The Martello Tower
The Rock of Cashel
Lismore Castle Gardens

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The Southern Ireland within an Arm’s Reach

Once arrived to Ringaskiddy with an MSC cruise, you will disembark in a former fishing village less than 20km from Cork. Although docked in a modern port of the second largest city in the country, you will be a step from the green heart of Ireland, a nation rich in fabled landscapes where the echoes of epic battles still float on the wind.

In Ringaskiddy, for example, stands the Martello Tower, which was part of the defensive system constructed in the 19th century by the British. This land, in fact, has been conquered first by the Vikings, then by the Normans and finally by the English, before regaining its independence in 1916. Among the excursions offered during an MSC cruise to Northern Europe, the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary Country is a must-see destination. A majestic fortress, it represented a union of the secular and spiritual powers for over one thousand years. This stronghold, known throughout the world, is a well-preserved treasure chest of medieval buildings constructed between the 12th and the 15th centuries: stop for a few instants to admire the praise-worthy reliefs in Carmac’s Chapel, brilliant examples of Roman art; another must-see is the characteristic cross of St Patrick housed in the museum inside the fortress.

In the south of Ireland, another excursion from Ringaskiddy will take you to Lismore Gardens. These magnificent and extremely old gardens are on the grounds of a castle of the same name (residence of the Dukes of Devonshire since 1753, closed to the public), which in turn took its name from Lismore, a historical town located on the banks of the Blackwater River, at the foot of Knockmealdown Mountains.

It consists of 30,000 sqm of magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons…  It is said that it was among this explosion of vegetation that the 16th century London poet Edmund Spenser wrote his unfinished poem The Faerie Queen.

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前往爱尔兰的航程将满足您所有的浪漫幻想。 罕见的富饶地质和大西洋变暖效应相结合,在这个遍布湖泊和原始沼泽地的小岛上缔造了惊人的地形多样性。

在东部,威克洛山(Wicklow Hills)上满是嶙峋的花岗岩,而与此形成鲜明对比的是仅仅几公里外的卡拉(Curragh)牧马平原。在西海岸的康尼马拉(Connemara),您可以在几个小时内从海滩步行到沼泽,或者从海藻飘荡的水湾走到开满百合的湖泊。

是爱尔兰共和国的主要入境处,它是一个充满自信的首都,其原生而又现代的能量被丰富的文化传统所补充。这里不仅拥有出色的中世纪古迹,国家美术馆(National Gallery)国家博物馆(National Museum)还展示着大量各式藏品。

城南,威克洛山脉(Wicklow Mountains)的苍劲荒凉与都市生活形成了鲜明对比。 在爱尔兰南部海岸,科克(Cork)的海岸线被隐秘的河口、高低起伏的岬角和历史悠久的港口打断,而科克市本身是该地区的枢纽,其文化氛围极具活力。
令人惊叹的早期基督教古迹也比比皆是,包括卡舍尔岩(Rock of Cashel)以及科隆玛诺伊(Clonmacnoise)、格兰达洛(Glendalough)和莫那斯特博伊斯(Monasterboice)等地历史氛围浓厚的遗址。