Travel Ireland, One of the most Beautiful Places in Europe
Ireland occupies a unique space in the collective imagination. It’s the land of faeries, giants, and leprechauns, where the locals live in a countryside that’s always green. The Emerald Isle is a place of magic and long legends coupled with a turbulent history, while the people remain always welcoming and hospitable. Add in the gorgeous countryside, and Ireland becomes a destination like few on Earth.
The only way to see the real Ireland — with all its cultural heritage and gloriously beautiful scenery — is through a walking tour. The Ring of Kerry, Dingle, and the Killarney Lakes are just a few of the gorgeous wonders to be experienced during your time traveling in Ireland.
A perfect way to see Ireland is on a seven day, six night tour of Ireland that starts off in Killarney with a ride to Torc Waterfall and an easy walk before a picnic in Killarney National Park. From Killarney, you can head to Kenmare and your lodging for the first two nights of the trip; make sure you visit the nearby Derreen Gardens and their extensive rhododendron and camellia collection.
Next, spend a night in Waterville after following the ancient Mass path along the Ring of Kerry. Any tour of Ireland has to include ancestral homes like Derrynane House, which is followed by a stroll along nearby Ballinskelligs Bay. After, enjoy a ferry trip to Skelling Michael Island, where colonies of seabirds pepper the island beside an old ruined monastery. End your day in the fishing town of Dingle on the mainland, where a two-night stay allows you to continue your walking exploration of the Irish countryside.
One of the hallmarks of a walking tour of Ireland is the connection guides give you to the local culture. The Irish are natural-born storytellers, and getting the chance to listen to an Irish yarn is an integral part of any tour. Especially considering that a great way to spend your final night is to visit a Killarney pub to experience the music and the culture of the locals.
Matthew Delman is a travel enthusiast and writer for Classic Journeys. Exposure to the landscape and local culture are important facets of the Classic Journeys style, and many of their repeat customers laud the company for offering the spontaneity, sense of discovery, and more that they desire. Classic Journeys has been called one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure, and Travel + Leisure named it one of the World’s Best Tour Operators. Traveling Ireland with Classic Journeys is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.