Seasoned travelers and hosts of An Irish Summer Adventure, Shelia & Marilyn have hand picked their highlights of Ireland to share and invite anyone who wants an authentic Irish travel experience to join them.
Inspired by two of our favorite travelers, we have put together this collection of iconic attractions and unmissable experiences perfect for the first time traveler to Ireland.
1. Dublin & Guinness Storehouse
Dublin may just be renowned as Ireland’s capital as much as it’s known as the home of Guinness. But don’t be fooled by its pub-to-person ratio, Dublin’s Viking history and literacy trailblazers are etched into these streets and create an infectious city atmosphere impossible to replicate.
Everyone can have a good time in Dublin, I mean not even her Royal Majesty can resist a glass of the black stuff.
2. Blarney Castle & Gardens
Never been kissed in Ireland? Blarney Castle is probably Ireland’s most famous castle as according to Irish folklore, anyone who kisses the stone receives the ability to speak with eloquence. But this 14th-century castle offers more than ‘The Gift of the Gab”.
Stroll the beautiful grounds at Blarney Castle Gardens where there is a lot more than meets the eye before working up an appetite for food and shopping at one of Ireland’s oldest and most authentic woolen mills.
3. Cliffs of Moher
The rising star from the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher are quickly becoming Ireland’s premier visitor attraction thanks solely to the inspiring visitors experience which attract a million tourists annually.
Standing at 702 feet at their highest point and ranging for over 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean., the Cliffs of Moher are the next landfall is 5000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in Boston or New York. Well, they aren’t the ‘Mighty’ Cliffs of Moher for nothing…
4. Galway & Connemara
Is Galway the ‘new face of Ireland’? It offers an authentic Irish experience to the droves who put the bustle in its bustling streets all year long. Galway offers an introduction into two different sides of Irish Life.
A free spirited ambiance flows around the narrow streets of Galway City which is alive with vibrant activity and Irish Culture while the wild beauty of the Connemara landscape creates a picturesque and unmissable region at every angle. With its remote location, you might just hear Irish as its one of few places where the language is used as the first tongue.
5. Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery
Irish whiskey couldn’t really be any more popular but during the last decade, the category has just exploded. So it would make for an intoxicating situation if you missed one of the many award winning distilleries on the Emerald Isle.
Why not start at Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland, to visit the home of traditional Irish whiskey. With dram in hand, learn about the blend and witness the old school production which makes Kilbeggan easy going and approachable but with its own distinctive style – just like most Irish people.