From the long sandy beaches of Donegal and the Giants Causeway in Antrim to the Silver Strands in Mayo and the Ring of Kerry, Ireland encompasses a fantastically wide variety of countryside, cultures and sites of historical and religious importance. Its eastern capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers including Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, and is the home of Guinness beer. Nicknamed the ‘Emerald Isle’ for its lush landscape of rolling green hills, it is dotted with castles and ancient sites.
Whatever you choose to do, whenever you choose to go and wherever you choose to go in Ireland, you will be tripping over the historical and cultural past. From prehistoric Irish remains such as Brú na Bóinne, to evidence of the country’s monastic past such as Glendalough and Clonmacnoise overlooking the River Shannon. The Titanic Museum in Cobh, with it’s brightly colored houses, is also worth a visit along with the marvellous cathedral. LTR has some beautiful Irish country houses to rent at its finger tips and they each have their own special characteristics.
Gastronomically, Ireland now boasts more Michelin starred restaurants than ever and embraces a delicious range of culinary delights mainly based around local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients of which sea food of course plays an integral part.
In 2019, The 148th Open returns to Royal Portrush for only the second time in the Championship’s history. Northern Ireland is hosting this, the oldest international championship, from 18-21 July 2019 and is expecting sports fans from all over Ireland and around the world to arrive in the picturesque town of Portrush. Last played at Royal Portrush in 1951, The Open is expected to be the largest sporting event that Northern Ireland has ever held. For those golf lovers among you, the South of Ireland has numerous Championship courses as well as a myriad of smaller links and parkland courses open to all and offering challenging golf amidst some of the country’s finest scenery.
The people of Ireland are known for their warmth and friendliness. Their wonderful sense of humor and conversation is enough to put a smile on any visitor’s face and you will be assured a warm welcome in this small but beautiful country. The music cannot go without a mention. The wonderful, lyrical, almost haunting music that is so much a part of the landscape and the history of the country can often be heard, played ‘live’ in many of the local Irish pubs.
Staying in a private luxury Irish castle is a treat reserved for the discerning traveler wishing to get away from it all and take life at a slower pace. Fully staffed and catered, these castles and stately homes offer their guests true comfort and privacy from which to explore the wonders that Ireland has to offer. LTR’s relationships with the families that own such special places mean we can organize the most wonderful luxury travel in Ireland. Have a look at the best castles near Cork here.