Things to do in Ireland

updated August 2015

By Cacinda Maloney

Things to do in Ireland

Ireland Countryside

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

A Journey Through The Countryside

Let me take you on a journey thru the greenest place on earth!  I swear I have never seen such greenery!  Ireland conjures up thoughts of the four-leaf clover, leprechauns and Irish dancers, but for me, GREEN was the biggest visual thing that I noticed. I live in the desert, so you can understand how I was taken with all this color! Let me tell you, there are plenty of things to do in Ireland.

Ireland Countryside

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Shade of Green

Actually green is my favorite color, so it makes sense to me that I loved the Irish green.  Shades of green were everywhere, lime to forest, moss to mint.  One would think that there would have to be an excessive amount of rain to make it look like this, but I experienced very little rain while I was there, mostly misty bouts of rain, yet not enough for an umbrella but enough to make my hair curl!

“IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE IRISH, THEN YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH!”

I must have the luck of the Irish!  Even on my prior trip to Cork and the Ring of Kerry the year before, I only experienced bits of scattered showers, but not constant pouring rain, so maybe I happen to go to Ireland at the right time: (March and Oct.)

Map Ireland

Map Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Where to go:

This trip had my flight landing in Dublin and then traversing the countryside south to Adare and Killarney, then southwest to the Dingle Peninsula. Unfortunately my boat trip to the deserted Blaskett Islands was cancelled due to rough waters, but we did stop right across the shore from the islands to learn about its history. Then from Dingle on to Macroom, then Cork and finally back to Dublin. The tourism board calls this trip south by southwest and it can be done easily in 3 days.  You could also add in the famous Ring of Kerry, which I did on a previous trip, but this would take another day or two.

Things to do in Ireland

The Village of Adare

The journey through this route involves driving through Adare, which is worth a stop along the way.  In this village, there are rows of thatched-roof cottages and ancient abbeys running the length of the main street of the village.

Adare, Ireland-Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Thatched Roof houses in Adare, Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Muckross House with Gardens and Farm

You still have plenty of things to do in Ireland, so get on the road and make a stop at Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farm.  It is an amazing 19th century Victorian mansion build by Henry Arthur Herbert in 1839 built on the Killarney Lakes. This was actually the fourth house built on this property by the Herbert family.

Muckross House and Gardens, Killarney, Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

It was later sold and then presented to the Ireland nation in 1932 by the American businessman Arthur Rose Vincent.  His gift lead to the opening of the Killarney Nation Park, which was the first national park in Ireland.  His last surviving heir died in 2012, thus a memorial of a giant wooden heart made of “Muckross Oak” was placed on the property.

Muckross House and Gardens, Killarney, Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

There is farm on the property that is worth a visit, as you will be amazed that there is  a working farm that will have you step back in time to the 1930’s  to 1940’s.

Muckross Farm, Killarney, Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

This stop will keep you out of the car for a few hours along the route.  Also the landscape here is gorgeous; so take a tour of the house, walk down to the lake and check out the farm if you have the time, I would spend about 3 hours here.

Muckross Farm, Killarney, Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Muckross Farm, Killarney, Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Muckross Farm, Killarney, Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Muckross Farm, Killarney, Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Killarney is next!

From there, you get back on the main road and drive into Killarney. I stayed at the gorgeous Malton Hotel. I cannot recommend it enough. Old world Irish charm is the name of the game here and there is nothing that you will not love!  hey had a private cocktail hour for my group and then served us a perfect dinner. Review of this hotel coming up, but I can tell you, it is worth the journey.  So this will end day one of the south by southwest trip across the Ireland countryside.

Aghadoe Church and Round Tower cemetery in Killarney, Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Aghadoe Church and Round Tower cemetery in Killarney, Ireland

Aghadoe Church and Round Tower cemetery in Killarney, Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Aghadoe Church and Round Tower cemetery in Killarney, Ireland

Things To Do in Ireland

More Things to do in Ireland, follow these links:

Killarney, Ireland:  Life as it Once Was

The Dingle Penninsula: Dingle Bells, Dingle Bells

Ireland, a Country With a Soul

Top 25 Things to do in Ireland

Kiss the Blarney Stone

Sleep in a Castle in Ireland

My Love Note to the Irish

The Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland

 

Disclosure – My trip on the South by Southwest Tour was provided by Failte Ireland, the corporate tourism board of Ireland.   Editorial control of the content remains completely up to me!

 

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8 Comments

  1. Katja of Skimbaco November 16, 2013 at 3:07 am

    It was such an amazing trip, and yes… the green, loved it!

    • admin November 16, 2013 at 5:57 am

      Me too! loved the GREEN!

  2. Christina Gmyr November 20, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I fell in love with Ireland as well! I don’t have much Irish heritage but I lucked out with the weather too…at least for the road trip portion of my visit! Great photos 🙂

    • admin December 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      The green! yes! it so lovely and luck of no rain was perfect as well… thanks for the compliment about my photos…

  3. Graeme Voigt December 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to get here! I’m currently living in London, so it’s not so far away!

    • admin December 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      You are in the perfect area to get here fast! lucky you!

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