For a magnificent blend of scenic delights, welcoming villages (Castleconnell, Adare and Kilmallock worth mentioning) and historic wonders, County Limerick ticks all the boxes and is a great year-round destination.
Step back in time in a Limerick cottage…
Unravel Ireland's intriguing past. The Adare Heritage Centre is a good starting point, charting the region's history from 1233 to modern times. Another good bet is the Kilmallock Cottage Museum & History Trail. Find ancient burial tombs and authentic forts at the Celtic Theme Park & Gardens. Head back to pre-Celtic times at Lough Gur, a major archaeological site in Limerick's southeast. Explore King John's Castle in Limerick City's medieval quarter or join the 'Angela's Ashes' walking tour. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, the legendary aviation centre that once linked Europe with North America, featuring a full-size replica of the amazing flying boat. And remember to sample traditional Irish Coffee, first created here to warm up passengers and crew after an aborted flight in 1943!
Get fit on foot or bike and enjoy the views in the extraordinarily beautiful Ballyhoura Mountains. Walk the Ballyhoura Way. Enjoy family-friendly walks and picnics in the Curraghchase Forest Park. Play golf on top-class turf or listen to the thunder of hooves at one of Limerick's year-round racing fixtures.
Or why not book a Limerick cottage holiday and learn how to play Ireland's most celebrated musical instrument at the Irish Harp Centre? What a keepsake that would be!