Published September/October 2014

Explore the Elegance of Ireland

Delve into history, culture, and, of course, the luck of the Irish

From the luck to the lore, Ireland enchants visitors with its historic landmarks, preserved culture, and vibrant shades of green as far as the eye can see.
In Dublin, the country’s cosmopolitan capital, 1,000 years of history surrounds a modern-day mix of art, architecture, music, shops, and restaurants. 
More than 2,000 castles dot the Irish countryside, many of which offer tours, living history experiences, and royal accommodations for travelers. From Ashford Castle, a 13th-century fortress-turned-luxury hotel, to Kilkenny Castle, which has been this medieval village’s centerpiece for eight centuries, these landmarks serve as stewards of culture and history.
No visit to Ireland is complete without a visit to Blarney Castle and a kiss upon its famous stone. According to legend, this tradition has been bestowing the gift of eloquence upon the kisser since the stone was set into one of the castle’s towers in 1446. 
Embrace the natural beauty — from scenic lakes and beaches to mountain peaks and waterfalls along the Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula). One of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, this 111-mile circular route in the country’s southwestern region provides visitors access to some of the area’s most heritage-rich landmarks, including the Ogham Stones, Bog Village, Muckross House and Abbey, and Franciscan Friary.
Then, discover the process of whiskey making on a tour of the Old Midleton Whiskey Distillery. Home to the Jameson Experience and Heritage Center, the distillery is a perfect destination to sample this spirit or sip an Irish coffee. The Malt House Restaurant serves up famous flavors such as locally caught seafood, fresh cheeses, seasonal vegetables, and house-baked brown bread.
For a closer look at how these traditional favorites make their way from farm to table, visit an Irish family at their farmhouse for lunch and gain insight into their daily lives.
From the awe-inspiring views atop the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher to the regal architecture of the 18th-century Castletown House, the enchanting treasures of the Emerald Isle await you. 
For More Information
To explore the history, beauty, and culture of Ireland, visit, or call your local AAA Travel professional toll-free at 1-888-870-9392.

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