Ireland is a small island with a big heart, extraordinary landscapes a fascinating history and a unique friendliness: céad míle fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes. A cruise to Ireland unearths a country as rich in culture as it is naturally beautiful.
With rugged coastlines, shimmering lochs, sandy bays, a patchwork of hilly green fields, and a never-ending line of stonewall, Ireland offers a rural idyll for anyone wanting to explore. But for those who love a city to dive into, Cork and Dublin do not disappoint, as they both offer an abundance of cultural expression.
Upmarket shopping, delicious restaurants and the traditional Irish bars generate an exciting atmosphere. Plus, in the evening, a quiet drink can easily turn into an impromptu song and dance session. Of course, no trip to Ireland would be complete without a visit to one of its many whisky distilleries, or the chance to sample an obligatory pint of Guinness.
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral
Cobh is one of the gateways to the beautiful city of Cork. One of Cork’s most iconic landmarks is St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, whose spires dominate the city skyline. The cathedral is located close to where St Fin Barre, the patron saint of the city, is believed to have founded a monastic school.
The world-famous Blarney Stone is a block of stone set in the wall of Blarney Castle. The stone is shrouded in legend – some say it was the rock that Moses struck to produce water for the Israelites, while others claim it was Jacob’s Pillow, brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah. Thousands of people come from all over the world to kiss the stone, as doing so is said to give the gift of eloquence.
Having outgrown its original Dublin city home, the new Jameson Distillery is located in Midleton, County Cork, and is one of the area’s top attractions. The original buildings here date back to the 1800s, and were used to mature Cork Distillery Whiskey – which is now known as Paddy Whiskey. Visitors to the Jameson Experience can learn more about the whiskey making process, and discover the techniques and machinery involved, before sampling a taste themselves.
The Guinness Storehouse
Home to the black stuff since 1759, Guinness is Dublin’s trade mark. Located in the heart of the St James gate brewery you will find the Guinness Storehouse – Certainly worth a visit. Discover what goes into making Guinness – the ingredients, the process and the effort. Of course, no visit is complete without enjoying a pint of the black stuff afterwards.