There are no surprises when you visit Ireland—it is just exactly like the pictures. Green, clean, with sheep in the roads and plenty of Guinness on tap. Few crowds except in Dublin and at the Cliffs of Moher, and even then it is not really crowded, just more people than you have seen in a few days. The best plan is to fly into Shannon, visit Killarney and the Muckross House & Gardens set in the heart of the National Park. Just outside Killarney proper is the Ross Castle and the Torc Waterfalls.
From here you can also explore one of Ireland’s most famous and breathtaking drives, The Ring of Kerry. From Killarney, you will want to move up along the coast to Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle is a lively village, set on a small harbor with charming shops, and pubs as far as you can see. From Dingle, you continue north along the coast where the landscape changes from gentle rolling hills to dramatic mountains. Recharge your soul with a leisurely tour of Connemara and ever peaceful Kylemore Abbey.