From a famous whiskey distillery, to a renowned beer brewery, century-old markets, local produce and seafood platters, traditional and modern recipes alike, and gourmet dining: the south of Ireland is now firmly on the culinary map. Between Dublin in the east and Kenmare in the southwest, countless dedicated producers and inventive chefs deliver the best the island has to offer. A trip to the south of the country is to be savored – without moderation.
In recent years, Dublin has become a meeting place for all kinds of gourmands. Alongside the city’s traditional pubs and its vibrant café culture, fine foodie destinations have sprung up, including food markets at Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square. Chefs and restaurants take advantage of excellent local produce, from seasonal fruits and vegetables to fish, seafood, beef, lamb, cheese and more – products that bring to life Ireland’s traditional recipes and their modern, inventive culinary counterparts. ... Learn moreless
Whether or not you are a fan of the iconic dark beer or not, the Guinness Storehouse is a must-visit destination and a veritable institution in the heart of Dublin. An interactive, aromatic and decidedly delicious visitor experience leads you through one of its vast listed buildings, dating from 1904,...Read More less
If ever there was a reason to get up early in Dublin, it would be to enjoy a tea or coffee at Bewley's Oriental Café. Open since 1927, this sublime art-deco brasserie is a veritable institution in the city. Poets, artists and singers alike have all been drawn here to put the world to rights in the...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. To arrive in this part of Ireland from Dublin, pass through the magical countryside of Wicklow, a county nestled between the sea and the mountains and boasting some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes. Rosslare port is also very close to Marlfield House. It is in this unspoilt, yet easily accessible region that the Bowe family chose to create their gem of a hotel, a model of conviviality and elegance complete with a rose garden and woodland walks. Dining in the conservatory is delightful. Here, life is about enjoyment, don’t we call the Irish “the Latin people of the North”? ... Learn moreless
It’s a road to explore slowly. You continually stop and leave the car to admire the many panoramas along the coast. The peninsula stretches from Waterford Harbour in the west to St George in the east (stop at Duncannon Fortress on the way). At the end of the road, the black and white lighthouse of Hook...Read More less
The coast’s rugged landscapes still bear the mark of the Normandy invasions of the 12th century. This abbey, founded by Hervé de Montmorency, is an excellent example. It helped spread Catholicism throughout the country. Impressive due to its size and austere character, the ruined building blends elegantly...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in a village. At the foot of a hill — in the shadow of Ireland’s most iconic medieval site, the Rock of Cashel — stands another architectural masterpiece, Cashel Palace. Built in 1728 by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, the architect who designed the Parliament House in Dublin, this red brick manor was once the residence of Ireland’s archbishops. It is a brilliant blend of classicism and sophistication, with a façade that hides behind its symmetrical layout a world of surprises: a majestic colonnaded hall, walls covered in detailed wood panelling, staircases with handrails carved in the shape of candy canes, and rooms that seem to have been taken from a fairy tale. With its English-style gardens, comfortable sofas warmed by the cosy fire of the bar, and a spa bathed in light, Cashel Palace takes its guests on a magical journey. It is an idyllic refuge where you can recharge your batteries before plunging into the area’s Celtic history or wandering through the enchanting moorland. ... Learn moreless
Built over the foundations of an ancient Viking fortification, King John’s Castle dates back to the early 13th century. Its impressive round towers and high wall in the Anglo-Norman fortress architectural style still dominate Limerick’s old medieval quarter. The new design launched in summer 2013 uses...Read More less
Born one stormy evening in the bar of the small Foynes airport, not far from Limerick, the famous Irish Coffee has been part of Irish heritage since the 1940s. Bartender Joe Sheridan is said to have invented this iconic drink to warm travelers having arrived or about to depart on seaplanes. The cocktail...Read More less
This majestic castle was built in the Middle Ages. The Butler family transformed it into a Victorian palace in 1391 and lived in it for 5 centuries. Visiting the fortress will provide you the opportunity to admire its Chinese tapestries, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, and other works by Irish artists in the...Read More less
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Restaurant and hotel in town. The Heritage town of Kenmare, in mystical Kerry, is home to this Victorian gem. Dating from 1897, the hotel enjoys a splendid location, with manicured gardens running to the lapping shores of Kenmare Bay. This is the Ireland of which you have always dreamed with its rugged coastal drives. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the many mountain and coastal walks in the area, championship golf links and fishing nearby. The SAMAS spa offers a wide range of personalised treatments. At the end of an idyllic day you can watch a classic in the hotel’s small private cinema, enjoying a very rare aged, peaty malt. ... Learn moreless
Taking the time to sail the lakes of Lough Leane, Muckross and Upper is discovering some of the magic of Killarney National Park. You move over the water on flat-bottomed boats between the superb arbutus trees, even crossing the aptly named "Meeting of the Waters" on foot between two lakes. Amid unspoilt...Read More less
The famous golfer and winner of 8 Majors, Tom Watson, thinks the Ballybunion course is one of the finest in the world. Located in the Shannon estuary, it runs along this piece of windswept coastline. A few kilometres away, the Waterville course is also very popular with golfing fans. The view from the...Read More less
This is where the heart of the city beats: located between St Patrick's Street and Grand Parade, the English Market has been bringing together the inhabitants of Cork since 1788. Set in a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, find stalls of producers and other vendors replete with fruits,...Read More less
Have you ever seen a 144,000 litre copper pot still? You can come face to face with the world’s largest still in the former Jameson whiskey distillery, which offers visits, workshops, tastings, and exhibitions to whiskey lovers. You’ll be guided through every stage of the process as local barley is transformed...Read More less
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