Do you dream of Ireland’s craggy coves and rocky bays, welcoming bars and traditional music, brightly-painted buildings and village squares?
Then head for the south-west of Ireland and Counties Cork and Kerry.
You’ll discover verdant countryside of peat bogs and mountains stretching for miles in all directions. Gaze out to sea to distant islands, including the distinctive triangular Skelligs, honeycombed with cells of monks from centuries gone-by and more recently providing the dramatic backdrop for the finale of Star Wars.
Wildlife abounds both offshore and inland: from the greatest of marine creatures to playful seals, from red squirrels to birds of prey. Menus boast fresh seafood and Irish steak, and you’ll never be far from sweet treats, whether a scone with your afternoon tea, home-made ice cream or delicious chocolate desserts. There’s Guinness, too, of course!
Head out from West Cork on a whale-watch trip with an experienced guide for the chance to spot dolphins, fin whales and perhaps even humpbacks.
Take a trip on the Dursey cable car – be prepared that you may have some sheep or cattle for company!
Visit Cobh, formerly Queenstown, final port of call of the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
Seek out Gallarus Oratory just outside Dingle, a tiny Christian church dating back to the sixth century.