This was a quick two night break in the heart of The Burren, in Co. Clare.
I set off late from Dublin and arrived at around 9pm.
The staff were very helpful and explained that although the dining room had finished evening meals for the night, there was another restaurant down the street - a Chinese. It was fine.
Came back, and a sessiun was in full swing, with a storyteller and irish dancers in the bar. Good craic. There was a lrge group of German tourists in the hotel and they were enjoying it too.
Had a good night's sleep.
Got up early in the morning and had a filling full Irish Breakfast.
I enquired with the reception did a full ferry service operate on Sundays from Doolin to the Aran Islands. They said yes, as this time of year was their busiest season.
They recommended O'Brien's Ferries of Doolin.
So I drove to Doolin, got parked and made my way to the Pier.
Met O'Brien himself! Because I mentioned The Imperial Hotel, I got a concession of €5 off the ferry fare of €20.00 return. Nice.
Ferry was packed, a good sign. We set off at 11.03. The crossing was a little rough as the Atlantic was choppy and a lot of spray, but we got to Inish Oirr island after 50 minutes.
I hired a bike for the day off Rotai Inish Oirr (just up from the harbour) for €10.00 (good value!) and proceeded to cycle the island from end to end.
What a day! And the weather! Sunny, fresh and relaxed. Wonderful!
Had a great day, and even seen The shipwreck ''Rossaveal'' (made famous by the ''Fr. Ted'' television series) up close. Class.
Had a wrap at a an island bar/coffeehouse. Hit the spot.
I will definitely be back to this island. It is lovely. Might even stay in a B&B here next time!
After a full days fun, I landed back at Doolin just after six in the evening - we had to wait 15 or 20 minutes as there was a traffic jam of ferries waiting to take their turn at the berth in Doolin - Doolin Pier can only hold one ferry at a time - Inish Oirr pier can hold three at a time, and two abreast! Extraordinary.
When I got back to Hotel at 7, they were very helpful, and said as my friend couldnt make it, I could have the starter, main course & dessert for free on the Livingsocial voucher, so I got the value of it that I paid! Cool!
I had a lovely holiday, and I would like to come back to Lisdoonvarna again.
Would I recommend here?
Yes, it is excellently located for Aran Islands, The Burren, and more.
Clean, homely and very well trained staff. Thoughtful too - they are good at their jobs.
I will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Imperial Hotel is located in Lisdoonvarna, just a 10-minute drive from the Cliffs of Moher. It offers en suite bedrooms, a restaurant and a bar with live music most nights. Bedrooms at the Imperial feature satellite TVs, hair-dryers and telephones. Tea and coffee making facilities are also available and there is free Wi-Fi in public areas of the hotel. The restaurant offers international cuisine and traditional Irish breakfasts are served daily. There is a large lobby area which is adjoined by a sunny conservatory. The Burren National Park is a 15-minute drive and there are several golf courses in the area. ... more less
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- Imperial Hotel Lisdoonvarna, The Burren, Ireland