Ireland travel guide
Ireland is a beautiful lush green country with first class cities that are easy to get around and rural countryside with rolling hills, stone walls and distinctive whitewashed cottages. It is the charm of the Irish that welcomes you to Ireland.
Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland (not to be confused with Northern Ireland that is part of the UK). It is a lovely old city with sturdy buildings that breathe a sense of history. Trinity University is in the center and a focal point for museums and culture. For meals and a bit of socializing, it is the local pub where you will find hearty food (try the Irish Stew) and the best ales the country has to offer.
While touring the countryside there is much to see. Many of the large manor homes have been turned into historic sites and parks that are open to the public. Outside the village of Enniskerry is the Powerscourt Estate with is private herd of deer and the tallest waterfall in Ireland.
In Glendalough there is a 6th century monastery by the lake in the lovely Wicklow Mountains. Waterford is where the stunning crystal is manufactured.
Outside Cork is Cobh, the last stop for the Titanic. Cork itself is charming. Make a stop at the fish market — Ireland is noted for its excellent quality of fish. And don’t forget to pause at the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone – promising you the gift of gab!
You can stop in Limerick and see King John’s Castle. Built 800 years ago, it is still an imposing edifice today.
And how do you see these sites? By bicycle is one good way. Many of the roads are in the country and can be quite safe. Or go hiking in the hills. The views are so pretty.
Ireland has so much to offer and the Irish people have such a sense of humor. They love their singing and dancing so if you stop in a pub at night, be prepared to sing along to the old favorite Danny Boy. There will not be a dry eye in the house, including your own.