The South East is an area of unrivalled natural beauty, stunning seascapes and rich historic & archaeological treasures. This region is referred to as the “Sunny Southeast” due to its noticeable advantage over the rest of the island: great weather! With almost double the annual sunshine as other regions--it has long been a popular destination for the Irish themselves.

The Southeast’s distinct landscape differs from other parts of the country—flat plains rise and fall and are intersected by winding river valleys—producing some of the most fertile land on the Island. The five river systems – the Barrow, Blackwater, Nore, Slaney and Suir --zigzag over the region, meandering under old stone bridges, around breathtaking mountains and through picturesque villages before entering the sea at the scenic, peaceful seaside towns.

Unlike the rugged coastlines of the South and West, the Southeast’s gentle coastline consists of golden sandy beaches and rocky bays backed by low cliffs.

A few region highlights:

Rock of Cashel

Waterford Crystal

Cahir Castle

Jerpoint Abbey

Dunbrody Famine Ship

Ferns Castle 

Altamonte Gardens

Kilkenny Castle & The Butler Gallery

Mount Congreve House and Gardens

The Chocolate Garden

Famine Warhouse