €3.00, Children €1.50

Family group, under 12’s no charge.

Contact Information

Address: The Butter Museum, O’Connell Square, Shandon CorkT23 H004

Email: info@thebuttermuseum.com

Phone: 353 (0) 21 4300 600

6. Take a trip to the Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol

Of course, Cork City also has unusual tourist attractions which turned out to be one of the best experiences in the city. The Cork City Gaol used to be the city’s home for lawless citizens until it was closed in 1923.

From 1824 until 1923, this prison witnessed a lot of history which is now the main highlight of the guided tours in Cork City Gaol.

It also has a picnic area for families who want to stay after the tour, a souvenir shop for those who want to take home badass pieces of the prison’s history, and a cafe for those who want to take a break.

Opening Times

Apr-Sept 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Oct-Mar 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission Fee

Adults: €10.00

Student: €8.50

OAP: €8.50

Child: €6.00

Family ticket: (2 adults and up to 4 children)

Contact Information

Address: Convent Avenue, Sunday’s Well, Cork City, Ireland.

Email: info@corkcitygaol.com

Phone: 021-4305022

For more information, click here.

7. Listen to nonstop traditional music in Sin E

One of Cork City’s heritage pubs, Sin E welcomes guests with classic and traditional Irish music. Get an authentic Irish vibe if you spend a night here.

Guests usually enjoy listening to nonstop Irish music with a glass of drink but if you prefer to munch on something while here, you can also bring a few munchies with you. Hot foods are not allowed though.

Sin E is one of the top spots where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day so it would be a great thing to tick off from your list if you happen to be here during this huge Irish celebration.

Opening  Times

Monday to Saturday -6:30-12 am

Sunday  – 5:30 pm- 11:30 pm

Contact Information

Address: 8 Coburg Street, Cork City, Ireland

Phone :  +353 21 450 2266

8. Be mesmerized by St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral is a neo-Gothic cathedral built for the devotees of the city’s patron saint. This cathedral is surely difficult to miss most especially when you’re walking along Dean Street at night.

The three spires of the cathedral and its architectural style give the city’s skyline a mystical touch.

The interior of the cathedral is also as breathtaking as the exterior so whether you’re in Cork City as a pilgrim or as a tourist, the Cathedral should make it to your list of things to do in Cork City.

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday -9:30 am-5:30 pm

Sunday -1pm-2:30 pm

 Sunday- April to October – 4 pm – 5 pm

Admission Fee

Adult – €6.00

Seniors & Students with I.D. – €5.00

Children under 16 – Free

Contact Information

Address:   Cathedral Office Library,  House Dean Street, Cork Ireland

Email: cathedral@cork.anglican.org

Phone : +353-21- 4963387

9. Meet the Four-Faced Liar of the Shandon Bells

Cork City’s beloved landmark, the Shandon Bells is your gateway to the most breathtaking view of the city. Once on top of the 132 steps, tourists can also ring the bells where the largest of which weighs 1.5 tons.

Another interesting fact about this landmark is that the four clocks on each face of the tower never display the same time thus being named “The Four-Faced Liar”.

Opening Times

March to April & October

Monday- Saturday- 10 am- 4pm

Sunday -11:30 am – 4pm ( last entry  -3:40 pm)

June to September

Monday – Saturday – 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday – 11:30am -4:30 pm (last entry 4:10 pm)

November to February

Monday  to Saturday – 11 am- 3 pm

Sunday 11:30 pm- 3pm ( last entry 2:40 pm)

For more details of your visit, click here.

Admission Fee

Adults:     €5.00

Seniors:     €4.00 (over 65 years of age)

Students:   €4.00 (anyone holding a valid student card and over 16 yrs)

Children:   €2.50 ( five to fifteen years of age, under-fives, go up for free)

Family:   €12.00 (based on two adults and up to four children under 16 yrs)

Contact Information

Address: Shandon Bells  Church St. Shandon, Cork City

Email: info@shandonbells.ie   

Phone : +353- 021-4505906    

10. Spend an afternoon at Fitzgerald Park

Fitzgerald Park Cork

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and head over to Fitzgerald Park. This park will introduce you to the glassy waters of River Lee, historic sculptures like the bust of Michael Collins, a hero of the Irish War of Independence, and a rose garden perfect for picnics.

Cork City’s one and only pedestrianized bridge are also in the park popularly known as the Shakey Bridge.

Opening  Times

November  to  February- 8.30am – 5 pm

October & March– 8.30 am- 6pm

April & September – 8.30 am – 8pm

May & August: 8.30 am – 9 pm

June & July: 8.30 am- 10pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Mardyke, Cork, Ireland

Phone : +353 21 492 4333

11. Experience an Irish nightlife at Hi-B Bar

If you’re in the city to experience the nightlife, Hi-B Bar is the top spot for you. Add this to your list of things to do in Cork City and you will surely have the best night in Cork.

Mobile phones are not allowed inside too which makes it the best place to socialize without any distractions.

Truly one of Cork’s hidden gems, HI-B bar has a list of extensive beers you can try.

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday -3 pm – 11 pm

Friday to Saturday  – 2 pm – 12: 30 am

Contact Information

Address: 108 Oliver Plunkett St, Centre, Cork, T12 E6CX, Ireland

Phone : +353 21 427 2758

12. Look over the city from Elizabeth Fort

elizabeth fort cork

If you want to take more breathtaking views of the city, head over to Elizabeth Fort. This 17th century star-shaped fort was originally a built to defend the city during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It was also once turned into a women’s prison during the War of Independence.

Its redevelopment turned it into a tourist attraction where tourists can now take a good look of the city.

Opening Time

October to April  – Tuesday –Saturday 10 am-11pm

Sunday 12 pm- 5pm

May to September – Monday  – Saturday 10 am- 5 pm

Sunday -12pm- 5pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Elizabeth Fort, Barrack Street, Cork City

Phone:+353- 021- 4975947

Email: info.elizabeth@gmail.com

13. Develop an eye for contemporary arts in Triskel Arts Center

The Triskel Art Center also has an interesting history that you might want to know. This cultural hub in the heart of Cork City offers a lot of things like the Triskel Christchurch which is now acting as the main auditorium after it has been refurbished from an old Georgian Church.

It usually hosts Classical and Jazz concerts, art exhibits, movies, and other cultural events. This arts center also has a contemporary art room known as the Triskel Gallery Space. The Makeup Bar and a Script Cafe Bar also share the space.

Opening  Time

Monday – Saturday 10 am- 5 pm

Sunday – 1pm -8pm

Open until 9 pm for all evening events

Contact Information

Address: Triskel Arts Centre Tobin St., Cork City

Phone: 021- 427 2022

Email: triskelchristchurch@triskelartscentre.ie

14. Feel the soul of Cork in St. Patrick’s Street

st patrick's street cork

Another attraction you might want to check is Cork City’s main shopping hub. Also located in the heart of the city, this one is not hard to miss.

When the weather is good, you will usually find locals gathering and chit-chatting over great food. This is where you can also find a lot of places to stay in Cork.

15. Call it a wrap at The Roundy Bar

To wrap up your day, enjoy a relaxing evening with live music and comedy at The Roundy Bar. Whether you’re someone who has an eye for independent records or someone who just want to end the day with a good laugh, this bar can easily be located in the heart of Cork City.

Upstairs, it has Plugd Records, an independent record shop for those who love music. Roundy Bar can also host parties for up to 80 people.

Opening Time

Monday- Thursday -9am -11:30 pm

Friday –Saturday-  9 am- 12:30 am

Contact Information

Address: 1 Castle St, Centre, Cork, T12 RX09, Ireland

Phone: +353 21 241 7888

Email: roundyupstairs@gmail.com

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15 Fun Things To Do In Londonderry, Ireland

Londonderry, also popularly known as “Derry”, is the second largest city in Northern Ireland. Overall, it is the fourth largest city in the country. Derry is derived from an Old Irish name which means “oak grove” but aside from that, is also known as the walled city.

In fact, it is the only remaining intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe. Londonderry is engulfed with a lot of history that is why you should not skip it when in Ireland. To give you an idea, here are 15 things to do in Londonderry.

15 Fun Things To Do In Londonderry, Ireland

1.  Walk through Irish history in the Walls of Derry

Derry City Walls - things to do in londonderry

The Walls of Derry is one of the most iconic spots in Londonderry. After all, these walls made the city known as the only walled city in Ireland that survived through time. These diamond-shaped defensive walls were built in the 1610s to protect the city from the English and Scottish colonists.

It also stood strong amidst the 105-day siege during the Williamite War in 1689. The walls can be stretched 1.6 kilometers in total, is 26 feet high, and approximately 30 feet wide. It can be seen straddling a hill.

Walking through the middle of the wall shows a clear division of the countryside and the Inner City. Before, the walls were closed to the public for decades mainly because it is one of the best spots for snipers.

However, after the city has regained peace, this walled city has become one of the top tourist attractions in Londonderry and one of the best day trips from Belfast. 

Opening Hours

Monday- Saturday – 11:30 am- 1am

Sunday- 12pm -12 am

Contact Information

Address: Bishop St, Londonderry BT48 6PR, UK

Phone: +44 28 7126 7284

Email: info@tourismni.com

2. Understand the story of Derry in the Tower Museum

Tower Museum Londonderry

The Tower Museum is located within the historic walls specifically in Union Hall Palace. It is a historic tower which presents the history of Derry through award-winning exhibits from the prehistoric time until the 1960s.

It also has an exhibit of a local shipwreck in 1588 located in a separate gallery. In this gallery, you can see artifacts from a Spanish Armada ship known as La Trinidad Valencera.

The Museum also has a cinema where you can continue learning the history of Derry during the second half of the 20th century. The presentation talks about the causes and outcomes of the Troubles.

Opening Hours

Monday- Sunday- 10 am-4;30 pm

Contact Information

Address: Tower Museum Union Hall Place Derry  BT48 6LU

Phone: 028 7137 2411

Email:tower.reception@derrystrabane.com

3. Get to know more of the Free Derry Museum

Free Derry Museum Londonderry

As stated earlier, Derry is engulfed with a lot of history and more of it can be seen from the Free Derry Museum.

With over 25,000 artifacts in its exhibits, the Free Derry Museum aims to send a message supporting civil rights and equality. It tells the story about the Battle of the Bogside, Operation Motorman, and Bloody Sunday.

These stories are being supported with letters, posters, photographs and actual footage. The museum opened in 2006 and it has become one of the major resources for schools and colleges all over Ireland and beyond.

The museum also draws visitors from Unionist and Nationalist communities but more importantly, it welcomes everyone who is interested in the history of the city of Derry and its civil rights movement.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm (All year, excluding Christmas and New Year)

Saturday 1.00pm – 4.00pm (All year, excluding Christmas and New Year)

Sunday 1.00pm – 4 pm (July – Sept)

Last admission 30 minutes before stated closing time.

Admission Fee

Adult £6.00 / Concessionary/Senior £5.00 / Groups (10+) £4.00

Contact Information

Address: Museum of Free Derry,  55 Glenfada Park, Bogside, Derry, BT48

Phone: 028 71 360880

Email: info@museumoffreederry.org

4. Learn the history of the Siege of Londonderry in the Siege Museum

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Siege of Londonderry is another historical event in Ireland that is worth to know. In fact, an extension to the Apprentice Boys of Derry Memorial Hall was completed in 2016 to exhibit this 1688 Siege.

Today, it is now called the Siege Museum and Exhibition where you can find exhibitions about the Apprentice Boys of Derry, Orange Order, Women’s Orange, and The Royal Black Institution.

Each of these orders is located in separate rooms where you can find artifacts, videos, and interactive media.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday

10am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

Sunday

Closed (Group tours available by request)

Admission Fee

£4 per person

Under 12 – Free

Contact Information

Address: 13 Society Street Londonderry BT48 6PJ

Phone: 028 71261219

Email:info@thesiegemuseum.org

5. Cross through the Peace Bridge

Peace Bridge Derry

The Peace Bridge is another symbolic spot in Derry which connects the Unionists and Nationalists as it literally crosses between the waterside and cityside communities in Derry.

As for those who have not known, the Waterside community generally belongs to the Unionists while the Cityside to the Nationalists. The 235-meter bridge was completed in 2011 as a collaboration between AECOM and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Today, it is a popular scene to celebrate New Year in Londonderry.

6. See the beautiful Guildhall building

Guildhall Derry

This beautiful neo-gothic style building is located just outside the city walls and near the Peace Bridge and is totally worth the visit.

Originally built in 1887 by the Honourable Irish Society, the Guildhall is embellished with a beautiful stained glass window, a grand staircase, the main hall organ, and a corridor which altogether adds up to the building’s alluring charm.

Aside from its intriguing history, the Guildhall also faced a major restoration in June 2013 which now results in a multifaceted tourism experience for anyone who wishes to visit the building.

Visiting the Guildhall will introduce you to an exhibit which presents the history of the city during the colonization in the 17th century- also known as the Plantation of Ulster. Because of this, this promising tourist hub has been awarded and recognized by several professional bodies, heritage groups, and construction organizations.

7. Hear a story of romance and tragedy in the Prehen House

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Home of Ireland’s greatest love story, the Prehen House is an 18th century Irish Georgian house located in Prehen, County Londonderry. The house was built in 1740 for Andrew Knox after he married Honoria Tomkins, heiress of Prehen.

Much more of this, the Prehen House is also tied to the story of Mary Ann Knox. Her story was both romance and tragedy where she was accidentally killed during an attempted elopement by John MacNaghten, the landowner.

As a punishment for this accident, MacNaghten was executed and hanged for his crime. Although the house is still privately owned, tourists and visitors are also welcome to visit to hear this tale and appreciate the views of Derry and the Foyle River.

Contact Information

Address: Prehen Park, Derry, Londonderry, BT47 2PB

Phone: (028) 7134 2829

Email: info@prehenhouse.com

8. Pay respect to St Eugene’s Cathedral

St. Eugene's Cathedral Derry

The Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Derry is no other than St. Eugene’s Cathedral. This Roman Catholic church was built in the second half of the 19th century with a Gothic Revival style.

The enchanting outcome of this project was made possible by the brilliance of its architect, James Joseph McCarthy. The tower of the cathedral is visible in the northwest of the city kissing the edge of Brooke Park.

In the upper section of the bell tower, you can also see a statue of St. Eugene from 1873. McCarthy used a Sardinian granite on the sanctuary floor while the altar is bedazzled with Carrara marbles.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday:  

8.00 am, 10.00 am and 7.30 pm

Saturday:  

10.00 am

Contact Information

Address: St. Eugene’s Cathedral Derry City BT48 9AP

Phone: 028 7126 2894/ 028 7136 5712

Email: steugenes@btconnect.com

9. Visit the internationally recognized St Columb’s Cathedral

St_Columb's Cathedral, Derry

This cathedral in the heart of the walled city is the Mother Church of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. The cathedral, built in the early 1630s, has a Northern Irish style known as Planter Gothic.

It is dedicated to St. Columba, an Irish monk who established a Christian settlement in Derry before he was exiled from the country. Parts of this cathedral is recognized as one of the oldest standing monuments in Derry.

The chancel and spire, on the other hand, does not belong to it because it only came in the 19th and 20th century.

10. Take a walk in St Columb’s Park

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re looking for a place to just chill or maybe have a picnic with your family, the St. Columb’s Park right at the bank of the River Foyle is the perfect hangout spot for you.

You can also go straight to this park if you’re coming from the Peace Bridge. Aside from the greenery and landscape of the park, you can also find a manor house which was built in the 18th century.

This manor house is currently being used for accommodation and conference center. There is also a small cafe on the ground floor for visitors who wants to take some refreshments.

Opening Hours

March to October – Monday to Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

November to February (incl) Monday to Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

Open for Services: Sunday 8am-9am, 11am – 12.30pm, 4pm-5pm

Contact Information

Address: 17 London Street Londonderry BT48 6RQ

Phone: 028 7126 7313

Email: stcolumbs@ic24.net

11. Take a quick trip to Ness Country Park

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ness Country Park, a 55 hectares of greenery, is located on the Banks of River Burntollet just outside the walled city. It consists of seven kilometers of forest and riverside and vast meadow.

If you dig deep to the heart of the forest, you will be taken to the enchanting Ness waterfall and its set of rapids. Locals advise that the best time to walk in the park is during spring season where bluebells and wood anemones paint the forest floor with lovely hues.

Ness Country Park is the perfect countryside getaway if you want to take a break from the walled city.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday -9 am – 4pm

Contact Information

Address: 50 Oughtagh Rd, Killaloo, Londonderry BT47 3TR

Email:  info@tourismni.com

12. Snap a pic with the Bogside Murals

Bogside Murals Derry

The Bogside Murals do not only serve as a tourist attraction in Derry but it is also a reminder of its difficult past. This set of 12 large paintings are located in the neighborhood where the Bloody Saturday took place. This historical event resulted in these paintings which aim to champion civil rights.

You can take a guided tour to know the deeper context of these paintings which depicts the Battle of Bogside in 1969, Operation Motorman in 1972, the victims of the Bloody Sunday, and a dove of peace.

13. Add the Free Derry Corner in your ‘Gram

Free Derry Corner

Still located in the Bogside Neighborhood, the Free Derry Corner is a single standing wall which was once the entrance to a self-declared autonomous Nationalist area in Derry.

The message which says “You are now entering Free Derry” was painted by a local activist in 1969 during the early phases of the Troubles.

The wall used to have rows of terrace houses at the background. However, these houses were demolished later on which leaves the wall independently standing as a dual carriageway in the present time.

Beside the wall is a memorial for the victims of the Irish Hunger Strike.

14. Rediscover the charm of the Craft Village

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you have an eye for arts, crafts, and little trinkets, the Craft Village deserves a quick trip. Most of the finds here are of Irish references like Irish dancing costumes, glassware, knitwear, crystal home decorations, candles, and a lot more.

Aside from these, the Craft Village also hosts live performances. To watch these performances, just spot the Canopy and the large iron and glass structure which shelters the stage.

15. Travel through the Derry-Coleraine Railway

The Derry-Coleraine Railway is a 50-kilometer train ride offering one of the most beautiful views in the world. The ride passes through a green landscape of dry-stone walls and basalt hills.

It continues heading towards the coast of Benone Strand before reaching Castlerock. From there, you’ll experience the longest railway tunnels in Ireland which were dug in the 1850s.

The ride ends at Causeway Coast where you’ll most likely recognize several scenes from Game of Thrones.


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The Cliffs of Moher Tour (Tips and Guide For First Time Visitors)

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located in County Clare, Ireland.  It is one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and one of the most visited attractions in Ireland with 1.5 million visitors annually.

So it’s not really hard to find a Cliffs of Moher tour whichever city you’re staying in Ireland.

Standing 702ft above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, Cliffs of Moher boasts one of the most amazing views in Ireland. In a good day, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

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It’s quite common to include a visit to the cliffs on a week-long Ireland trip. Most travelers begin in Dublin and work their way southwest toward the Shannon Region.

This route typically includes stops in Kilkenny, Killarney, Dingle, Kenmare, Cork, and Kinsale.

If you don’t know where to start with your Cliffs of Moher tour, then this guide is for you.

What city is closest to the Cliffs of Moher?

The Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare, in the Burren region. The closest airport is Shannon International Airport which is almost an hour by car.

Shannon Airport has direct connections to the USA and mainland Europe serving the West Coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. Airlines serving Shannon Airport include Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Air Transat.

It is also easily accessed by road from Galway (1.5 hours), Ennis (40 minutes), Limerick (1.5 hours) and from Dublin is approximately 4 hours via Limerick.

When is the best time to visit Cliffs of Moher?

cliffs of moher

Cliffs of Moher is a popular tourist attraction and summer months in Ireland is the busiest time to visit. The months of May, June, July, and August can become quite crowded during the peak times of the day which is from 11 am- 4 pm. So if you visit, within these months, avoid the peak hours to enjoy your visit.

As for the best months to avoid the crowd, September and October are a quieter season to visit.

How much does it cost to visit the Cliffs of Moher?

The admission prices include the visitor center and to walk along the pathways and platforms, vehicle parking, leaflets, and maps.

Adults €6
Students €4
Senior Citizens €4
Children under 16
Free Group rates available on request

What is there to do at the Cliffs of Moher?

The Atlantic Edge Experience

Atlantic Edge Experience is the virtual tour of the Cliffs of Moher. The exhibition can be found inside the visitor center. It features amazing aerial footages, landscapes images, caving, and deep-sea diving and animals footages.

This will give you an overview of what to expect in the Cliffs of Moher and the surrounding areas.

Cliffs of Moher cruise

There are several Cliffs of Moher cruises that start and end at Doolin pier. If you want a different way to see the cliffs, then a cruise is a must. The boat cruises below the spectacular cliffs which tower over 700ft above the ocean.

To book your cruise tour for €15 per person, click here.

 

Doolin Cliff Walk

The Doolin Cliff Walk starts at Doolin and ends at the visitor center. This walk offers a spectacular sight of the cliffs along the Atlantic. The trail is about 8 km and approximately takes about 3 hours. From the visitor center, you can just take the public transport to go back to Doolin.

O’Brien’s Tower

o'brien's tower

O’Brien’s Tower is the highest vantage point on the cliffs. The O’Brien’s Tower is a round stone tower located between Doolin and Liscannor. It was built by Sir Cornellius O’Brien as an observation tower for the hundreds of tourists that frequented the cliffs in 1835.

From atop the watchtower, visitors can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, the Maum Turk Mountains and the Twelve Bens to the north in Connemara, and Loop Head to the south.

Opening Times

Open 24 hours daily.

Admission Fee

The tower has a separate fee from the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre.

€2/adult

€1/child

Cliffs View Cafe

Guests can enjoy classic Irish fare which includes wild Atlantic prawn salads with stout bread and Burren-smoked salmon. All of these, while enjoying the views of the cliffs and Liscannor Bay from your table.

Hag’s Head

Hag’s Head is the most southerly point of Cliffs of Moher. The edge of the cliffs forms an unusual rock formation that resembles a woman’s head looking out to the sea.

According to legend, an old hag, Mal of Malbay, fell in love with the Irish mythology hero, Cu Chulainn. She chased the Cu Chulainn one day but lost her footing while crossing the sea stacks and fell off the cliff.

Things to do near Cliffs of Moher

The Burren

The Burren National Park is the smallest among the national parks in Ireland. Established in 1991, it only covers an area of 5.8 square miles in County Clare.

The name Burren came from the word “Boireann” which means “great rock”. It is because the entire park is dominated by a glaciated karst landscape. Despite the soil being covered by rocks, the park has diverse and rich floras.

During summer, these floras bloom in a way that will leave the visitors in awe because of the park’s natural beauty.

Opening Times

April to September only. Daily between 9:30 am to 5 pm. To verify the schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Email: burrennationalpark@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353-65-6827693 

Doolin Cave 

Doolin Cave or Pol an Ionain is a limestone cave in Doolin located at the western edge of Burren National Park. It is known for its Great Stalactite which is one of the longest free-hanging stalactites in the world and the longest known free-hanging stalactites in Europe.

Opening Times

Open 10am-5pm daily.

Admission Fee

Adults: €15.00

Children: €8.00

Family 2 Adults and up to 3 Children: €45

St. Brigid’s well

St. Brigid’s well is one of the oldest healing well in Ireland. St. Brigid is one of the Patron Saints of Ireland. It is said that in 500 A.D., St. Brigid, a young girl then, renounced her beauty and prayed to become ugly.

So that she wouldn’t attract suitors and be forced into marriage. It is also said that she gave away her possessions to the poor and became a nun.

The well of St. Brigid is now a popular well that said to have healing factors. Aside from the well, you will find a grotto with mementos from people who visited the well.

Opening Times

Open daily anytime.

Admission Fee

Free

How to go to Cliffs of Moher using public transportation

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Galway

From Galway to Cliffs of Moher is only over 75 km. Take a bus from Galway Bus Station on Eyre Square to Cliffs of Moher. Take the Bus Eireann #350 and it will take you directly to the gate of the visitor center. It takes 2 hours and 15 minutes for €16-19 one-way trip. Bus leaves every hour.

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Dublin

Cliffs of Moher are over 266 kilometers from Dublin. If you don’t have a car, you can take 2 connecting buses that go directly to the visitor center. From Burgh Quay, Dublin City South, you can take a Bus Dublin Coach to Dunnes, Friars Walk. This takes about 3.5 hours for €20-25 one way. 

And then from Friars Walk, walk to Ennis Bus Station to take a bus that goes to the visitor center. This takes about an hour for €9-11 a trip. Then from the bus stop, just walk about 5 minutes to get to the entrance of the visitor center.

There’s also a Citylink bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay that goes to the visitor center via Gmit. Travel time and bus fare are almost the same.

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Limerick

Take a bus (#302, #343) from Limerick Arthur’s Quay station to Friars Walk, Dunnes. This takes about 45 minutes for €3-11 per trip. Then from Friars Walk, walk towards Ennis Bus Station and take the bus that goes directly to Moher visitor center. This takes another 50 minutes for €9-11 one way trip.

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Cork

Take a bus from Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell to Ennis Bus station. This takes about 3 hours for €23-28 per trip and then take a bus from Ennis Bus Station that goes directly to Cliffs of Moher. This takes another 50 minutes for €9-11 one way trip.

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Shannon

Take a bus (#343) from Shannon station to Friars Walk, Dunnes. This takes about 30 minutes for €6-8 per trip. Then from Friars Walk, walk towards Ennis Bus Station and take the bus that goes directly to Cliffs of Moher. This takes another 50 minutes for €9-11 one way trip.

Or you can also join tours from the following cities.

Cliffs of Moher Tours through different cities

Cliffs of Moher Tour from Galway

Galway City is only 1.5 hours from Cliffs of Moher so a lot of people use Galway as a base. If you want to take a day trip from Galway to Cliffs of Moher, there are several tours you can choose. Just click on the respective tours to book.

Full Day Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour

 

This tour to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren region is a leisurely guided day tour that includes a 2hr stops at the Cliffs of Moher and visits to Kilfenora and the Poulnabrone Dolmen. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher Half-Day Express Coach Trip

 

Experience the Cliffs of Moher independently with a round-trip express coach service from Galway. Get access to the visitors center on arrival, and enjoy a full 2 hours to explore at your own pace. It’s € 14 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher & Doolin Village: 7-Hour Tour

 

On this 7-hour trip from Galway, discover the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin village. Enjoy the comfort of a luxury coach and expert guides. It’s € 25 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher Tour from Dublin

Dublin is approximately 4 hours away from County Clare. If you want to take a day trip from Dublin to Cliffs of Moher, there are several tours you can choose. Just click on the respective tours to book.

Moher, Burren & Galway Full-Day Tour

 

This tour includes a visit to the city of Galway, the Burren, marvel at the ruins of historic Kilmacduagh Monastery and Cliffs of Moher. It’s € 45 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour

 

Explore the cliffs on a 12-hour tour from Dublin, and travel back through Ireland’s rich heritage on a scenic drive to the Galway coast. Stop en route for spectacular photo opportunities in Kinvara fishing village, Bunratty Castle and more. It’s € 40 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher & Doolin Tour

 

Travel in comfort and style from Dublin city on a luxury coach, sit back in your reclining leather seat with a complimentary tea or coffee and access free Wi-Fi as you head west through the Burren, Doolin, and Cliffs of Moher. It’s €50 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher Tour from Limerick

Limerick is approximately 1.5 hours away from County Clare. If you want to take a day trip from Limerick to Cliffs of Moher, there are several tours you can choose. Just click on the respective tours to book.

Moher Full-Day Tour

 

Experience the wild coast of the Atlantic Ocean on an 8-hour tour to the Cliffs from Limerick, and see the highest cliffs in Europe, Lemenagh Castle, and with a free ticket to the Atlantic Edge.  It’s €25 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher Tour from Cork

Cork is approximately 3 hours away from County Clare. If you want to take a day trip from Cork to the cliffs, there are several tours you can choose. Just click on the respective tours to book.

Cliffs of Moher and More: Full-Day Tour

 

Other sites you’ll see on this tour of Ireland’s scenic west coast include the city of Limerick, the Burren, and Bunratty Castle.  It’s €35 per person. To book, click here.

Practical tips for Cliffs of Moher tour

1. Avoid the peak hours

As mentioned, the busiest hours are between 11 am to 4 pm, especially during the summer. So to avoid the crowd, make sure to come earlier. There are times that they need to close the area because it gets too full.

2. Stay on designated viewing paths

Visitors falling off the cliffs are not news, unfortunately. The edge of the cliffs don’t have barriers and taking selfies on the edge of the cliffs is not worth your life. Take caution especially if it’s windy.

3. Prepare for the weather

Even if it’s summer, it can get pretty windy and cold along the cliffs so make sure to bring a jacket or sweater with you. Rain is also unpredictable so bring a raincoat if you can. And wear good walking shoes to prevent yourself from tripping due to wet and uneven ground.

4. Avoid the crowded area

The full trail of Cliffs of Moher from Doolin to Liscannor is 18 km long. But the section from the visitor center to Doolin is only 8km. Most people only stay near the visitor center and this is where it gets crowded. To avoid the crowd, walk further north to enjoy a crowd-free section of the cliffs.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allow at least 2 hours for exploring the area.

Opening Hours

8 am to 7 pm although, during winter, the cliffs are already closed by 5 pm.

Contact Information

Location: Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie

Email: +353 65 708 6145

Affordable Hotels near Cliffs of Moher

There are several B&Bs and hotels near Cliffs of Moher. Most of these accommodations can be found in Doolin or Liscannor which are both within 8km from Cliffs of Moher. Also, most of the activities are located in Doolin, so it might be a better option for you as well.

Here are some of our favorites.

Ceol na dTonnta

This bed and breakfast offers beautifully decorated rooms, excellent breakfast with lots of options and located near the sea which gives the guest a nice view from the rooms. The place is also pet-friendly and there are tons of things to do within the area. And for the price of €70-€90 a night, it’s a steal. To check the reviews, click here.

Glasha Meadows

Glasha Meadows is a family-run bed and breakfast in Doolin with spacious room, awesome breakfast, and wifi. It’s also a 10-minute drive from Cliffs of Moher. Room rates range from €75-€155. To check the reviews, click here.

Island View Lodge

Island View Lodge offers private apartments with a small kitchen and dining area. It’s also only 20-minute walk to Cliffs of Moher and guests can enjoy the sea view nearby. Room rates range from €85-€145. To check the reviews, click here.

 


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Irish Gifts For Her (15 Best Gifts For Women Who Love Ireland)

Voted as being one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, Ireland offers a lot of interesting and useful gifts for women that will remind you of your stay in the scenic country. These Irish gifts for her are available online, readily available as gifts for female family members, friends, neighbors, for yourself, or for special women who yearn the special beauty of Ireland.

So here’s the list of fun and interesting Irish gifts for her or any women in your life who love Ireland.

Irish Gifts For Her (15 Best Gifts For Women Who Love Ireland)

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1.Ceramic Mug with Irish Blessing


The polished ceramic mug is designed with lucky four-leaf clovers, a popular symbol of good luck and fortune in Ireland. It contains a heartwarming traditional Irish blessing that will make you smile as you sip your morning, afternoon, or evening tea. A great gift for anyone’s grandmother, aunt, or anybody who would like to read a short blessing to start off their day. To check the latest price, click here.

 

2.Abbey Gift Irish Mug and Coaster Set

A beautiful and practical gift for any Irish culture lover. The mug is layered with a dark forest green matte exterior that makes it perfectly safe as a container for microwaved food. It can be also safely loaded in a dishwasher.

It includes a coaster, which can be also used as a lid. A nice gift for both women and men who like to keep their workplace clean and free of clutter. To check the latest price, click here. 

3. St. Patrick’s Day Tee Shamrock Shirt

Wear your love for Ireland proudly with a unisex Irish shamrock cuff-sleeved shirt. Made from 100% cotton, the fabric gives you a light and warm feeling. Its softness will never disappoint. Perfect to wear on St. Patrick’s Day or any Irish festivals, or even any day for that matter.

The unisex sizing of the shirt makes it a loose fit, to accommodate all body types. Look fresh and lucky every day with this cool shamrock shirt. To check the latest price, click here. 

4.Clover Charm Penny Keychain

Attach your good wishes to someone with this perfect charm—a penny, a symbol of luck in the US, with a silver clover to bring the beholder good luck. It comes in a package with a card noted: “What a lucky year!”.

The stainless metal ring will hold your container and your charm nicely. Perfect for an Irish-lovers couple’s keychain, or a 16th-year gift for a special someone. To check the latest price, click here.

 

 

5. Drunker Half St. Patrick’s Day Beer Glasses

Reminding you of the golden ales and rich brews of Ireland is a fun gift for any Irish brew lover—a set of two of the finest Drunker Half Beer Glasses. It can be used for any occasion, but most notably during St. Patrick’s Day.

Crafted using high-quality glassware, it is heavy duty, with the letterings printed in organic ink. You’ll surely smile at first sight as you think of your ‘Drunken Half’, whoever he or she might be. Rest assured that the glass will not only enliven any celebration but also be as durable as your love for Ireland. To check the latest price, click here. 

6.Irish Knit Beanie Hat

Warming-up for the cold season has never been as stylish as wearing the perfect winter-wear beanie—and this soft Irish knit beanie is one of them. The one-sized, hand-knit head warmer can be used anywhere.

The Olann Green color reminds one of Ireland, but there are other colors and styles to choose from. It is thick and will give you the warm comfort you need during the coldest days you will encounter. To check the latest price, click here

7.Kate Kearney Irish Dark Chocolate

The smooth and creamy Irish-native dark chocolate is a great gift for Irish chocolate lovers. Having the health benefits of rich dark chocolate, plus the creaminess of good Irish dairy makes it a splendid gift.

The chocolate was named after a beautiful Irish lady who helped travelers who passed by her cottage at Killarney, Co. Kerry. To check the latest price, click here.

 

 

8.Kate Kearney Irish Assorted Sweets

If you aren’t much of a fan of chocolate but still crave for delectable Irish sweets, then you should try Kate Kearney Irish Assorted Sweets. Surprise yourself with an assortment of individually-wrapped sweets. They range from caramel, chocolate, tangy fruit flavored jellies, and chewy fudges and toffees. A thoughtful Irish gift for anyone, especially for kids. To check the latest price, click here.

9.Kate Kearney Irish Whiskey Fudge Bag

If you want your fudge flavored with a tinge of whiskey – minus the alcohol, then try Kate Kearney Irish Whiskey Fudge Bag. The individually-wrapped candies inside the bag won’t last long in the family table.

Its high-quality creaminess makes it melt in your mouth. Delectably soft, good consistency, with a hint of whiskey once it has melted. It is perfectly safe for kids and a yummy Irish confectionary for everyone! To check the latest price, click here.

 

10.Women’s St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Tank Top

Continue wearing your pride for Ireland as you exercise or take a morning stroll with a shamrock tank top.

Lightweight, extremely soft, and durable—its high-quality fabric will ensure your skin stays smooth as you perform any strenuous physical activity while feeling lucky. To check the latest rate, click here.

 

 

11.Patrick Francis Navy & Green Shamrock Sprig Silk Scarf

The great silk scarf is woven with fine Celtic cashmere wool that measures 12” wide by 52” long—which can be used in varied ways: as a shawl, a small blanket, or an elegant outdoor scarf. Perfect for an Irish-themed party or get-together.

It features a soft navy background with branches of shamrock springs. Crafted from 100% silk, it is lightweight and can be worn in any formal or casual occasion. To check the latest price, click here.

 

12.Irish Wit, Wisdom and Humor: The Complete Collection of Irish Jokes, One-Liners & Witty Sayings

If you wish to impress your friends with wisdom from Irish sayings or make them laugh with your Irish jests, then The Complete Collection of Irish Jokes, One-Liners & Witty Sayings is a book especially for you.

Witty observations, fun one-liners, and humorous quotations are compiled for you to share with anyone.

It features famous Irish icons such as Oscar Wilde, Bono, James Joyce, C. S. Lewis, Sinead O’Connor, and many more. To check the latest price, click here.

 

13.Godinger Dublin Covered Butter Dish

A butter dish crafted from brilliant 24 percent lead crystal, this lidded crystal container adds wonderfully as a fine-dining accessory. Used mostly for special events, the crystal lid features classic Irish design, brilliantly wedged, with diamond cuts as finishing.

For best care, the butter dish must be washed by hand. To check the latest rate, click here.

 

14.Ireland Celtic Coin Copper Earrings

These earrings are ideal gifts for women who would like to wear a coppery relic resembling Ireland. The earring is shaped liked pinging coin from Ireland, and the copper-colored bird featured on the earring was adapted from the bird found in the Book of Kells. Which is a symbolic bird resembling resurrection and immortality.

Wear these earrings proud and raise your love for Ireland higher. Or give it to a special someone to show how enduring your love is for each other. To check the latest price, click here.

15.Irish Designed Apron

Creating Irish dishes becomes more fun and authentic when you wear an Irish-inspired apron. With a national foliage pattern, intricate twigs, and botanical abstractions, the apron will surely remind you of your best dining experiences in Ireland. It is waterproof, 31” long and 26” wide, made of 100% spun polyester fabric.

It is machine washable, durable, and no fading of patterns—which were printed with high-end digital technology printers that allow the patterns to last on the fabric for a lifetime. It has easily adjustable neck and back ties that make it more comfortable to use for both indoor and outdoor activities. To check the latest price, click here.


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Top 10 Traditional Irish Foods To Try

Ireland does not only boast with world-renowned drinks but they’re also doing well in the food department. Irish love their meals tasty and warm- the kind of meal that will make you experience fireworks in your tastebuds. If you’re excited to devour Irish dishes, you can start with these top 10 traditional Irish foods to try.

Irish Foods for Main Course

1. Irish stew

irish stew

Popular in every Irish restaurant, this classic Irish dish deserves the top spot in this list. This traditional Irish dish is most preferred for its rich taste, nutritional value, and low-cost. Typically, lamb serves as the main ingredient for this stew but beef also sounds like a good alternative.

Recipe for Irish Stew:

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 lb lamb cutlets

2 tbsp plain flour

2 lbs potatoes

1 cup onion

1 cup leeks

1 cup carrots

1 ½ pint dark beef stock

2 or 3  cabbage leaves

Salt

Pepper

How to make Irish Stew:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F/ 180 C.

  2. Heat the half of the oil in a large frying pan then add the lamb cutlets until brown.

  3. Transfer the cutlets in a casserole.

  4. Add the potatoes, onions, leeks, and carrots in the casserole then pour the remaining oil.

  5. Create a lump-free sauce by adding the flour to a frying pan and stir well in a gentle heat for 3 minutes.

  6. Pour sauce over the lamb and vegetable.

  7. Cook in the oven for 1 hour.

  8. Make sure the stock isn’t reducing too much. If so, add boiling water so that the meat and the vegetables are always covered by liquid.

  9. Season the salt and pepper.

2. Irish Pork Stew

irish pork stew

You can also call this as the ‘“Irish Stew’s cousin” but with pork as the main ingredient. It also has carrots, potatoes, and onions but it is usually added with Ireland’s Guinness beer for a special and flavorful broth.

Recipe for Irish Pork Stew:

2 lbs boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

⅓ cup flour

1 ½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 tsp vegetable oil

8 quartered baby red potatoes

4 peeled and chopped carrots

4 large onions, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick

1 minced garlic clove

¼ cup parsley, chopped

1 tsp caraway seed

1 bay leaf

1 (10 ½ -oz) can chicken broth

1 (12 oz) bottle imported stout or beer

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp brown sugar

How to make Irish Pork Stew:

  1. Combine salt, pepper, and flour in a bowl.

  2. Coat pork cubes

  3. Heat oil in a Dutch oven and brown meat in medium-heat

  4. Add the garlic and onion

  5. Cook and stir for 5 minutes.

  6. Add remaining ingredients, sit, and bring to a boil.

  7. Stir occasionally until meat is very tender.

3. Bangers and Mash

bangers and mash

Bangers and Mash is a classic in the Irish cuisine. This easy to prepare dish works well with lamb, pork, or beef sausages.

Recipe for Bangers and Mash:

2 lbs fresh veal or chicken sausages (8 large sausages)

2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced

Kosher salt

4 tbsp (½ stick) unsalted butter, diced

4 oz creme fraiche

½ cup whole milk

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp whole-grain or coarse mustard

1 tsp dry mustard

How to make Bangers and Mash:

  1. Prepare oven by preheating to 425 F.

  2. Place a baking rack over a sheet pan and arrange 1 layer of sausages on the baking rack.

  3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes

  4. Place the potatoes and 1 tbsp salt in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.

  5. Drain the water then add butter, creme fraiche, milk, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, 1 tbsp salt, and pepper.

  6. Using a handheld mixer, beat potatoes in the pan until smooth and creamy.

  7. Serve by mounding the mashed potatoes and top with the sausages.

4. Galway Oysters

galway oysters dish

Thousands of tourists visit Ireland for the Oyster Festival and the Galway Oysters. But even if you’re not in time for the festival, you can try this recipe using these exceptionally large oysters from Galway.

Recipe for Galway Oysters:

3 finely chopped bacon rashers

2 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs

12 oysters

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

4 tbsp double cream

How to make Galway Oysters:

  1. Heat the frying pan.

  2. Once heated, add bacon and fry gently on its own fat.

  3. Add breadcrumbs and brown briefly.

  4. Mix Worcestershire sauce with the double cream.

  5. Pour the mixture on the oyster then top with bacon and breadcrumb.

  6. Grill until brown and crisp.

5. Dublin Coddle

irish coddle

This coddle has no specific recipe as long as it has potatoes, spices, and everything nice— usually from leftovers.

Recipe for Dublin Coddle:

2 kg peeled potatoes

500 ml of boiled water

450 g good quality pork sausages

2 sliced large onions

450 g thick-cut bacon

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

How to make Dublin Coddle:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F

  2. Cut potatoes to smaller pieces.

  3. Grill the sausages and bacon but make sure not to dry them out.

  4. Layer onions, bacon, sausages, and potatoes in a large casserole dish. Season with parsley and pepper.

  5. Pour the boiled water then bring the liquid to a boil on a stove.

  6. Once boiled, reduce heat and cover the pot

  7. Place inside an oven for 3 hours. Check liquid level after 2 hours and add more water if necessary.

6. Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Irish Shepherd's_Pie

The name of the dish speaks a lot for itself. This meal used to be a good choice of food for peasants and farmers but now, it has become popular in Ireland where it is served in every table during St. Patrick’s Day.

Recipe for Irish Shepherd’s Pie:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp black pepper

1 lb ground beef or lamb

1 finely diced large onion

3-4 finely diced large carrots

1 cup frozen peas

2 tbsp flour

1 tbsp butter

1 glass red wine

2 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 cup chicken stock

6 cups mashed potatoes

1 beaten egg

How to make Irish Shepherd’s Pie:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F

  2. Saute carrots and onion then add meat.

  3. Season with black pepper and thyme

  4. Cook meat until browned then drain fat

  5. Add butter, peas, and flour then stir

  6. Add chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, red wine, and tomato paste until you have a thick meaty gravy

  7. Remove from heat.

  8. Add the sauce in a dish then pipe the mashed potatoes on top.

  9. Bake for 20 minutes.

Irish Foods For Side Dish

7. Mushy Peas

mushy peas

Mushy Peas are also every-foodie-in-Ireland’s favorite. It is usually paired with chips and fried battered fish or as a side dish to a nicely roasted lamb.

Recipe for Mushy Peas:

12 oz fresh English peas

2 oz salted butter

¼ tsp salt

2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

¼ tsp pepper

How to make for Mushy Peas:

  1. After rinsing, pour peas in a large saucepan with a steaming basket and add ½ inch water to the bottom of the pan.

  2. Bring water to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Melt butter in the saucepan then add the tender peas and mash.

  4. Add the whipping cream and mix.

  5. Season with salt and pepper.

8. Colcannon

Colcannon

Irish love potatoes and you can really tell since a lot of these traditional Irish foods have potatoes in the ingredients. Colcannon is also one of these potato dishes mixed with green vegetables and creamy milk.

Recipe for Colcannon:

2 to 2 ½ pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

5-6 Tbsp unsalted butter (with more butter for serving)

Salt

3 cups of chopped kale, cabbage, chard, or other leafy green

3 minced green onions

1 cup milk or cream

How to make for Colcannon:

  1. Boil the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes until fork tender.

  2. Set the pot to medium-high heat and cook the leafy green with butter for 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Add the green onion to the pot and cook together for 1 minute.

  4. Pour milk to the pot then add the potatoes in medium heat.

  5. Mash the potato to mix them up with the green.

  6. Add salt and serve hot

9. Irish Champ

irish Champ

Irish Champ is yet another flavorful mashed potato dish popular in Ireland. This tasty meal is another St. Patrick’s Day favorite and it is just easy to make.

Recipe for Irish Champ:

22 oz potatoes

1 cup green onion

2-3 oz milk

2 oz salted butter

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

How to make Irish Champ:

  1. In salted water, simmer potatoes until cooked.

  2. Drain potatoes once cooked.

  3. Melt butter and add milk in the same pan.

  4. Mash potatoes in the pan until smooth and creamy.

  5. Add the chopped green onions and mix well

  6. Season salt and pepper.

10. Roasted Cabbage

roasted cabbage

Aside from potatoes, cabbage is also one of the most popular vegetables in Ireland. This easy to make dish is also a must try.

Recipe for Roasted Cabbage:

½  head of green cabbage

3 slices of streaky bacon

1 teaspoon of peppercorns

½  teaspoon of salt

How to make Roasted Cabbage:

  1. Take 1 cabbage leaf and place 3 slices of bacon and 1 tsp peppercorns in the center of the leaf.

  2. Fold the leaves inward over the bacon and secure with a cotton thread.

  3. Peel the leaves off the cabbage head and rinse with cold water.

  4. Add the leaves and the bacon and peppercorn packet in a large saucepan.

  5. Add water and bring to a boil.

  6. Season with salt.

  7. Simmer for 20 minutes with low heat then drain the water.

  8. Cut through the cabbage leaves

  9. Add butter if desired then serve.

 


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Ring of Kerry Itinerary For 7 Days (Tips and Map)

Planning a Ring of Kerry itinerary? Got an entire week to spare and craving for some unforgettable adventure? Pack all your travel essentials and wear comfortable shoes, and explore the Ring of Kerry using this jampacked itinerary for 7 days.

Lough Leane County Kerry

Dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, magnificent mountains, stunning lakes and waterfalls, and quaint small towns spread over some of the most scenic drives you’ll ever experience in Ring of Kerry. You can hop on a bus that navigates the entire loop or rent a car to explore at a more relaxed pace.

We recommend the latter so you have more control over your schedule. You can also visit smaller towns and villages that otherwise will be impossible without a car. And if you don’t know where to start with renting a car, check out this guide on driving in Ireland.

You can also check for the best rates on rental companies in Ireland here

Download a map and an offline navigation app just to be sure, and set out on a scenic adventure that will take you through some of Ireland’s best.

Here’s our Ring of Kerry itinerary for 7 days along with tips, guide, and map to help you out with your adventure.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 1

killarney national park

1. Killarney

Spend day one at the colorful small town of Killarney, and you can spend the night here as well before heading on to the rest of your Ring of Kerry adventure.

Whether you’re taking the bus or renting a car, this town is a great place to spend a day in to relax while fixing last-minute details of your trip, or simply exploring it. Stroll around downtown and marvel at how it’s like being in 19th century Ireland.

Visit old churches that showcase the town’s rich history and culture. You can start a few hours in the morning just exploring the town center.

Close to town and just under thirty minutes away are some interesting sights you need to visit in Killarney. These are definite musts before heading back to your Killarney accommodation: the Muckross House, Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfalls and the Ross Castle.

These sites are part of Killarney National Park – one of the 6 national parks in Ireland.

2. Torc Waterfalls

As an alternative for the town center, you can head to Torc Waterfalls to start your Ring of Kerry journey. It’s about 7km from the town center. Spend an hour or two here with your coffee or picnic breakfast, while enjoying a few moments to relax.

Torc Waterfalls is a popular stop on the bus route so make sure you’re here early. You can climb a hundred steps on the left side of the waterfalls and you get to enjoy stunning views over the lakes of Killarney National Park and surrounding areas.

After enjoying nature, you can head to your next destination, Muckross House. It’s almost 4km on the way back to the town of Killarney and you can get here from Torc for less than 10 minutes.

3. Muckross House

Muckross House and Gardens Killarney

Built around the mid-1800s, this magnificent Victo mansion has around sixty-five elegantly furnished rooms as well as a pretty garden that you could stroll around in. Also within the estate are three working farms you can observe.

From Muckross House, you can head to Muckross Abbey. About 1.5 km away, it’s also a quick drive.

4. Muckross Abbey

Founded in 1448 by Franciscan monks, this abbey is amazingly well-preserved, even if it doesn’t have a roof. Stroll around its premises and get a closer look at this curious structure. You can also wander into the pretty courtyard that has a vaulted cloister and a massive yew tree in the center.

After spending an early afternoon in Muckross, head to Ross Castle.

5. Ross Castle

Ross Castle KILLARNEY

Located just a few miles from Killarney town and 9km from Muckross Abbey is a former stronghold of an Irish chieftain, built in the 15th century. An ideal place to watch the sunset and cap off your first day in your Ring of Kerry adventure, Ross Castle is situated by the Lough Leane.

From the castle, you have fantastic views of the lake as well as Inisfallen Island. The island has a 7th-century monastery that you can also explore before going back to the town center.

After a full day of sightseeing, head back to Killarney’s town center for a night of good sleep. We recommend staying in Kathleens Country House for a truly lovely stay. The place is a good value for 2 people while enjoying their expansive garden.

Have a meal or a pint in one of the many pubs if you are not too tired to go out.

Ring of Kerry Route for 1st Day Map

Total Lenght: 21.1 km or 48-minute drive in total.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 2

1. Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe kerry

Set out early and enjoy one of the most visited and stunning parts of your Ring of Kelly trip – Gap of Dunloe. It’s only 13 km west of Killarney.

Formed around two million years ago, the Gap of Dunloe is a mountain pass that spans 11 kilometers. It is situated between Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and passes five lakes where you’ll also find a wishing bridge.

With its unique jagged appearance, the Gap of Dunloe is popular among hikers, cyclists and even those riding on horseback. So if you want to explore this area, make sure you’re early to avoid the crowds.

That should take you a couple of hours or so including stops to take photos or simply take in the scenery. Afterward, it’s time to fuel up and have brunch at Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

2. Kate Kearney’s Cottage

This 150-year old former síbín (an unlicensed establishment that sold alcohol) is now a restaurant, bar, and pub, which also sells local crafts and other products.

Enjoy a hearty brunch here, have their famous breakfast tea and banoffee pie for dessert. That should fill you up enough to prepare for your next destination which involves a lot of walking.

3. Glenbeigh

Glenbeigh

Just several kilometers (29 km to be exact) and 30 minutes away from the Gap of Dunloe is a remote paradise of Glenbeigh.

Here, you can see and explore some parts of the Ring of Kerry by horseback riding. Ride through hills and mountains, rivers and the wild Atlantic, and even some parts of Rossbeigh Beach.

You’d pretty much get a taste of everything Ring of Kerry has to offer in an hour or so. Its one of the recommended activities when exploring the area so make sure you give it a try.

4. The Rossbeigh Hill Loop Walk

Adjacent to Glenbeigh is Rossbeigh Beach, where a rather strenuous but immensely fulfilling journey begins. The hike that lasts for three to four hours offers some of the best views of the surrounding countrysides, as well as of gorgeous Rossbeigh Beach.

Stop every once in a while for pictures, or simply take in the views.

5. Kells Beach

Kells Bay Ring of Kerry

A quick drive from Rossbeigh takes you to a quaint fishing village where you can stay the night as you prep for day three. Kells is located in between Glenbeigh and Cahersiveen, and this is where you’ll find Kell’s Bay.

It’s a fairly remote, quiet beach with plenty of rock pools. You can relax here to watch the sunset, or head on to this area called the ‘mountain stage’ for views of the Dingle Bay and Blasket Islands.

You can either camp for the night in Kells Beach or stay in one of the lovely B&B’s in the area. We recommend staying in Kells Bay House and Gardens for a good night of sleep. They also have a good Thai restaurant that an Asian like me won’t pass on.

Ring of Kerry Route for 2nd Day Map

Total Lenght: 59.3 km or 1 hour and a 15-minute drive in total.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 3

1. Cahirciveen

A historic town in the Skellig Kerry region, Cahersiveen is pretty much where you’ll be staying in the good part of day three as you explore some of its sights. Situated on the River Fertha, it is the main town of the Iveragh Peninsula.

Start your day here with a filling Irish breakfast, then visit some of the town’s attractions. Such as the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church, an old army barracks converted into a visitor center, Ballycarbery Castle and stone forts that date back to 600 AD.

2. Ballycarbery Castle

Ballycarbery Castle Ireland

Once an imposing 16th century castle, this structure that’s perched on a hill is now in ruins covered in ivy and moss. Despite its state, Ballycarbery Castle is still quite stunning. This former home of the McCarthy Clan is also among the largest and most impressive strongholds in the Iveragh peninsula.

3. Cabergal Stone Fort

Located within a short walking distance from Ballycarbery Castle is the Cabergal Stone Fort. Said to have been around since 600 AD, it has undergone some reconstructions.

The stone forts of Cahergal has walls that are around 6 meters high and 3 meters thick, and a great example of a medieval fort built around this region

4. Portmagee

Portmagee RING OF KERRY

After Cahirciveen, a quick drive takes you to the starting point of most of the destinations, you’ll visit in the next couple of days. Located in the Iveragh peninsula, the village of Portmagee is close to Valentia Islands, and a known gateway to the Skellig Islands.

Portmagee has a variety of cafés and restaurants as well as affordable accommodations, so it’s a pretty convenient base while you explore the nearby islands in the next few days.

For accommodation, we recommend staying in The Moorings Guesthouse and Seafood Restaurant. It’s a nice guest house located just across the harbor where the boats that go to the Skelligs are. Aside from really nice amenities, they also have an awesome restaurant on site. You can check the latest rates here.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary for 3rd Day Map

Total Lenght: 36.8 km or 46-minute drive in total.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 4

Skellig Islands: Skellig Michaels and Little Skellig

Skellig Michael things to do in ireland

The fourth day in your Ring of Kerry trip should be devoted to the Skellig Islands, as it’s not a place you can just visit on a whim. Make sure you book your trips in advance and hope for fine weather on the day of your visit.

The Skellig Islands is the collective name for Skellig Michael or Great Skellig, and Little Skellig. Most trips from Portmagee go to Skellig Michael as it’s one of the most important stops when touring Ring of Kerry.

A rather steep but worthwhile climb, you’ll find here an abandoned Christian monastery from the 7th century, as well as enjoy stunning views of surrounding areas. The place is listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site and a known film location of a couple of recent Star Wars films.

To get here, you can take a boat from Portmagee, Valentia Island, Ballingskelligs and Catherdaniel. If you decide to stay in Portmagee, you can either go early in the morning to check for any availability or ring them in advance.

Below are the boat operators in Portmagee that you can try. The fare also varies depending on the operator but on average, it’s between €30-70. The trip lasts for an hour and visitors are only allowed up to 2 hours on the islands. Which should be ample time to explore the area.

  • Casey’s Boat Trips – +353872395470
  • Murphy Sea Cruise – + 353876451909
  • Waterville Boats +353872202355
  • Skelligs Rock – +353872362344
  • Joe Roddy & Sons – +353871209924

You can explore the village of Portmagee some more in the afternoon or rest for the following day.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 5

1. Valentia Island

Valentia Island Ireland

Day five of this weeklong Ring of Kerry adventure takes you to places close to each other. All are reachable either via a bridge from Portmagee or a short drive. The day starts with the picturesque Valentia Islands, which you can cross from Portmagee village via the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge.

Once you reach the island, relax a bit then start exploring. You can hike on the Bray Head Loop Walk which has great views of the Skellig Islands or climbs up the Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs which has amazing views of the Ring of Kerry drive.

For something different, walk on the tetrapod tracks, which are preserved prints from an animal that lived millions of years ago.

2. Kerry Cliffs

Kerry Cliffs

The massive Kerry Cliffs doesn’t always make it to most Ring of Kerry itineraries but it’s a definite must. Easily reached via a quick drive from Portmagee, the cliffs which are about 300 meters high also offers views of the Skelligs and Puffin Islands.

Walk the entire stretch of these dramatic cliffs and enjoy some of the best views you’ll have in the Ring of Kerry.

3. Coomanaspig Pass

From the Kerry Cliffs, just drive up a steep hilly road to reach one of the highest places in Ireland. Coomanaspig may be a mouthful to pronounce but the views from this point are simply breathtaking and something you must experience.

It’s also an awesome place to catch the sunset so get up here, pull over, get out of the car and just take in the scenery.

4. St. Finian’s Bay

St. Finian’s Bay is also called by locals as the Glen. A place that’s popular among divers and surfers, you’ll also get excellent views of the Skellig Islands, the Puffin Island and the Atlantic from here.

Make sure you also check out the Skellig Chocolate Factory for some goodies and treats to take with you on your next Ring of Kerry destinations.

5. Ballinskelligs

Balinskelligs

From St. Finian’s Bay, drive back to the main highway then head onto this picturesque and unspoilt coastal village called Ballinskelligs. One of the few remaining places where people still speak Irish, Balinskelligs has cafés, pubs, restaurants, and nice accommodations so you can stay overnight.

An overnight stay is a must, so you can join one of their “dark sky tours”. Balinskelligs is free of pollution and light so it’s a perfect place for stargazing.

Another favorite guesthouse of ours is Tig An Rince. It’s cozy, clean, classy and offers an excellent breakfast in Balinskelligs. To check for their latest rates, click here.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary for 5th Day Map

Total Lenght: 25.5 km or 1 hour and a 43-minute drive in total.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 6

1. Waterville

Waterville

Spend the morning with an easy stroll around the picturesque little town of Waterville. Its population may just be 540, but it’s got enough cafés, restaurants, pubs and even accommodations to cater to its growing number of visitors.

This town is also known as Charlie Chaplin’s favorite vacation spot as well as for outdoor activities such as horseback riding, nature tours, and surfing as it has a nice beach you can visit.

2. Derrynane Beach

After brunch or lunch at Waterville, take the few miles drive to Derrynane, a small village by the sea which has some interesting historical sites. Make sure you check out the beach which is sheltered by mountains and said to be among the best in Ireland.

Other places you must visit are the Derrynane House, and the mysterious ruins of Derrynane Abbey, which is surrounded by graveyards.

3. Caherdaniel

Caherdaniel Fort

Adjacent to Derrynane and pretty walkable is the scenic village of Caherdaniel, which is another great place to relax in. This is also surrounded by mountains as well as sharing a coastline with Derrynane.

Make sure you visit the Derrynane National Park nearby, which is made up of 300 acres of forest. The park has natural pools, sandy coves and a diverse landscape that you can explore.

4. Staigue Fort

Staigue Fort

This former stronghold is one of the most popular stops among those doing the Ring of Kerry tour. This circular stone fort was built sometime between 300 and 400 AD and said to be among the best examples of ancient engineering and masonry. It’s a quick stop on the way to Sneem.

5. Sneem

Sneem ring of kerry

Ending another day should always be where you’re sure to catch a magnificent sunset and on day six, it has to be at the little town of Sneem. Stunning views already greet you as you enter the town via an easy drive from Caherdaniel, with rolling hills and mountains and stunning greens all over.

It’s a coastal town so there’s a beach nearby perfect for an evening stroll, or watching the sunrise the next day. Sneem is home to artists and craftspeople, there are plenty of shops and galleries you can visit if you want to buy souvenirs.

For a hotel recommendation in Sneem, Sneem Hotel is a 4-star hotel in the area but it’s still very affordable compared to the other hotels in the area in the same category. We managed to get $130+ a night versus the other 4-star hotels at $200+. You can check their latest rates here.

Ring of Kerry Route for 6th Day Map

Total Lenght: 57.6 km or 1 hour and a 1 hour and a 17-minute drive in total.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 7

1. Moll’s Gap

Named after Moll Kissane who built a small pub and sold drinks to workers during the construction of the Kenmare-Killarney road in the 1820s, Moll’s gap shouldn’t be missed as you complete your Ring of Kerry adventure. This is a perfect lookout point, with stunning views of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain ranges.

Spend some time here and marvel at one of the most recognizable sights during your weeklong tour, take more photos, buy souvenirs at nearby shops and have some drinks or snacks before heading to your next stop.

2. Ladies View

Ladies View Ring of kerry

Most would say the Ring of Kerry tour ends at this point as it’s by the Killarney National Park already, but not yet. Either stand in one of the observation areas or sit in one of the cafe’s rooftop viewing areas and take in the magnificent views. Mountain ranges, lakes, forestry -it’s like a pocket Ring of Kerry.

Take more photos and spend some time taking in the scenery before heading to the final stop: the quaint little town of Kenmare.

3. Kenmare

KENMARE IRELAND

Spend the rest of your afternoon and evening here, where there’s plenty to do and see. Kenmare is also adjacent to the first national park in Ireland – the Killarney National Park. And so you can still enjoy some stunning views of the lakes and forests before exploring the town.

Visit the 7th century Old Kenmare Cemetery and the Kenmare Stone Circle. Buy some needlepoint lace which has an inspiring story behind it. Then treat yourself to a hearty dinner and some drinks to celebrate this unforgettable Ring of Kerry adventure.

For our last hotel recommendation, let me tell you first a quick story. I, first saw this lodge more than 15 years ago on TV. Watching Samantha Brown of Passport To Europe where she featured this hotel, I can’t help but fell in love with the place. I saw her watching the stream goes by from the balcony of her room. And thought to myself (as a high school student) that someday, I will be writing from that balcony and enjoy the tranquility. So I guess, I didn’t do bad huh?

Sheen Falls Lodge is luxury accommodation in Kenmare and this means that it’s also expensive. But for someone who has dreamed of going to this place ever since I was a teen, it’s all worth it. To check for latest rates, click here.

Ring of Kerry Route for 7th Day Map

Total Lenght: 44.9 km or 1 hour and a 53-minute drive in total.

To check out which company offers the best rate, we used RentalCars. You can use the search tool below to help you find the car company that matches your need. 


 

So I hope you find this itinerary for Ring of Kerry helpful. If you have any other recommendation, let us know in the comment below!


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