Wicklow is known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’, and one look at the place will tell you why. Nothing but lush green fields, wooded hills, and delightful small villages make up this county. To boot, it also boasts the magnificent glacial valley and monastic settlement of Glendalough, the stunning Wicklow Mountains that just beg to be hiked through, and the charming woodland village of Avoca, whos small shop of handicrafts now has branches all over Ireland.
Situated at the point where the river Shannon meets the sea, Limerick city is a must visit for rugby fans; it’s the home of Munster rugby, and a match at their stadium, Thomond Park, is a sight to behold. The city also boasts the impressive St. John’s Castle and the bustling Milk and Potato markets on weekends, while the rest of the county is a retreat from the urban chaos with lush farmlands all around.
From the out of this world limestone plains of the Burren and the misty, magical Cliffs of Moher to the golden beaches and buzzing towns and villages, Clare is a county not to be missed on your Ireland holiday. Whether you want to relax and enjoy the fresh sea breeze in bustling Kilkee or Ballyvaughan or explore the spooky underworld of the Aillwee Caves and other hair-rising activities, Clare really does have it all.
Stay at The Inn at Dromoland or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast
Galway is the wild west of Ireland at its best. Rugged coastlines, dramatic hills and valleys, isolated islands, emerald fields and towns filled with traditional music, dancing, and language. Galway city is a tangle of cobbled streets, cosy pubs and mouth watering restaurants, the magnificent Connemara landscape is just a short drive away and the traditional Gaelic community of the Aran Islands are reachable with a quick boat trip too, although they both seem a world away.
Stay at The Salthill Hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast
Just a stone’s throw from Dublin, Kildare is a world away from the chaotic capital city. Follow in the footsteps of golfing greats at the prestigious K Club resort or treat yourself to some new silver at the Newbridge Visitor Centre, which specialises in fine silver jewellery. Follow it up by showing off your new purchases on a trip to the races – place your bets at the Curragh or Punchestown, two of Ireland’s best racecourses.