Ireland is the land of Saints and Scholars. From the Wild Atlantic Way to the Wicklow Mountains, there are so many things to do and plenty to discover. There are some stunning venues in other parts of Ireland.
The Shannon Region
The Shannon Region, in the mid-west of Ireland , is a special place, where you can refresh your spirit away from the frenetic and crowded cities of the world. The Region covers counties Clare, Limerick, North Kerry, North Tipperary and South Offaly. In this compact area, less than 150 kilometres from end to end, you will discover stunning landscapes, Atlantic seascapes, great sporting activity, entertainment, top visitor attractions, fun, music, uncrowded beaches, clifftop and mountain walks and quiet country roads. Everywhere lie the artefacts of Ireland’s ancient history.
The ocean, rivers and lush green pastures provide the ingredients used to create the imaginative dishes presented in our pubs, hotels and ‘good food circle’ restaurants. All of this is wrapped up in the warmest of warm welcomes. Guest Accommodation is of the highest standards and ranges from luxury 5-star castle hotels to comfortable family-run hotels, Irish farmhouses, town and country homes and self-catering accommodation.
is a region of blue mountains and forest parks, purple lakes and windswept moors, white Atlantic sands and an inland sea. Dozens of small towns are hidden away among the green places of the countryside, whilst fishing villages string out along the shores. The towers and steeples of parish churches mark the high ground beyond trimmed hedgerows. The country’s turbulent past, which still resonates today, has also helped shape this majestic landscape.
Northern Ireland is small and one is never more than half an hour from the sea. The weather can be fickle, but the rain keeps the land a magical emerald green. When the wind blows the clouds away to sea, the sky is blue, like the mountains. The air is clean and so sweet that you will want to open the car windows to let the breezes in. The only traffic jams are flocks of sheep or cattle changing fields.
Built on the river Nore, Kilkenny is Ireland’s smallest city and the capital of county Kilkenny. Located in the south east of the country, Kilkenny is famous for its beer, marble and a strong tradition of Hurling (the Gaelic sport). Kilkenny is a medieval city, with two cathedrals, numerous churches, a round tower, the famous castle, a park and many other sights of interest dating from the Middle Ages.
During the summer Kilkenny plays host to a number of festivals, including the world-famous Kilkenny Arts Festival in August and the Murphys Cat Laughs Comedy Festival earlier in the summer. Kilkenny has numerous excellent hotels and restaurants and is famous (even in Ireland!) for its number of pubs.
Kerry comes from the Irish word Ciarraí, meaning ‘Ciars People’, an early Celtic tribe who settled in the area. County Kerry, aptly known as ‘The Kingdom’, is situated in the extreme south-west of Ireland. Kerry is in every conceivable way, the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Ireland’s scenic locations.
Kerry has two contrasting types of terrain – the mountainous south with the Beara, Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas, and the smaller plains area that stretches as far north as the Kerry estuary. Kerry is home to Ireland ‘s largest mountain range, the MacGillicuddy Reek’s, containing Carrauntuohill, the highest mountain in Ireland.
Its rugged Atlantic coast sandy bays alternate with cliffs and rocky headlands. Miles of golden beaches are warmed by the currents of the Gulf Stream. This contrasts in a unique way with the majestic mountains, woodlands and mystical lakes of the in-lands near Killarney.