4 August 2017, 3:07 PM
Ireland is the land of a thousand welcomes and a thousand shades of green but it's also the land of great golf, a vibrant pub-scene and Star Wars! You'll find gabby locals, pints for days and iconic viewpoints. Tour the country while making your way down this not so typical (but a little typical) to-do list!
Wild Atlantic Way • Blaskets View Signature Point
Steeped in history and culture
The Blasket Islands are off the coast of mountainous Kerry. Basically at the very edge of Europe. At the Blasket Visitor Centre at Dunquin you can see how people once lived and what they endured. Back on the main land you can explore Dingle- maybe some horse-riding or fishing!
Renowned as one of Ireland's prettiest villages
Adare is a beautifully quaint town where the streets are lined with thatched cottages. You'll find colorful storefronts and shops filled with typical Irish sweaters and other locally produced goods. Learn the history at Desmond Castle, The Franciscan Priory and the Adare Heritage Centre.
World-class golf courses and fantastic scenery
You'll find champion courses all over the Emerald Isle but we love the southwest the most! The best part? The short distances between courses. From Shannon Airport its a 45-minute drive to Lahinch, two hours to Tralee, Ballybunion and Killarney and 2 1/2 hours to Old Head. Old Head Golf Links is in Kinsale, the perfect town for a tasty meal after 18 holes!
Majesty and mystery meant to intrigue and inspire
Set between Belfast and the walled city of Derry is this UNESCO-listed geological wonder. Formed 60 million years ago by cooling lava, its 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns jut into the sea. Learn the myths and stories and climb these cool columns as the waves crash before you!
Ireland's most visited natural attraction
From the Cliffs of Moher you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and beyond. Standing 702 feet at their heighest point, the Cliffs are mesmerizing. Seeing them from below is even cooler. Get up close and personal with the Puffins, Guillemots, and Razorbills on a Cliffs of Moher cruise!
The perfect pint in Ireland's capital city
Pouring a good Guinness isn't easy. A true Irishman will know the difference and after an interactive visit to the Guinness Storehouse, you will too! Savor a pint of this iconic stout at the rooftop bar and admire the panoramic views of Dublin.
Discover Ireland's Viking legacy
Ireland was totally looted by Vikings in the 8th century. The Scandinavians actually founded Waterford, Ireland's oldest city. Visit Reginald's Tower, the Waterford Crystal Visitor Center or drive along the sunny south east to Wexford or Kikenny.
Ruggedly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site
Skellig Michael is the larger of two Skellig Islands, located off the Iveragh Peninsula. As the site of a well-preserved monastery and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skellig Michael is a sacred destination. You'll find a fascinating ecological population including Puffins! Fun fact: The last scene of the 2016 movie, Star Wars: Episode VII, was filmed here!