I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post a report of our trip to Ireland so if it is
incorrect perhaps someone can advise me where to post it. In the meantime here is my
report AND I want to thank TA member for the assistance I received while planning this trip.
Ireland was lovely and we lucked out weather wise The most impressive thing about Ireland was the people.
Everywhere we went the people were friendly welcoming and a happy lot...must be the delicious Guinness.
We didn't have a "must see" list as our main purpose is going
was to attend a three day wedding and celebration in Adare.
We went with the idea of just enjoying the sights and sounds of
various villages/towns .
Starting off in Dublin managing the airport and taxi into town was incredibly easy
We stayed in the Temple Bar area at the Merchant House, excellent
accommodations and location.
Highlights of Dublin...pubs , music scene etc We saw the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library and of
course Guinness Brewery. Guinness in Ireland is 100 times better
than the states. ...really good.
We went to the Oliver St John and O'Neil's
pub , enjoyed the food and music.
After Dublin we picked up our car at the Airport, Enterprise and
we're ready for all the hassles we heard about. Turned out it
was fairly easy, especially as we had our own insurance thru
our World Mastercard. Driving wasn't much of an issue as
my Husband drove in New Zealand a few years ago AND we had
an automatic car.
We drove down thru the Wicklow mtns and then on to Kilkenny for
our first night. We stayed at the River Court Hotel across from Kilkenny Castle..Wow What a view from our room of the Castle..
We had dinner at the hotel which was just okey but the next
morning the breakfast was terrific which made up for the dinner
Next day we moved on the Kinsale and after a few try's on a busy Saturday we found parking in front of our hotel,The Blue Haven.
The hotel gave us the option of staying at their guest house down
the street so we could have a king size bed, which was lovely.
Can not say enough nice things about this hotel. We had an incredible wonderful dinner in the hotel, probably in hindsight the best in Ireland. We enjoyed watching 20 girls having a "Hen Party"....think
bridal shower....but they do it for the whole weekend....quite the party.
Next up was Killarney where we stayed at the Fairveiw Guest House. Unfortunately it was a Sunday and the nicer restaurants were closed.
as was the hotel's restaurant.
We walked around town and then did a jaunty cart...(horse & buggy)
through the Killarney Nat'l Park to the Ross Castle. Very nice.
Had a medicore meal at Flesk. The next morning we were treated
to a great breakfast and was really sorry the restaurant wasn't open
the night before.
Next stop Adare for the three day wedding party. We stayed at the
Dunraven Arms and it was really great. The staff was terrific and
the breakfast was amazing. The three day party and wedding
left only one night to have dinner on our own. We dined at the
Blue Door and had an excellent dinner.
After Adare we went to Dingle and stayed at the Pax House.
The owner John is quite the charmer and very helpful to all
the guests needs. We drove the Snea Head road and it was very nice
but coming from California and the Big Sur area it wasn't breathtaking.
and I thought it could be skipped.
We had a restaurant picked out for dinner but at the last minute changed it and dined at the Global Village. It was excellent.
The Pax House breakfast was fabulous, and once again seems to be Ireland's shining moment because this was another excellent breakfast.
From Dingle we drove up to the Sneem/Kenmare area to the Parknasilla resort. What an incredible drive and as it turned out it was part of the Ring of Kerry, lovely lakes and vistas, very scenic
Now this was a drive worth doing!!!!
Parknasilla is quite the place , amazing paths to walk, spa and
lovely rooms to read a book. The staff is very friendly and ready to
assist with any requests. We dined
in Kenmare at Packies instead of the hotel. The food presentation at
Packies is lovely but the sauces were very reduced at least 2 times the amount it should have been rendering it way too thick and rich. We were very disappointed as this restaurant enjoys a great reputation. Back to Parknasilla for
cocktails by the fire, lovely on a rainy night. Breakfast was
nice but not as good as other places we experienced.
Returned the car to Dublin airport ...no problems....whew !
Stayed at the Radisson Hotel for our last night and catching an early morning flight.to Paris
Dublin Merchant House.....excellent
Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel great views and accommodations...restaurant just okey
Kinsale Old Bank House and Blue Haven Everything here was terrific and the restaurant
Killarney Fairview Guest House excellent
Adare Dunraven Arms Hotel.... excellent in every way
Dinge Pax House Excellent ...lovely view, great breakfast, charming host
Parknasilla very nice...a little worn but friendly staff
Radisson Airport Hotel.....as expected for a corporate hotel
Dublin Bank House, beautiful ambiance.. and good food and service
Oliver St John Pub fun good smoked salmon
O Neils' Pub fun....didn't eat there
Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel....food fair
Kinsale Blue Haven Restaurant Excellent
Killarney Flesk Restaurant food fair
Adare Blue Door excellent food....service okey
Dingle Global Village excellent food and service
Kenmare Packies disappointing
Perhaps a little long but I hope it's helpful to other TA members