A great place to begin your visit to Irleand is County Clare, home to many attractive tourist spots and beautiful sights, including Dromoland Castle. The castle itself offers many activities, from a historical tour of the property and a “hawk walk,” to its unique Champagne Afternoon Tea.
Beyond the castle is the beautiful Atlantic coast of Ireland, or the Wild Atlantic Way. Along the journey are J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey, where one can go whiskey tasting on the McGuane family farm. This experience is part of a collaboration with Dromoland Castle called the JJ Whiskey Bonding Tour, which guests can book at the castle.
For a more urban experience, there is also The Westbury Dublin Hotel, at the center of many social and cultural experiences in the city. The hotel offers the Gin Tasting Experience at the Sidecar Bar with Oisin Kelly, one of the best cocktail makers in Ireland. There is also the famous Trinity College, known for its diverse and LGBTQ+ inclusive culture. The college’s Old Library building also houses the famous Book of Kells, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful medieval illuminated manuscripts. Nearby, the Oscar Wilde Statue in Merrion Square Park sits across the street from his former childhood home.
Dublin also has a vibrant LGBTQ+ nightlife, which one can explore via The Rainbow Mile website that maps out all the spots in town. For people visiting in the winter, Winter Pride Dublin hosts a series of events held in November and December, including art auctions, treasure hunts, and an Oscar Wilde history event. There is also the popular Dublin Pride Parade and March that takes place on the last Saturday of June.
Ireland is an accessible year round destination, and direct flights are available through the main carrier of Ireland, Aer Lingus. You can also book tours of Ireland at Tourism Ireland.
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