Ireland, that peaceful, postcard-perfect, emerald-green dot out in the Atlantic, is known for many things the world over, but none finer than her warm and friendly Gaelic greeting to every tourist that arrives: Céad míle fáilte! (A hundred-thousand welcomes).
I’m about to begin keeping a running tally on all those six-digit “welcomes” as I come ashore with the latest “band of merry media,” 18 intrepid travel writers and photographers invited by Insight Vacations (Insight) to sample a portion of its premium-escorted Treasures of Ireland journey.
The seven-day itinerary — via a deluxe motor coach with business-class legroom seating and Wi-Fi — is overflowing with Eire’s camera-ready jewels: The Rock of Cashel, Killarney National Park, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula and the Cliffs of Moher, to name but a few.
We’ll also be given fast-track entry to see the 9th century Book of Kells and the Long Room at Trinity College’s Old Library, be schooled in the sports of hurling and falconry, and learn about the beauty of Guinness as we attempt the perfect pour of our very own pint of Ireland’s favorite tipple at the Storehouse.
In between scheduled stops surrounded by majestic scenery, we’ll be wined and dined at superlative restaurants — including the George V Dining Room inside landmark Ashford Castle, voted Hotel of the Year 2015 by Virtuoso — and spend restful nights under fine, crisp bed linen.
Join me and my newly-formed “band of merry media” as we board the Insight motor coach and go in search of some of the Treasures of Ireland and, no doubt, find loads of craic (fun) along the way.
Céad míle fáilte!
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