Where should I go for a weekend break in Ireland?

Explore South Irelands Coast Line

 Want to visit the south coast of Ireland but unsure of all the great places to visit? We may have some tips for you. 

After the success of our May box we wanted to highlight some of the gifts in the box and give you a little more insight into what they mean.

A Weekend on the Coasters

Our Irish coasters brought back little memories of home and we thought it would be fun to show you how you could see a couple of these spots, in the flesh, in the space of just a weekend. We took the time to plot all these different wonderful spots found on your coasters such as Blarney Castle, Fanad Head Lighthouse, The Giants Causeway and Poulnabrone Dolmen, as well as many more.

Whether you were in the northern, eastern, southern or western part of Ireland there are a myriad of wonderful places to see and visit. Here is an example of a short visit to the south of Ireland, taking in 7 of the fabulous destinations on your coasters.

Starting at Gallarus Oratory, 10 km outside Dingle, you can explore an ancient stone building thought to be a 12th century Romanesque chapel. From here head to Dunquin Harbour and onto Slea Head Drive which forms part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Picturesque seaside views show off south Kerry’s natural beauty.

Next take the hour and a half drive towards Killarney National Park heading through Inch Beach and Castlemaine. Next you’ll come to the Gap Of Dunloe. The word Dunloe is believed to be an anglicisation of the Irish term ‘Dun Lóich’ meaning fort, in this case on the river Loe. It is believed that this mountainous valley was formed 25,000 years ago when an ice age created the U-shaped Valley. Today you’ll find the base of the Purple Mountains and also the ‘Wishing Bridge’, an old bridge said to grant any wishes made upon it!

After your time marvelling at the valley, in under an hour you can be in Kenmare known as the ‘Jewel in the Ring of Kerry’. The Irish name of the town is Neidin, meaning little nest. With restaurants, shopping, golf and great accommodation, there’s lots to love about Kenmare.

Only 40 minutes from Kenmare is Galley Head Lighthouse. An active 19th century lighthouse outside of Rosscarbery, County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland, and with a range of 16 nautical miles in clear conditions, it was one of the most powerful lights of its time. You can also rent out part of lighthouse buildings to stay in, allowing you to wake up to the crashing of the waves on the rocks below.

Last, but not least, less than an hour and a half from Rosscarbery you’ll get to Blarney Castle in northern County Cork. Home to the legendary Blarney Stone, known as the Stone of Eloquence. They say if you kiss the stone you’ll never be lost for words! The castle that stands today is the third to be built on this location, erected in 1442 by King Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster.

This wee journey takes you from the south western coast of southern Kerry to leafy Blarney north of Cork. Along the way you’ll see 7 of the wonderfully Irish places displayed on your coasters and also experience so more of Irelands natural southern coastal beauty.

Mary x

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