Ireland's South East climate is celebrated as being the countries driest, .
Counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, and Wexford all offer their own unique restaurants and styles of cuisine. But if there is one thing eateries in the 'Sunny Southeast' all have in common it's their excellent use of the fertile land, long coastline and fresh fruit found in the region. Arguably Ireland's best strawberries, potatoes, bread, and cheese comes from the Southeast and for decades restaurants here have been using these finest, freshest of ingredients in their recipes.
Side note: Wexford's strawberries and potatoes are so renowned that you will see roadside stalls across the country, in the summer months, selling them to passers-by. In the case of strawberries, to check their authenticity, ask for a sample before purchasing. As for potatoes, I'm afraid it's pot luck.
The pubs of Southeast Ireland are pretty similar to the rest country. With the climate being somewhat warmer than the rest of Ireland, in the summer months it can be a real treat to sit outside a pub and watch the world go by, especially if you're near the coast. The cities of Kilkenny and Waterford are popular destinations for hen and stag parties (i.e. bachelor and bachelorette parties) and a very lively atmosphere can stretch into the small hours of the morning, especially on weekends from May through September. Nightclubs and 'late bars' are the trend here, but old fashioned Irish pubs are still very much the staple throughout the rest of the region.
When you mix the best potatoes in Ireland with a huge coastline you'll come across, arguably, some of the highest quality 'chipper grub' in Ireland. As a starting point, you're safest bet is to head into the larger towns and cities below to find the local chipper (most of which are listed below, with the Premier having been a personal childhood favourite during my summer holidays in Wexford, having tried it again recently I'm happy to report that it is still amazing). However, during the summer you can find mobile fish and chip shops near the beaches of counties Waterford and Wexford that can, potentially, serve the freshest fish and the tastiest chips.
Adare is a small town in Co. Limerick, known for its quaint and colourful thatched cottages. Adare is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful towns so stop and take in the view. Don't forget your camera today - the perfect chance to capture the essence of old Ireland.
Explore Adare Village along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Take a journey through this once troubled city. See the murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road & Nationalist Falls Road. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast, but the past ten years of peace have returned much prosperity while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.
Originally built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was mainly used for the spinning and weaving of wool. After it closed in 1973, it reopened in 1975 — as an Irish heritage shop.
The Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre commemorates the last pitched battle fought on British soil, in April 1746. Learn more about the Jacobite intent to overthrow the House of Hanover and return the House of Stuart to the British throne.
Located within Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Castle was built by Captain John George Adair between 1870 and 1873. Having made his fortune through land speculation in America, Adair return to Ireland and began large amounts of land in County Donegal. The castle was built in the Scottish Baronial style and is surrounded by a garden and commands stunning views of the nearby mountains, lakes, woodlands and valleys.
About Highland Folk Museum is a museum and open-air attraction located in the Scottish Highlands. It is designed to showcase the domestic and working lives of the early highland people.
Located alongside the River Shannon in County Limerick, on King's Island. Dating back to 922, to a time when Vikings were the inhabitants of the island (Thormodr Helgason, the Viking sea-king, built the first settlement here. The castle itself was built in 1200, under the instruction of King John of England.
Located close to the Killarney National Park, Moriarty's is an Authentic Irish Gift Store and Restaurant. Hand crafted Irish jewellery, Waterford Crystal and classic and modern tweed fashions and furnishings are all on offer at the gift store. The restaurant is an 85 seater offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Mount Congreve Gardens. Located in Kilmeaden, County Waterford, Mount Congreve Gardens is an 18th century Georgian estate and mansion. It was designed by the same architect that created both of Waterford's cathedrals, John Roberts.
Recently recognised as being one of the top 10 gardens in the world, Mount Stewart is a rich tapestry of planting plant life and stunning walking trails. The house dates back to the 19th century, and was the Irish seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family.
Located on the grounds of the expansive and idyllic Killarney National Park. Muckross House, and its 11,000-acre grounds, was donated to the Irish state in 1932.
Located on the grounds of the picturesque Muckross House and its impeccable gardens. Take a step back in time and see the Irish farming lifestyle of the 1930s and '40s. A time when the horse was responsible for much of the labour and the weather was the be all and end all in terms of production.
The Quiet Man Museum. A reproduction of the quaint thatched cottage from the John Wayne starring, John Ford directed movie of the same name. all costumes, artifacts and furnishings have been recreated in precise detail, to reflect the setting of the 1952 classic. Located in the picturesque village of Cong, County Mayo.