Famous for its ancient legends and remarkable natural landscapes, the Emerald Isle still possesses an air of mystery that inspires the imagination, making it the ideal location for many films and TV shows that call for a magical setting.
Ireland is one of those places where visitors are delighted to find their expectations are fulfilled, especially when it comes to the many beautiful landscapes. For a small island, there is an astounding diversity of terrain, from enchanting lakes to ancient marshes. Wrinkled granite hills contrast sharply with verdant plains in the east, whilst on the west coast, a journey in a matter of hours can offer up views of beaches, mountains and fens.
The Emerald Isle is also blessed with one of the richest mythological traditions in northern Europe, with many of its highlights holding sacred meanings. The impressive output of literature from this modest island often contains fantastical ideas from brilliant writers, such as Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde.
Our wonderful tour of Cork, Kilkenny & the Ring of Kerry explores the places less travelled in the southern region of Ireland. Start in Cork, a lively university city that offers all the craic Ireland is famous for, yet it remains steadfast to its traditional roots, with locals declaring it the real capital. Just outside of the city lie two highlights, Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone, said to bestow anyone who kisses it with the gift of the gab. You will also visit charming Killarney, the gateway town to the Ring of Kerry, which you will also experience on the tour.
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