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Since its inception, Ireland has been made up of four distinct provinces, with each differing in culture, tradition, population, and identity. Here’s our list of noteworthy places in each of the four regions that you will want to consider visiting when you start looking at itineraries of the area. Once you know where you want to go, we’ll help you plan your perfect Ireland tour and navigate all the travel details.
The province of Connacht is located in the western area of Ireland. When looking to visit Connacht, plan to see the cities of Galway, Sligo, Ballina, and Westport. On a Connacht tour, you’ll most certainly visit Galway to see its beautiful stone Cathedral, Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch, and Eyre Square. You’ll also want to spend some time in Sligo Bay to explore the scenic town, discover why Westport justifiably earns its title as Ireland’s most liveable town, and cozy up in one of Ballina's traditional pubs, museums, or local restaurants. You might also want to add the famous Kylemore Abbey, founded by Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.
The province of Leinster is situated in the eastern/southeastern area of Ireland and has the most counties of any province, even for its smaller size. If you’re planning to visit Leinster, know that you’ll hit some of the more popular counties in Ireland. This smaller province is home to Dublin, Kildare, and Kilkenny. Dublin receives the most overseas tourists of any county in Ireland, primarily due to the city's status as Ireland's largest city. If you’re looking to go on a tour of Dublin, you should add to your list The Guinness Storehouse at St. James's Gate, the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and St Patrick's Cathedral. Be sure to tap into Dublin’s effervescent spirit and head to Grafton Street, where there’s a colorful pub on every corner. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world's fastest field game, to try your hand at the ancient Celtic sport of Hurling! If you’d like, try to stop in Kildare, the birthplace of Arthur Guinness, a politician and brewer and the founder of Guinness.
To the south, the province of Munster also includes some pretty famous names. On Munster tours, you should expect to see the cities of Cork, Kerry, Killarney, and Waterford and visit the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, and the Dingle Peninsula. Most travelers visit Munster to get a deeper understanding of traditional Irish life. On a tour of Cork, you’ll want to see the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House. Of course, if you’re in Ireland and already in the area, you’ll probably want to pucker up at Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone upside down to gain the “gift of the gab.” Explore the magnificent Ring of Kerry, where mountains, valleys, lakes, and sea blend into a breathtaking landscape beyond words. Journey past lush Lakelands and around towering cliffs to appreciate the sweeping sea views of the Dingle Peninsula. Continue through delightful villages like Sneem and cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll’s Gap to admire Queen Victoria’s Ladies' View. Head north to take in the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher and breathtaking views of the Clare Coast.
Ulster tours in Northern Ireland will visit Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Londonderry, Omagh, Belleek, the Ulster American Folk Park, and the island of Enniskillen. Visitors tour Belfast to learn about the tumultuous history of the city, its progress, and its current prosperity. You’ll want to make sure to take the time to see the murals across the city indicating the political sentiments of residents. You’ll also want to set aside time to discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and see the Titanic monument in Belfast. When you visit Ulster on a Northern Ireland tour, one of the main sites to add to your itinerary is the iconic natural landmark known as the Giant's Causeway. It was here that Finn McCool was said to have forged his path to Scotland millions of years ago, and you’ll want plenty of time to walk in his giant footsteps and learn all about this extraordinary wonder. In Londonderry, ensure you see the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street. On a visit to Omagh, explore and discover the story of three centuries of Irish emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park. See traditional craftsmen at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, one of the oldest working potteries in the world.
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When is the best time to tour Ireland?
March through May and September through November are great times of the year to tour Ireland. If you plan a visit during these times, you will experience fewer crowds and decent weather.
What part of Ireland should I travel to?
We suggest Dublin as the top place to prioritize in Ireland. However, if you want a deeper understanding of the country’s culture, you should try to pay a visit to each of the four provinces.
How many days should I spend in Ireland?
Seven to ten days is plenty. This will give you more than enough time to cover most of your Ireland sightseeing. Once you have explored Dublin, check out our other tours for more deals!
What food is Ireland best known for?
Ireland’s best dishes you absolutely must try before leaving are Colcannon and champ, Coddle, black or white pudding, Boxty, Irish stew, boiled bacon and cabbage, and smoked salmon.
Marked by sheer cliffs, high seas, and hearty beverages, Ireland is spellbinding. Discover the country’s endless treasures, from ancient castles and Celtic art to evocative music and delightful locals. Our tours to Ireland take you to the heart of the action to experience the highlights you’ve been dreaming of. Dublin offers many chances to embrace Irish culture, admire the 9th-century Book of Kells, then rub elbows with the locals over a frothy pint of Guinness. Killarney and the Ring of Kerry create one of the world’s most scenic drives. And in County Clare, the Cliffs of Moher plunge 700 feet to the Atlantic. From a poetry reading in Yeats country to a bowl of tasty Irish stew, Ireland serves up something for every taste.
Our collection of tours to Ireland offers incredible experiences you’ll never forget. Whether you want to stay in a castle or explore country roads, you’ll find the perfect Ireland vacation tailored to your interests. Whichever vacation you decide on, you’ll enjoy expert guides, enriching cultural experiences, and special access to legendary sites. So, what are you waiting for? Get inspired with our collection of best-selling tours to Ireland and leave the planning to us.
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