Travel Tuesday | Ireland

For this week’s Travel Tuesday, we’re going to Ireland. Known for its vast Celtic mythology, folk music, rugged landscapes and lofty castles. The best way to explore Ireland is to rent a car and hit the road to stops like Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, the ring of Kerry, Cork and Galway.

Nowhere is life celebrated more than in Ireland’s capital city Dublin, with nearly 700 pubs. The city is where locals and tourists have gathered for generations. Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s number one visitor attraction and a must see on any trip to Dublin.

The seven story visitor experience tells the story of Ireland’s iconic drink and brings to life the heritage of this world-famous beer. Set at the foot of the sleek Blue Mountains. Just an hour from Dublin lies the five star Luxury Country House Hotel.

Ballyliffin, long admired as the most lavish regency mansion in Ireland Valley, often showcases the same spirit of refined elegance that the early house reflected in 1820. Step outdoors to enjoy 614 acres of private parkland, a 28 acre lake grottoes in the majestic Irish countryside.

From there, drive up the winding roads to the coast to discover the Cliffs of Moher. Located on the edge of County Clare, the Cliffs of Moher offers some of the most spectacular scenery and all of Ireland at their highest point.

They rise to 700 feet in elevation, making them the country’s second policy cliffs. The stunning views stretch for miles as the cliffs weave in and out along the rugged coastline. It is estimated that Ireland has more than 3000 castles scattered throughout the country.

Most of the medieval castles were built by the island’s most powerful families, but are now enjoyed by visitors from all over the world. I was fortunate enough to walk in the footsteps of my ancestors and discover my family’s estate from the 16th century O’Shaughnessy Castle, even without a drop of Irish blood in your veins. It’s easy to fall in love with Ireland’s charms, traditions and strong sense of community.

That’s it for now. I’m Katelyn O’Shaughnessy. Join me next week for another Travel Tuesday.