Dublin enjoys one of the loveliest natural settings in Europe. Dublin attracts visitors from around the world with its old world charm and friendly atmosphere. Most of the architecture dates from the 18th century, when Dublin enjoyed great prominence and prosperity. Also of interest are stately Georgian houses which front Merrion Square. O'Connell Street is considered the commercial center of Dublin. Perhaps the most memorable feature of Dublin is the traditional pub, where visitors can enjoy conversation over fine Irish brew. The city also offers many fine parks, including St. Stephen's Green and Phoenix Park. National Gallery's renowned collection includes works by such famous masters as Rembrandt and Monet. Trinity College's Old Library is home to the most cherished treasure, the Book of Kells, a manuscript of the Gospels. Admire Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Enjoy the exhibits in impressive National Museum. Self-guided walking tours include Old City Trail, Georgian Heritage Trail and the Cultural Trail.
Connemara is one of the last unspoiled areas in Ireland. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, Connemara is distinguishable by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland which offers visitors a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland. The beautiful spring flowers, buds on the trees, newborn lambs dancing on the hills and the call of the cuckoo all make Spring time a very special and magical time in Connemara. This is an ideal time to take a break as the countryside is totally renewed. On mellow Autumn days, one can enjoy the Connemara countryside, now clothed in different colours with each passing day. In the evening enjoy lovely warm turf fires.
County Clare, the adopted home of Eámon de Valera and Brian Boru, is called the Banner County. It is, perhaps, best known outside of Ireland for the splendor of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. But East Clare also has many places of interest. Feakle was the home of the witch Biddy Early and holds an annual music festival. One of Co. Clare's villages, Doolin, is the music capital of Ireland as well as a jumping-off point for the Aran Islands.
Kenmare has been designated a heritage town and is beautifully situated on the Kenmare River between the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula. The town was planned and built in the 18th century by the 1st Marquis of Lansdowne, Sir William Petty. An 18 hole golf course is one of the most scenic in the country.