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Table of Contents
                            Title Page
Copyright Page
Dedication
Contents
Introduction
1. Everything Ireland: An Overview
	Understanding Ireland’s Counties and Regions
	Ireland’s Most Popular Regions
	Ireland’s Environment
	Ireland’s Seasons, Weather, and Tourism
	Holidays and Festivals in Ireland
	The Emerald Isle Goes Green
	Ireland’s Premier Highlights
2. Ireland Travel Essentials
	Getting to Ireland
	Transport Options in Ireland
	Driving in Ireland
	Types of Accommodations
	Researching and Booking
	Restaurant Guide
3. Ireland Defined.
	Essential History of Ireland
	Mythology and Religion
	Irish Literature
	Dialectal Dissection of Irish Gaelic
	Chatting with the Locals: Pub Culture
4. Ireland Itineraries
	Which Itinerary Is Right?
	Experts on Ireland: Tour Operators
	Online Trip Preparation
	Ireland’s Best Itineraries
	Classic Ireland (Seven to Ten Days)
	Classic Ireland Extended (Two Weeks Plus)
	Northern Ireland Extension (Three Weeks Plus)
	Honeymoon Tour: Castles Galore (Seven to Ten Days)
	A Family Route (Seven to Ten Days)
	Active with Mother Nature (Five or More Days)
	History Buff’s Delight (Seven to Twelve Days)
	Culture and Cuisine (Five or More Days)
	Genealogy Trips
5. From the Experts: Travel Tips for Ireland
	Pre-Trip Planning
	The Perfect Packing List
	Health and Safety
	Money Issues
	Communication
	Traveler’s Corner
6. More than Pubbin’: Everything Dublin
	Getting to Dublin
	Getting Around the City
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Shopping in Dublin
	Traveler’s Tidbits
7. Counties Meath and Louth
	Getting Around Counties Meath and Louth
	County Meath’s Tidy Trim
	County Louth’s Darling Carlingford
	Things to See and Do
	Exploring County Louth
	Accommodations
	Restaurants
	Traveler’s Tidbits
8. The Three W’s: Wicklow, Wexford, and Waterford
	Getting Around Wicklow, Wexford, and Waterford
	County Wicklow
	County Wexford
	County Waterford
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Traveler’s Tidbits
9. Kildare, Kilkenny, and Tipperary
	Getting Around Kildare, Kilkenny, and Tipperary
	Kildare City
	Kilkenny City
	Tipperary
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Traveler’s Tidbits
10. County Cork
	Getting Around County Cork
	Cork City
	Cobh
	Kinsale
	Clonakilty
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Shopping in Cork
	Traveler’s Tidbits
11. County Kerry
	Getting Around County Kerry
	Killarney
	Kenmare
	Tralee
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Shopping in Kerry
	Traveler’s Tidbits
12. Counties Clare and Limerick
	Getting Around Clare and Limerick
	Doolin and Lisdoonvarna
	Limerick City
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Traveler’s Tidbits
	Getting Around County Galway
13. County Galway
	Getting Around County Galway
	Galway City
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Traveler’s Tidbits
14. Counties Mayo, Sligo, and Roscommon
	Getting Around Mayo, Sligo, and Roscommon
	County Mayo
	Land of Poetry: County Sligo
	County Roscommon
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Traveler’s Tidbits
15. The Northwest Corner: County Donegal
	Getting Around County Donegal
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Shopping in County Donegal
	Traveler’s Tidbits
16. Northern Ireland: Counties Fermanagh, Tyrone, and Derry
	History of Derry/Londonderry
	Getting Around Northern Ireland
	Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
	County Tyrone
	Inside Derry’s Walls
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Traveler’s Tidbits
17. Belfast and Beyond
	Getting Around Belfast, Down, and Armagh
	County Armagh
	County Down
	Things to See and Do
	Accommodations
	Restaurants and Pubs
	Traveler’s Tidbits
18. Playing Golf in Ireland
	Ireland Golf Tips
	Affordable Games Near Dublin
	Pre-eminent Links Around Dublin
	Gems in Wicklow
	Tour Operators and Itineraries
	Ireland’s Fore!-most Golf Courses
19. Walking in Ireland
	Essentials of Walking in Ireland
	Walking and Trekking Tour Operators
	The Best Hikes Near Dublin
	Waymarked Ways in the Southwest
	Donegal: Hidden Walking Country
	Walks in Northern Ireland
20. The Wilds of Ireland
	Outside in Ireland
	Outdoor and Adventure Tour Operators
	Horseback Riding in Ireland
	Cycling and Mountain Biking in Ireland
	Watersports in Ireland
	Fishing in Ireland
Appendix A. Film and Reading Checklist
Appendix B. Additional Web Resources
                        
Document Text Contents
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THE
EVERYTHING
TRAVEL GUIDE
TO IRELAND

Dear Reader,

We are truly grateful for the honor to have put together one of the best, clearest,
and most fun travel guides covering the Republic of Ireland and Northern
Ireland. We believe the material presented, covering all the best cities, ancient
sites, hidden havens, and pastoral domains, will help you put together an
unforgettable itinerary. Moreover, the tips, insights, and up-to-date travel
information throughout will make you a true Ireland travel expert.

For us, Ireland has always had a magnetic draw. It is a nation of raw beauty
and extraordinarily gracious people. Having visited routinely and traveled
extensively, we have come to know the country on an intimate level that we hope
shines through as you peruse each chapter. This text has been written to be more
than just a guidebook; we aspire for it to be the perfect resource as you journey
through one of the world’s most amazing destinations.

“May good luck be with you wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber
the shamrocks that grow.”—Famous Irish Blessing

Happy Travels,

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Depending upon what tops your list of sights to see or activities to do, Cork has
a plenteous array of quality B&Bs, luxury hotels, self-catering cottages, and
guesthouses. Because there is so much to see and do, it might be best to choose
the top locations you would like to visit, and then choose a guesthouse, manor,
B&B, or hotel to fit.

Glencairn Bed & Breakfast
Underwood, Rochestown, Co. Cork
021 489 2951 or 086 826 818

45–90 per room; S/D/T

Located outside of Cork City, this is one of the most homey B&Bs you might
stay in around all of Ireland. The owners will make sure all your needs are
met. In the early spring or late fall, expect a blazing turf fire to welcome you
into their humble abode. The smallish rooms might be considered cramped by
the pessimistic, but they are full of charm and well maintained. The B&B is
situated for easy access into Cork City and the charming Kinsale Village,
which is about thirty minutes away. Enjoy a full Irish breakfast in the B&B’s
newly added glass foyer.

South Reen Farm (Eco-Lodging)
Union Hall, Co. Cork (near Skibbereen)
028 33 258

700–1100 per week

The epitome of eco-friendly, self-catered lodging, the South Reen Farm retreat
is a soothing escape set in a pastoral haven and organic farm. A small ramble
through the garden and one encounters the Atlantic’s heaving waves in the
distance; the inlet protects swimmers. If halcyon moments top your list, the
South Reen Farm should also.

Farran House

Farran, Co. Cork
021 733 1215 or 086 811 1244

http://www.glencairnbb.ie
http://www.southreenfarm.com

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www.farranhouse.com
70–100+; S/D/Family. MC/V

Built in the 1700s, this flawlessly restored Italianate home sits in the Lee
Valley, a short jaunt from the Kilcrea Abbey and medieval castle. The house is
near several golf courses, and equestrian facilities and fishing venues are
nearby as well. With its location, it makes an excellent middle ground from
which to explore the interior of County Cork. The establishment has four
rooms available; group bookings and families welcome. To get there, go 17km
(11 miles) west of Cork City on the N22. It is just after Ballincollig.

Coomleigh West, Bantry Bay, Co. Cork
027 66 179
www.hagalholistichealth.com
40–70 per person; 125+ per night sleeping six

Choosing between staying at the quaint B&B or the self-catering garden lodge
will be the most stress you will experience at the Hagal Farm. The Hagal
Farm offers topnotch service with a smile. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast and
the choice of full board if reserved ahead. Enjoy a healing massage,
reflexology treatment, or other types of therapy should you want to de-stress
and get away from it all.

Perrott Avenue, College Road, Cork City
021 484 5900
www.hayfieldmanor.ie
200+; suites 500–1,000+; MC/V

This five-star establishment is perfect for those who really want to live it up
while in southwestern Ireland. With marble bathrooms and spacious rooms,
the Hayfield Manor Hotel is home to a premier spa, two topnotch restaurants,
and has won too many awards to list. It is a great location for a variety of
activities, including golf.

http://www.farranhouse.com
http://www.hagalholistichealth.com
http://www.hayfieldmanor.ie

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