The boldest among you will want to climb to the top of O’Brien’s Tower, where you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views over Galway Bay – and the pulsing surf of the sea pummeling the coast nearly 700 feet below. For a different perspective take a cruise along the bottom of the cliffs and admire this gift of nature from the water.
One of the most photographed places on the planet, the southwest counties of Cork and Kerry offer quaint cities, Celtic crosses, countless small-town pubs, traditional Irish music, activities for every interest and spectacular landscapes. From the ever-changing coastline of the Dingle Peninsula to the stunning lakes of Killarney – this is Ireland as it’s existed for centuries.
The south of Ireland and counties of Cork, Waterford and Kilkenny offer some of the finest crafts and best cultural offerings in Ireland. Kilkenny has perhaps the best pub scene in the entire country, Waterford is known the world over for its matchless crystal work and the town of Kinsale for its pottery crafts, history and great restaurants in this loving fishing village, not to mention castles, university life, thriving markets, famous chefs, falconry, stunning cliff walks and irresistible accommodations.
Northern Ireland has more stunning scenery, championship golf courses, a riveting history and is now also an extremely popular place for TV and film sites such as Game of Thrones. The vibrant and cosmopolitan capital city of Belfast, is a living testament to the sometimes violent but very interesting political and religious history of the north of Ireland. Belfast boasts a proud musical history and the beat shows no signs of slowing down. Modern bands that more than do their elders justice are on tap nightly at clubs and pubs all across town.
The Oh Yeah Music Centre’s Belfast Music Exhibition proudly showcases memories and memorabilia of artists from Van Morrison to Snow Patrol. Take to the streets for a guided bus tour of musical Belfast including Ulster Hall, where Led Zeppelin first performed “Stairway to Heaven,” and Van Morrison’s childhood home. Don’t miss the Titanic Belfast Museum – this visitor attraction extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition.