Insight Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day With Top 7 List

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Insight Vacations is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a Top Seven Insight Experiences list, featuring things clients can see and do on their next trip to Ireland.


“St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in Canada, with 15 per cent of Canadians claiming Irish heritage and many others captivated by Irish culture and curious to discover the stunning landscapes of Ireland,” says Brad Ford, president of Insight Vacations. “We offer clients opportunities to forge meaningful connections to Ireland’s culture and its people through unique and authentic experiences, including introducing them to Local Experts who can truly shed light on this magical destination’s rich history and local secrets.”


Here’s the list:


1. Ashford Castle: This five-star 800-year-old castle is part of The Red Carnation luxury boutique hotels collection in West Ireland. A offers a wealth of activities to enjoy while there including a Falconry School, horseback riding, ziplining, stand-up paddle boarding, golfing and more. On the Irish Elegance journey, guests are escorted over the drawbridge to the castle by a lone piper upon arrival. There’s plenty of time to explore the estates striking surroundings and enjoy regal relaxation before indulging in one of the finest culinary experiences in the world during a Celebration Dinner featuring exquisite fare created from locally-sourced ingredients. 


2. County Antrim: Located in Northern Ireland, discovery County Antrim on the 12-day Country Roads of Ireland journey. Clients will visit the Dark Hedges, recognized by Game of Thrones fans as King’s Road, before continuing on to their accommodations at the coastal Ballygally Castle Hotel.


3. Giant’s Causeway: The Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site which formed as a result of an ancient volcano fissure eruption and is now composed of thousands of interlocking columns that look like stepping stones for giants. Clients can experience it on the 12-day Country Roads of Ireland.


4. The Ring of Kerry: Stunning seascapes, towering cliffs, lush lakelands and charming villages are around every corner when journeying across the Ring of Kerry. The narrow, winding route has plenty of attractions along the way, including sights used to film Star Wars. Discover it on the 7-day Focus on Ireland journey.


5. Trinity College: Regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure, the Book of Kells is housed in the heart of Dublin at Trinity College. Shrouded in mystery, the ancient manuscript Gospel book dates back to the 9th century. On Insight’s Irish Elegance journey, guests will enjoy an exclusive  Insight Experience including priority entrance to the Book of Kells and an exclusive guided walk though Trinity College grounds accompanied by Joseph O’Gorman, a Trinity College Scholar.


6. Cliffs of Moher: The view of the Clare Coast from the top of these magnificent cliffs is unrivalled. The Cliffs of Moher in human history dates back minimum 2,000 years, as the name is derived from a fort built in 1st Century BC that formerly stood where Moher Tower stands now. On the Best of Ireland & Scotland journey, clients take in the sights at Cliffs of Moher after enjoying a scenic ferry ride across the Shannon Estuary, before continuing to the gateway of the Wild Atlantic Way. 


7. Guinness Storehouse: What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a pint of Ireland’s national and world-renowned drink, Guinness. The stout’s signature creamy texture and long-lasting head contributed to its lasting success, but almost equally as well known is the famed 9,000-year lease, signed by Arthur Guinness in 1759 at St. James’s Gate in Dublin. On the Britain and Ireland Explorer, guests will visit the Guinness Storehouse before it opens to avoid the crowds. Following an escorted tour of the storehouse, they will enjoy a Guinness tasting and learn how to pour the perfect pint.

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