Fall is the perfect time to travel to Europe as September through November is Europe’s shoulder season. With discounts on airfares and the euro not sitting as strongly has it has in the past, this is the perfect situation to take advantage of and secure your dream vacation package. One of Europe’s must see an autumn destinations is Ireland. Nothing beats the rolling hills of Ireland ripe with the colours of autumn.
Found in between the green hills and the coastline is Ireland’s Country of Clare. This quaint area is home to the Dromoland Castle, which has a rich history dating back to the 5th century. Now, it’s converted into a 5 star luxury resort that blends its old world charm and modern amenities. The castle hosts a Health Spa, a heated indoor pool and a selection of gourmet fine dining while the grounds provide many activities for visitors such as horseback riding, archery, clay shooting, golf and even falconry!
The cliffs of Moher are one of the most spectacular views in the area and draw tourists from all over. These cliffs were formed over 300 million years ago and is a haven for bird lovers, as the Cliff side is home to many nesting sea birds. Part of the cliffs is Doolin Cave, home to one of the largest free hanging stalactites in the world! In order to preserve the fragile stalactites only a limited number of cave tours are available, but it’s a sight not to be missed.
Visit the nearby East Clare Heritage Centre, home to St. Cronan’s church, the one of the oldest churches in all of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. Immerse yourself in the arts of Ireland at the De Valera Public Library and Gallery that was once a Presbyterian Church. Bring home a unique souvenir from McKernan Handweavers. Working together in their workshop, Eugene and Anke McKernan have been creating scarves since 1985 using only high quality natural fibers.