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Trip List by Lorimm

Tour of Ireland in 6 days

10 May 2007  In late April 2007, I participated in a 6-day tour of Ireland with a group of 25 travelers from Georgia. We flew from Atlanta to Dublin, boarded a scenic cruiser, and spent the next 6 days taking in all the wonder that Ireland has to offer. This go-list provides the highlights of our trip.
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This go-list provides information about points of interest to include in your visit to Ireland.

  • 1. Guided tours of Ireland by CIE International
    http://www.cietours.com/

    Our group tour of Ireland was guided by Joe, an entertaining Irish story teller, who also doubled as the bus driver. Joe enthralled us from morning till night with tales of Irish lore, Irish culture, Irish history, and Irish politics. Joe is an employee of CIE International, which conducts thousands of tours every year in Ireland. CIE International offers self-guided travel packages, as well as group tours. Because of their huge buying power, they offer super prices for transportation, accommodations, and meals.

  • 2. Dublin
    Dublin

    No visit to Ireland would be complete without a stay in Dublin. This vibrant city features historic charm, lively pubs, and great shopping.

  • 3. St. Patrick's Cathedral
    Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

    St. Patrick's Cathedral is worth the visit: superb architecture, inspiring interior, loaded with history.

  • 4. The Book of Kells
    The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, Dublin

    No trip to Dublin would be complete without seeing the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Gazing upon this ancient manuscript can't help by cause goose bumps. Hint: The gift shop sells a book of post card stamps. The post cards I sent to the US arrived before the end of my 6-day trip.

  • 5. Glendalough Monastic Ruins
    http://www.glendalough.connect.ie/pages/monastic/monastic.html#Anchor...

    Glendalough was one of the highlights of my trip to Ireland. Established as the site of a monastery in the 7th century by St. Kevin, this area features an intact bell tower and ancient church, and ruins of other structures. Set in a beautiful valley surrounded by the Wicklow mountains, Glendalough is quiet, peaceful, and calming. Hint: Visit early in the morning before the crowds to experience the serenity of this site.

  • 6. The Mill at Avoca Village
    http://www.avoca.ie/index1.php

    The Mill at Avoca village features a working mill where woolen textiles are still woven by hand. Admission to the demonstrations is free. The mill also has gift shop and a nice restaurant for lunch. Hint: Be sure to check out the bargain attic, for excellent prices on clearance items.

  • 7. Waterford
    Waterford

    Although an industrial town, Waterford has intrigue and charm. The city center features historic architecture and shopping.

  • 8. Waterford Crystal Fatory
    http://www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com/

    While in Waterford, Ireland, be sure to visit the Waterford Crystal Factory. Guests are given guided tours of the factory, showing the many aspects of production of the famous Waterford Crystal, from blowing, to cutting, to engraving. The factory tour concludes at a gift shop and snack bar.

  • 9. St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh
    http://www.iol.ie/~gercasey/

    Located in Cobh, Ireland, St. Colman's Cathedral features grand architecture and the largest Carillon in Ireland with 47 bells. This cathedral was the site of the last mass in Ireland attended by many of the Irish immigrants to the US and Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • 10. Blarney Castle
    Blarney Castle & Gardens, Blarney

    Blarney Castle is rich in folk lore. Visitors can climb to the top of this medieval structure and kiss the famous Blarney stone to gain the gift of gab. Hint: Be sure to allow time to visit the adjacent Blarney Woolen Mills, to shop for all your Ireland souvenirs, including crystal, woolens, and other Irish goods.

  • 11. Killarney Towers Hotel
    Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre, Killarney

    Of the 5 hotels I stayed at in Ireland, this was my favorite. The Killarney Towers Hotel is located in the heart of Killarney, surrounded by lots of quaint shopping, pubs, and parks. The rooms are nicely furnished, and the buffet meals are super.

  • 12. Ring of Kerry
    Ring of Kerry, County Kerry

    Every tourist to Ireland must visit the Ring of Kerry, though I’m not quite sure why. The scenery is indeed beautiful, but not entirely unlike scenery elsewhere in the country. Don’t get me wrong, I recommend you set aside a day to visit the Ring of Kerry, stopping to enjoy the views and experience the countryside.

  • 13. Kerry Bog Village
    http://www.kerrybogvillage.ie/

    Pay the 4 Euro entrance fee to visit the Kerry Bog Village. In this museum of thatch roof cottages, you will be able to see, smell, touch, and hear a bit of rural Ireland up close.

  • 14. Cliffs of Moher
    Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor

    Spectacular views await you at the Cliffs of Moher - provided the weather is cooperative. The overcast skies on the day of our visit somewhat distracted from the grandness of the scenery, but we nonetheless enjoyed walking to the lookout tower and soaking in the shoreline. The new visitor center is tourist-friendly.

  • 15. Galway
    Galway

    We spent a night in Galway, though I sensed nothing notable about this city. Smaller than Dublin, it surged with energy, but was too large to explore on foot. The mall offered good shopping, and I was intrigued to find that it incorporated a section of the medieval city wall.

  • 16. Connemara Marble Factory, Moycullen
    http://www.connemaramarble.com/

    The Connemara Marble Factory is a small, family-operated business, with a showroom located in Mulcullen, just 8 miles west of Galway City, on the way to the Connemara National Park. Worth a stop, the showroom offers a nice narrative demonstration of the marble and a superb selection of jewelry and gifts featuring Connemara Marble and Amethyst. This showroom was the hidden gem among our shopping destinations in Ireland.

  • 17. National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
    National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Knock

    The National Shrine of our Lady of Knock sits at the site of a miracle in which Mary, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist appeared to local villagers in 1879. In 1979, the site was visited by Pope John Paul II. The site features simple buildings, including the shrine, the parish church, and a 7000-person Basillica. It is the spiritual significance of this site that makes it worth the pilgrimage.

  • 18. Bunratty Castle Hotel
    Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty

    This hotel is located adjacent to the Bunratty Castle and also the Blarney Outlet Mall. It is an easy drive from this hotel to the Shannon Airport, making it an ideal stop for tourists departing from the airport early in the morning.