The Luck of the Irish-A Real Life Fairyland

If you are coming to Ireland expecting leprechauns round every corner and a wise old countryman gossiping over pint of Guinness, you are in for quite a surprise! Whether it's the beauty of the green rolling hills of the countryside, the tasty brews, or something else entirely, the Irish are famous for their craic (pronounced crack), which means entertainment, great conversation and wonderful company all rolled up into one. No matter if you are celebrating a honeymoon, romantic vacation or bringing the family, Ireland a picturesque oasis is just waiting to come alive, the very definition of postcard perfection and another photo opportunity worthy enough for that “Instagram moment”!

In Dublin Visit Grafton Street along with the famous Library of Trinity College. Picture provided by Joy Ross

In Dublin Visit Grafton Street along with the famous Library of Trinity College. Picture provided by Joy Ross

Dublin is a wonderful city to begin your adventure taking in a day or two before heading across Ireland’s vibrant green landscapes known as the “Emerald Isle”. When the sun is shining there are a very few places on earth that are as pretty! Ireland is for everyone from older generations, couples, families and friends; anyone who wants to be taken back into time of fairyland castles, Kings, Queens and Princess’s.

You can almost hear the spirits of the Celtic Kings and churchmen where they once ruled at the ruins of The Rock of Cashel also known as St. Patrick’s Rock. Down the road from here is the very picturesque village of Cork where we enjoyed lunch and some wonderful shopping at the Blarney Woolen Mills. Here I had a fabulous time shopping for wool sweaters and cashmere scarves at a fraction of the cost back home! Not far from there was the Blarney Castle where we walked and climbed its 126 steps only to hang upside down backwards and kiss the famous “Blarney Stone” that was set in stone in 1446.  Rumor says to kiss this stone bestow the gift of eloquence. From the top of this castle we could see for miles the landscape Irish countryside. As you are coming out notice the dungeon at the bottom. That day there were lots of black ravens flying all around us making all of us feel as if the castle was really haunted.

Blarney Castle with its Dungeon. Picture provided by Bill Ross Photography

Blarney Castle with its Dungeon. Picture provided by Bill Ross Photography

Plan a day at the Ring of Kerry. Despite its mystical name it is actually a tourist trail in the southwest of Ireland that covers some 111 miles. Starting from Killarney, the circular trail passes through five scenic towns and past several popular tourist attractions, including Muckross House, Killarney National Park and the Gap of Dunloe. This is one of Ireland’s most scenic drives. While in the area if you can, make evening reservations at Bunratty Castle near Shannon for wonderful traditional medieval feast. The people here will even be dressed in their medieval costumes to entertain you for the evening.

Cliffs of Moher is a great hiking area

Cliffs of Moher is a great hiking area

The Cliffs of Moher in county Clare are one of Ireland's most spectacular natural wonders. They offer some spectacular views especially on a sunny day. This is a beautiful area to do some hiking to nearby Hag's Head that can take some time so, start early in the day so that you are out of the area before dark.

Dromoland a true to life fairyland Castle

Dromoland a true to life fairyland Castle

If you are heading back home from Shannon, allow your imagination to run wild as you spend a night in the Dromoland Castle, an ancestral home of Gaelic royalty where the entire family can take archery lessons and learn about falconry.

No, it doesn't take luck the luck of the Irish to have a fantastic time in Ireland. All it takes is some willingness to have some fun and adventure and this vacation will be one of the best you could ever imagine!

With St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations just around the corner this would be a great time to start planning your very own Irish Vacation for 2019 or 2020. No matter if this is a Romantic Occasion, Honeymoon or Family Vacation, you can reach Travel Journeys at 303-663-0238 or Getaways@travel-journeys.com