Cultural Treasures Waiting to Be Discovered

Derryclare Lake, Co Clare

Cultural Treasures Waiting to Be Discovered

09 March 2018
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Ireland is for the curious and the adventurous.

No other place in the world offers the same blend of ancient and modern. Here we understand that history and heritage are inseparable from the present and the future.

Whether you fancy cruising along the 2,500 km stretch of coast that makes up Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way or exploring historic sites that go back over 5,000 years in Ireland’s Ancient East, you won’t be short on things to do. Blow off the cobwebs at the UNESCO world heritage site of Skellig Michael or take some weight off your feet in one of our 7,000+ pubs. Treasures can be found in every corner of Ireland. Here’s a selection of what not to miss!

Dublin’s Historical Gems

Much more than just another busy capital city, Dublin is rich with history and alive with conversation. From Trinity College, which holds the magnificent Book of Kells, to Kilmainham Gaol, the prison that played such a crucial role in the aftermath of the turbulent 1916 Rising, Dublin is a vibrant, living museum of Ireland's long and storied history. In fact, a trip down the Liffey will bring you to the black door of the world-renowned home of Guinness, St. James’s Gate Brewery. Founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness, tours are available for those interested in tasting the best pint of Guinness in the world!

Wonders of West Cork

It’s hard to describe West Cork as anything other than magical. Located in the south-west corner of Ireland, it’s an area brimming with beautiful towns framed by stunning beaches and magnificent peninsulas. Mizen Head boasts captivating views and is home to the Fastnet Lighthouse. This white tower is also known as ‘The Teardrop of Ireland’ – a name earned due to its status as the last piece of home to be seen by those emigrating to foreign lands years ago. It’s no wonder that West Cork plays host to highly creative communities. Wander down the streets of picturesque Kinsale or Baltimore to experience the atmosphere of creativity firsthand - you’ll be treated to outstanding local galleries, farmers' markets and endlessly fascinating stories.

Galway’s Culinary Scene

Heading west, the city of Galway is known for its lovable quirks and highly artistic flair. To the west of the city is the wild and magnificent Connemara, a place of inspiration for writers and artists including award-winning playwright and film director, Martin McDonagh. With landscapes like these, it is no wonder that Galway is bursting at the seams with creative brilliance. This creative flair is evident in the culinary output of Galway City too. From the eateries surrounding the laidback Spanish Arch to Michelin-starred restaurants, you'll be able to sample the best of contemporary Irish dining here.

There’s no wrong time to visit Ireland. The seasons merely paint a different picture. The people that make up this country complement the history, rugged landscapes and modern culture with their friendly spark and wicked humour. From the youthful energy and vibe of our cities to the tranquillity and timelessness of our natural environment, Ireland offers an experience like no other.