You may want to start your visit of the castles of Ireland in the Southwest region. The beautiful southwest includes the counties of Cork and Kerry. It is one of my favorite areas to visit. I love to go to the Dingle Peninsula and hike Mt. Brandon, walk for miles at Inch Beach and drive to Slea Head for a scone and jam.
Ross Castle near Killarney is a majestic castle in a gorgeous setting on the lake.
Blarney Castle is, of course, one of the most visited sites in all of Ireland. You climb the stairs to the top of the castle tower and lean over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone in hopes of acquiring the gift of eloquence. It's worth a try.
You may fly in to the Shannon airport near Limerick and rent a car to begin your tour of this beautiful region.
The castles of Ireland in the Southwest region include:
Ballyseede Castle Hotel,
Ross Castle Ireland,
Blarney Castle in Ireland,
Hotel Dunloe Castle and
When you are visiting the Southwest Region, you may want to:
Take an Ireland bike tour starting in Dingle Town,
Play golf in Ireland at Dingle Golf Links,
Enjoy the view from the Slea Head Gift Shop on the Dingle Peninsula,
Drive around the Ring of Kerry,
Hire a horse and buggy ride at Killarney National Park,
Have a cone with a chocolate "flake" at the Super Value, and
Kiss the Blarney Stone, of course.
There are a variety of lodging options in the Southwest Region. Your choices include:
Ireland's Southwest Region is one of my favorite destinations. I try to return as often as I can. I hope you will enjoy the region and find your own favorite getaway spot!
In the meantime, you may want to have a taste of Ireland by reading one of my favorite authors, Maeve Binchy. You can order her books through this link to amazon.com. You won't be disappointed!