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Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its medieval buildings include 13th-century Dublin Castle and imposing St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. Temple Bar is a riverside nightlife and cultural quarter, home to the Irish Film Institute. Bustling, largely pedestrianised Grafton Street is the city’s principal shopping area, also famed for its buskers.

Area: 115 km²

Weather: 8°C, Wind E at 10 km/h, 84% Humidity

Getting there: 6 h 40 min flight. View flights

Local time: Sunday 1:47 PM

Population: 527,612 (2011) UNdata

You land this morning in incredible Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland and a city with a richer literary tradition than just about anywhere on earth. Stop by your elegant hotel to freshen up, and then hit the streets of this hidden gem.
Continue your journey to the elegant parks and Georgian townhouses that make up the most fashionable areas of south Dublin. Visit Merrion Square, where you can see the townhouse where Oscar Wilde was raised and a whimsical statue commemorating the author in nearby Merrion Green.
Turn away from the rising sun as you trek west to the rolling, verdant hills of central Ireland. Witness the striking fecundity of the Curragh, where these rich lands have fostered the growth of some of the greatest thoroughbred racehorses in history. Your next stop is the aristocratic Strokestown Park House, formerly owned by an adventurer family that rose with the coming of Cromwell and a splendid example of how British aristocrats lived in the 18th century.
Here, you’ll catch glimpses of the native breed of pony which has proved useful to the locals for generations, catch ditties from traditional Irish rebellion songs lilting over the land, and catch an eyeful at the staggering opulence of Kylemore Abbey. Built by an Englishman who made his fortune in the weaving trade in Manchester, this beautiful building was converted into an abbey to house Belgian Benedictine nuns fleeing the sweep of Hitler in World War II.
Catch a ferry and head out to the heart of Galway Bay to visit a part of Ireland that time seems to have forgotten, where Irish is the native language and where the Celtic past lives heavy in the air. Start your adventure at Inishmore, the largest of the three islands, where you’ll discover the long reach of history in this part of the world: where people have settled for millennia, battling the elements and retaining their way of life. Lunch is traditional and delicious, filling and exciting and complemented by the charm of traditional Irish pub life.
Start your morning with style as your first stop of the day is at quaint and darling Rathbaun Farm, a traditional Irish sheep farm. Learn more about the life of Irish shepherds or step into the kitchen to try your hand at making authentic Irish scones: even if the ones you make don’t cut it, the ones available with coffee are sure to make up for your culinary shortcomings.
Amble the streets of Limerick, the city of the Shannon that has become one of Ireland’s premier up-and-coming tourist destinations. It draws visitors with a burgeoning food scene and architecture that reflects this city’s long history. Ogle at the soaring spire of St. John Cathedral, the tallest of its type in Ireland, and gape at the aggressive battlements of St. John’s Castle, perched over the Shannon and threatening retribution to all that threaten its banks.
Turn south and west to the peninsular County Kerry, a region of unprecedented natural splendor and a dazzling display of Irish heritage. Drive or jaunt your way around the mesmerizing Ring of Kerry, arguably the most beautiful piece of road in the world, where natural panoramas and striking houses present an image that will arrest your attention
This afternoon sees you back in Killarney, where you’ll be treated to an enchanting carriage ride through the local national park. From the sweeping beauty of the Lakes of Killarney to the stolid and defiant presence of Ross Castle on the banks of Lough Leane, this is sure to be one countryside jaunt that you will never forget.
After a hearty and filling breakfast, a driver will be ready for you at your hotel, and will take you to the airport for your return flight home. Your heart will be filled with the memories of this magical country, and your head will be swimming with your plans to return.
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