By Athena Palmer:
In celebration of the release of Irish Country Christmas, we’ve put together the perfect itinerary for a winter holiday on The Emerald Isle! Complete with castles and Christmas Markets, you’ll want to book your flight ASAP.
1. Take a stroll through one of Ireland’s many Christmas Markets!
If you’re staying in a major city, odds are you’re within walking distance of a Christmas market. Warm drinks, delicious food, and local goodies make up the bulk of these festive celebrations.
2. Brave the winter chill at Killarney National Park
Don’t let the weather scare you- Killarney National Park is beautiful year-round. Whether you’re hiking, enjoying a boat ride, or staying cozy in a traditional Jaunting Car, Killarney National Park is the perfect place to experience Ireland’s natural beauty.
3. Step through castle doors and into the past…
If you don’t already have a few of Ireland’s iconic castles on your itinerary- well, why not?! Bunratty Castle, Cahir Castle, and Malahide Castle are some must-see castles all just a day trip away from Dublin, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t thousands of gorgeous castles all across the country! No matter where you are in Ireland, there are a few castles less than a day trip away.
4. Explore Ireland’s history through art!
Warm up your frozen fingers and explore some of Ireland’s incredible museums! Between the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, the Titanic Museum in Belfast, and the Hunt Museum in Limerick, a good museum is never out of reach.
5. Visit the Botanic Gardens in Belfast
If you start to get tired of the snow, stop by the Botanic Gardens in Belfast! The Tropical Ravine and Palm House make for the perfect escape from the cold and provide a splash of color to your itinerary.