Ireland, the second biggest island in Europe, is home to rolling hills of green, a rich and charming culture, and wonderfully welcoming people. There are lively cosmopolitan cities to explore as well as many remote villages to discover. Our European specialist Diane returned from her Irish journey and told us about some of her favorite experiences in the emerald isle.


Adare Manor


Adare Manor in Limerick welcomed Diane with classically warm Irish hospitality and homemade personalized dessert. Among the many memorable experiences, Diane enjoyed the ax-throwing experience they provide.


Helicopter ride to the Aran Islands


Flying in a helicopter is often considered to be the best way to see the expansive landscapes that the country is known for. Diane had the opportunity to ride from Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare over to Killarney National Park. After, they soared up to the west coast and the Cliffs of Moher. From here they took off for the remote Aran Islands where they stopped for lunch, indulging in fresh crab and lobster claws caught that day. She then flew back to Ashford Castle, in Cong.


Ashford Castle


The 800-year-old castle sits on a 350-acre estate with landscaped gardens, woodlands, and an emerald lake. Diane enjoyed the Halk-walk experience they offered, saying “it was really awesome handling those giant, beautiful birds so close up”. The setting is gorgeous, the staff friendly and accommodating. The wine tasting in the cellars of the castle was a special treat as well!


Cliffs of Moher


The iconic jagged cliffs along the west coast of Ireland protect the island from the wild Atlantic ocean. “Walking with a guide along the cliffs and getting a geologic history and all the general history while looking out over the sea and seeing the islands and the rainbows made it a really special hike. I also learned that some of the cliff faces are the settings for scenes in both The Princess Bride and Harry Potter – The Half Blood Prince”


The Many, Many Rainbows


Probably one of the most memorable moments from Ireland is the number of rainbows that she saw, everywhere. The unpredictable weather of the North Atlantic absolutely has its advantages!


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