Discover Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way

For a truly local experience in one of the most charming and warm cultures in the world, Kerry Experience Tours will show visitors the most magical parts of Ireland. On offer are customized Bespoke Tours, Private Day Tours, and pre-defined Multiday Tours, tailored to suit your wishes. Enjoy the most scenic drives, spectacular land and seascapes, historic wonders, inspirational places, and hidden gems off the beaten path, completed with background information and stories. Set off on a true adventure and experience the authentic myth & magic of Ireland!

Join Kerry Experience Tours on an Irish journey of discovery that will bring moments of magic, moments to treasure and experiences you want to return to again and again!

7 Wonders of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Set off on a true adventure along 1,500 miles of coastal road on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. An unforgettable experience awaits along one of the wildest, most enchanting, and culturally rich routes in the world.

The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of tiny roads reaching out into the ocean, dramatic cliffs, spectacular lighthouses, secluded beaches, epic bays, sheep-spotted hills and buzzing villages & town. Make sure to stop often and take in the breath-taking views. Be ready to encounter some of the most rugged, spectacular coastlines you will ever see!

In this blog post we’ll share some of our personal favorites along this inspirational coastal drive. You may not be able to see the 7 wonders of the world in one trip, but you can see these 7 wonders of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on your next trip to Ireland!

1. Mizen Head, Cork

Must see: Mizen Head cliffs, footbridge, signal station
Top tip: From the arched bridge look down and around you to spot wildflowers, gannets, seals, and dolphins
Nearby: 3 Castle Head, Crookhaven, Altar Wedge Tomb


A scenic road along a spectacular cliff coast takes you to the Mizen Head Signal Station. Built on cliffs that rise high above the Atlantic Ocean, the station was built to fight the high loss of life and shipping on the rocks. To reach the signal station you must climb down 99 steps, cross an arched footbridge high above the gorge, and walk along fenced cliff trails. Take some time to check out the former keepers’ quarters and the Marconi radio room.

From Mizen Head you can spot The Fastnet Rock Lighthouse on a tiny rock out in the ocean. This was the last spot seen by many emigrants on their way to America.

Amazing places to visit near Mizen Head


1) 3 Castle Head. 3 ruined medieval towers connected by a high stone wall on the edge of a cliff. A 15-minute walk along a small trail leads you across private farmland to the castle.  

2) Crookhaven. Lovely spot for lunch. This picturesque harbour village once was the last port of call for ships, stocking up before going to America.

3) Altar Wedge Tomb. An impressive formation from approx. 2500BC that can be found about halfway between Mizen Head and Schull along a spectacular coastal drive.

2. Valentia Island, Kerry

Must see: Geokaun Mountain, Valentia Island Lighthouse, Knightstown
Top tip: Walk up to Bray Head for fab views of the Skellig coast and the Skellig islands
Nearby: Portmagee, Skellig Experience Centre, Skellig Chocolates


Valentia Island is an amazing island at the far end of the Ring of Kerry. Its remoteness and dramatic coastal scenery make it a must-see destination along the Wild Atlantic Way. The island can be reached from Portmagee by bridge, or – highly recommended – by car ferry from Renard Point to Knightstown.

From Knightstown travel along the coast and take the road down to Valentia Island Lighthouse that is built on the remains of an old fort from Cromwellian times. Your camera will absolutely love this spot: the lighthouse, rocky coastline, and crashing waves.

Our next recommendation along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is Geokaun Mountain. A rough and steep road takes you to the top of the mountain. This drive is not for the fainthearted, but the views from the top will make up for the sweaty hands. We’ll promise, this will be the highlight of your day! On you way back down take the short walk up to the stunning Fogher Cliffs.

On the other side of the island, near the bridge to Portmagee, you’ll find the monument that tells the story of the first transatlantic telegraph cable that was laid from Valentia Island. If you have time, take the walk to the top of Bray Head and enjoy some of the best views of the Skellig coast and the Skellig Islands.

Amazing places to visit near Valentia Island

1) Portmagee is a lovely little harbour village. Great spot for lunch, especially if you like fresh seafood. It is also the best spot for a boat trip to the Skellig Islands. StarWars brought the magnificent scenery of Skellig Michael to the big screen.

2) Skellig Experience Centre. Learn everything about the famous Skellig Islands and the story of the monks who inhabited this rock in the Atlantic for centuries.

3) Skellig Chocolates. Chocoholic or not, everyone will love this little chocolate factory on the Skellig Ring!

Tip: The roads on Valentia Island and the Skellig Ring are narrow and windy. If you are not comfortable navigating these roads, it is well worth taking a private tour of the Ring of Kerry, Valentia Island and the Skellig Ring for a relaxed, off the beaten path experience.

3. Slea Head, Dingle, Kerry

Must see: Beehive huts, Coumeenoole Beach, Dunquin pier
Top tip: From Coumeenoole Beach walk along the trail up to Dunmore Head. Fab views!
Nearby: Blasket Experience Centre, Dingle town, Conor Pass


The Dingle Peninsula has it all, stunning scenery, an abundance of historic sites, and the feel of the Gaelic culture wherever you roam. From the Gaelic language, to the best arts & crafts and traditional music sessions, the old ways are still very much alive.

One of the most scenic parts of the Wild Atlantic Way is Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula. Breath-taking coastal scenery and magnificent views are guaranteed. Slea Head probably has the greatest concentration of ancient sites in Ireland. The area is dotted with stone-age ring forts, inscribed stones, old church sites, and – not to be missed – prehistoric beehive huts.

As you get closer to the ocean, the road narrows more and more. Stretch the legs and dip your toes into the Atlantic at Coumeenoole Beach, a gorgeous little sandy beach surrounded by high cliffs. From here you can walk up the hill to Dunmore Head for even better views.

Another must-see stop on this scenic trip is Dunquin Pier.  In the Summer months a ferry leaves from this Pier to Great Blasket Island. Up to 1953 people lived on this deserted island under harsh conditions: no shop, no doctor, and no pub! These days the island is a paradise for walkers.  

Amazing places to visit near Slea Head


1) The Blasket Centre. This heritage centre and museum tells the story of the Blasket islands and the Irish speaking people who lived there and left an important cultural footprint.

2) Dingle Town. The charming town is packed with traditional pubs and cute little shops and restaurants.

3) Conor Pass. A short drive from Dingle Town takes you to the top of the Conor Pass, Ireland’s highest mountain pass. Spectacular views of Dingle Harbour, Mt Brandon, and the blue lakes in the rocky valley.

4. Cliffs of Moher, Clare

Must see: no explanation needed, 5 miles (8km) of stunning cliffs to explore 😊
Top tip: Doolin Cliff Walk – cliff top walk from Doolin to Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
Nearby: Doolin, Aran Islands, The Burren


The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s number 1 visitors’ attraction along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, and for good reason. These iconic cliffs are amongst the highest in Europe, soaring 700 feet (214m) above the Atlantic. The cliffs have been featured in many movies including Harry Potter and Leap Year.

Lonely Planet’s description of the cliffs says it all:
“One of Ireland’s most famous sights, the Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical and the cliff edge is abrupt. On a clear day the views are tremendous, with the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay. From the cliff edge you can just hear the booming far below as the waves crash and gnaw at the soft shale and sandstone.”

Plan enough time to go for a walk, to get away from the crowds. Nothing beats a windswept, thrilling hike across the clifftops!

Amazing places to visit near the Cliffs of Moher

1) Doolin is famous for Traditional Irish Music sessions in the pubs. The craic is mighty! The best Irish Stew in the country is served at McDermott’s in Doolin.

2) The Aran Islands can be reached by ferry from Doolin. These islands are a great representation of the traditional, mystical Ireland.

3) The Burren is a massive moonlike limestone plateau, with ancient burial chambers, medieval ruins, and an abundance of wildflowers.

5. Achill Island, Mayo

Must see: Kildavnet Castle, Achill Coastline, Keem Strand
Top tip: Picnic lunch on the beach
Nearby: Westport, Croagh Patrick, Ceide Fields


Achill’s Atlantic Drive boasts over 40km of breath-taking coastal scenery and rich history. On route is the 16th century tower house Kildavnet Castle, that was used by the legendary Irish Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley. More on this intriguing character in another blog post!

The impressive Deserted Village at Slievemore consists of almost 100 old stone cottages. The village was used as a “booley” settlement, only in use during the Summer to grow crops and to let cattle graze in the pastures. In the winter months people would live in a different location. From the 1840s the village was gradually abandoned because of tenants being evicted by the local landlord, the Great Famine and emigration to America.

The Achill coastal road leads all the way to the idyllic Keem Beach. It has been named one of the best beaches in the world for 2019 by global travel site Big 7 Travel. The almost tropical feel of this gorgeous sandy beach with crystal clear waters and surrounded by cliffs, is the stuff for postcards. An ideal spot for a picnic lunch!

Amazing places to visit near Achill Island


1) Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain and a popular pilgrimage destination. St Patrick is said to have fasted for 40 days at the summit of the mountain.  

2) Westport. A charming little town with many shops, pubs, restaurants, and the historic Westport House.

3) Céide Fields. One of the most extensive Stone Age archaeological sites in the world, dating back almost 6,000 years. The site contains the oldest known stone-walled fields in the world, enclosures, and megalithic tombs.

6. Mullaghmore Head, Sligo


A stroll around Mullaghmore Head is a must-do on this stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way. Walk along the sandy beach and listen to the crashing waves. This is one of Ireland’s best surfing spots, famous for its big waves.

Enjoy stunning views of the picturesque Classiebawn Castle and the towering BenBulben mountain in the backdrop. The word stunning was created for scenes like this, it is the stuff of fairytales.

Ben Bulben is one of Ireland’s most iconic landmarks. Famous Irish poet WB Yeats found inspiration in county Sligo and in the impressive flat-topped mountain. He called Sligo “The Land of Heart’s Desire” and one of his famous poems is called “Under Ben Bulben”.  Yeats is buried in the shadow of this mountain in Drumcliff cemetery.

Ben Bulben was also the backdrop for the Irish legend of Diarmuid & Grainne, a fascinating but tragic love story.

Amazing places to visit near Mullaghmore Head

1) Take a boat trip on the Atlantic to Inishmurray Island and see the impressive ruins of an ancient monastic site.

2) Streedagh Beach. This place is all about walking 3km of sandy beach, searching for fossils, exploring an ancient wedge tomb, and soaking up history. Ships from the Spanish Armada ran aground here in a storm in 1588.

3) Parke’s castle is a lovely little castle on the shores of Lough Gill, a 30 minute drive from Mullaghmore, just across the Sligo-Leitrim border.

7. Slieve League, Donegal

Must see: Cliffs at Slieve League, Silver Strand (Malin Beg), St John’s Point lighthouse
Top tip: Book an overnight stay at the lightkeeper’s cottage at St John’s Point lighthouse
Nearby: Assaranca Waterfall, Donegal castle, Sliabh Liag Distillers


The stunning cliffs at Slieve League are the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe. With over 600m (1970 feet) they are three times the height of the famous Cliffs of Moher. A narrow trail called One Man’s Pass leads to the highest point of Slieve League. It is a thrilling experience, standing on top of these soaring cliffs that rise high above the Atlantic Ocean. Feel the salty air in your face, watch the waves crash, and take in the breath-taking views here at the edge of the world.

When you’ve cleared your head at Slieve league, continue to follow the road until you reach Silver Strand. This beautiful beach near Malin Beg is surrounded by high horseshoe-shaped cliffs.

Another must-see spot along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is St John’s Lighthouse. A thrilling drive along one of Ireland’s longest peninsulas takes you to this amazing spot. And the best of it all …. you can actually stay overnight at the St Johns Point Lightkeeper’s Cottages! Treat yourself a unique stay miles away from anywhere. Admire the fab views across the bay, walk along the beach, or go for a swim in some of the clearest waters you’ve ever seen. You’ll never want to leave this perfect place, so it is a good thing that there is minimum of 2 nights stay requirement 😉

Amazing places to visit near Slieve League

1) Assaranca Waterfall, a great spot to visit especially after a rainy night. Tip: take the Glengesh Pass from Slieve League to Assaranca, a windy mountain road with fabulous views.

2) Donegal castle. A restored Norman tower house from the 15th century in the heart of Donegal town.

3) Sliabh Liag Distillers. No better way to finish your trip along the Wild Atlantic Way! Enjoy a guided tour of this craft distillery, completed with a tasting of a premium Irish Maritime Gin.

Explore the world, but first see Ireland

Ireland is too beautiful to leave unexplored. Cross a destination off your bucket list with a trip to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way!

Contact Kerry Experience Tours to find out more about a tailormade bespoke tour of Ireland. The Myth & Magic of Ireland starts here!

About Kerry Experience Tours

For a truly local experience in one of the most charming and warm cultures in the world, Kerry Experience Tours will show visitors the most magical parts of Ireland. On offer are private day tours and multiday tours, tailored to suit your wishes. Enjoy the most scenic drives, spectacular land and seascapes, historic wonders, inspirational places, and hidden gems off the beaten path, completed with background information and stories.

The Emerald Isle is enjoyed best in the hands of experienced tour guides, who will personalize every trip to what guests want to see. Kerry Experience Tours is run by Gerrit & Ester, who made their dreams come true by moving to this beautiful, enchanting country. Since 2007 they run the touring company together, sharing their passion for Ireland with others. Their aim is for you to enjoy the absolute best Ireland has to offer, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Join Kerry Experience Tours and find the Ireland you’ve always imagined.

5 Tips to find the authentic Myth & Magic of Ireland

There is this magical feeling to Ireland that all visitors should experience. The combination of Ireland’s beautiful scenery, powerful history and legends, and the intriguing culture and fascinating people, draws visitors from all over the world.

Picture yourself strolling along secret beaches, visiting ancient castles and forts, exploring tranquil villages and watching the wild Atlantic Ocean from spectacular cliffs. Enjoy the warm welcome of the Irish people, listen to their stories, soak up traditional music and enjoy a taste of quality food and drink. Sounds like the Ireland you’ve always imagined? Here are some tips to help you find the authentic myth & magic of Ireland.

Follow these 5 tips to plan an Irish journey of discovery that will bring moments of magic, moments to treasure and experiences you want to return to again and again!

1. Travel off the beaten path

Our first recommendation is to explore beyond the main routes, explore Ireland off the beaten path. Every color of green that possibly sits on an artist’s palette inspires Ireland’s other name – the Emerald isle. You’ll find yourself on winding lanes with grass growing in the middle, and too narrow for cars to pass. Colourful wildflowers growing along the roadsides, encourage photo stops. Wandering sheep in search of green clover create the only traffic jams.

The countryside is dotted with ring forts, standing stones and other mysterious remains from an ancient Ireland ruled by celts and kings. The lush, rolling hills are criss-crossed by old stone walls that harken back to centuries of country life. You might even see a farmer cutting turf from the bog.

Travel on along meandering coastal roads with hidden coves, rock cliffs and golden beaches. And when you stop for lunch in one of the picturesque villages, you will surely meet friendly locals looking for a chat. A great conversation starter: ask for directions!

2. Explore the Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way coastal road stretches along Ireland’s western and south-western seaboard. This spectacular drive will take you along routes that ring great peninsulas and tiny tracks that reach out into the ocean.

You’ll want to stop often to watch the huge Atlantic waves crash, to walk along beautiful beaches, visit ancient sites or take in the views whilst standing high above the ocean on cliffs that are amongst some of the highest in Europe. The magnificent seascapes will take your breath away.

Explore small settlements and quaint towns along the route and experience the warmth of the local people. In the west coast’s remote regions you’re most likely to hear the Irish Gaelic language. “Fáilte romhat isteach” tells you that you’re most welcome here. It is in these Gaeltacht areas that traditional language, customs, crafts and folklore are very much alive today.

Read more about the best places to visit along the Wild Atlantic Way in this blog post: 7 Wonders of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

3. Experience local

Although Ireland’s bigger cities like Cork, Galway and Dublin have a lot to offer, it can get quite busy and touristic. Our advice, stay in smaller towns and villages on at least a couple of nights during your Ireland trip. A local B&B or small boutique hotel and pub grub in the evening, are meaningful alternatives for chain hotels and expensive restaurants. It is the best way to experience the warm welcome of the Irish people.

After your daily travels, the next adventure awaits. Check in to a traditional pub, enjoy fresh seafood and authentic dishes, and a pint of Guinness. Discover that the Celtic heritage is still alive today by listening to the Irish language, songs and stories. You might even be treated to a traditional Irish music session that we like to refer to as “Trad”. A late afternoon conversation that starts with “Where are you from?” often ends late at night.

As Irish poet and wise man William Butler Yeats once said, “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet”. William was right.

4. Take it easy

When you’re planning your trip to Ireland, you probably have a long bucket list. You’ve done your research, and there’s an overload of ideas from family and friends who have travelled here before. If you truly wish to experience the myth and magic of Ireland, then avoid packing everything into one trip.

Make sure to build in time to enjoy the unexpected, the hidden treasures that lie off the beaten track. Don’t rush, take a step back, and take your foot off the accelerator. Rush hour in Ireland simply means waiting for sheep or cattle to cross the road.  

Take time to see that rainbow, watch the border collie herd sheep, and hear the waves crashing onto the cliffs. Enjoy all the breath-taking moments that cross your path. It’s the unexpected moments that will make your Irish vacation unforgettable. You can always come back again!

5. Hire a private driver

Last but not least, hiring a private driver will ensure that you will experience the very best of Ireland. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the incredible scenery, history and culture Ireland has to offer. You’ll be treated to the most scenic drives, historic wonders, inspirational places (pubs and other 😉 )and hidden gems off the beaten track.

A private driver can navigate the backroads and knows the best places to go to avoid the tourists and the buses. You can customize your adventure and travel at your own pace rather than following the itinerary of a large group. It’s a fun way to find the Ireland you’ve always imagined!

Celts, Kings and Wise Men have left their marks, now it is your turn. Contact us now to find out more about a tailormade bespoke tour of Ireland. The Myth & Magic of Ireland starts here!

About Kerry Experience Tours

For a truly local experience in one of the most charming and warm cultures in the world, Kerry Experience Tours will show visitors the most magical parts of Ireland. On offer are private day tours and multiday tours, tailored to suit your wishes. Enjoy the most scenic drives, spectacular land and seascapes, historic wonders, inspirational places, and hidden gems off the beaten path, completed with background information and stories.

The Emerald Isle is enjoyed best in the hands of experienced tour guides, who will personalize every trip to what guests want to see. Kerry Experience Tours is run by Gerrit & Ester, who made their dreams come true by moving to this beautiful, enchanting country. Since 2007 they run the touring company together, sharing their passion for Ireland with others. Their aim is for you to enjoy the absolute best Ireland has to offer, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Join Kerry Experience Tours and find the Ireland you’ve always imagined.

5 Reasons to travel to Ireland

The Isle of Ireland, made up of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, is a popular tourist destination for many reasons. Visitors have flocked to Ireland for centuries to experience this enchanting, mythical and magical country.

Anyone who has been there will say that the famous Irish warm welcome is the real deal. They will tell you that the Emerald Isle is fantastic for scenic road trips. Captivating photos and vivid memories take you on a mesmerising journey of green hills, rugged coastlines, beautiful beaches, castles, lighthouses and charming villages.  Stories are shared about the fresh local seafood, music and dancing, and the friendly people in the local pubs. Surely, you will be told a couple of times that Guinness really does taste better in Ireland. Well, that is something you must find out for yourself!

Here’s a list of 5 reasons why you should make that trip to Ireland happen.

1. NATURAL BEAUTY

The 1st of 5 reasons to travel to Ireland …. natural beauty. Ireland’s scenery is beyond compare, beautiful and untouched. The majestic and dramatic land and seascapes will draw you in and inspire you to discover more. The Cliffs of Moher, Burren, Giant’s Causeway, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Mizen Head, Connemara, the list of postcard-pretty places is endless. 

One of the most visited natural wonders are the iconic Cliffs of Moher, stretching for 5 miles and reaching 702 feet at their highest point. The cliffs have been featured in many movies including Harry Potter and Leap Year. The cliff walk trail from the village of Doolin to the Cliffs comes highly recommended and offers magnificent views out over the ocean. Nearby you can explore The Burren National Park, a wonderland of karstic limestone, one of Ireland’s most unusual geological landscapes. The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren form a UNESCO Global Geopark.

Some of the wildest, most beautiful places are found along Ireland’s windswept Wild Atlantic Way. This captivating drive stretches over 1,500 miles along Ireland’s west coast and is filled with unforgettable scenery, spectacular cliffs, beautiful beaches, hidden bays and picturesque towns. Check out this blog post for tips on the best places to visit along the Wild Atlantic Way: 7 Wonders of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Wherever the road takes you in Ireland, you will be surrounded by magnificent natural beauty. You will love it, and your camera will love it!

2. HISTORY & HERITAGE

Ireland is just packed with history. Celts, Kings and Wise Men left their marks in the landscape and culture. Fascinating historical and archaeology gems are found all over the island.

An important part of Irish history that continues to intrigue us is the mysterious world of the Celts. From about 700BC Celtic tribes started to mix, mingle and fight in Ireland. There were more than 300 clans in Ireland, each with their own King, ruled by a single High King at the famous Hill of Tara. Since Celtic times, the Irish countryside is dotted with ring forts, wedge tombs and standing stones.

When the Romans conquered much of Europe, they left Ireland untouched as it was too far and too cold. Ireland remained a land of Celts and Kings. As a result, the Celtic heritage is still alive today, from language and legends to music and dance. Christianity came to Ireland in 432AD when St. Patrick started to convert the sun-worshipping Celts. Monks flocked to Ireland to continue his work. In the late 900s there was a short Gaelic revival when the last High King of Ireland Brian Boru controlled the entire island. When his kingdom fell apart, the Vikings, Normans, and English dominated the area in subsequent centuries.

Travellers to Ireland are spoiled for choice when it comes to visiting ancient sites. It’s a journey through 5,000 years of history! One of the highlights is the passage tomb at Newgrange which dates back to 3200 BC and is older than the pyramids in Egypt. Every year on winter solstice a beam of sunlight travels up the passage illuminating the inner chamber. Another great example of Irish history is the iconic Rock of Cashel. High up on a limestone rock you’ll find an impressive group of medieval buildings and Celtic art. It is here that St. Patrick converted the King of Munster to Christianity – when he accidentally stabbed the king in the foot with his staff. Luckily for St. Patrick, the king thought that this was all part of the painful process of becoming a Christian.

Other must-see historical gems are the many prehistoric ringforts and stone circles you will find along the Wild Atlantic Way, the remote Skellig Michael monastic settlement (featured in StarWars), megalithic dolmens, medieval churches, and the many castles. With over 3,000 castles in Ireland you don’t have to look far to find one. Whether you’re seeking mystery, drama, storybook romance, or perhaps a good ghost story, Ireland offers something for everyone. Keep an eye on our upcoming blog posts if you wish to read more about the best Irish Castles!

3. THE CRAIC

The “craic,” a commonly used term in Ireland, tends to confuse visitors to the country. It basically refers to having great fun – Irish style! Many a conversation starts with “What’s the craic?” (meaning “How are you?” or “What’s happening?”). The Irish are known for their famous ability to find craic (good fun) in every situation.

The craic is mighty everywhere with the Irish pub culture topping the list.  Irish music is an inherent part of Irish culture that brings people together, and comes to life in Irish pubs’ live music sessions. For many, the craic is enjoying a pint, a lively conversation with friends old and new, and good music. There’s no better place for that than an Irish pub or festival!

Ireland hosts many festivals and events each year where good craic is guaranteed. The most famous are the St. Patrick’s Day festivals that take place all around the island. Other festivals focus on the arts, music, food, literature, storytelling and so on. We’ll share more about the best Irish festivals in our upcoming blogs.

The Irish people truly make Ireland special. No craic without the Irish! It is the friendliness and humour of the Irish, their love for music, dance, entertainment and witty conversations, and the pride of the Irish culture and heritage. Ireland is a small island with a big heart.

On your next trip to Ireland make sure to walk into a local pub during a traditional music session and ask the person beside you “What’s the craic”. You might be in for one of the best nights of your visit to Ireland! Come over and find out what the craic is all about!

4. FOOD & DRINK

If you are a fan of delicious food, locally brewed beers and fine whiskeys, you will be in for a treat.

Breweries and distilleries dot the island. The most renowned, without a doubt, is the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Guinness is Ireland’s – and probably the world’s – most famous beer, and no trip to Ireland is complete without tasting a pint of the black stuff. Have we mentioned yet that Guinness really does taste better in Ireland?!  You will also want to visit a whiskey distillery, and we have plenty. Among the most popular are the Jameson Distillery in Middleton and the Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland. Over the last decade many smaller breweries and distilleries have opened their doors. Personal favourites are the award-winning Dingle Distillery in Dingle Town, and the newly opened Tom Crean Brewery in Kenmare.

During your time in Ireland you will be able to enjoy delicious local food. Start your day with a hearty traditional Full Irish breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, black and white pudding and toast. This probably will keep you energized until dinner time. Whether you’re going to a restaurant or out for pub grub, choose a spot popular with locals. Dig your teeth into beef & Guinness stew, Irish soda bread, bacon & cabbage, and some of the freshest seafood in the world. Scallops, Wild Atlantic salmon, crab meat, lobster, grilled sole, oysters…need we say more?

Looking for a different dining experience filled with good food, drink and entertainment? Step back in time for medieval magic at Dunguaire Castle or Bunratty Castle. Banquets are filled with meade, great food, historic surroundings and a whole lot of music and stories.

Other ways to experience the great tastes of Ireland are by visiting a market or a food festival. Two famous markets are Cork’s English Market and St. George’s Market in Belfast. Both, set in beautiful 18th and 19th century surroundings, offer a fabulous range of Irish treats.  There’s hardly a week that goes by without a food festival being held somewhere on the island. Put the annual Dingle Food Festival held the first weekend of October on your list. Here, you will enjoy market stalls, wine tasting, cookery shows, and a food trail that offers over 70 different local taste experiences.

5. FIND YOUR IRISH ROOTS

The last – but not least – of our top 5 reasons to travel to Ireland is to find your Irish roots! The Irish have emigrated all over the globe. Around 80 million people worldwide claim to have Irish roots. If you are from the USA, Canada or Australia, chances are that at least one of your ancestors came from the Emerald Isle.  No wonder that so many people come to Ireland for an adventure into their past.

Tracing your Irish roots can be fun and exciting. The Irish were survivors, bound with strength and optimism. They moved to a distant country to build a new life. What made them leave? Where did their journey start? Tracing your family history can be time-consuming but rewarding. Connecting with the land of your ancestors can bring a deep sense of belonging. A journey into this past will create everlasting memories for your entire family.

The key to your search is identifying the town or village where your ancestors originated. Ultimately, you’ll want to make the journey to the homeland. Coming to Ireland will add a whole new dimension to your genealogy experience that will stay with you forever. Visit the very place where your ancestors lived in the early years of their lives. Explore the land they loved so much, but had to leave behind. Talk to the people who still live there and listen to their stories. You might even connect with members of your extended family.

Kerry Experience Tours have teamed with USA-based genealogist and avid traveller Melanie Nelson. She will author a guest blog about genealogy research in Ireland, sharing her own experiences tracing her Irish roots. Keep an eye on her posts that will include lots of useful information and tips!

Make that trip to Ireland happen!

These are only 5 reasons to travel to Ireland, but there are so many more! Ireland offers a unique adventure that will make lifetime memories for you and your family. In our upcoming blog posts we’ll highlight more reasons to visit this magical island – as if you would need any more excuses, right?

Discover the Myth and Magic of Ireland with Kerry Experience Tours. Get in touch now for more information or to get a quote!

Check out these 5 tips to find the authentic myth & magic of Ireland.

About Kerry Experience Tours

For a truly local experience in one of the most charming and warm cultures in the world, Kerry Experience Tours will show visitors the most magical parts of Ireland. On offer are private day tours and multiday tours, tailored to suit your wishes. Enjoy the most scenic drives, spectacular land and seascapes, historic wonders, inspirational places, and hidden gems off the beaten path, completed with background information and stories.

The Emerald Isle is enjoyed best in the hands of experienced tour guides, who will personalize every trip to what guests want to see. Kerry Experience Tours is run by Gerrit & Ester, who made their dreams come true by moving to this beautiful, enchanting country. Since 2007 they run the touring company together, sharing their passion for Ireland with others. Their aim is for you to enjoy the absolute best Ireland has to offer, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Join Kerry Experience Tours and find the Ireland you’ve always imagined.