Ireland is filled with fierce characters, legendary heroes and myths that span the full width of this island nation, with history presenting itself in ancient landscapes, monastic ruins hundreds of years old, as well as in the formidable Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Scattered throughout the country in even the most modern centres is the rich cultural heritage of Irish folklore, music and festivals. Politically, the country is split into the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom. While the country is small enough to explore on a single visit, there are so many nooks and crannies to discover that you could return time and time again to new experiences. Highlights include visiting Trinity College and the Temple Bar District in Dublin, exploring scenic southern peninsulas south of Cork, and sitting in any local pub to the sounds of the Irish fiddle and lilting Gaelic song, warmed by a full glass of Guinness.