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If you have not selected all your hotels, consider the Irish Tourist Board approved B&Bs - they've had a program like this for over 50 years and the options can be particularly lovely. I stayed in one many years ago where we not only had the most amazing dinner and breakfast, but the host's daughter and I borrowed some horses from a neighbor and explored the area just for fun.
A few comments from our trip (Labor Day 2014):
1) All of the activities for our "American" football game in Dublin was centered in Temple Bar. It was a fun atmosphere given that there were thousands of peope from my alma mater and all in college gear. Other than that, I stayed out of the bars as I found them way too crowded and loud. There is a very nice farmers market on Saturday mornings in the Temple Bar area where they have Irish breakfast sandwiches cooked to order, as well as the local farm fare.
2) We ate at Patrick Guilbaud on our first night in Dublin and it was so good that we booked a return trip on our last night. It is very low key for a Michelin starred restaurant. There are lots of servers and white table cloths, but the wait staff was helpful and we enjoyed both visits. The spring pea agnolotti is too die for and I'm still dreaming about it. They also offer wine pairings per course by the glass.
3) We had dinner one night at the Winding Stair - a highly rated dinner place on the Liffey River. It was the worst meal of the trip. The portions are huge, but other than that I found it boring, non-inventive, and bland.
4) In Dublin, don't miss the GAA Museum/Skywalk and the Book of Kells exhibit at Trinity College. The library is worth the visit alone and reminded me a bit of the library at the abbey in Melk, Austria.
5) We stayed at both the Morrison Hotel (across Liffey from Temple Bar) and at the Westin (next to Trinity College). Both were excellent choices for the activities that we had planned. Without the football game, I'd likely return to the Westin and not the Morrison.
6) Cabs are inexpensive in Dublin and we generally walked & cabbed it everywhere with no problems.
Outside of Dublin, we drove north to the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, and the Innishowen Peninsula. We enjoyed the differences in the topography and the beautiful day and sunshine on the coast.
We headed west to Cong, visited Cong Abbey, and then stayed for a few nights at Ashford Castle. The highlight of the trip (other than our team winning the game in Dublin) was the Hawk Walk - hubby and I took two hawks for about 1 mile walk letting them fly and return across the castle ground and through the woods. Amazing experience. We had one dinner at the fine dining restaurant, George V. I was hesitant to try the tasting menu as they are usually too much food for me, but this one was perfect. Excellent meal. We also dined in the "Dungeon" and chose the "Old Ireland" menu. Duck confit, Beef with Guiness, and Ham Steak with Potatoes. Very good and a fun atmosphere in the Dungeon. Highly recommend a stay at Ashford Castle!
The Irish Times just published their annual list of the 100 best places to eat in Ireland. Its a long read but worth it. Cafes to Michelin stars.
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-styl ... -1.3002817
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This thread has some good tips: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=133599
If you will be in Dublin, I'll reiterate that the Kilmainham Jail Tour is awesome (better than Trinity / Book of Kells IMO).
Kilkenney is on your way between Dublin and Cork... Worth a stop if you can make it work.
Thanks Jim. This is very helpful.
I agree. My wife and I stayed mostly in Irish B&B's on our trip a few years ago. Great experience. I've written plenty of restaurant tips for Dublin and other places... the original poster just needs to do a search.
When in Dublin, going to the Temple Bar area, while highly touristy, is still a great place to see a wide variety of pubs. The Red Stag serves probably the best pint of Guinness in Dublin. I've been there three times and they haven't failed me yet.
Dave, I think you mean The Stag's Head, right?
Other good old school pubs:
- Toner's (probably my favorite)
- The Long Hall (gorgeous long bar, great for an afternoon pint)
- L Mulligan, Grocer (a bit out of the way, in Stoneybatter, get a cab there and back but the place is great, they serve excellent craft beer and it has some of the best pub food in the city - you probably need to reserve if you plan to eat there).
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