Republic of Ireland Luxury Travel Vacation Guide

 Attractions in Ireland

Southern Ireland is known as the Republic of Ireland and consists of 26 scenic counties. The Southeast is a photographer?s paradise with its many farms and meandering rivers. Here you will see picturesque villages, enjoy toe tapping music and make many new friends in the pubs. Medieval Kilkenny is a market town and you will surely want to visit the crystal factory just outside of Waterford. When you visit the Ring of Kerry, you can experience some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. Walk the Devil?s Bit Mountains and fish for brown trout in the River Suir. You cannot leave without a visit to Blarney Castle and an adventure in itself when you kiss the Blarney Stone. Everywhere you travel in the Republic of Ireland you will meet friendly people that are so willing to go out of their way to help you.

City of Dublin

This capital city has been called the "City of Pubs" because you will find one or more on just about every street. It is nestled between the mountains and the sea and contains impressive examples of medieval and Gothic architecture blended perfectly with modern buildings. It is the heart of Ireland?s cultural heritage with Trinity College, Leinster House and the College Green. See the ?Book of Kells? on display at Trinity College and the displays of early Christian treasures and artifacts from the Bronze Age at the National Museum. Evenry visitor should take time out to visit Dublin Castle and for a walk around both Merrion and Fitzwilliam Square. At night, the city comes alive in the many pubs, but if the pub scene is not for you, then you can take in a concert or enjoy some traditional music.

Limerick

Located along the Shannon River, Limerick is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland. It is well-known as the city of ?Angela?s Ashes? and offers visitors a wealth of attractions. Since its origins can be traced back to the Stone Age, there are many historic sites in this city, such as the remains in the park around Lough Gur Lake. King John?s Castle dates back to the 1200?s and nearby Adare offers a large selection of castles and churches for you to visit. Experience Ireland?s past with a visit to the Celtic Theme Park and Gardens. You can take a luxurious cruise on the River Shannon and browse the exhibits in the many museums.

Travel to Ireland

There are two international airports at Shannon and Dublin for those who want to travel to Ireland. You can take a ferry from England or Scotland and there are bus lines that travel to the Republic of Ireland, but here you could experience delays.

Travel within Ireland

The best way of getting around the Republic of Ireland is a combination of using the train and the bus. You can easily rent a car and drive yourself, but it will take some time for North American tourists to get used to driving on the left side of the road. Some of the roads in the small villages are also quite narrow, but driving yourself allows you to see many of the places that you would otherwise miss.

Language in Ireland

Everyone in Ireland speaks English with a delightful lilt that will leave you eagerly listening to the speech. Gaelic is the traditional language of Ireland and most people can speak both languages, however, it is only in the west it is the norm..

Irish Food and Drink

Tea is a very popular drink in Ireland, next to Guinness. There is also the famous Irish Whiskey, distilled in many parts of the country. Potatoes and meat are the main dishes, but with modern times and the many restaurants, Ireland is no different than any city in North America when it comes to getting international food.

A full Irish breakfast is a hearty meal and will keep you going all day. It consists of eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausage), white and black puddings, brown bread and scones. Taste the Irish Stew and Roast Leg of Lamb, which are the traditional favorites.

 Safety and Shopping

Visitors are perfectly safe in the Republic of Ireland. As with any part of the world, you do have to exercise common sense, but here you can actually knock on any door and get help when you need it.

When you visit Ireland, you can?t leave without shopping for Claddagh jewellery. Aran sweaters from the Aran Islands are some of the most prized hand-knitted sweaters in the world. Shop for crystal in the factories of Waterford, Cavan, Galway and Tipperary and the pottery made in Ireland is some of the best in the world. There are large shopping malls, open air markets and specialty boutiques for your shopping enjoyment where you will be served with grace and charm.

Entertainment in ireland

Every town, city and village in Ireland has a pub or two where there is always music dancing and loads of fun. You can dance until dawn or have a chat with the locals and get to know the real heart of the country ? the people. You will feel as if you have come home, rather than visiting a foreign country when you choose the Republic of Ireland for your next vacation.

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