‘The full Irish‘ Highways and byways blog

‘The full Irish‘ Highways and byways blog2023-02-28T17:47:41+00:00

MunsterBus Private Tours of Ireland

We are passionate about our country, all our guides are locals, born and bred! Irish people are known for their friendly approach and we love to tell a story, all our driver/guides are funny, witty and engaging and they strive to go the extra mile on each and every tour. [...]

Jameson Whiskey Distillery

No tour of Ireland is complete without a trip to an Irish whiskey distillery. Even though it may have all started in Bow street Dublin in the 1780’s, it was not long before Jameson headed south and made its home in Middleton a mere twenty minutes outside Cork city. In [...]

The English Market

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the city centre by calling to one of the oldest markets in Ireland. As a working area with traders who have served the Cork public and beyond for generations the English market is truly rich in heritage. On one occasion some shop [...]


The last port of call for the Titanic, as depicted in the award-winning movie, was this sea-side town. The ship was built in Belfast before making a stop in Southampton on route to Cobh. After leaving Cobh we all know what happened next, an unfortunate demise came to what was [...]

The road to Cork

Just head South and no matter where you come from, you will find Cork at the very bottom of the country just before you meet the ocean. A city surrounded by the river Lee with some of the steepest hills in Ireland. In fact, the ‘Tour de France’ cycle race [...]


When you tour Ireland be sure to visit Kinsale one of our most historic towns, it’s a picturesque yachting harbour that just oozes ambience. Battles, Armadas, Georgian architecture and even The Lusitania all feature in the making of this colourful town. Kinsale is ‘the gourmet capital of Ireland’ and you will [...]

Dingle and Slea Head

Dingle is one of Ireland’s most amazing towns, full of life, home to Fungi the Dolpin and with one of the most scenic coastal drives on The Wild Atlantic Way, Slea Head it’s a real gem and an ideal location for a family day out. Adults and children alike will enjoy [...]

The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is certainly a good Irish road trip, be sure to include it on your tour of Ireland. This mystical drive brings you through many towns and villages all so full of character including Ireland’s number one tourist town of Killarney. Do allow a full day touring [...]

Blarney Castle

Located in the village of Blarney just outside Cork city Blarney Castle is neither the biggest or oldest castle in Ireland but it is definitely one of the most popular with hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the world travelling to ‘kiss the stone’. Kissing the blarney stone is [...]


Galway the ‘City of Tribes’ is home to Spanish Arch, Eyre Square, Shop Street and the Latin Quarter where you will be spoilt for choice with the selection of quirky pubs, talented musicians and street performers. Galway boasts a very bohemian vibe and this ultra-cool city is an excellent place [...]

Kylemore Abbey

During your tour of Ireland do include a visit to the magical Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens, an ideal destination for a day out which should be explored at leisure. The story of Kylemore Abbey is truly a remarkable one that spans over 150 years of tragedy, romance, innovation, [...]

Connemara and Cong

A visit to the rugged Connemara region where you will be in awe of the stark beauty of this hidden valley and stopping off at Cong village is a must during your tour of Ireland. The little village of Cong was the film set to the classic Oscar winning movie ‘The Quietman’ starring Hollywood legends [...]

The Cliffs of Moher

One of the most popular visitor attractions when touring Ireland, seeing is believing how spectacularly beautiful The Cliffs of Moher really are. This is a site surrounded by folklore and there are many ‘tall tales’ to tell about unrequited love, an Irish hero, mermaids and a lost city which is [...]


Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital city, with its world class museums, rich history varied art scene, acres of parkland and an iconic coastline it is no wonder it is one of the coolest cities in Europe to visit. Belfast was the birthplace of the RMS Titanic and on the site [...]

The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most amazing sites on the planet to visit, be sure to include it on your tour of Ireland. Thousands of hexagonal stones gently sweeping into the sea creating a magical landscape of pillars, paths and dramatic steps for you to explore. Were they [...]

Ballintoy Harbour

Located in the picturesque village of Ballintoy is the quaint Ballintoy Harbour, this most scenic area attracts TV crews and tourists alike. Ballintoy Harbour appears in the popular TV series Game of Thrones as the docks of the Greyjoy Kingdom of Pyke in the fictional Iron Islands of Westeros. The stunning surrounding [...]

Slieve League

Also known as Sliabh Liag these majestic cliffs are the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe. Situated in the Gaeltacht region of County Donegal Sliabh Liag is Ireland’s most amazing cliff experience rich in Irish heritage and culture. Boasting breath-taking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay [...]


Kilkenny is a medieval town known locally as ‘the marble city’. Home to Kilkenny Castle, this 12th century castle is steeped in history, walk in the footsteps of Earls, Strongbow and the ‘bogey-man’ of Irish history, Oliver Cromwell and let your imagination bring to life a Norman invasion, you will be [...]


World by National Geographic, stretching out over 47 acres with its sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes, rambling walks, walled gardens and over twenty variations of trees and shrubs. You should be camera ready throughout your Irish vacation to capture the spectacular scenery of The Emerald Isle but during this day tour [...]


Immerse yourself in Ireland’s ancient east as you explore Glendalough, within the luscious greenery of The Wicklow Mountains National Park is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through [...]


Ireland’s capital city, Dublin has everything you could wish for on a family vacation. Museums, theatres, art, craft & design, shops, restaurants, parks and or maybe even a visit to Dublin Zoo, you could spend many days exploring this vibrant city when touring Irealnd. It is always a hub of [...]

Tours Available

Learn more about our tours at MunsterBus We have a selection of popular private tours, ranging from private multi-day tours to private shore excursions. We are experienced and passionate driver/guides with a flair for storytelling. Let us create unforgettable memories of your time spent exploring the Emerald Isle. We specialize [...]

Journeys to Come

From matchmaking festivals to Presidential holidays: seven days in Ireland BY JOURNEYS TO COME WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018 In this episode of Journeys to Come, Catriona Rowntree explores Ireland with the owner of Munster Tours Tony Murphy. Catriona discovers the best way to spend seven days in Ireland as well as the best [...]

Transport to and from Cork Airport

Cork airport is an international airport which receives approximately 2.4 million passengers each year from over 50 European and transatlantic destinations. This is an average of 7,000 passengers each day! If you are planning to visit Cork, Cork airport will be the first place you see and right from the [...]

Mount Brandon

The highest mountain outside of the McGillicuddy Reeks, Mount Brandon is one of Ireland’s greatest natural wonders and a wonderful excursion to incorporate into your Dingle Peninsula Day Tour. Although technically Carrauntoohil is Ireland’s highest peak, Mount Brandon is Ireland’s highest ascent as, unlike Carraun, it begins at sea level. [...]

The City of Cork

Known as the cultural capital of Ireland (according to its residents), Cork is the second city in Ireland and one of the most beautiful areas on the island. Cork is located in the extreme south of the country, right between the mountains of County Kerry and the Irish Sea. The [...]


Probably the most important historic town in Ireland, Kinsale is a must see on your visit to County Cork and the best way to see it is on a Munster Bus Day Tour. Set against the rolling green hills of West Cork and in the mouth of the magnificent Kinsale [...]

Killarney National Park

Situated in the heart of the McGillikuddy Reeks mountain range, the Killarney National Park is truly one of County Kerry’s hidden gems. Boasting a stunning array of flora and fauna, the Killarney National Park is a must for all nature lovers. The National Park is also known as Ireland’s most [...]

Cliffs of Moher Day Tour

Probably Ireland’s greatest site of natural beauty, the Cliffs of Moher truly are magnificent. Situated on the coast of County Clare and facing into the wild Atlantic Ocean, this is one of our most popular Munster Bus private Day tours, If you are spending any length of time in Ireland, [...]

Blarney Castle

Whether you’re living in Cork or you’re just passing through, it would be a crime to miss the world famous Blarney Castle and grounds. Situated only fifteen kilometres from Cork City Centre, Blarney Castle is very accessible with our Munster Bus private Tours. We travel to Blarney Castle. and to [...]

Cork Day Tours

Si vous êtes ici comme étudiant, au pair, ou pour chercher un boulot, Cork est une des meilleures villes européennes a visiter actuellement. Nous sommes situés dans la région de Munster dans l’extrême sud du pays. C’est la deuxième ville de l’Irlande, mais selon ses habitants, Cork est la capitale [...]

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is located 100 km from the City of Cork, where our Munster Bus Day Tour leaves every day. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist areas in Ireland and every year more than 2 million tourists come to the region. It is an area [...]

Day Tour to Blarney and Cobh

Blarney and Cobh are known throughout Ireland as the two most beautiful villages on the island. Every day a bus leaves from our office in Bridge Street. Here at Munster Bus, we are very proud to have the best Day Tours of the whole area of ​​Cork and the city. [...]

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