So, many places to go and things to do
Ireland has a rich and glorious past, steeped in history, folklore and legends. Its breath-taking scenery is totally captivating and also provides a natural playground for those of you wishing to enjoy the great outdoors.
At Treasured Ireland we create imaginative itineraries to showcase our wealth of culture, history, ancient customs and traditions, which encompass some of Ireland's finest historic houses, ancient monuments, castles and gardens and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
As with each one of our itineraries, it will be unique and personally tailored to your specific interests and wishes. We also love an adventure and may well throw in a surprise or two along the way as we are always happy to take a detour on our travels to explore the little winding lanes and nooks and crannies that are often passed by. We can't wait to hear what you have in mind so contact us today to share your thoughts and let your dreams unfold.
Below are some of the most popular locations and attractions to spark your imagination!
--- With breath-taking views of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Co Wicklow and voted one of the Top 10 Houses and Mansions in the World by Lonely Planet with gardens voted No. 3 by National Geographic, Powerscourt Estate is on many visitors ‘must see’ list. The gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues, ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks.
--- The Rock of Cashel is an ancient royal site of the kings of Munster. A collection of medieval ecclesiastical buildings this spectacular archaeological site is one of Ireland’s most visited attractions, with 12th century round tower, high cross, ruins of a Romanesque chapel, a 13th century gothic cathedral and 15th century castle.
--- Located in the heart of Dublin city dating back to 1592, Trinity College has the largest library in Ireland and is home to The Book of Kells, Ireland's greatest cultural treasure and the world's most famous medieval manuscript. The 9th century book is a richly decorated, beautiful, illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ.
--- The Skellig Islands are towering crags of rock located 12 km off the Iveragh Peninsula in the south west. Skellig Michael is known throughout the world of archaeology as the site of a well-preserved monastic outpost of the Early Christian period and a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Little Skellig is equally renowned in matters of ornithology as the home of some 27,000 pairs of gannets, the second largest colony in the world.
--- Ireland’s No. 1 most visited natural attraction, the cliffs stretch 8km along Co Clare’s Atlantic coast and reach 214m at their highest point. Known for spectacular views and a fantastic environmentally friendly visitor centre built into the hillside, you will also find 19th century O’Brien’s Tower and be able to access over 800m of rugged cliff side paths and viewing areas.
--- One of the most popular attractions in Northern Ireland, a UNESCO World Heritage site covering 40,000 interlocking hexagonal shaped basalt columns, with tops that form stepping stones leading from the foot of a cliff and disappear into the sea. According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool).
--- The longest clearly defined coastal drive in the world, winding its way 2,500 km along the West Coast of Ireland. The route takes you through nine counties stretching from Co Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula in the north to the pretty village of Kinsale, Co Cork in the south. With unbelievably breath taking scenery it’s certainly one for your ‘bucket list’.
--- A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley, Co Meath. It is older than Stonehenge and The Pyramids of Giza. It is a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance surrounded by 97 large stones called kerbstones some of which are engraved with megalithic art.
--- This magnificent 1200 AD Castle is home to the famous Stone of Eloquence commonly known as the Blarney Stone. Over the years thousands of visitors have flocked to Blarney to kiss the stone, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. From the top of the Castle you can take in the wonderful views of over 60 acres of sprawling parklands which include gardens, avenues, arboretums and waterways.