Ireland

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in Ireland, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

Ferrycarrig Hotel, Co Wexford

After four months of coronavirus lockdown restrictions we were almost giddy with excitement and anticipation, at last, to head off for a quick break at Ferrycarrig Hotel, Co Wexford

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Tulfarris Hotel, County Wicklow

Ireland is good at doing genuine warmth and Caoimhe the receptionist doles it out in large amounts as we check-in and assigned a room upgrade

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Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry

I almost expect Downton Abbey’s Lady Violet Crawley, 8th Dowager Countess of Grantham to sweep past in her carriage as we turn into the long avenue, shaded by a stately canopy of trees on our approach to the imposing stately Victorian Manor, Cahernane House Hotel.

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Sandymount Hotel, Dublin 

There’s no better spot to begin a gentle stroll passing Georgian-era Dublin than from the Sandymount Hotel situated in the gracious leafy district of Dublin 4.

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Driving Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

 The spectre of a renewed “hard Irish border” being raised daily in the run-up to Brexit is reason enough to take a road trip around Britain’s closest neighbour.

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Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny

With a grinding of gears (well it was a rather sharp turn) we enter the wide gates and sweep up a long imposing driveway towards one of Ireland’s still intact grand demesnes.

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