The Emerald Isle lives up to its moniker - lush and green, but also sparkling with heritage, culture and the good things in life. From Cork to Kerry, there’s more than enough to enchant all sorts. So very close, but different in so many ways, we think a trip to Ireland is one you’ll remember forever.
Where to go
Rent a car - Ireland is best seen driving through its very distinct landscapes, from the mountain ranges of Cork to the Curragh, or plain of County Kildare. Wander the ancient fortresses that dot the countryside - see if you can find the Blarney Stone! Shop for the stunning knitwear produced from sheep unique to the island. Visit Dublin and walk in the steps of literary giants like James Joyce. Learn about the
Food & Drink
Food in Ireland is hearty and simple, a legacy of subsistence farming at various periods during the country’s turbulent history. Yes, there will be a lot of potato, beef and cabbage, but only if you choose a traditional pub or restaurant. The emergence of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ at the turn of the millennium means that the country has a thriving foodie scene. Dublin is our Irish favourite destination for dining, so when there, we recommend Chapter One (18-19 Parnell Square North) for Irish favourites with a French influence - we advise booking ahead! Otherwise, head on over to Cavistons (58-59 Glasthule Road, Sandycove) for a delicious glimpse into how the Irish do seafood.
When you think of Irish nightlife, you think of fiddles, Guinness and a good craic. Yes, Ireland offers that in spades, but there’s something on offer for those of every speed when it comes to venturing out of an evening. If it’s traditional you want, head down to Temple Bar in Dublin, where glorious, old and beautifully bedecked pubs offer entertainment all night long. For something a little more sophisticated, seek out the Vintage Cocktail Club, funnily enough, also in Temple Bar. This is a chic and classy spot with talented bartenders and an intimate vibe. There’s no sign, so look for the black door as you’re walking past the pubs.
Where to stay
Dunbrody Country House, in County Wexford, is a gorgeous 1830s manor house that offers a delightful spa and cookery school, in addition to suites that feature fine designer furnishings. We think it’s a terrific
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