Ireland with Mommy
Collected by Ben Harris
Ideas for itinerary.
Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
On the Clare coast, not far from Ennis is O’Brien’s Tower built in 1835 by Sir Cornellius O’Brien to mark the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher and as some stories have it, to serve as an observation tower for Victorian tourists. The climb is...
15 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland
O'Donoghue's Bar, which dates back to the eighteenth century, is arguably the most famous pub in Dublin for traditional Irish music. The bar is lively, rammed with a mainly—but by no means exclusively—local crowd, and has a great, welcoming...
Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland
A Georgian grand dame just off St. Stephens Green in downtown Dublin, the Merrion has been around in one form or another since 1760, when it was a set of four stately homes owned by English nobility. Today, it is elegance incarnate. An excellent...
Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2, D02 CK38, Ireland
Trendy and beautiful, the rooftop bar at The Marker is a wonderful spot for an after dinner drink! You can’t beat the views of the harbor from above – but the best part, was being about to see over the city and into the rolling Irish hills. The...
47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 N725, Ireland
On a crisp Saturday afternoon in Dublin's Temple Bar district, I surveyed the weekly food market and its wide array of produce, prepared treats, and people. I sipped hot apple cider, bit into a chocolate hazelnut crepe, and chatted with a farmer...
St James's Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland
I usually learn about a city by walking endlessly through the side streets until my feet ache, then I retire to a pub to meet the locals. I rarely go on organized tours but I couldn't pass up the birthplace of Guinness Stout. The Guinness...
18-19 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin 1, Ireland
In what was once the Jameson family mansion, chef Ross Lewis specializes in Irish haute cuisine. The menu at this Michelin-starred restaurant changes seasonally. Standout dishes include cured Clare Island salmon with smoked pear, and a spiced...
27-28 Dawson St, Dublin, Co. Dublin City, Ireland
A paradise of collectible and contemporary spirits awaits the serious whiskey connoisseur. The stock here includes a single malt from the tiny island of Inish Turk Beg, in handblown bottles (pictured), and an exclusive Connemara bottling aged in a...
29 Frederick St S, Dublin Southside, Dublin 2, Ireland
Start with chorizo-stuffed squid and a Hendrick’s martini. Follow these with a pancetta-topped lobster burger with truffle-and-Parmesan fries, and you’ll know that you’ve moved well beyond traditional fish and chips. 353/(0) 1-679-7000. This...
Quay St, Galway, H91 E8D7, Ireland
Traveling alone for two days/two nights in Galway, I wanted to stay somewhere safe, relatively comfortable, and centrally located. A friend recommended Jurys Inn. While I'm not generally a fan of chain hotels when I stay abroad--I love the...
Market St, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland
Mitchell's was very well rated online and rightfully so. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and pleasant staff. The seafood was extremely fresh and if you asked, they could tell you where it all came from. I would love to go back and eat my...
The Weir, Roymore, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway, Ireland
This cute thatched cottage that looks out over the weir in Kilcolgan is home to the seventh generation of the Moran family. Whether you choose to sit in its inviting bar filled with bric-a-brac, one of the cozy snugs (private rooms), or the dining...
Newgrange, Donore, Co. Meath, Ireland
Newgrange, a prehistoric site, is a must see when going to Ireland. It is older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids in Egypt. It is only about an hour or so from Dublin in the Brú na Bóinne complex in the River Boyne area. No one knows...
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