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IRELAND TRAVEL GUIDE

Glendalough, a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland

Ireland Hotels, Restaurants, Spas and More

The jovial Irish spirit is contagious, so prepare yourselves to be charmed by green spaces, friendly faces and an ethos of welcome. In Dublin, be sure to visit Trinity College to view the Book of Kells, believed to be from the eighth century. A stop at the Guinness Storehouse, in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery, is always a fine idea. Western Ireland, with its pre-Christian ruins and famed attractions like the Ring of Kerry, astounds. And although kissing the Blarney Stone, in the city of Cork, may bestow the gift of eloquence, it isn't as easy as it sounds: After you lie down on your back, someone eases you headfirst through a hole in the stone floor!

Village Walks: Ireland
ONE LUCKY CHARM
Village Walks: Ireland
Journey through the verdant landscapes of the Emerald Isle with this convenient set of 50 cards, from Viking Dublin to Falls Road in Belfast, hotspot of "The Troubles."

GREEN DAY
St. Patrick's Day
Can't get away to the Emerald Isle? On March 17, everyone's Irish in the U.S. Check GAYOT's St. Patrick's Day list for the best bars, pubs and restaurants to celebrate around the country. Find out about parades and more.
247th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade

Having fun in Lisdoonvarna
SINGLE AND LOOKING
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
If there isn't any lovin' left in your hometown, the famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival may be for you. Dance, drink and mingle with other singles in this spa town and see if you find a spark.

RELAX YOUR MIND AND BODY
The Best Spas in Ireland

Ireland may not come to mind when you think of a place for spa getaways, but think again. This welcoming country has a fair share of top-notch places that could be just right for a soothing respite from your day.
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DUBLIN

The Liffey River
BUSINESS TRAVEL GUIDE
Dublin
The Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 1990s transformed Dublin from a "dirty old town" to a cosmopolitan business destination, but its laid-back, fun-loving Irish attitude hasn't disappeared. Rest up before arriving, because joining in the craic (fun) is not only accepted, but encouraged.


COUNTY LIMERICK

TOP BOUTIQUE HOTELS
Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort
Set on more than 800 estate acres and boasting a championship golf course of designer distinction, this impressive property has earned a berth on GAYOT's list of the world's Top 10 Boutique Hotels.
Adare Manor

COUNTY MAYO

Ashford Castle
TOP CASTLE HOTELS
Ashford Castle
This 350-acre lakeside destination, built in the 13th century, has also served as the former home of the Guinness family and a fishing and hunting lodge in the nineteenth century. While you're in Ireland, check out Glin Castle before visiting GAYOT's other top castles in the world.

COUNTY WICKLOW

TOP 10 ROMANTIC HOTELS
The Powerscourt Hotel
Discover the charms of the Emerald Isle at this seven-story, Georgian-influenced hotel. Located close to the hustle and bustle of nearby Dublin, yet situated in the heart of the scenic Wicklow countryside, the Powerscourt is the perfect romantic escape for those who love both city living and country chic.
The Powerscourt Hotel in Ireland

GALWAY

Delphi Mountain Resort & Spa
STYLISH R&R
Delphi Mountain Resort & Spa
This clever hideaway earned a berth on GAYOT's 2006 list of top health retreats.  Here you can get your adrenaline flowing with a dolphin watch at the resort's Adventure Center and then please your palate with all-natural cuisine featuring fresh produce from the resort's own greenhouse.

TOP ROMANTIC GETAWAY
Glenlo Abbey

The dramatic views of Connemara lie in view of this Irish great house, where you can hide away in an antiques-laden guest room, share an intimate dinner in a remodeled railway carriage, meander its tranquil grounds on horseback and more.
Glenlo Abbey


NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS

Dromoland Castle
GOLFER'S PARADISE
Dromoland Castle

Golf enthusiasts will delight in this scenic, luxurious resort whose newly designed course boasts views of both a sixteenth-century castle and Dromoland Lough. Those not inclined to hit the links can enjoy a spa treatment or sample the fine cuisine at The Earl of Thomond.


NORTHERN IRELAND
  72-HOUR VACATION
Belfast
Belfast has thrown off its troubled past and emerged as one of Ireland's most vibrant cities. Many of the public buildings have been restored to their former glory, and the city's revitalization has produced a string of up-market hotels, restaurants and clubs.
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Black cabs in Belfast

Belle Isle Castle
TOP HOTEL CULINARY SCHOOL
Belle Isle School of Cookery
For globetrotting gourmets who don't have time to attend a comprehensive cooking academy, take a lesson from GAYOT's list of Top 10 Hotel Culinary Schools. On your next Irish escape, learn how to make chicken galangal coconut soup.

MY GOODNESS, MY GUINNESS
Irish Whiskeys and Beers
Drink like the Irish whether you're visiting the Emerald Isle or at home. Check out the following reviews of Irish beers and whiskeys.
Top 10 Irish Beers
Concannon Irish Whiskey
Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
Check out our reviews of Irish beers and whiskeys




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*Glendalough photo by Chris Hill

 
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