My Ireland Fab 5

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Jaime Buss

Woodbury, MN
Passionate about United Kingdom

With over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, I pride myself in enhancing your vacation experience with not only my knowledge, but by tailoring it to your unique vision, while also honoring your budget in the process.

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Ring of Kerry

I have to say Ireland has become one of my favorite places on Earth. I still have so much more to experience there and can’t wait to get back! During my most recent visit I was able to see some fantastic places that left a lasting impression.

This my Fab 5 list:

  • Ring of Kerry - A 111 mile scenic coastal drive in Southwest Ireland. A stop in Killarney National Park is a must! Moss-covered trees and the gorgeous Torc Waterfall await you. If fairies really exist, this is where they live! Stop at the Scarriff Inn for lunch and ‘Ireland’s Best Known View’! The shepherd’s pie is amazing.    

  • Blarney Castle - Of course one must climb the tower to kiss the Blarney Stone to receive the gift of gab, but there are other reasons to visit Blarney Castle! The grounds are so picturesque with a stream running through it and paths to stroll. The Poison Garden was fascinating with its collection of dangerously toxic plants from around the world including Wolfsbane, Opium, and Mandrake. They’re all labelled (and caged!) with descriptions of their uses in both the past and present.

  • The Book of Kells and The Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin - The oldest college in Ireland houses the Book of Kells (a manuscript of the four Gospels in painstakingly detailed pictures completed in 384AD) and the Long Room with its 200,000 books in their original oak bookcases. This really has to be seen in person to really appreciate the beauty of it. Reservations should be made in advance to secure your date and time as this is a very popular attraction in Dublin!

  • The pubs of Killarney - I fell in love with the pub culture in Ireland. Always a cold pint waiting, hot food, and live music. Every musician I had the privilege of hearing in these pubs was outstanding! Some of my favorite pubs were in Killarney, a safe city and very easy to navigate on foot. My favorite would be John M. Reidy Pub. It’s on old bakery and sweets shop which still  houses the large candy jars in the front windows. It’s an endless maze of room after room of bars and music, each becoming more uniquely themed than the last.

  • Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile - Sandwiched between Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral you will find the ‘Medieval Mile’, an ancient discovery trail with it’s shops, pubs, and store fronts. You truly feel like you’re stepping back in time. The no neon rule is strictly enforced and shop signs are made of wood or metal. Consider getting The Medieval Mile Pass which includes admission to Kilkenny Castle, Medieval Mile Museum, Rothe House, Smithwick’s Brewery Experience, St. Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower, Kilkenny Cycling Treasure Hunt, Kilkenny Road Train Tours, and Kilkenny City Tours Train and Kilkenny Ghost Tour.

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