Hi everyone. I hope I find you all well this week as the heatwave continues in Ireland! It’s certainly the perfect time to be travelling around to see the place in all its sun-drenched glory. This week, I’m starting a province by province tour of the Emerald Isle. First up-Munster. Nestled in the southwestern corner of Ireland, the province of Munster is a region known for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. From ancient castles to stunning coastal cliffs, Munster offers a treasure trove of experiences for travelers. So buckle up and let’s get started!
1. Blarney Castle and Gardens
So first up, it’s one of Ireland’s favorite tourist attractions. Blarney Castle is an iconic medieval fortress steeped in history and folklore. Its main attraction is the famous Blarney Stone. It is said to grant the “gift of the gab” to those who kiss it. Climb to the top of the tower, lean backwards, and bestow upon the stone your most persuasive kiss! Explore the beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding the castle. They include enchanting paths, water features, and vibrant flora.
2. The Rock of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel is a striking archaeological site that rises dramatically from the County Tipperary landscape. This ancient fortress dates back over a thousand years. Walk through its imposing walls and explore the stunning ruins, including the iconic Gothic cathedral and the round tower. The panoramic views of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking.
3. Dingle Peninsula
For those seeking rugged coastal charm, the Dingle Peninsula is a must-visit destination in Munster. Located in County Kerry, this scenic peninsula boasts dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and quaint fishing villages. Take a leisurely drive along the Slea Head Loop, where you’ll encounter awe-inspiring vistas. Then there’s the charming town of Dingle itself. Be sure to savor the region’s Gaelic culture, traditional music, and delicious seafood during your visit.
4. Garnish Island Gardens
Garnish Island Gardens were designed by Harold Peto for Annan Bryce and his wife Violet in 1910. Many exotic plants flourish here due to the micro climate in this part of Ireland. Here you’ll find a Martello tower which commands amazing views across the bay. There’s also a Grecian Temple and an Italian Casita (tea house).
5. The Ring of Kerry
Last but not least it”s The Ring of Kerry. This 179-kilometer-long circular road takes you on a mesmerizing journey through picturesque landscapes, including rugged mountains, sparkling lakes, and charming coastal villages. Be prepared to witness breathtaking panoramas at every turn.
Thanks so much for dropping by and do join me next week for a visit to the province of Connaught. In the meantime, shop our Summer Sale below and grab yourself a bargain with an extra 10% off for this weekend only!
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Slán go fóill!