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Trip List by aprille

New Season, Old World

6 May 2006  Exploring husband's Irish roots and general adventure
3.5 of 5 stars based on 9 votes

A circular driving trip around Ireland, with an emphasis on the Burren and the Aran Islands

  • 1. Harvey's Guesthouse
    Harvey's Guesthouse, Dublin

    Friendly guesthouse with a young clientele

  • 2. Trinity College
    Trinity College, Dublin

    Cool, historical college. Vibrant and green.

  • 3. The Book of Kells
    The Book of Kells, Dublin

    Old illuminated texts, nicely presented and well-preserved. A must-see for bibliophiles.

  • 4. Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens & St. Fiachra's Garden
    Irish National Stud, Tully, Kildare

    Really peaceful, beautiful gardens and lovely horses.

  • 5. Kilkenny Castle
    Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

    Historic castle on lovely, well-manicured grounds. Be sure to find the small family cemetery that includes a pet grave.

  • 6. St. Canice's Cathedral
    St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, Kilkenny

    Interesting old cathedral. The best part of a visit is a climb up the Round Tower, which you can feel swaying in the breeze. Great views!

  • 7. Butler House
    Butler House, Kilkenny

    Friendly guesthouse in a historic atmosphere. It was a little worn, but our room was huge, more like a suite. The breakfast in the place across the road (included) was very good in cool surroundings.

  • 8. Rock of Cashel
    Rock of Cashel, Cashel

    Awesome old fortress.

  • 9. Legends Townhouse and Restaurant
    Legends Guesthouse and Restaurant, Cashel

    Lovely little place with fabulous food--the best we ate in Ireland.

  • 10. The Burren
    The Burren, County Clare

    Often overlooked, this stark, somewhat desolate area in western Ireland is definitely worth exploration. It's like the surface of the moon--amazing!

  • 11. Cliffs of Moher
    Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

    Amazing natural feature, but kind of crowded and touristy. If you can make it to the Aran Islands, the cliffs at Dun Aengus are just as good in a more fascinating setting.

  • 12. Cappabhaile House
    Cappabhaile House, Ballyvaughan, The Burren

    Modern, spacious, and extremely friendly place. The staff were beyond helpful--they even helped my husband set up a birthday surprise, bring in flowers and champagne from a nearby town. They also helped arrange our trip to the Aran Islands.

  • 13. Aillwee Cave
    Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan, The Burren

    Ireland's premiere show cave! Fun if you're into caves--it doesn't require much athleticism. Very accessible.

  • 14. Inishmore
    Inishmore, Aran Islands

    This was a bit dead in the off-season, so it's good if you want peace and quiet.

  • 15. Dun Aengus - The Fort of Aonghasa
    Dun Aengus, Inishmore, Aran Islands

    Amazing! The cliffs are just as incredible as the Cliffs of Moher, and the ancient fort is amazing. Especially impressive were the native rocks used as a defensive device against intruders on horseback.

  • 16. Newgrange
    Bru na Boinne, Donore

    Kind of touristy, but very interesting as an ancient structure and timepiece. I liked the graffiti from the 19th century.

  • 17. Carlingford

    Very pretty little seaside town.