With a dramatic landscape that ranges from lakes and mountains to stark, ocean- battered cliffs, Southwest Ireland is a land rich in storytellers and history-makers. Outlaws and rebels once lurked in the hidden coves and glens now overrun by visitors. If the tourist mayhem is too much for you, you can always retreat to the placid stretches along the Ring of Kerry and Cork’s southern coast.
FERRIES TO FRANCE AND BRITAIN
Swansea-Cork Ferries ( 021 427 1166) go between Cork and Swansea, South Wales (10hr. daily, €30-43). Brittany Ferries (021 427 7801) sail from Cork to Roscoff, France (14hr. €50-100).