Family Vacations Ireland | Trip Advisor’s Top Irish Sights
As one of the biggest travel companies in the world, Trip Advisor is the go-to for people to read reviews and get vacation recommendations. Here are some of their suggestions of the top Irish sights to visit. There is so much to see and do during a vacation in Ireland it was difficult to narrow it down to just a few but we can alter your itinerary to see any sights on your list.
Cliffs of Moher
On every tour of Ireland a trip to the Cliffs of Moher in county Clare is essential! The gigantic cliffs (considered the 8th wonder of the world!) are 702 feet tall and stretch over 8 kilometers along the Atlantic coast. There is a safe path that leads the way and on a fine day you can take in the breath-taking views of scenery near and far. It’s the perfect view-point of the Southwest. On site there is also a visitor centre with a cafe and shop, the centre hosts interesting artefacts and information on local history.
It is no surprise the Burren National Park is on the list as it’s an unusual landscape in Co. Clare, Ireland. The name is derived from the Irish word ‘boireann’ meaning rocky place, there is no lush green grass and it’s easy to forget the the vast area of rock landscape is still the Emerald Isle. Mainly formed of limestone rock the Burren stretches over 15,000 Acres and is the smallest National Park in Ireland. There have been many tombs found around the Burren, made from the rocks, the famous being the Portal Dolmen, proving people have lived in the Burren for over 5,000 years.
The Ring of Kerry
Discover the Ring of Kerry during your deluxe private tour of Ireland. It’s located in the south-west of Ireland in the province of Munster and has a medley of Ireland’s most stunning vistas. An unforgettable vacation in Ireland must include a tour here. The Dingle Peninsula, Slea Head and Conor’s Pass are just a few of the wonders that await you as you journey through this breath-taking part of Kerry.
Your private chauffeur in Ireland will escort you to Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) in Dublin. First built in 1796, it one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe. Public hangings used to take place in front of the prison but there were very few hangings from the 1820’s onward. However, many of the leaders of the 1916 Easter rising were executed in Kilmainham Gaol. Seen at the time as a place of suffering and oppression it’s no surprise that the jail was shut down as a functioning prison by the Irish Free State in 1924. The restoration of Kilmainhan Gaol was completed in 1971 and opened to the public.
Kissing the Blarney stone
A famous feature of Blarney castle in county Cork is the Blarney Stone. For over 200 years, millions of people have been travelling to Blarney from all over the world specifically to kiss the stone. Kissing the stone involves lying down and kissing it backwards!! There are many legends about the Blarney Stone but the common one is that whoever kisses the stone is gifted with eloquence and persuasiveness. Making this a very unique part of your trip to Ireland.
Jameson Whiskey Factory / Guinness Storehouse
There are two famous Irish drinks made in Ireland Jameson Whiskey and Guinness. At the Old Jameson’s Distillery you get see how the famous whiskey is made and a little taste to finish your day. ‘Uisce beatha’, the Irish for water of life, taste it here and see for yourself why! The Guinness Storehouse, the home of Guinness, the beverage Ireland is best known for. In 1759 Arthur Guinness famously signed the 9,000 year lease for the storehouse. On the customised tour of Ireland you get to learn the history of Guinness and how to pour the perfect pint, there’s definitely a skill to pouring a Guinness.
We can help you plan any part of your luxury vacation in Ireland and if you have any questions please do contact us and we’d be happy to help. If you are interested in an Irish Vacation Package and would like more information, please click on the Enquire button below. All the best, Mike Ryan.