Vacation Ideas in Ireland 

Ireland Vacation Ideas #1:

If you enjoy caves, then your Ireland vacation ideas must include a trip to see one of the oldest caves in the country – Aillwee Cave. This cave is one of Ireland’s natural wonders and it’s only a short drive from Shannon or Galway in west Ireland. The cave may be old but it was only made available to the public in the 1970s. It’s a vast underground complex with stalagmites as old as 8,000 years.

Aillwee Cave is everything a cave fan could want with underground waterfalls, small passageways, stone bridges spanning deep chasms, 1,000 year old bear hibernation pits and rare Mediterranean lichens, mosses and other plants.

Above ground the landscape in Burren has a wild rugged beauty. You can enjoy this captivating scenery and the view of Galway Bay from terrace above the cave.

Be sure to stop in the Aillwee Cave Farm Shop for some award winning local Burren Gold cheese and some homemade fudge.

While visiting Aillwee, you can also visit Bird of Prey Center. See and learn about the hawks, falcons, eagles and owls that live here.

The Hawk Walk allows you to spend time with a hawk handler and his hawk. The Aillwee Cave makes a wonderful family vacation idea in Ireland.

Ireland Vacation Ideas #2:

Mount Usher Gardens, on the banks of River Vartry in County Wicklow, boast over 5,000 species of plants. Wandering paths guide you through this idyllic 20 acre garden. Craft shops, a book shop, restaurant and pottery workshop are on the grounds.

Vacation Ideas in Ireland #3:

A favorite place to visit is Kilkenny "The Marble City" where you will find some well preserved medieval buildings such as Castle Kilkenny, Rothe House, and Saint Canices Cathedral. Dunmore Cave contains some million year old calcite formations and was the site of a Viking massacre in the year 928 A.D.

Local activities include the traditional hurling, along with horseracing, golf, fishing, and many other sporting activities including excellent pub hopping.

Vacation Ideas in Ireland #4:

Tour the Wall Murals in Belfast. These interesting wall murals have sprung up in both Protestant and Catholic areas and artistically express a wide range of styles and sentiments. There are themes on Nationalism, freedom from oppression, Para militaristic, and religion. The styles can be quirky, romantic and surreal. It's best to take guided tour during the daylight hours with Citybus or Belfast City Tours.

Vacation Ideas in Ireland #5:

At Killarney Manor Banquet you can enjoy a 5-course meal served by waitresses in 19-century costumes. The evening includes a celebration of Irish music, song and dance. The affair is hosted by "The Lord and Lady of Killarney" in a historic building in the Old Irish manor house tradition.

Ireland Vacations Idea #6:

The Cliffs of Moher rise up majestically some 700 feet out of the sea near in County Clare. They are truly a spectacular sight. At its height is a stone tower and excellent views across Galway Bay to the Aran Islands and the hills of Connerama.

Vacation Ideas in Ireland #7:

Irish National Heritage Park, at Ferrycarrig, is 30 acres of outdoor exhibits showcasing thousands of years of Irish history. Re-creations of buildings, homesteads and burial mounds chronicle Irish life from a 7000 BC camp site to a 10th century monastery. Enjoyable and educational for the whole family.

Vacation Ideas in Ireland #7:

The Rock of Cashel is a dramatic ancient stone fortification towering over the town of Cashel. Perched on top of a 200 foot high hill of limestone it consists of a round tower, cathedral, a 12th century chapel and other structures including a 15th century house which has been recently restored.

Ireland Vacations Idea #8:

Experience the relaxed pace of life and traditional heritage of Irish rural life with a Farm Vacation. Approved by the Irish Tourist Board, Irish families open their homes and play host for a look at traditional local events and customs.

Ireland Vacations Idea #9:

Scenic Doolin Irlend
Photo Credit: flickr.com/photos/seaviewhouse-doolin
By Angie from Los Angeles - My favorite vacation was five weeks in Europe. This was more than most people can afford but it was a lifetime of vacations packed into one grand time. I really loved Ireland the most. We (my husband, my mother and our cousin) spent four days there. It is amazing how much can be packed into four days.

We flew into Dublin, after transferring at Heathrow and picked up a rental car. Armed with a map, we were able to find our hotel, the Clontarf Castle, quite easily. It's a castle, although not grand, had very good food, a pub where we ate dinner the first night and a "coffee shop" to grab a pastry, juice and coffee for the road. We met with a Rotarian who took us on a walking tour of Dublin. If you can find a local to give you a tour, it is so worthwhile.

We cruised by Trinity College, the Dublin Castle, through the Temple Bar area and a stop at the Guiness Storehouse. Definitely not to be missed. We saw more than I can remember. We ate lunch, at the oldest fish and chips joint in town. No tables, just found a spot on the street corner and stood and enjoyed. It was cold and windy. After dropping off our tour guide, we hit a pub. We didn't realize we had stumbled into one of the "Top Ten".

Back to the hotel, we got very lost. Everyone tried to help us, but it was super to see the city besides the tourist areas. In the morning we ate the fancy breakfast buffet, lovely but you can definitely eat for less money. We took off with our handy map across the country to Doolin.

Doolin is the home of three of the oldest pubs with traditional music. We stayed at a little bed and breakfast. It had great breakfasts included in the room rate. Day one was spent going to Lahinch Golf Club, where we had golf reservations. But we cancelled; the weather was cold and windy. We cruised the town, saw the Cliffs of Moher, and went to a cave with stalactites. So many things, we stopped at a couple of cemeteries, a lot of pubs, and cruised a lot of back roads.

Day four it was time to go to the airport. We are across the country on the west coast and have a late afternoon flight. We hit the highway, see Limerick, stop in a small town for lunch and made it to the airport in five hours. If you have no expectations, choose a couple of "must do" items and take it all in, any vacation can be fabulous. If I ever find a great deal for airline tickets, and they are out there, I would grab a B&B book, a rental car and be gone!

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