There are treasures to find in the most-loved areas of Ireland as well as at those places that aren’t as well known.
Sean Fenton, owner and manager of Enchanted Ireland Tours, says the company covers land arrangements from the time a group arrives at the airport until they leave, including transportation, accommodations, meals and entertainment.
“Ireland has vibrant cities like Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast, with modern-day shops housed in century-old buildings, and there are quaint towns and villages where you can relax in a pub and chat with the locals,” he says. “We also have great food and, above all, the people are friendly and welcoming.”
He says his most popular itinerary is 12 to 14 days of highlights that include:
Giant’s Causeway A remarkable basaltic formation made of approximately 37,000 columns ranks as one of the natural wonders of the world.
Blarney Castle and Gardens The castle was built in 1446, and visitors can climb the spiral stairs to the top and kiss the famous Blarney Stone, said to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who do.
And a couple of the lesser-visited sites that can be added to itineraries include:
Dingle Peninsula With an unspoiled landscape, it was once cited as “the most beautiful place on Earth” by National Geographic.
The Aran Islands Inishmore, the largest of the three islands, is steeped in history and resembles an outdoor museum, with more than 50 different monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage.
Top photo: Giant's Causeway
Photo by Caspar Diederik