Ireland is a popular tourist destination for people all over the world, but it holds a special place for many Americans. If Ireland is on your travel bucket list, now is the time to plan Ireland vacations. And if it’s time to plan a vacation, it’s time to call Arpin Travel! We are here to help you plan the perfect vacation, wherever you want to go.
If Ireland vacations are in your future, here are four hidden gems to add to your itinerary!
You can’t go to Ireland without visiting a castle. When people think of Irish castles, the Rock of Cashel is usually the first one to come to mind. But Ireland is full of castles, and many travelers want to see something that’s off the beaten track. If that’s you, Malahide Castle needs to be on your list. The crown gave Richard Talbot the lands and harbor of Malahide in 1185 and his family lived there from 1185 until 1975, with only a brief interruption from 1649 to 1660. If you’re a history buff or you just like castles, Malahide is worth a visit.
If you like long walks and lighthouses, Poolbeg Lighthouse is the place to visit. Originally built in 1768, it was the first lighthouse to run on candlepower. The lamp was changed to oil and 1786 and the structure that stands today was built in 1820. The lighthouse stands on the Great South Wall of the Port of Dublin, which extends nearly four miles into Dublin Bay. It’s a windy walk, so if you go, you’ll want to visit in summer or bundle up!
If walking four miles in the wind to see a lighthouse isn’t your thing, Hook Lighthouse is another option. This lighthouse dates back to the 13th century and offers breathtaking views of the Irish coastline.
The Swiss Cottage
Tipperary isn’t a place you’d expect to see an Alpine cottage, but that’s exactly what you’ll find if you’re near the town of Cahir. Richard Butler, the first Earl of Glengall, built the Swiss Cottage in 1810. Inside, you’ll find a spiral staircase and colorful nature-inspired decor. The Irish Georgian Society restored the Swiss Cottage in 1985 and opened it to the public in 1989. If you can work it into your plans, a 30-minute tour of this historic house museum is worth the trip.
Plan Ireland Vacations with Arpin Travel
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