In 2014 we are visiting Ireland. We spend the first day in Dublin, where we visit the area around Trinity College, Temple Bar, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Jameson Distillery. The same evening we continue to Limerick, which is located on Ireland's largest river, the Shannon.
King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral are the most famous buildings here. Limerick is an unconventional, lively city. From here, you can attempt beautiful day trips to the surrounding countryside.
Particularly impressive are the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most famous steep cliffs. They extend in many places almost vertically from the Atlantic and extend over 8 km in length. At the highest point, they are 214 meters high.
Galway is not as big as Dublin and Cork. But in terms of art, music and pub culture, the university town is undisputedly the secret capital of Ireland. In the cozy pubs we enjoy one or another Guinness.
The Burren (south of Galway) is a stone desert and belong to the most fascinating karst landscapes in Europe. We cross the national park on our route back to Limerick.
We spend a dreamlike day in Bunratty Castle. The castle dates from 1425 and has been home to a museum since the 1980s. Furniture, wall carpets as well as work- and bedrooms from the 15th and 16th century are shown. The former audience hall (the Great Hall) can be rented for special occasions.
Next to the castle, you find various traditional Irish farms and townhouses, which should give tourists a nostalgic flair. Partly, buildings were removed in other places and rebuilt in the Bunratty Folk Park. In this way whole historical village streets with shops, smithies, inns, even a school building have sprung up. One of the buildings was previously on the apron of Shannon Airport. Traditional Irish handicrafts are presented and also practised on side.
On the last day, we visit King John's Castle and then our holiday week is unfortunately over again. We have only seen a very small part of Ireland, but that definitely made us wanting more. We have to come back!