Relish the artistry of a stone wall. The warmth of a wool sweater. The charm of a centuries-old footpath. The laughter of strangers. Discover that a beautiful day can be cloudy with a chance of rain. And that family vacations don't need to be measured in tan lines. Find your bliss in Ireland.
1-2 Admire Ireland's spectacular natural beauty during country road rambles and coastal cliff walks Hike along Caragh Lake with views of the striking glacier-carved Glencar Valley From the top of aptly named Windy Gap, gaze at the inspiring panorama of Dingle Bay—and hold on to your hat! Delight in the lost art of storytelling as a local seanachie spins enchanting tales.
3 Explore historic Killarney's craft shops, elegant boutiques and lively pubs In Killarney National Park, our longtime friend and local guide Michael Murphy shares secrets of Muckross Estate, its ruined abbey and Torc Waterfall as we wander the estate's rich garden and grounds Stroll to 15th-century Ross Castle on the shore of Lower Lake and tour its restored tower.
4 Hike in wild Killarney National Park, with windswept mountains, deep lakes and gorges, alongside Michael Murphy Climb Torc Mountain for 360-degree views before arriving in charming Kenmare, where rows of houses sport cheerfully painted façades and ornate plasterwork Up for some indulgence? The hotel spa delivers!
5-6 On the rugged Beara Peninsula, trek over Mount Knockagarrane, taking in awe-inspiring views of the pristine lakes and sculpted mountains of Glen Inchiquin Valley One of Ireland's warmest areas, the Beara Peninsula is still undeveloped and probably looks today like it did to the ancient Celts Raise your glass and wish your neighbor sláinte! (good health!) Peaceful paths lead past old-growth trees, exotic plants and saltwater marshes to one of County Kerry's largest stone circles, a Druid site dating from 2000 BC.