Guidelet: Clockwise Tour Around Ireland

A travel guide to Ireland | Target Market: cyclists, backpackers, singles, travelers, couples, newlyweds, families, roadtrippers, jetsetters | A travel guide by: Mia Shotwell

I have cycled 1500 miles around the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Here are my top recommended places along my clockwise journey beginning in Dublin. Enjoy the rolling hills of The Emerald Isle, while marveling at the many majestic castles, rivers, lakes, beaches, and panoramic views. Discover the inner happy leprechaun in YOU and dance to the Celtic rhythm of these magnificent lands!
Clockwise Tour Around Ireland ", a travel guide to Ireland

Summary of points of interest in this travel guide to Ireland


Temple Bar

Why visit:

Despite its unsavoury reputation in past years, Temple Bar is one of the city\'s most charming neighbourhoods and residents are trying hard to keep it that way. Cobblestone streets, bars, cafés, art galleries and architectural splendour harmoniously blend with old streetscapes and eco-friendly schemes. Among the cultural attractions are Dublin\'s only art-house cinema at the Irish Film Institute, the Gallery of Photography and the Project Arts Centre.

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at Temple Bar Company, Fourth Floor, Dollard House, 2-5 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland E: info@templebarcompany.com - See more at: http://dublinstemplebar.com/#sthash.Y4I1tjYu.dpuf


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Temple Bar , a tour attraction in Ireland

Kehoe´s

Why visit:

If all you came to Dublin for is the Guinness, then camp out at Kehoe\'s. The bar\'s friendly staff keep the mugs full and on a busy night the crowd huddles around the stairs - neighbourhood tavern style. The elegant wooden fitting has an old-school character and the snugs are delightful, which makes drinking here a rich experience. But a word of advice, the bathrooms are to be avoided if you fear small spaces.

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at Kehoes, 9 South Anne Street, dublin 2


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Kehoe´s, a tour attraction in Ireland

Dublin Castle

Why visit:

This isn\'t how you\'d imagine a castle in the traditional sense. There\'s no moat, no drawbridge to lower against invading hordes, no turrets from which to pour boiling oil. It\'s more a collection of 18th-century administrative buildings, albeit fine ones, built on a medieval plan of two courtyards. Dublin Castle hosts grand diplomatic or state functions, and occasional performances like concert recitals. The beautiful interior is accessible on a pay-per-view basis, but you can wander freely around the castle.

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at Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland


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Dublin Castle, a tour attraction in Ireland

The Porterhouse Temple Bar

Why visit:

The wooden décor may be excessively rustic, but Dublin\'s oldest microbrewery pub, the Porterhouse, makes up for that with the quality of its beer. The pub only sells its own label of beers, but the stouts, lagers and ales are better than any mass-produced beer. The Oyster Stout, made with real oysters, is very good. The excellent pub food, Irish stew, and bangers and mash will fill you up without breaking the bank.

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at 16-18 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, Ireland


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The Porterhouse Temple Bar, a tour attraction in Ireland

St. Patrick´s Day Parade

Why visit:

St Patrick\'s Day on 17 March offers the perfect excuse to drink, if you need one. The parade exhibits some of Europe\'s best street performers and there\'s a four-day gala of world-class entertainment. Festival of Europe\'s New Jazz also comes to town. If you\'re a film buff, then July and August are the months of free Saturday night movies at Jameson Movies on the Square. Finally, the Dublin Writer\'s Festival offers a feast of readings, discussions and public debates.

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at 16-18 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, Ireland


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St. Patrick´s Day Parade, a tour attraction in Ireland

Trinity College

Why visit:

Sunday morning is the best time to visit this intellectual hub, before the students are awake and while the bells toll for morning mass throughout the city. Trinity College is an oasis of peace and beauty. Its campus is a mix of classical and contemporary buildings interspersed with elegant gardens. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity boasts stellar alumni, including playwright Oscar Wilde and Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett. During the summer, enthusiastic students give 30-minute guided tours.

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at College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland


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Trinity College, a tour attraction in Ireland

Peploes Wine Bistro

Why visit:

Fridays are fun times at Peploe\'s. Lunches are popular with local heroes, business gurus and the cultured set of the city. The location is fabulous, and the rooms are decked out with wood, murals and crisp table linen. The established venue serves classic dishes like French onion soup, Caesar salad and smoked salmon with dill sauce, and the wine list is good and long. Hugo\'s, on the other hand, is the new kid on the block, but is attracting a following with its international menu and expansive list of wines from around the globe. The staff are friendly and efficient, and on a warm summer evening drinking a glass of crisp rosé in the elegant surroundings is a delight.

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at 16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland


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Peploes Wine Bistro, a tour attraction in Ireland

The Science Gallery

Why visit:

You always expect great things from Trinity College and the innovative Science Gallery certainly doesn\'t disappoint. It takes a fresh look at applications of science in real life, making white hot technology accessible to everyone. Don\'t be surprised if you see exhibitions of techno-thread clothing, displays of robotic art and debates about the future of bio-fuels and the efficacy of anti-depressants. They\'ve even harnessed nanotechnology to inscribe their logo on the face of a diamond.

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at Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland


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The Science Gallery, a tour attraction in Ireland

Six Nations Rugby Tournament

Why visit:

The Six Nations Rugby tournament is among the highlights of the Irish Sporting Calendar. Home games are played at Croke Park and the whole city gets caught up in the excitement. Even if Ireland\'s not playing, match days are one big party and tradition demands that you quarrel over the goals at a local pub.

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at Aviva Stadium


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Six Nations Rugby Tournament , a tour attraction in Ireland

Aqua Restaurant

Why visit:

Given the coastal location, fish is the order of the day: Dover sole on the bone, baked sea bass, pan-fried halibut and slow-cooked organic salmon. Aqua\'s distinctly urban appearance is softened by gorgeous sea views and a warm, cosy bar in front of a casual, uncluttered dining room – the venue for a great Sunday lunch to the sound of live jazz. On bright, sunny days, save time for a nice stroll around the harbour.

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at 1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Ireland


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Aqua Restaurant, a tour attraction in Ireland

The Cobblestone Pub

Why visit:

The Cobblestone is a gem. The musicians\' corner downstairs attracts traditional players whom you would pay to see elsewhere, and the paying venue upstairs rarely books a duff band. It often showcases traditional and folk music. Overall, it\'s cosy, while eschewing unnecessary frills; if you want to avoid excessive paddy-whackery in favour of a genuine traditional Dublin pub atmosphere, come here.

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at 77 King St N, Dublin 7, Ireland


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The Cobblestone Pub, a tour attraction in Ireland

Cake Café

Why visit:

In a concealed courtyard, the Cake Café is an adorable venture that has already won itself a loyal following. The air inside is warm with the smell of heavenly own-made cakes, biscuits, pies and cupcakes, sandwiches, great salads (caramelised pear, blue cheese and walnut) and some more ambitious hot dishes. Everything is served on artfully mismatched crockery and the staff are delightfully welcoming. A hidden treasure.

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at 8 Pleasants Pl, Dublin, Ireland


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Cake Café, a tour attraction in Ireland

Dubh Linn Gardens

Why visit:

If you don\'t want to pay to get into Dublin Castle then stroll around the Dubh Linn Gardens hidden behind. It\'s the original place of the dubh linn (dark pool), from where the city drew its name and was recently landscaped into a garden. Though most tourists don\'t know about it, it\'s extremely popular with office goers as a lunch venue. Sometimes, it\'s also used as a helicopter-landing site.

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at On the grounds of Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Musuem Dublin 2 South Inner City


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Dubh Linn Gardens, a tour attraction in Ireland

The Dublin Fringe festival

Why visit:

The Dublin Fringe festival is as established an event as its Scottish counterpart. Usually a mixed bag of performances in September, the festival is dedicated to promoting new companies, and showcasing experimental material. The emphasis, of course, is on the unusual and the performances are innovative.

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at Tiger Dublin Fringe Sycamore Building Sycamore Street Temple Bar Dublin 2


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The Dublin Fringe festival , a tour attraction in Ireland

Dunne & Crescenzi Cafe

Why visit:

This is not a tourist-snaring pizza counter. Dunne & Crescenzi is the original and probably still the best Italian café in town, with two adjoining spaces on South Frederick Street. Both are small, dark and can feel a touch on the claustrophobic side. But the food is simply wonderful: the tasty, fresh and simple lunches include cured and smoked meats, salads and panini. Lunches are accompanied by a full wine list. The heart-warming coffee will match any brew that the European mainland has to offer.

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at 16 Frederick St S, Dublin, Ireland


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Dunne & Crescenzi Cafe, a tour attraction in Ireland

Buzz Barista Expresso

Why visit:

Buzz Fendall is a man on a mission – to bring amazing coffee to Dublin. Bald Barista, a busy friendly café, is his gift to the city. Beans are sourced directly from individual farmers in Brazil, Sumatra and Ethiopia, and are freshly ground on site. Of course, there\'s more to the place than just coffee – snacks and lunches are served on the slickly appointed mezzanine dining area or the diminutive terrace.

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at 55 Aungier Street, Avalon House, Dublin 2


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Buzz Barista Expresso, a tour attraction in Ireland

Loft Market

Why visit:

Loft Market, a New York-style indoor fashion market attracts local fashion junkies and hip students on the trail of individual, one-off looks, which are the stock in trade of the young designers and artists who share this space. There are plenty of vintage items of clothing and jewellery on sale.

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at 59 William St S, Dublin, Ireland


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Loft Market , a tour attraction in Ireland

Chapter One

Why visit:

Everyone loves Chapter One for its affordable fine dining experience. The choice is spectacular: Irish-caught yellow fin tuna with fennel and squid braised in saffron, and Connemara mountain lamb with rump glazed in mustard and white truffle honey are among the delights. You can follow them up with Irish raspberry poached meringue, almond and pistachio cracknel, and lime anglaise. The menu speaks for itself.

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at 18-19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, Ireland


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Chapter One, a tour attraction in Ireland

Bobo's Burger House

Why visit:

You would usually associate giant greasy burgers with the Americans. But Bobo\'s has gained quite a reputation for turning out some fine patties. This excellent little diner serves up peerless organic burgers, \'proper chubby chips\' in old-fashioned buckets and delicious malts, shakes and juices.

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at 22 Wexford St, Dublin 2, Ireland


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Bobo

The Kilkenny Way

Why visit:

Enjoy a unique sporting experience that gives you an insight into the worlds Oldest (3000 yrs) and fastest field game in the true Home Of Hurling Champions - Kilkenny. Youcan join The Kilkenny Way us for 2 hours of Hurling fun in the Home of the Famous Kilkenny Cats.

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at 28/29 Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny, Ireland


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The Kilkenny Way, a tour attraction in Ireland

Kilkenny Castle

Why visit:

Kilkenny Castle has been the centrepiece of Kilkenny City for over 800 years.

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at The Parade, Kilkenny, Ireland


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Kilkenny Castle, a tour attraction in Ireland

St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

Why visit:

St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny. This ecclesiastical site was founded in the 6th century and named after St Canice.

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at Coach Rd, Irishtown, Kilkenny, Ireland


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St. Canice

Rothe House

Why visit:

A magnificent 17th century Irish merchant\'s townhouse & garden in the centre of Kilkenny city, open as a museum, garden, genealogy centre, book and gift shop.

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at Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland


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Rothe House, a tour attraction in Ireland

Castle Express

Why visit:

Take a trip on \'The Castle Express\' for a unique and fun filled tour of Kilkenny. Sit back and relax on our custom built road train and let us bring the sights of kilkenny to you.

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at Castle Road, Kilkenny, Ireland


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Castle Express, a tour attraction in Ireland

Mount Congreve House and Gardens

Why visit:

The Mount Congreve House and Gardens are beautiful and tranquil gardens for the family to relax and enjoy. The gardens and grounds are well worth a visit with the trees and plants blossoming in season throughout the year. The house is not open to the public but there is a cafe and plants can be purchased. The gardens are beautiful in a stunning setting by the River Suir.

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at Kilmeaden, Waterford, Ireland


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Mount Congreve House and Gardens, a tour attraction in Ireland

Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum

Why visit:

As you walk around Waterford, you wonder about some of the buildings and ramparts and why the city is laid out as it is. Any history book will tell you that the city was founded by the Vikings but the Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum will bring this city back to life.

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at Cathedral Square, Waterford, Ireland


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Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum , a tour attraction in Ireland

Waterford Crystal

Why visit:

Originally founded by George and William Penrose in 1783, Waterford crystal is world-renowned for quality and beauty. Have you seen someone blow molten crystal into a vase? Check out the factory tour. Visitors are guided through the factory to see experienced craftsmen at work, creating new crystal pieces.

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at The Mall, Waterford Waterford, Ireland


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Waterford Crystal , a tour attraction in Ireland

Bishop's Palace

Why visit:

See Bishop\'s Palace with the guided tour, where entertaining period actors will lead you around the house and its many exhibits - drawing you into the history of the Palace, Waterford and its surrounds - and revealing the surprisingly global reach of Waterford throughout the ages.

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at The Mall, Waterford Waterford, Ireland


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Bishop

Reginald's Tower

Why visit:

Reginald\'s Tower offers a wealth of information and historical artefacts inside. Your children will be fascinated with the viking items and the history of Waterford video shown in the room on the top floor.

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at The Quay, Waterford 48462, Ireland


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Reginald

The Viking Triangle

Why visit:

It is easy to get around The Viking Triangle. There are lots of fun things to amuse like the two chairs near the cathedral and the statues of Strongbow and Aoiffe. Enjoy the excellent pub as well.

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at High Street and Henrietta Street, Waterford, Ireland


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The Viking Triangle , a tour attraction in Ireland

Pulses of Tradition

Why visit:

Pulses of Tradition offers a great evening of traditional Irish music, singing and dancing. A wonderful atmosphere inside a Church converted to an Arts Centre.

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at Triskel Christchurch, Cork, Ireland


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Pulses of Tradition , a tour attraction in Ireland

Play Gaelic Games

Why visit:

Mike and Myles, the organizers, make learning Gaelic football and hurling very fun. Definitely a must if you\'re in the area! Worth every penny.

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at Saint Finbarrs Hurling and Football Club, Togher, Cork 100, Ireland


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Play Gaelic Games, a tour attraction in Ireland

Ballyhass Lakes Activity Centre, Fishing & Wakepark

Why visit:

Ballyhass Lakes is Ireland’s best known still spring water trout fishery, with 11 four star holiday homes and an activity centre for groups and schools, sports clubs and teams, and corporate team building.Activity Centre. The activity centre at Ballyhass makes full use of the natural environs with kayaking, raft building and trout fishing on the spring clean water, rock climbing and abseiling on the limestone rock faces, and specially constructed low ropes courses, archery and team building games on the lawns.

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at Cecilstown, Cork, Ireland


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Ballyhass Lakes Activity Centre, Fishing & Wakepark, a tour attraction in Ireland

Fota Wildlife Park

Why visit:

Fota Wildlife Park is Cork\'s most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster. The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City. The park is not like an ordinary zoo; here you can come face to face with free roaming animals & birds from all parts of the world.

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at Fota Island, Cork, Ireland


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Fota Wildlife Park , a tour attraction in Ireland

Ocean Escapes

Why visit:

With Ocean Escapes you can explore the coastline both inside the harbour and beyond. Our sightseeing tours allow you to encounter Pods of dolphins and whales in and around the Cork coastline. Experience the unique thrill of a fast ride onboard our RIB and Enjoy the sights from a very different perspective.

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at Salve Marine, Crosshaven, Cork, Cork none, Ireland


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Ocean Escapes, a tour attraction in Ireland

Ballycotton Cliff Walk

Why visit:

Actually in the famous east Cork fishing village of Ballycotton is a very scenic spot known as the Ballycotton Cliff walk. This is not a well known area to Irish locals never mind visitors to this country, yet views from the cliff walk can give many other coastal scenes a run for their money.

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at Ballycotton, Cork, Ireland


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Ballycotton Cliff Walk , a tour attraction in Ireland

City Limits Comedy Club

Why visit:

Enjoy a variety of comedians with differing styles and approaches, which adds wonderful contrast. Each comedian is very funny in their own ways.

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at Coburg Street, Cork, Ireland


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 City Limits Comedy Club, a tour attraction in Ireland

Mizen Head

Why visit:

Rising 700 feet above the ocean, this is the southernmost point in Ireland. The Signal Station on the point offers excellent views of the coastline and marinelife.

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at Mizen Head, Golleen, Not Cork, Cork, Ireland


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Mizen Head, a tour attraction in Ireland

Killarney National Park

Why visit:

There are loads of glorious areas to explore within the park: From Ross Castle one can take a boat (go with a local boatman for an informative, historical and humerous adventure) to Innis fallen Island.There are a few options for boat trips from 11/2 hrs to all day, depending on your needs. Follow the trail of the ancient Bronze Mines,a beautiful walk.Look out for the red deer. Take a jaunting car trip with one of the jarveys (also very informative and entertaining), or just take a peaceful meander along the river. Ask about the massive effort to rid the park and all surrounds of the purple rhodendrons to allow the natural vegetation to return. Then head into Killarney for a wonderful coffee ( or a berry smoothie) at Lir cafe... opposite the cimema.

a day,very cheap,just show up option
at Killarney, Ireland


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Killarney National Park , a tour attraction in Ireland

Celtic Steps The Show Killarney

Why visit:

Celtic Steps The Show runs from March to October 2014 featuring Ireland\'s top entertainers. It will take you through the history of Irish Dancing down through the centuries.

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at Muckross Road, Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Ireland


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Celtic Steps The Show Killarney, a tour attraction in Ireland

Muckross House and Gardens

Why visit:

A beautiful 19th-century mansion with a spectacular view of the Irish countryside.

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at Muckross House, Killarney National Park, Muckross Rd, Killarney, Co.Kerry Ireland


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Muckross House and Gardens , a tour attraction in Ireland

Limerick Racecourse

Why visit:

18 days of racing each year a mixture of weekend, evening and bank holiday fixtures of both flat and national hunt (jump) racing.

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at Greenmount Park, Patrickswell, Limerick, Ireland


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Limerick Racecourse, a tour attraction in Ireland

Lough Gur Visitor Centre

Why visit:

Lough Gur Heritage Centre is a community run tourist attraction telling the story of 6,000 years of habitation in the Lough Gur area. From Neolithic house sites to medieval castles Lough Gur has monuments from every era and the heritage centre ensures that visitors get the history/folklore and archaeology of the area from trained guides.

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at Lough Gur, Limerick, Ireland


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Lough Gur Visitor Centre, a tour attraction in Ireland

Thomond Park Stadium

Why visit:

Find out all about the hallowed turf which has seen so many Munster Rugby victories!! Visit Thomond Park for a full Museum and Stadium tour.

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at Cratloe Road, Annacotty, Limerick, Ireland


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Thomond Park Stadium, a tour attraction in Ireland

King´s Johns Castle

Why visit:

This newly renovated 13th-century castle is open for tours.

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at Nicholas St., King's Island, Limerick, Ireland


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King´s Johns Castle , a tour attraction in Ireland

Hunt Museum

Why visit:

Exhibiting one of Ireland\'s greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century and including works by Renoir, Picasso and Yeats among many others.

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at The Custom House, Rutland St., Limerick, Ireland


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Hunt Museum, a tour attraction in Ireland

Ballyhoura Walking Trails

Why visit:

Ballyhoura Country is a walker\'s paradise offering spectacular walking in ancient and unspoilt landscapes. Whether your interests lie in short, easy walks or long distance walking, whether you prefer guided walks or to organise your walking independently; walkers of all abilities will be invigorated by the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the area. Walking through Ballyhoura Country offers plenty choice to walking enthusiasts, there are exciting nature walks, river bank walks, quiet country roads, the Ballyhoura Waymarked Way, rugged mountains, rich bogs, and mythical landscapes.

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at Ballyhoura, Co. Limerick, Limerick, Ireland


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Ballyhoura Walking Trails, a tour attraction in Ireland

Limerick Greyhound Stadium

Why visit:

The new Limerick Greyhound Stadium opened in October 2010, and boasts world-class facilities. The stadium, which is a great edition to the sporting culture in Limerick, is open for Greyhound Racing every Friday and Saturday night. With excellent bars, a restaurant, fast-food and carvery and unrivalled viewing facilities, a visit to Limerick Greyhound Stadium is a must.

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at Greenpark, Dock Road, Limerick, Ireland


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Limerick Greyhound Stadium , a tour attraction in Ireland

Trad on the Prom

Why visit:

Trad on the Prom celebrates the passion of Ireland\'s past with a contemporary production, of world class music, song and dance derived from the pulsating energy that has survived from the dawn of Celtic mysticism to become the record breaking phenomenon it is today.

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at Galway Bay Hotel, The Promenade, Salthill, Galway, Ireland


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Trad on the Prom, a tour attraction in Ireland

Connemara National Park

Why visit:

Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands.

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at Letterfrack, Connemara, Co Galway, Galway, Ireland


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Connemara National Park, a tour attraction in Ireland

Cooper's Hill Livery - Private Rides

Why visit:

Set in the beautiful countryside of Castlegar, Cooper\'s Hill is a family run livery yard and equestrian centre.

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at Glenanail, Tuam road, Galway, Ireland


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Cooper

Tunes in the Church

Why visit:

Tunes in the Church is an authentic and intimate musical and cultural experience, featuring the best traditional Irish musicians, singers, storytellers and dancers. Concerts are held in an unparalleled acoustic setting, in a drink-free environment, at a family-friendly time, and are reasonably priced. These concerts cater to music lovers, the early rising tourist, budget travellers, and tour bus operators.

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at Lombard Street, St. Nicholas’ Church, Galway, Ireland


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Tunes in the Church, a tour attraction in Ireland

The Great Western Greenway

Why visit:

Escape the bustle of urban life on the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in the country. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and iconic visitor attractions are within easy range of the Greenway.

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at Westport, Ireland


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The Great Western Greenway , a tour attraction in Ireland

Atlantic Drive on Achill

Why visit:

Achill Island occupies an area of some 57sq miles but its actual coastline - including all the inlets and spars - measures over 80 miles. In some places, the roads follow (generally) the shoreline and two particular stretches of road have been designated as Achill\'s Atlantic Drive. Taken together these two stretches of \'Atlantic Drive\' provide a spectacular journey with breathtaking views and can be completed in a vehicle or (separately!) by bicycle or on foot.

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at Westport, Ireland


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Atlantic Drive on Achill, a tour attraction in Ireland

Drummindoo Stud

Why visit:

Family run riding school, stud and stables only 1 mile from Westport, on the Wild Atlantic Way. Horseriding for adults and children. Good selection of horses for all levels and abilities.

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at Knockranny, Mayo, Westport, Ireland


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Drummindoo Stud , a tour attraction in Ireland

The Legend of Grainne Mhaol

Why visit:

This superb traditional music show is based on the real-life story of the Legendary Irish Pirate Queen Grace O\' Malley or Gráinne Mhaol. This spectacular show at Hotel Westport contains a wealth of talented musicians and dancers from all over the West Coast.

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at Hotel Westport | Newport Road, Westport, Ireland


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The Legend of Grainne Mhaol, a tour attraction in Ireland

Ballycroy National Park

Why visit:

Ballycroy National Park was established in November 1998, it is Ireland’s sixth National Park and is located on the Western seaboard in northwest Mayo. It comprises of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range. Between Nephin beg and Slieve Carr, at 721metres above sea level, the highest mountain in the range, lie the Scardaun Loughs.

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at Visitor Centre, Ballycroy Village, Westport, Ireland


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Ballycroy National Park , a tour attraction in Ireland

Westport Golf Club

Why visit:

18 Hole Parkland Course with views of endless green rolling hills. US Open Champion Rory McIlroy became the youngest winner of the Irish Amateur Championship here in 2005.

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at Carrowholly, Westport, Ireland


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Westport Golf Club, a tour attraction in Ireland

Jackie Clarke Collection

Why visit:

It is the most important private collection of Irish history material in public hands, comprising over 100,000 items spanning 400 years. It includes artefacts associated with Theobald Wolfe Tone; letters from Michael Collins, Douglas Hyde, Michael Davitt and O’Donovan Rossa. It also contains rare books, proclamations, posters, political cartoons, pamphlets, handbills, works by Sir John Lavery, maps, hunger strike material and personal items from Leaders of the 1916 Rising.

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at Pearse Street, Ballina, Ireland


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Jackie Clarke Collection, a tour attraction in Ireland

Belleek Castle Museum

Why visit:

Located in the wonderful Belleek Woods, Belleek Castle does not only provide fine dining and lodging, but also Castle Tours.The Tours include the history of the castle, going back to the Middle Ages. You will see the Medieval Banquet Hall, the Spanish Armada Bar and other romantic Rooms. The highlight of the tour will be the Marshall Doran Collection, one of the finest collections of armour, fossils and antiques in Ireland.

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at Belleek Castle, Garrankeel, Ballina, Ireland


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Belleek Castle Museum , a tour attraction in Ireland

Rosserk Friary

Why visit:

It is a lovely peaceful spot to visit - as Yeats said \"the peace comes dropping slow\". The effects of the green pasture and the still waters will wash all your cares away. A lovely old stone ruin that is certainly worth a visit. All you hear are cattle and running water. It makes a visit here magical. The Friary has a lot of standing walls. It is on very small roads, but even the drive in is lovely.

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at Ballina, Ireland


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Rosserk Friary, a tour attraction in Ireland

Knocknarea Mountain

Why visit:

Knocknarea mountain, just over 300 meters, can be seen from all over County Sligo (and from a number of surrounding counties). The distinctive profile of Queen Maeves Tomb perched on the top, once seen, tends to stick in the mind.

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at Sligo, Ireland


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Knocknarea Mountain, a tour attraction in Ireland

Carrowkeel

Why visit:

The beauty of the landscape and the total lack of any commercialisation makes this the perfect place for a beautiful walk through limestone crags to a hillside dotted with passage tombs.

a day,free,just show up option
at Castlebaldwin, Sligo, Ireland


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Carrowkeel , a tour attraction in Ireland

Sligo Abbey

Why visit:

Layers of history are revealed on the guided tour of this friary. You can learn about the origins of Sligo Abbey, and the use right up to recent times. Stories of the attacks and eventual destruction of this place paint a picture of the complex and sad history just under the surface of Sligo. Good to know the same lineage of Friars is still active in the town.

a day,fixed price,check site first option
at Abbey St. Sligo | County Sligo, Sligo, Ireland


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Sligo Abbey, a tour attraction in Ireland

Hawks Well Theatre

Why visit:

The Hawk\'s Well is a 340 seat theatre in Sligo, North West Ireland. They host a diverse programme of arts and entertainments including comedy, professional and amateur drama, a wide range of music from traditional and jazz to opera, plus dance, pantomime, children\'s theatre and comedy. Their attractive bar/foyer hosts a year-round programme of exhibitions by professional and amateur artists and photographers.

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at Temple Street, Sligo, Ireland


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Hawks Well Theatre , a tour attraction in Ireland

Slieve League

Why visit:

The cliffs are just a short panoramic drive from Killybegs through lovely hills and valleys with views of the sea and spectacular coastline. When you make to the viewing area you will be treated with fantastic views of the rugged cliffs and coastline. You will also be welcomed by the mountain sheep.

a day,free,just show up option
at Carrick, Ireland


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Slieve League, a tour attraction in Ireland

Doagh Famine Village

Why visit:

On the way to Malin Head in County Donegal, take the time to detour out to Doagh Isle, to the Famine Musuem. The guided tour then brings the visitor to a walkway section with life-sized dioramas depicting aspects of life in Ireland during the famine.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,varies,check site first option
at Doagh Island, Inishowen, Ireland


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Doagh Famine Village, a tour attraction in Ireland

Glenveagh National Park

Why visit:

The Castle garden was spectacular with a lovely tearoom and great walks.

a day,free,just show up option
at Main entrance on R251, Church Hill, Ireland


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Glenveagh National Park, a tour attraction in Ireland

Glenveagh Castle

Why visit:

Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975. With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986.

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at Churchill, Letterkenny, Ireland


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Glenveagh Castle , a tour attraction in Ireland

Maghera Beach and Caves

Why visit:

Maghera beach is located approximately 6 miles from Ardara. Situated in South-West Donegal, Republic of Ireland, one of the most scenic areas in Ireland, a county with miles of unpolluted coastlines and beaches, lies Maghera beach. Pristine white sandy beach, with clean atlantic water, natural sea-erosion caves lie beneath majestic mountains that hide an ancient castle.

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at 6 miles from Ardara (nearest town), Ardara, Ireland


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Maghera Beach and Caves, a tour attraction in Ireland

Mamore Gap

Why visit:

Great views on the way up or down of the valley, hills and sea beyond. All spiced with a tinge of adventure on the narrow roads with passing places.

a day,free,just show up option
at Urris, Clonmany, Ireland


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Mamore Gap , a tour attraction in Ireland

Glenevin Waterfall

Why visit:

A beautiful walk along a lovely wooded path which twists and turns with seats along the way for those who might need a little rest, a babbling brook to soothe and then finally around a corner, you will see a lovely waterfall in view.

a day,free,just show up option
at between Straid and Crossconnell, Clonmany, Ireland


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Glenevin Waterfall , a tour attraction in Ireland

Malin Head

Why visit:

Malin Head is considered to be the jewel of the North.

a day,free,just show up option
at Malin, County Donegal, Ireland, Ireland


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Malin Head , a tour attraction in Ireland

Surfworld Bundoran

Why visit:

Established in 1990, our surf shop and surf school is located in Bundoran, Donegal, Ireland. The feel of a locally owned, grass roots and all core surf retailer still holds pride and place in our store. Over the last 20 years the Bundoran surfing scene has grown and Surfworld has grown with it, to become one of the most recognised names in the core Irish surfing industry.

a day,varies,check site first option
at Main Street, Bundoran, Ireland


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Surfworld Bundoran , a tour attraction in Ireland

Dunfanaghy Stables

Why visit:

Helen and her staff are proud to show you this naturally stunning part of Ireland the best way possible, on horseback! They are an equestrian tourism destination located on the wild Atlantic coastline of Donegal in the north west of Ireland.

a day,varies,check site first option
at behind Arnold's Hotel, Dunfanaghy, Ireland


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Dunfanaghy Stables , a tour attraction in Ireland

Glengesh Pass

Why visit:

A gorgeous site to behold, a jaw dropping site if coming from Ardara to the coast line, otherwise an equally majestic trip down the pass. Worth seeing on each side of the road, with sheep and hillsides to adore and look forward too. On the top of the pass, there is an adorable picnic site at the top which simply must be given some time to savor.

a day,free,just show up option
at Glengesh, Ardara, Ireland


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Glengesh Pass , a tour attraction in Ireland

Tropical World

Why visit:

Tropical World is a Tropical Butterfly House and Mini Zoo in the heart of Donegal, at Alcorn\'s Flower and Garden Centre.\r\n

a day,varies,check site first option
at Highfield, Letterkenny, Ireland


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Tropical World , a tour attraction in Ireland

Mount Errigal

Why visit:

You cannot fail to be impressed by Mt. Errigal because it towers over incredible scenery, and the landscape is very dramatic.

a day,free,just show up option
at Dunlewy, Letterkenny, Ireland


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Mount Errigal , a tour attraction in Ireland

Narin Beach

Why visit:

Popular long beach with silver sands, excellent for swimming with life guard patrol in the summer. At low tide, you can walk to Innishkeel Island & visit the church/graveyards.

a day,free,just show up option
at Narin-Portnoo, Ireland


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Narin Beach , a tour attraction in Ireland

Londonderry City Walls

Why visit:

Derry\'s walls provide easy access to many of the city\'s most important sites. They are a great place to see and have explained the long history of Protestant/Catholic disputes, including the 20th-century Troubles. Views over Catholic bog with its IRA graffiti and beautiful protest paintings/murals.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at City Centre, Derry, Northern Ireland


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Londonderry City Walls , a tour attraction in Ireland

Guildhall

Why visit:

Not only is this building so beautiful inside and outside, it has played such a major part in Derry\'s history. The free museum inside clearly explains what \'plantation\'. The museum is designed to interest children and adults. The building is stunning.

a day,varies,check site first option
at Guildhall Street, Derry BT48 6DQ, Irlanda del Norte


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Guildhall , a tour attraction in Ireland

Museum of Free Derry

Why visit:

The Free Derry Museum is great value at only €3. The exhibits and detailed information paint a picture of how things were/are in Derry and the rest of Northern Ireland from a perspective that may not be presented elsewhere.

a day,fixed price,check site first option
at 55 Glenfada Park, Derry BT48 9DR, Irlanda del Norte


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Museum of Free Derry, a tour attraction in Ireland

Campsie Karting Centre

Why visit:

This is Northern Ireland\'s newest and most exciting indoor racing circuit. High powered brand new Sodi karts for Adults and Juniors over the age of 8 years are all welcome to come and feel the thrill and excitement of their 400m circuit and purpose built facility. They also have the largest Indoor Paintball Arena in Northern Ireland.

a day,varies,check site first option
at Unit 12 Campsie Industrial Estate, Mclean Rd, Derry BT47 3XX, Northern Ireland


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Campsie Karting Centre, a tour attraction in Ireland

Peace Bridge

Why visit:

This bridge, spanning the Foyle at the Waterfront in Derry city, has a modern design and is for pedestrians and cyclists. It leads from the site of the old army barracks on the County Derry side, to the waterfront on the County Donegal side and is a symbol of peace and reconciliation.

a day,free,just show up option
at Queens quay, Derry, Northern Ireland


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Peace Bridge , a tour attraction in Ireland

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