Tour Ireland

Ireland is an island west of Great Britain. In Ireland you are nowhere further than about 150 km from the sea. Ireland is a beautiful country, full of beautiful nature, historic buildings and friendly people. To discover the most beautiful places, you can take a tour along the coast of the Republic of Ireland. The best holiday in Ireland is actually a holiday where you go out by car or camper.

I would like to go to:

  • General information
  • The tour: Most beautiful places in Ireland
  • Dublin
  • Wicklow mountains
  • Cork
  • County Kerry
  • County Galway
  • County Donegal

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General information

Ireland is a beautiful island in Europe. This island is also home to the Northern Ireland region, which is part of the United Kingdom. The capital of Ireland is Dublin. Ireland is a green country with many national parks. You will find numerous rock formations, mountain areas, caves, waterfalls, rivers and beautiful coastal beaches. The Irish people are very hospitable and friendly. It is best to travel to Ireland in the months of May, June and September. In the summer months temperatures are around 15 to 25 degrees. In Ireland it is an hour earlier than in the Netherlands and, just like us, you pay with the euro. In Northern Ireland this is pounds.

Stay

There are plenty of cheap hotels, bed & breakfasts or inns in Ireland. The inns usually have a pub or restaurant, where the Irish often come to have a beer together. Bed & breakfast is very personal and very popular in Ireland. Most B&Bs have a few rooms and you eat together with other guests at the host or hostess’s dining table. Inns or guesthouses are also a good alternative. An inn is similar to an inn. Hotels are generally a lot more expensive.

Driving

Driving in Ireland is a bit different than we are used to in the Netherlands, this is mainly due to driving on the left. You can therefore also choose to drive an automatic. At every airport in Ireland you will come across many car rental companies that are willing to help you. Driving yourself gives you a lot of freedom and you can stop almost anywhere. Fortunately, the Irish also have much more patience in traffic than we do. Fuel costs about one and a half euros per liter in Ireland.

The tour: Most beautiful places in Ireland

To see the most beautiful places, you can take a tour along the coast of the Republic of Ireland. You will then make a trip of approximately 1000 km, passing national parks and the most beautiful places in Ireland. Of course you can also choose where your trip starts and ends, how long you stay somewhere and which route you take to get to your destination. It’s even more fun to take the small, somewhat unknown roads, because this way you will encounter the most beautiful and quietest places Ireland has to offer!

Dublin

Dublin is the capital of Ireland and its center contains numerous remains from the Middle Ages.

Sights:

  • Guinness Storehouse: Dublin’s most famous brewery with stunning views over the city.
  • Millennium Spire: A special monument in the center.
  • Temple-Bar: Old medieval center of Dublin, with plenty of nightlife.
  • Dublin Bay: A beautiful bay in the center with beautiful beaches and golf courses.
  • Dublin castle: A beautiful castle spread over approximately 44,000 square meters.
  • General post office: Dublin Post Office.

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Wicklow mountains

South of Dublin lies a deserted landscape with slopes, glaciers and waterfalls. The Wicklow Mountains are a beautiful area with many hiking opportunities. In Glendalough is the visitors center of the Wicklow Mountains and you will find the most beautiful hiking trails.

Cork

Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. The city is located on the banks of the River Lee. Cork is known for its remarkable buildings from the Middle Ages to the Modern era.

Sights

  • Blarney Castle: A medieval castle from 1446.
  • St. Finbarr’s Cathedral: Cork’s main church and also Cork’s first monastery.
  • St Patrick street: One of the main shopping streets in the heart of the city center.
  • Cork City Gaol: Just outside the center of Cork you will find Cork City Gaol, a Gothic prison.
  • Cobh: Cork: Less than 15 km from Cork is the harbor town of Cobh. Cobh used to be one of Ireland’s largest Atlantic ports. The Titanic has also left Cobh.

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County Kerry

County Kerry is a county in the southwest of Ireland. The county has two national parks and has Ireland’s highest mountain. The town of Killarney is located in County Kerry and is one of the most famous places in the country. Killarney is also the start and end point of the Ring of Kerry. A beautiful route of 170 km long. You must have driven this route if you are in Ireland!

Sights:

  • Killarney: A busy tourist town, also the start and end point of the Ring of Kerry.
  • Ladies View: A beautiful vantage point along the Ring of Kerry.
  • Killarney National Park: A beautiful park with many lakes and mountains.
  • Ross Castle: A castle near Killarney, located on the lake Lough Leane.
  • Gap of Dunloe
  • Carrantuohill (1040 m) The largest mountain in Ireland.

 

County Galway

Galway is the capital of County Galway. It is a real tourist center with many houses, pubs and restaurants. The center consists of winding streets and is car-free. Galway is located next to the beautiful Connemare National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ireland.
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  • Center of Galway: Spanish Arch, City museum and the seaside resort of Salthill.
  • Aran Islands: Three islands in Galway Bay.
  • The Cliffs of Moher: Highest sea cliffs in Europe.
  • Connemara National Park: A National Park with approximately 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains.
  • Kylemore Abbey: Famous monastery and former country house.
  • Killary Fjord: One of three fjords in Ireland.
  • Burren National Park: Unique karst landscape.

 

County Donegal

This county is the northernmost area of northwest Ireland. Donegal is very sparsely populated with only villages and small towns, mountains and rugged coasts.

Sights

  • Donegal city
  • Glenveagh National Park: Ireland’s largest national park.
  • Grianan of Ailigh: An impressive building.
  • Slieve League: The highest cliff in Europe.
  • Ards Friary: A beautiful area with mountains, forest and beach.

 

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