Travel Writers' Secrets: Favorite Places in Ireland

by Ed Forteau / Jul 06, 2010 /
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I've got a GREAT list of travel tips for you! For our upcoming trip to Ireland and Scotland, I contacted several of my favorite travel writers and asked them for their top tips.  With their answers, we’ll share a series of ten articles on travel planning, airlines, traveling with kids, tips for Scotland and Ireland, and more.

 

Thus far, we've shared:

Top Airline Tips

Top Travel Planning Tips

Saving Money for Travel or While Traveling 

Activities for Kids in Ireland and Scotland

 

Here you are - Favorite Places in Ireland!

 

Travel Writers' Secrets: Favorite Places in Ireland

 

 

Kylemore Abbey. Has a fairly recent (19th century) but fascinating history. Probably the most beautiful abbey in Ireland as it was originally designed as a castle. Kylemore is in a stunning setting on a large salmon lake in the heart of the Connemara wilderness. Can easily spend a good half day here, touring the abbey, exploring the grounds of the estate, wandering around the vast prize winning gardens and browsing in the abbey shops. The restaurant is very good and the Benedictine nuns who live here bake much of what is on the menu. American actress Angelica Huston was at boarding school here. Photo attached - no credit necessary as I took it.

The other place I like very much is Cobh (pronounced Cove) near Cork which was the last point of call for the Titanic on its final and fatal journey.  The whole town is a memorial to the Titanic and most interesting tours are on offer - of course not many people have a pre-occupation with this subject as I have. Just down the road at Kinsale is a memorial to those killed in the Lusitania tragedy, which occured off the coast near here. The Cobh Cathedral, St Colmans has an amazing carillon and its 49 bells(donated by USA and OZ) ring out all through the year during the frequently held concerts and can be heard all over the town. American comedians, Laurel & Hardy (you are probably too young to remember them) once sailed into the port and were taken aback to hear their theme song being played in the distance.

Trish Clark, http://www.goodnightandgodbless.com/

 

 

Blasket Island, Dingle for the pub crawls for music,  kissing Blarney Stone and the beautiful park there, the Burren, were all highlights for us in our long tour of Ireland. Why? The people of Ireland are it's greatest asset.

Jeanne at Soultravelers3, http://soultravelers3.com/

 

 

I usually prefer more nature-oriented venues than urban destinations. So the Aran Islands (http://www.visitaranislands.com/) off Ireland's west coast would fit the bill. Everything here seems to be operating on a slow-mo time frame, which is fine for me who's typically very Type A. In fact, it feels like you've wound back time once you've stepped ashore. There are massive stone forts dating back centuries and you can even take a pony buggy ride. Though, I much prefer bicycling and the islands with their low-key roads, are perfect for that.

Jeanine Barone, http://www.jthetravelauthority.com

 

 

I haven’t been everywhere in Ireland, but love Kinsale.  It is a colorful fishing village with great restaurants.

Terri Fogarty, www.europeupclose.com

 

 

Dingle Peninsula! Sheer beauty, and loads of little stops for history lessons.

The Aran Islands ferry trip to Inishmore. Really old history. Hire a van driver (they all used to be fishermen) who can tell you the story of the island as you go around. A cultural eye-opener about the way people lived on these islands.

The Burrens for an otherworldly experience.

The Blasket Islands Museum at Dunquin on the Dingle Peninsula. The Blasket Islands people's lives were unbelievable harsh. Learn here how they survived until the 1950s and buy a couple of the books of memoirs--many became authors.

Vera Marie Badertscher, http://atravelerslibrary.com/

 

 

County Cork & Kinsale in particular (near Cork). Stayed there lots & nearly moved there because of cosmopolitan atmosphere – Dutch& seafaring influence, fantastic food –they have a brilliant international food festival, quirky shops, great sailing & countryside, lots to see & do with lovely Cork nearby
Everyone raves about the Ring of Kerry & of course Dublin

Zoe Dawes, http://www.thequirkytraveller.com/

 

 

Kilkenny. It is still a less popular choice among foreign tourists. Rent a hotel room for a week or more and act like a local. Visit a pub for a pint and football match; eat lunch on the grounds of the Kilkenny castle; wander around the cobblestone streets of the city center; dance in a club that used to be a gothic church.

Morgen Young, http://www.europeupclose.com/author/morgen-young/

 

 

Here's a great offer to get 25% Off some amazing sites in the Shannon Region… that’s covers the Counties of Limerick, North Tipperary, Clare and South Offaly. All you have to do is print out  this card! There’s a list below of all the sites currently included, but you should check www.shannonregiontourism.com/25DiscountCard/#d.en.8347 for the most current information. There are many of our favorite places here

Corey Taratuta, http://www.IrishFireside.com

 

 

 

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