New for 2007: For the first time, all 6 half-hour Rick Steves' Europe TV shows on Ireland and Scotland, filmed entirely on location and produced from 2000 to 2007, are together on a single DVD.
Six Shows: 3 hours, closed captioned, NTSC format, all region compatible. All episodes are widescreen (WS).
Here's where we'll take you...
Dublin -- Dublin's story is of feast and famine -- from its 18th-century Golden Age to its 20th-century struggles for independence to its boomtime today. We explore the town's thriving Grafton Street, patriotic jail, and Trinity College with its Book of Kells -- a bright light in the Dark Ages. We take a side trip to the prehistoric necropolis of Newgrange, and greet the evening in Temple Bar, awash with Celtic music and frothy pints of Guinness. (WS)
The Best of South Ireland -- We find the icons of Ireland strewn along its fascinating south coast: Waterford's much-loved crystal factory; the Kennedy family homestead; the Dunbrody famine ship; Muckross House; and Kinsale's star-shaped fortress. We also visit the Rock of Cashel and explore the medieval monastery at Glendalough, tucked in the scenic Wicklow Mountains. (WS)
The Best of West Ireland -- Deepest Ireland is best experienced in its west coast Gaeltachts, where Gaelic is spoken and the rugged villages have changed little over the generations. After exploring the rugged and remote Aran Islands, we settle into Galway and venture into Ireland in the extreme -- Dingle Peninsula. Ringing with traditional music from its rustic pubs, dotted with prehistoric "fairy forts," if you'll fall in love with Ireland, chances are it'll be right here. (WS)
Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland -- No trip to Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to Northern Ireland. We tour bustling Belfast, sneaking a peek at its politically charged neighborhoods. Then we head for the Antrim Coast and go wild in Portrush, Ulster's Coney Island. We taste-test Irish whiskey, scramble over six-sided rock columns, putter through a world-class golf course, and stomp our feet to Irish music in rough-and-tumble Derry. (WS)
Scotland's Islands and Highlands -- In Scotland, legends of Bonnie Prince Charlie swirl with pipers and kilts around crumbling castles. After tossing a caber (log) at a Scottish clan gathering, we remember Highland massacres. We play hide-and-seek with the Loch Ness Monster, tour a whiskey distillery, and take a ferry to sacred Iona. (WS)
Edinburgh -- Edinburgh is the historical and cultural heart of Scotland. We'll explore the castle, peek at the new parliament, dabble in the local literature, sip a little Scotch, get wrapped up in a kilt, and then stow away on Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia. (WS)
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