Be Our Guest 2018

Be Our Guest 11 Ireland’s South is the perfect mix of rugged landscape, unique historical sites and busy spots where you can blow off some steam and party. If you’re all about getting active, there are ideal surfing, fishing and hiking spots as well as some of the country’s best golf courses located in the South. There is so much to discover in the seven counties of Ireland’s South: Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. If it’s a city break you’re after, look no further than Cork with its waterside streets, relaxed atmosphere mix of great shops and eateries and a bustling night life. Top attractions include Cork City Gaol, Cork Butter Museum, the indoor English Market the former prison and the now award winning Spike Island. From the city, you can head out to kiss the Blarney Stone, get up-close with the animals at Fota Wildlife Park and learn more about the triumph and tragedy of the world’s one-time largest ship at the Titanic Experience, Cobh. If the Wild Atlantic Way is on your itinerary, you can set off on the 2,500km coastline journey from the village of Kinsale. For nature lovers, Kerry offers some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. The Ring of Kerry, a 179km loop that takes in towns and villages like Kenmare and Sneem offering stunning views all along the way – is perfect for a summer’s day drive or you could take a guided bus tour to discover even more about the local geography and history. Killarney National Park, on the edge of the Ring of Kerry, has wonderful walking trails across its 26,000 acres. From Ireland’s tallest mountain range, the Macgillycuddy Reeks to the tranquillity of the Lakes of Killarney and the charm of Muckross House, the park may be the highlight of your visit. Each of the Southern counties offer their own charm and unique appeal. Counties Wexford and Waterford boast glorious, award-winning beaches and supreme walking and cycle tracks (Comeragh Mountain and Waterford Greenway) Other top attractions in Wexford include the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, Hook Lighthouse and the legendary haunted Loftus Hall. Waterford is home to Waterford Crystal and Waterford City’s unique heritage quarter, the Viking Triangle. Tipperary is famous for the Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle and to this day remains a breath-taking site. Cahir is home to one of the largest castles in Ireland; it dates back to the twelfth century and is located on an island in the River Suir. Heritage buffs should certainly also pay a visit to Kilkenny, Ireland’s capital in Medieval times and the site of the only witch trials in Ireland, in 1324. Follow the Medieval Mile and explore this fascinating history. Likewise, Co Carlow has a rich history connected to Medieval times and the treasure that is Altamont Gardens. The Trails of the Saints, three separate driving routes, offer a unique opportunity to delve into Ireland’s monastic and ecclesiastical past. With varied attractions, beautiful scenery and historic towns – a visit to Ireland’s South should not be passed up!