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.

Must see places in Ringaskiddy



    Where the land is greener
    Where the land is greener

    A cruise to Ireland will fulfill all your romantic preconceptions. An uncommon geological richness and the warming effect of the Atlantic produce an astonishing diversity of terrain on this small island, which is splashed throughout with lakes and primeval bogland.

    In the east, the crumpled granite of the Wicklow Hills sits in utter contrast to the horse-grazing plain of the Curragh just a few kilometres away, and in Connemara on the west coast, you can walk from beach to mountain to fen, from seaweed-strewn inlet to lily-covered lough, in a matter of hours.

    is the Republic’s main entry-point, a confident capital whose raw, modern energy is complemented by rich cultural traditions, and which boasts outstanding medieval monuments and the richly varied exhibits of the National Gallery and National Museum.

    South of the city, the desolate Wicklow Mountains offer a breathtaking contrast to city life. On Ireland’s southern coast, Cork’s shoreline is punctuated by secluded estuaries, rolling headlands and historic harbours, while Cork city itself is the region’s hub, with a vibrant cultural scene.
    Stunning early Christian monuments abound, too, including the Rock of Cashel and atmospheric sites at Clonmacnoise, Glendalough and Monasterboice.