User Reviews Rate this title Review this title. Dismayed, they built a fire here to warn future mariners. It's great for craic — that's pub lingo for "conversation." Episode 210: The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands. It's dotted with more than 2,000 monuments dating back to 4,000 B.C. In 1601, the fourth, the very last Spanish Armada ever to sail, sailed into this harbor here with the idea of linking up with clans in the northern part of Ireland, that by allying they could drive the English out of Ireland and take liberty for themselves. Just a little nook along its rocky coastline provides enough protection to land a small boat. Anne: Are we ready? Listen to Rick Steves Britain & Ireland Audio Tours with eight episodes, free! A faint whiff of burning peat fills its streets, tractor tracks dirty the main drag, and 40 fishing boats still sail from its harbor. Copied! Episode 304: Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland. Rick Steves' Europe. Einfach ein paar bewegte Bilder und ein paar Infos zu Reisezielen in Europa. For five miles, the dramatic cliffs soar as high as 650 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. So, you stacked it up anticipating rain, right? Rick: Let's take a close look. American travel authority Rick Steves guides viewers through his favorite European cities. Whether I'm leading tours, researching my guidebooks or just having fun on my own, I grab every opportunity to get local advice on good places to eat. Salmon run up the river most of the summer. You see it in June, July. Shane: What you're looking at here is the foliage of mountain avens: Dryas octopetala. With Rick Steves. Dennis: This is St. Kevin's Church, a beautiful structure. Anticipating a big sightseeing day, Anne's enjoying another slice of Irish soda bread. And shared minibuses, which await the arrival of each ferry, provide cheap guided tours for a quick and efficient look at the island's sights and a chance to get to know and learn from a colorful local guide. Join Rick as he experiences the local culture, cuisine, and fun along with some powerful lessons that only travel can teach. Anne and I dine confident that Jackie and Andy are enjoying their meal as much as we are enjoying ours. While the castle is a shell, the surrounding grounds are beautiful and well kept. I hope you have enjoyed exploring the southern part…exercise…exploring the best of the Emerald Isle. But, while modernized, it looks much as it did when the monks last manned it in the 16th century. This is the way they do it. It's adjacent to Muckross Farms, a fascinating open-air farm museum that shows rural life in the 1930s. They collect payment at the end, giving anyone disappointed in the talk an easy escape midway through. Fixed iFrame Width: in pixels px Height: in pixels px. The town of Dingle is the perfect home base for peninsula explorations. I hope you've enjoyed — I feel like Jerry Ford! Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside. Es ist doch ganz schön, etwas mehr zu sehen, als nur die Fotos im Urlaubsprospekt. But also we're looking at the Mediterranean orchid, the heat-spotted orchid. Rick Steves Ireland podcast on demand - Rick Steves Ireland is a collection of "Travel with Rick Steves" radio interviews featuring travel tips and lessons from Rick and the expert teachers who guide Rick Steves' tours around Ireland. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Ireland: Dublin City Walk 2 — O'Connell Street. They built Reginald's Tower, named after the first Viking leader. Limited edition: This two-DVD set includes the 12 newest shows from Season 10 of public television's "Rick Steves' Europe" series, with a bonus extra. During that era, this ruined church was a center of worship for the peninsula. In Northern Ireland, Orangemen parades fill village and neighborhood streets with Protestants from Easter through September. His style is likeable, all ages enjoy him, and 27 mins. Their boats could sail 50 miles into Ireland from here. Ireland lies at the far west of Europe and we're exploring the far west of Ireland. So rich in its history, people and scenery, Ireland — rain or shine — it's a fine place to experience. Four thousand years ago, it actually was a grave — covered by a now long-gone mound of dirt. Distances here are short, but rides can take longer than expected. Although a popular tourist destination, Dingle still has a relaxed feel. With Rick Steves. Current Episode (aired 14 Nov. 2020) Egypt's Cairo. The landing is as tenuous today as it was for the original islanders. We're not trespassing here — this is Thomas' field, and there's plenty of work to be done while the sun is out. The mussels are especially tasty; on a balmy day or evening, diners take a bucket and a beer out to the seawall. They decorated the stone with these Celtic motifs, or these concentric circles, which run through the front of the stone, and that remained until the sixth century A.D., when the Christians came and Christianized the cross by superimposing this Greek cross on the upper part of the old Celtic monument. People Who Liked Rick Steves' Britain & Ireland Podcast Also Liked These Podcasts: Rick Steves' Athens Audio Tours Podcast by Rick Steves Rick Steves' Athens Audio Tours Podcast by Rick Steves Rick Steves' Britain Audio Tours Podcast by Rick Steves Reviews & Ratings. There's a stark beauty about these islands and the simple lives its inhabitants eke out of six inches of topsoil and a mean sea. No trip to Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to Northern Ireland. And David, me poor husband, is sick with the fever. Many of these customers are regulars whose parents were also regulars. A thousand troops were based here until 1922. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, you'll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families...and even play in the snow. This site was built by the early settlers about 500 B.C., that is the date for it. It was just a medieval fishing until the 1200s, when the English came. Starting in the Wicklow Mountains, we'll visit the monastery at Glendalough and Powerscourt Gardens. Rate. Cobh's major sightseeing attraction, filling its harborside Victorian train station, is its kid-friendly emigration and maritime history museum [the Cobh Heritage Centre]. Until the advent of tourism, people made a precarious living from fishing and farming. We explore the biggest city of the west coast, hang from a dramatic cliff, and eat really well…all with my favorite travel partners…my kids Andy and Jackie and my wife Anne. My in-laws used it and were very happy with their stays. Inishmore's main attraction is the 2,000-year-old fortress of Dún Aenghus, which hangs precariously on the edge of a cliff 300 feet above the Atlantic. The town's tiny museum is humble — but if it's fragments of old Galway you're looking for, this is where they're kept. If I had cattle, now, when it's down to the ground, the cattle would walk in and when they are inside we build it up again. Rick: So there's seaweed and sand in this? In around 1100, an Irish King gave Cashel to the Church, and it grew to become the ecclesiastical capital of all Ireland. So even when Rome fell, dragging the rest of Europe into darkness, Irish civilization was able to flourish. The Burren is also rich in mysterious ancient sites. Summer tour-bus crowds are terrible all day on weekends and 11:00–14:00 on weekdays. We've found it's smart in small towns to let the kids have some time on their own to deal with the menus and foreign money. What Galway lacks in sights it makes up for in ambience. We tour bustling Belfast, sneaking a peek at its politically charged neighborhoods. Just off the shore is Great Blasket Island. Cutter: It's much easier to understand if I show it to you rather than just listen to me talk. Marie and her staff hustle steaming plates of beautifully presented seafood to eager customers. And here on Dingle Peninsula the soil itself reveals the struggles of the Irish people. This two-DVD set includes the 12 newest shows from Season 10 of public television's "Rick Steves' Europe" series, with a bonus extra. Hook Head has one of the oldest operating lighthouses in this part of Europe — and as with most Irish sights, it comes with a great guided tour. This 2-disc set gives you the 5 newest, widescreen, hi-def Rick Steves' Europe TV shows covering Ireland and Scotland on a Blu-ray disc plus a set of all 6 shows (old and new) on a DVD. You'll find yourself in a dramatic world where the only sounds are the waves, the wind, and the gulls — playing in the updrafts. For me, I much prefer touring Muckross House — the most visit-worthy English mansion in Ireland. Muckross House is near some beautiful countryside outside of Killarney, which makes a scenic drive to where we'll sleep tonight: in the little town of Kenmare. Forming the most traditional Irish community of the 20th century, the Blasket Islanders became a symbol of antique Gaelic culture. Competition is fierce, and restaurants offer creative and tempting menus. Rate. It was a gateway for trade with Spain — just a five-day sail south. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Ireland. While English is always there, the signs, menus, and songs often come in Irish, or "Gaelic" first. A recent study theorizes that he may be one of a half-dozen dolphins released from "Dolphinariums" (under pressure from animal rights activists) on the southern coast of Britain. This walk is Kinsale's single best attraction. Closed Captioned. Starting on the remote Aran Islands, we cruise to Galway, hike the rugged Burren, and marvel at the Cliffs of Moher before venturing to Dingle and finishing on Great Blasket Island. Each family had a cow, a few sheep, and a tiny garden. Spend an afternoon wandering its harbor area and feel the fishing village it used to be, or just stroll its streets, with their delightful mix of colorful facades and youthful crowds. Rate. With Rick Steves. Guide: This is one of our sporting trophies — these are for 10-pin bowling, surprise, surprise. The eternal beauty of the Irish landscape is most breathtaking with a sweep around the Ring of Kerry. Season 3 Episode 4. The Captain's House B&B is a shipshape place fit for an admiral in the town center. Join the local gang to enjoy the fresh air…and the view. Now the structure in the center of the platform, that is our furnace and it burns at a temperature of 1,400 degrees centigrade. It's a great value, no matter what kind of player you own (or will own in the future)! O'Flarity's is reliably good for traditional music — or "trad," as it's called in Ireland. It has been excavated about 25 years ago, because half of it has actually fallen into the sea due to coastal erosion. Rick: That's great! In Season 3, Rick takes you from Portugal to Poland — episodes also include highlights of France, Spain, London, Belgium, and Hungary. In the old days, four or five good men could cut enough peat in a day to keep a family warm through the cold Irish winter. Summer crowds flock to the Rock (worst June–Aug 11:00–15:00); try to plan your visit for early or late in the day. 7.0 (6) 0. This monument now actually is 1,000 years older than what we've been already looking at — a slab-cross erected by the Celts in about 500 years B.C., red sandstone. Find Your Next Binge. Even today, some of this stuff keeps the home fires burning in a land famous for its smiles and charm. Thomas: That's right. This area was tundra; it's disappeared, and this is still here — in other words, it came with the glacier. Know what this is about? Season 2 Episode 10. Farmer: Aiden Devereux. Book by email as soon as you know your dates; contact Tim via email at his wife's recommended Eileen Collins Kirrary B&B (collinskirrary@eircom.net). The western edge of the Burren is marked by the Cliffs of Moher. High in the Wicklow Mountains you'll see vast peat bogs, with freshly cut peat bricks drying in the wind. See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. Dennis: …and the saints — and they were here working away, making the manuscripts that we have now in our museums. Large tour groups descend midday, so try to visit before 10:00 or after 15:30. 2. Like nowhere else, Mediterranean and Arctic wildflowers bloom side by side. Ireland: Dublin City Walk 1 — South Bank. The potatoes rotted in the ground. Rick: O.K., next we're going down to Cork to see the Blarney Castle, then we'll go over to Killarney to see Muckross House and tonight we're going to sleep in Kenmare. The Gallarus Oratory was a church built without mortar about 1,200 years ago. Just a few miles from all this rugged beauty are the meticulously kept Gardens of Powerscourt — Ireland's finest. Patch by patch, they created fertile fields for potatoes, climbing ever higher up the hillside. Since it's a working lighthouse, it can be toured only with a guide. We'll delve into the best of the west — not polished and on a museum shelf — but wonderfully raw and unrefined. The lighthouse was completely automated in 1996 and is controlled by a central computer. Rate. Farmer: Just from the local; born and reared down here. Episode 214: Switzerland's Jungfrau Region: Best of the Alps Mary, whose mother ran a guest house back before Dingle was discovered, loves her work. On this island so saturated in legend, it's said that a saint and his monks came here in the sixth century. And old churches do double duty as concert halls, where those enthusiastic about traditional music share their art. Guide: The monks came here for solitude and to save souls, what would have been their original task, I suppose, but they ended up saving lives. We'll explore the ultimate-in-its-day British fortress, climb a legendary lighthouse, and enjoy some great Irish cuisine. This time we're exploring the far west of Ireland. Full Cast and Crew; Release Dates; Official Sites; Company Credits; Filming & Production; Technical Specs ; Storyline. With Rick Steves. Also The Blue Book of Ireland list suggestions. If you were here in earlier generations, you'd see step dances like these at a county crossroads — with neighbors dancing around a fire to whatever instruments showed up. ... Normandy: War-Torn Yet Full of Life. I already know the children will be hungry. What's your name? Ringing with music from its rustic pubs and dotted with prehistoric forts, this region is something special. The economy and population didn't recover for over a century. Click to copy the fixed iFrame Copy When asked, “What's your secret?” they pointed to the portraits of fishermen on the wall and said, “Local, local, local.” It's a good lunch or early dinner option for those on a tighter budget. We'll dine on fresh seafood at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponder ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, commune with monks alive and departed in a Capuchin crypt, sleep in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eat our way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef. Little is known about this 2,000-year-old Iron Age fort, but a small visitor's center (housing the ticket office and controlling access to the trail) displays aerial views of the fort and tells the story of its inhabitants (tel. Rick: Jackie, come on help me. When people ask me, how can that part of Ireland still be part of England? We're taking the coast road on the way to the, up to the end of the island. We've snared a minibus for our family. Now, coffin ships were sailing back in the famine times, and these were horrible ships where up to 50 percent of your passengers died on the voyage. The reason she didn't stay upstairs in the master bedroom was she had a fear of fire. A flier lays out a good walk for visitors. Thomas: [Irish phrase] That's in Irish now — "It's a nice day." In fact, Charlemagne, who ruled much of Europe in the year 800, imported monks from Ireland to be his scribes. Current Episode (aired 14 Nov. 2020) Egypt's Cairo. Thomas: Tomorrow — no, I won't use it until winter. Be the first one to add a plot. I'm Rick Steves. If your ancestors are Irish, chances are they left from Cobh. Roll down your window — enjoy the traffic jams. This season features the Austrian, Italian, Swiss, and French Alps, two episodes on … See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. When the English came in the 12th century, they replaced the old monastic settlements like the one we just saw with their own churches in an attempt to centralize their control. Rick has an easy-going charming delivery, and very respectful of a country's culture and beliefs, especially in the Ulster tour. Rick Steves goes off the beaten path in Rome, visiting the Jewish Ghetto, the Trastevere district, and some of the less-popular churches in the city. Upon entry, you'll get a flier laying out 40-minute and one-hour walks. Andy and Jackie's included. The Irish don't believe in litigation, just natural selection. This is the Poulnabrone Dolmen. Nicknamed "the island of saints and scholars," Ireland is also known as "the terrible beauty" for its bittersweet mix of political struggles, hunger, friendly people, and … Ireland became independent of Britain and Britain finally gave it back to us. The Dunbrody is a full-scale reconstruction of a 19th-century three-masted bark built in Quebec in 1845. And zipping along these roads, you realize that this island is pretty small. Explore Ireland! Episode 209: South Ireland: Waterford to the Ring of Kerry. It's like eating in a fish market surrounded by today's catch and a pristine kitchen. You finish in the glittering salesroom, surrounded by temptations that are hard to pack…but easy to ship. Lovely episode about the Dingle peninsula. Guide: Welcome aboard the Dunbrody. I tell them "1601, Kinsale.". About a quarter of them starved or emigrated. And the West Kerry Craft Guild — a co-op selling the work of local artists — is fun even if you're just browsing. Wander for some quiet time with the wildflowers. Four hundred years ago, locals thought this was a "druid's altar." This proud farmer really knows his stuff. Ireland, especially its west, has a unique charm where its rugged natural beauty and vibrant traditions can be seen and actually felt. Episode 305: London: Mod and Trad. Heimlieferung oder in Filiale: Rick Steves Best of Ireland von Pat O'Connor, Rick Steves | Orell Füssli: Der Buchhändler Ihres Vertrauens The Spanish Arch, where Spanish ships would unload their cargo 400 years ago, is a reminder of the trading importance Galway once enjoyed. Season 2 Episode 10. Click to copy the fixed iFrame Copy . Today, those desperate days are long gone as Ireland enjoys one of Europe's hottest economies. With 60,000 people, it's a lively university town with one of the youngest populations in all of Europe. Stops include beehive huts, the Reasc Monastery, the Gallarus Oratory, and Kilmalkedar Church – but not the Great Blasket Centre. They can't link up. Approximately 6,000 Irish clansmen come downstream to link with the Spanish. Dún Aenghus can be mobbed by day-trippers. According to local tradition, Galway's name tells its story. Tim Collins and son Michael are a father-son team with passion for sharing the long history of Dingle Peninsula. Anyone wanting to travel overseas should definitely check out the available resources from Rick Steves. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, digging peat in Ireland. Eight hundred islanders live in 14 hamlets, with three elementary schools and three churches. Exasperated, she finally declared, "it's all blarney.". Season 3 Episode 4. All the full length Rick Steves Europe PBS Episodes that I could find. Andy: And then tomorrow we'll go around the Ring of Kerry. On vacation we give our kids a bigger allowance than usual, but expect them to keep a journal, buy their own treats and souvenirs, and pay for their Internet time. Episode 213: Munich and the Foothills of the Alps. Many families own small detached fields where they keep a few cows — sheep are too much trouble. NTSC format, all region compatible. Right beside it yet to come out is the St. John's Wort. There are even some hints of Ireland's pre-Christian past on the grounds; you can see dolmens beside the trail in the forested Rock Close. Fishermen book long in advance to get half-day appointments for a casting spot. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, It's one of about 22 — 2,200 archeological monuments we have on the Dingle Peninsula. Last call for drinks where we're heading is "half eleven" (that's 11:30). We've made our way to the south-central coast of Ireland, where the town of Cobh sits in an ideal natural harbor. Fixed iFrame Width: in pixels px Height: in pixels px. Rick: Tell me more about the limestone, and the rain, and the rabbit turds, you know? It's a plant of the tundra. Filled with traditional but stylish woven wear, this is also the Dingle sales outlet of Lisbeth's well-known potter husband, Louis Mulcahy, from out on Slea Head. For me, just watching the ritual — as the man lowers tourists over the ledge belly up and head back — makes the climb almost worthwhile. Go-to Euro travel guide Rick Steves visited this beautiful, long-established city on a recent episode of "Rick Steves' Europe." As an added defense — effective even today — the fort is ringed with a commotion of spiky stones called "Frisian soldiers." S7, Ep4 2012 This was the seat of ancient Irish kings for seven centuries. Terrible conditions on board: much too overcrowded, lack of fresh air and food. And the monastery St. Kevin founded flourished despite repeated Viking raids throughout medieval times. Shaped like an upturned boat, its finely fitted walls — stone without mortar — still keep out the rain. The Industrial Revolution — born in England — was powering the world into the modern age. The kitchen creates beautifully presented dishes that the kids just wouldn't appreciate. But since we spent the night, we're here early — and the place is all ours. It's wet, and I'll have to scatter it around to dry it — to dry it, before I put it in the shed. On board, extended families camped out for 50 days on bunk beds no bigger than a king-size mattress. Thomas: I'm going to knock this wall down now. The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islan . The tour, a convenient time-saver, zips you to the end of the island for a quick stroll in the desolate fields, gives you 15 minutes to wander through the historic but visually unimpressive Seven Churches, and then drops you off for two hours at Dun Aengus before running you back to Kilronan. Now, that's a lovely example of the Potentilla — four-petaled —  unusual for its family. Post questions and answers about travel in Ireland. It's also the most populated, interesting, and visited. Don't get hijacked by imitation tours that pretend to be "recommended by Rick Steves on his forum" — ask for Don or Barry. Bulman Bar and Toddies Restaurant serves seafood with seasonal produce. Ireland. This is the only way to eat on the water in Kinsale. No trip to Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to Northern Ireland. In Ireland, people make time to join you for a drink and a chat. There's live music galore. Rick Steves’ Europe: Season 3. Of the millions of Irish who emigrated to America, Canada, and Australia, nearly half sailed from this town. ... Rick Steves' Ireland and Scotland DVD 2000-2007 (Rick Steves) 4.6 out of 5 stars 24. Keep on travelin'. Thanks for joining us. Locals claim that Dingle, with 52 pubs for its 1,300 residents, has more watering holes per capita than any town in Ireland. It comes out for old St. John's Day, 24th of June, so hence the name, St. John's Wort. Otherwise, ask if you can tag along with a prebooked tour group's tour. I'm from Seattle. Round towers were standard features in early Irish monastic settlements. Waterford, stretching along its river, is the main city of southeast Ireland. The trail is gravel for the first half of the hike and lined with rock walls (you can’t get lost). Peat was Ireland's standard heating fuel for centuries. I like Kenmare because it's less touristy than Killarney, which is the most popular jumping-off point for Ring of Kerry tours. She was not termed a "coffin ship." Even today, some of this stuff keeps the home fires burning in a land famous for its smiles and charm. Eight hundred years ago, this monastic community was just a chapel and a round tower standing high on this bluff. They sailed to the far fringes of the known world — settling in places like this — Dingle Peninsula. We find the icons of Ireland strewn along its fascinating south coast: Waterford's much-loved crystal factory, the Dunbrody Famine Ship, and Kinsale's star-shaped fortresses. Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside. When Queen Victoria visited Ireland in 1849, Cobh was the first Irish ground she set foot on. Some of Ireland's ancient and complex history can be sorted out by visiting these sites. 3. Foxy John's is one of several Dingle pubs with a dual identity. Before heading off to other destinations along the southern coast we're stopping at the nearby Waterford Crystal factory, popular for its excellent tours. Episode 211: Berlin: Resilient, Reunited & Reborn* Episode 212: Germany's Romantic Rhine and Rothenburg. The first steam-powered ship to make a trans-Atlantic crossing departed from Cobh in 1838 — cutting the journey time from 50 days by sail to only 18. With Rick Steves, Andreas Clemens, Georg Reichlmayr, Holger Zimmer. Rick Steves' Live 1 Episode (2013) Rick Steves' Paris 1 Episode (2013) 60 Minutes II 1 Episode (2005) Your new favorite show is right here. Along with its rich history, Kinsale has a laid-back Sausalito feel with a touch of wine-sipping class. While the islanders speak English for visitors, they chat among themselves in this old Irish language. While 70 percent of Waterford Crystal is now manufactured by cheaper labor in Poland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic, the finest glass craftsmen still reside here, where they create "prestige pieces" for special-order customers. And this is a replica of the original Dunbrody built in Quebec, Canada, back in 1845. Now that's why it is called "bloody cranesbill" —  see the seed head here? And the techniques you'll see here this afternoon have remained unchanged for centuries. It looked out then, as it does today, over the Plain of Tipperary — called the "Golden Veil" because its rich soil makes it Ireland's best farmland. Rick Steves Britain & Ireland Audio Tours 8 Episodes Produced by Rick Steves Website Rick Steves Britain and Ireland Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of Britain and Ireland's most notable museums and historic sites. Anne, Andy, and Jackie are joining me for a tour with Thomas O'Neil, who's lived on the island all his life. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com. Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. Don: Dreadful. St. Patrick baptized King Aengus here in about 450 a.d. Rick: Where are you from? The story of its tiny community — just a ghost town today — gives an insight to the soul of Ireland. The fields are so scattered here. Like in Britain, Irish pubs are a communal living room. The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islan. Hardy little tour boats thrive by baiting passengers with the chance of an up-close Fungie encounter, then motoring out to the mouth of the harbor, where they troll around looking for him. (Rick's material was the guide) I am now using these videos to research a trip to Ireland and have already benefited. Irish people driven off their lands, those lands planted with settlers then from England and from Scotland. 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