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UK and Ireland Trip - August 2016

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The trip I hopefully will go on, despite it being a bit busier during that time....
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3-5 Exchequer St, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
The Exchequer is a well-regarded gastropub in a lively, but not too crowded, part of Dublin 2. The food is locally sourced, seasonal, and sustainable, and the menu consists of delicious fresh takes on classic Irish cuisine. The set menu is well...
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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...
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15 Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin Southside, Dublin 2, Ireland
Hatch and Sons is tucked away opposite St Stephen's Green at number 15, between Kildare and Dawson streets. It's well worth taking the trouble to find, because this tiny little restaurant serves up simple but really tasty local Irish cuisine,...
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Grand Canal Square, Docklands, 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...
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Howth, Dublin, Ireland
I was hiking on the trail in Howth where I saw the kayakers below. I wanted to join them in the ocean, until I saw the storm clouds start to roll in the horizon.
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Bachelors Walk, North City, Dublin, Ireland
Historic way of crossing the River Liffey between Temple Bar and the shopping area around Henry Street.
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Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
Phoenix Park has something for everybody. You can rent bikes at the park entrance, take your car or walk in. The park is so big, it has room for the residences of President of Ireland, the American Ambassador and the Dublin zoo! There are also...
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40 Lower Ormond Quay, North City, Dublin 1, D01 R9Y5, Ireland
The best meal I had in all of Ireland was at the Winding Stair in Dublin. A clean but eclectic space, the food here is a modern interpretation of traditional Irish dishes made with the best ingredients. Everything is fresh and locally sourced....
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Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
The Temple Bar area has more to offer than overpriced pubs! On the weekends you can find several markets offering food, arts and books as you wander through the windy streets. I recommend starting at the food market for a quick bite and then...
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Jones' Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Take a moment to really learn the culture of Ireland and visit Croke Park. The people of Ireland are Gaelic Football and Hurling fanatics. It's only proper to find out for yourself what it is all about and the locals will be impressed when you hit...
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20 Lower Bridge St, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, D08 WC64, Ireland
Truly a fun evening! Food, storytelling, more food, more storytelling... a great introduction to Irish legends, myths, and customs. This three-hour-long evening comes at one-price (extra for more drinks) and ends with a duo of engaging musicians.
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Dublin, Ireland
Every Saturday morning in the Temple Bar area there is a very small food market where vendors proudly prepare and present the very best offerings for breakfast and lunch. So, whether it's after or before one rolls to a pub, there's nothing better...
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Montpelier Hill, Mountpelier, Co. Dublin, Ireland
On a clear spring day in Dublin, we drove about half hour out of the city to hike up Montpelier Hill, which is part of the Dublin Mountains and commonly known as the Hell Fire Club. At the top of the hill, we were treated to stunning views over...
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Oliver St. John Gogarty, 18-21 Anglesea St, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 RX38, Ireland
Our first night in Ireland, we knew we’d be super tired from traveling, but wanted to hit the ground running & take advantage of our limited time in Dublin. What better way to settle in than on the famous Musical Pub Crawl. Visiting some of Dublin...
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Richmond Row, Saint Kevin's, Dublin, Ireland
Buy an affordable three-day pass for Dublin's phenomenally successful bike-sharing scheme and freewheel your way around the center of the city. The tranquil bike path that skirts the north bank of the Grand Canal from Portobello Bridge down to the...
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12-20 East Bridge St, Belfast BT1 3NQ, UK
This is a vibrant indoor market with everything from tasty food stalls (hot and cold) to crafts, jewelry, and often live music, adding to the atmosphere and making it a great place to spend a couple of hours on a weekend day. If you only do one...
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7 Chichester St, Belfast BT1 4JA, UK
Her cozy and cheerful shop, Co Couture, is tucked down into a half-basement space just a short walk from St. George's Market, but chocolatier Deirdre McCanny's award-winning truffles and small-batch chocolate confections are gaining a high-profile...
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1 Olympic Way, Queens Road, Belfast BT3 9EP, UK
The Titanic Belfast is a new museum that shows all boat makers and Titanic fans how the Titanic was made, along with some other cruise liners in the early 1900s. Take a look back in time as you meet people that boarded the Titanic as it departed...
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67 Squires Hill Rd, Belfast BT14 8FS, UK
A trip to the North wouldn't be complete without an amazing visit to the famous political murals of Belfast. Be transported in a legendary Black Taxi soaking up views of the Protest & Catholic Belfast with stops at the Peace Line & the Peace Wall....
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Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS, UK
Opened in 1906, Belfast City Hall proudly surveys the heart of the city on Donegall Square. It's here that residents congregate in times of celebration or protest and it's also home to a cheery traditional European-style market in the run up to...
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College Park, Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1LP, UK
Located in the University Quarter and designed by the same architect as Queen's University, the bosky Botanic Gardens contain one of the city's most impressive Victorian relics. The Palm House is an original wrought-iron conservatory greenhouse...
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Darrynane Beg, Co. Kerry, Ireland
While on our driving adventures and explorations in southern Ireland, we were informed by guidebooks and approaching signs that "The Most Scenic View in County Kerry" was a must-see and rapidly approaching. Being unsure of the informal signs, my...
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Appin, Portnacroish PA38 4BL, UK
A four-storey tower house set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe, located about 1.5 miles north east of Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland, seen here from the A828 road mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe.
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Golspie KW10 6SF, UK
The 13th-century estate, Dunrobin Castle, is beautifully situated above a gracious park with formal gardens, overlooking the North Sea, where fabulous falconry performances are staged daily in the gardens.
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Elishader, Portree IV51 9JE, UK
We had a few hours before dinner to drive around the perimeter of the Isle of Skye. A short distance south of Staffin, on the east coast of Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock, where the falls descend from a 200 foot high sea cliff. The...
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Northern Europe
Rarely have I felt as content as I did earlier this year, at a wonderful little retreat in Scotland called The Woodman’s Hut. Located inside popular Cairngorms National Park, it’s the choice accommodation at Lazy Duck Hostel, a farm and lodging...
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Dunoon, UK
After a short drive from Dunoon, Scotland we found Puck's Glen hike in the Argyll National Forest. Like hiking through a mystical fairyland, the trek was both engaging and just challenging enough for our kids.
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Grantown on Spey PH26 3HG, UK
Over seven days, you’ll find the food, estate visits, and distillery tours and tastings just as spectacular as the daily hikes, which include Culloden Moor and Cairngorms National Park. From $4,095. This appeared in the March/April issue 2014...
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Lairg IV27 4HN, UK
Traveling the single lane "highways" of Scotland's Highlands is a memorable experience. Here, an early morning view of Ardvreck Castle, a quintessential Scottish landscape; the castle remains date back to 1490.
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Glasgow G42 9BA, UK
Scotland’s national stadium is the soccer mecca with its own unique museum harbouring 2,000 memorabilia from the early years plus it’s the home of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame. Be sure to visit because soccer known as ‘football’ is in the...
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Fort William, UK
Taking the Jacobite Steam train from Fort William, Scotland to Mallaig, Scotland was a treat. Not only was the scenery breathtaking, but it was an easy trip for kids as well. This trip takes about 2 hours to Mallaig and 2 hours back.
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St John St, Stirling FK8 1ED, UK
The original church was built in 1129 by King David I but was destroyed in a fire in 1406. A new church was built in 1414 but wasn't big enough for the congregation so an addition was added from 1507-1546. Mary, Queen of Scots attended services...
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United Kingdom
This the patio by this gorgeous stone building made for a quixotic English tea-drinking experience
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Grasmere, Ambleside LA22, UK
A peaceful village surrounded by astounding beauty, Grasmere is a winning stop on any expedition through the Lake District. It has multiple hostels and hotels, shops and dining, and its own personality to accommodate any traveler. Hikers and...
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20 Carrochan Rd, Balloch, Alexandria G83 8EG, UK
A trip to Scotland isn't complete without renting a car and driving on the undersized roads through the countryside. Enjoy the various terrains, small hidden towns, and the numerous lochs along the way. (My family did this going cross-country on...