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Ring of Kerry Itinerary For 7 Days (Tips and Map)

Planning a Ring of Kerry itinerary? Got an entire week to spare and craving for some unforgettable adventure? Pack all your travel essentials and wear comfortable shoes, and explore the Ring of Kerry using this jampacked itinerary for 7 days.

Lough Leane County Kerry

Dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, magnificent mountains, stunning lakes and waterfalls, and quaint small towns spread over some of the most scenic drives you’ll ever experience in Ring of Kerry. You can hop on a bus that navigates the entire loop or rent a car to explore at a more relaxed pace. We recommend the latter so you have more control over your schedule. You can also visit smaller towns and villages that otherwise will be impossible without a car. And if you don’t know where to start with renting a car, check out this guide on driving in Ireland.

Download a map and an offline navigation app just to be sure, and set out on a scenic adventure that will take you through some of Ireland’s best.

Here’s our Ring of Kerry itinerary for 7 days along with tips, guide, and map to help you out with your adventure.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 1

killarney national park

1. Killarney

Spend day one at the colorful small town of Killarney, and you can spend the night here as well before heading on to the rest of your Ring of Kerry adventure.

Whether you’re taking the bus or renting a car, this town is a great place to spend a day in to relax while fixing last-minute details of your trip, or simply exploring it. Stroll around downtown and marvel at how it’s like being in 19th century Ireland. Visit old churches that showcase the town’s rich history and culture. You can start a few hours in the morning just exploring the town center.

Close to town and just under thirty minutes away are some interesting sights you need to visit in Killarney. These are definite musts before heading back to your Killarney accommodation: the Muckross House, Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfalls and the Ross Castle. These sites are part of Killarney National Park – one of the 6 national parks in Ireland.

2. Torc Waterfalls

As an alternative for the town center, you can head to Torc Waterfalls to start your Ring of Kerry journey. It’s about 7km from the town center. Spend an hour or two here with your coffee or picnic breakfast, while enjoying a few moments to relax. Torc Waterfalls is a popular stop on the bus route so make sure you’re here early. You can climb a hundred steps on the left side of the waterfalls and you get to enjoy stunning views over the lakes of Killarney National Park and surrounding areas.

After enjoying nature, you can head to your next destination, Muckross House. It’s almost 4km on the way back to the town of Killarney and you can get here from Torc for less than 10 minutes.

3. Muckross House

Muckross House and Gardens Killarney

Built around the mid-1800s, this magnificent Victo mansion has around sixty-five elegantly furnished rooms as well as a pretty garden that you could stroll around in. Also within the estate are three working farms you can observe. From Muckross House, you can head to Muckross Abbey. About 1.5 km away, it’s also a quick drive.

4. Muckross Abbey

Founded in 1448 by Franciscan monks, this abbey is amazingly well-preserved, even if it doesn’t have a roof. Stroll around its premises and get a closer look at this curious structure, and wander into the pretty courtyard that has a vaulted cloister and a massive yew tree in the center.

After spending an early afternoon in Muckross, head to Ross Castle.

5. Ross Castle

Ross Castle KILLARNEY

Located just a few miles from Killarney town and 9km from Muckross Abbey is a former stronghold of an Irish chieftain, built in the 15th century. An ideal place to watch the sunset and cap off your first day in your Ring of Kerry adventure, Ross Castle is situated by the Lough Leane. From the castle, you have fantastic views of the lake as well as Inisfallen Island, which has a 7th-century monastery.

After a full day of sightseeing, head back to Killarney’s town center for a night of good sleep. We recommend staying in Kathleens Country House for a truly lovely stay. The place is a good value for 2 people while enjoying their expansive garden.

Have a meal or a pint in one of the many pubs if you are not too tired to go out.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary for 1 Day Map

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 2

1. Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe kerry

Set out early and enjoy one of the most visited and stunning parts of your Ring of Kelly trip – Gap of Dunloe. It’s only 13 km west of Killarney.

Formed around two million years ago, the Gap of Dunloe is a mountain pass that spans 11 kilometers. It is situated between Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and passes five lakes where you’ll also find a wishing bridge. With its unique jagged appearance, the Gap of Dunloe is popular among hikers, cyclists and even those riding on horseback so if you want to drive to explore this area, make sure you’re early to avoid the crowds.

That should take you a couple of hours or so including stops to take photos or simply take in the scenery. Afterward, it’s time to fuel up and have brunch at Kate Kearney’s Cottage which is only .

2. Kate Kearney’s Cottage

This 150-year old former síbín (an unlicensed establishment that sold alcohol) is now a restaurant, bar, and pub, which also sells local crafts and other products. Enjoy a hearty brunch here, have their famous breakfast tea and banoffee pie for dessert. That should fill you up enough to prepare for your next destination which involves a lot of walking.

3. Glenbeigh

Glenbeigh

Just several kilometers (29 km to be exact) and 30 minutes away from the Gap of Dunloe is a remote paradise of Glenbeigh. Here, you can see and explore some parts of the Ring of Kerry by horseback riding. Ride through hills and mountains, rivers and the wild Atlantic, and even some parts of Rossbeigh Beach. You’d pretty much get a taste of everything Ring of Kerry has to offer in an hour or so. Its one of the recommended activities when exploring the area so make sure you give it a try.

4. The Rossbeigh Hill Loop Walk

Adjacent to Glenbeigh is Rossbeigh Beach, where a rather strenuous but immensely fulfilling journey begins. The hike that lasts for three to four hours offers some of the best views of the surrounding countrysides, as well as of gorgeous Rossbeigh Beach. Stop every once in a while for pictures, or simply take in the views.

5. Kells Beach

Kells Bay Ring of Kerry

A quick drive from Rossbeigh takes you to a quaint fishing village where you can stay the night as you prep for day three. Kells is located in between Glenbeigh and Cahersiveen, and this is where you’ll find Kell’s Bay. It’s a fairly remote, quiet beach with plenty of rock pools. You can relax here to watch the sunset, or head on to this area called the ‘mountain stage’ for views of the Dingle Bay and Blasket Islands.

You can either camp for the night in Kells Beach or stay in one of the lovely B&B’s in the area. We recommend staying in Kells Bay House and Gardens for a good night of sleep. They also have a good Thai restaurant that an Asian like me won’t pass on.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary for 2 Days Map

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 3

1. Cahirciveen

A historic town in the Skellig Kerry region, Cahersiveen is pretty much where you’ll be staying in the good part of day three as you explore some of its sights. Situated on the River Fertha, it is the main town of the Iveragh Peninsula. Start your day here with a filling Irish breakfast, then visit some of the town’s attractions such as the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church, an old army barracks converted into a visitor center, Ballycarbery Castle and stone forts that date back to 600 AD.

2. Ballycarbery Castle

Once an imposing 16th century castle, this structure that’s perched on a hill is now in ruins covered in ivy and moss. Despite its state, Ballycarbery Castle is still quite stunning. This former home of the McCarthy Clan is also among the largest and most impressive strongholds in the Iveragh peninsula.

3. Cabergal Stone Fort

Located within a short walking distance from Ballycarbery Castle is the Cabergal Stone Fort. Said to have been around since 600 AD, it has undergone some reconstructions. The stone forts of Cahergal has walls that are around 6 meters high and 3 meters thick, and a great example of a medieval fort built around this region

4. Portmagee

After Cahirciveen, a quick drive takes you to the starting point of most of the destinations, you’ll visit in the next couple of days. Located in the Iveragh peninsula, the village of Portmagee is close to Valentia Islands, and a known gateway to the Skellig Islands.

Portmagee has a variety of cafés and restaurants as well as affordable accommodations, so it’s a pretty convenient base while you explore the nearby islands in the next few days.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 4

Skellig Islands: Skellig Michaels and Little Skellig

The fourth day in your Ring of Kerry trip should be devoted to the Skellig Islands, as it’s not a place you can just visit on a whim. Make sure you book your trips in advance and hope for fine weather on the day of your visit.

The Skellig Islands is the collective name for Skellig Michael or Great Skellig, and Little Skellig. Most trips from Portmagee go to Skellig Michael as it’s one of the most important stops when touring Ring of Kerry. A rather steep but worthwhile climb, you’ll find here an abandoned Christian monastery from the 7th century, as well as enjoy stunning views of surrounding areas. The place is listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site and a known film location of a couple of recent Star Wars films.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 5

1. Valentia Island

Day five of this weeklong Ring of Kerry adventure takes you to places close to each other. All are reachable either via a bridge from Portmagee or a short drive. The day starts with the picturesque Valentia Islands, which you can cross from Portmagee village via the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge. Once you reach the island, relax a bit then start exploring. You can hike on the Bray Head Loop Walk which has great views of the Skellig Islands or climbs up the Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs which has amazing views of the Ring of Kerry drive. For something different, walk on the tetrapod tracks, which are preserved prints from an animal that lived millions of years ago.

2. St. Finian’s Bay

Back in the mainland and just a few minutes drive, you’ll be at St. Finian’s Bay, also called by locals as the Glen. A place that’s popular among divers and surfers, you’ll also get excellent views of the Skellig Islands, the Puffin Island and the Atlantic from here. Make sure you also check out the Skellig Chocolate Factory for some goodies and treats to take with you on your next Ring of Kerry destinations.

3. Kerry Cliffs

The massive Kerry Cliffs doesn’t always make it to most Ring of Kerry itineraries but it’s a definite must. Easily reached via a quick drive from St. Finian’s Bay, the cliffs which are about 300 meters high also offers views of the Skelligs and Puffin Islands. Walk the entire stretch of these dramatic cliffs and enjoy some of the best views you’ll have in the Ring of Kerry.

4. Coomanaspig Pass

From the Kerry Cliffs, just drive up a steep hilly road to reach one of the highest places in Ireland. Coomanaspig may be a mouthful to pronounce but the views from this point are simply breathtaking and something you must experience. It’s also an awesome place to catch the sunset so get up here, pull over, get out of the car and just take in the scenery.

5. Balinskelligs

From Coomanaspig Pass, drive back to the main highway then head onto this picturesque and unspoilt coastal village called Balinskelligs. One of the few remaining places where people still speak Irish, Balinskelligs has cafés, pubs, restaurants, and nice accommodations so you can stay overnight. An overnight stay is a must, so you can join one of their “dark sky tours”. Balinskelligs is free of pollution and light so it’s a perfect place for stargazing.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 6

1. Waterville

Spend the morning with an easy stroll around the picturesque little town of Waterville. Its population may just be 540, but it’s got enough cafés, restaurants, pubs and even accommodations to cater to its growing number of visitors. This town is also known as Charlie Chaplin’s favorite vacation spot as well as for outdoor activities such as horseback riding, nature tours, and surfing as it has a nice beach you can visit.

2. Derrynane Beach

After brunch or lunch at Waterville, take the few miles drive to Derrynane, a small village by the sea which has some interesting historical sites. Make sure you check out the beach which is sheltered by mountains and said to be among the best in Ireland. Other places you must visit are the Derrynane House, and the mysterious ruins of Derrynane Abbey, which is surrounded by graveyards.

3. Caherdaniel

Adjacent to Derrynane and pretty walkable is the scenic village of Caherdaniel, which is another great place to relax in. This is also surrounded by mountains as well as sharing a coastline with Derrynane. Make sure you visit the Derrynane National Park nearby, which is made up of 300 acres of forest. The park has natural pools, sandy coves and a diverse landscape that you can explore.

4. Sneem

Ending another day should always be where you’re sure to catch a magnificent sunset and on day six, it has to be at the little town of Sneem. Stunning views already greet you as you enter the town via an easy drive from Caherdaniel, with rolling hills and mountains and stunning greens all over. It’s a coastal town so there’s a beach nearby perfect for an evening stroll, or watching the sunrise the next day. Sneem is home to artists and craftspeople, there are plenty of shops and galleries you can visit if you want to buy souvenirs.

Ring of Kerry Itinerary For Day 7

1. Staigue Fort

This former stronghold is one of the most popular stops among those doing the Ring of Kerry tour. This circular stone fort was built sometime between 300 and 400 AD and said to be among the best examples of ancient engineering and masonry. Easily accessible while you’re in Sneem, this is a great way to start the last day of your Ring of Kerry trip.

2. Moll’s Gap

Named after Moll Kissane who built a small pub and sold drinks to workers during the construction of the Kenmare-Killarney road in the 1820s, Moll’s gap shouldn’t be missed as you complete your Ring of Kerry adventure. This is a perfect lookout point, with stunning views of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain ranges. Spend some time here and marvel at one of the most recognizable sights during your weeklong tour, take more photos, buy souvenirs at nearby shops and have some drinks or snacks before heading to your next stop.

3. Ladies View

Most would say the Ring of Kerry tour ends at this point as it’s by the Killarney National Park already, but not yet. Either stand in one of the observation areas or sit in one of the cafe’s rooftop viewing areas and take in the magnificent views. Mountain ranges, lakes, forestry -it’s like a pocket Ring of Kerry. Take more photos and spend some time taking in the scenery before heading to the final stop: the quaint little town of Kenmare.

4. Kenmare

Spend the rest of your afternoon and evening here, where there’s plenty to do and see. Kenmare is also adjacent to the first national park in Ireland – the Killarney National Park, so you can still enjoy some stunning views of the lakes and forests before exploring the town. Visit the 7th century Old Kenmare Cemetery and the Kenmare Stone Circle. Buy some needlepoint lace which has an inspiring story behind it. Then treat yourself to a hearty dinner and some drinks to celebrate this unforgettable Ring of Kerry adventure.

10 Things To Do in Laois, Ireland

Ireland’s landscape is probably best known as either the rugged West or the stunning coastlines of the South. Not much is known about the Midland areas, which are also worth visiting and exploring such as what you’ll find in County Laois. From garden estates to castle ruins, chasing waterfalls and riding steam  – here are some of the best things to do in Laois if you find yourself in this Irish county.

10 Things To Do in Laois, Ireland

1. Emo Court & Gardens

Emo Court & Gardens

The picture-perfect Emo Court & Gardens is one of the best places to see in Laois that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The Neoclassical Mansion is set in green parklands that you can stroll around in. The place surrounds a lake and a walk around it takes you through lush sceneries. Make sure you also tour the house, which is an example of neoclassical magnificence, and don’t forget to check out the tea rooms!

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Admission Fee

Adult €5 | Senior/group €4 | Child/student €3 | Family €110

Contact Information

Address: Emo Laois, Republic of Ireland

Phone: +353 57 8626573

Email: emocourt@opw.ie

2. Rock of Dunamase

Rock_of_Dunamase_Front

The Rock of Dunamase is situated 46 meters above a flat plain, and one of the more peculiar things to see in Laois. The rock holds the ruins of Dunamase, which was a fortress back in the early Hiberno-Norman period. From there, you get amazing views of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

What you’ll see here now may just be remains of the old structure, which was destroyed in the 12th century. The foundations are still recognizable though, so you can imagine how formidable it was before.

Opening Hours

Open at 24/7

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Dunamase Carlow Road Portlaoise Laois, Republic of Ireland

Phone: +353 57 8664129

3. Slieve Bloom Mountains

SlieveBloomMountains

You can’t be in town and not hike in any of Slieve Bloom Mountains’ popular trails, which is among the best things to do in Laois. Each trail, or ‘walk’ suits a particular hiking/trekking mood or ability, but all of them offers fantastic views around Slieve Bloom. Moniknew, for example, is short and easy, best for the relaxed, not so committed hiker. While in Slieve Bloom, make sure you visit Glenbarrow waterfalls or Brittas Lake in Clonaslee, where you might encounter deers or wild goats.

Opening Hours

Open 24 Hours

Admission Fee

The fee is €5 per walk.

4. Glenbarrow Waterfall and Ridge of Capard

These two natural attractions in Laois just had to go together, as they form what could be an ideal setting for a fantasy film about faeries. The Ridge of Capard isn’t just a boardwalk, it’s also where you’ll have easy access to some of the most stunning views in this part of Ireland. The Glenbarrow Waterfall walk meanwhile, leads you through a forest that takes you to the waterfall itself. It’s a real piece of paradise and something you shouldn’t miss when in Laois.

Opening Hours

Open 24 hours

Admission Fee

25.00

5. Timahoe Round Tower, Laois

 

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The Timahoe Round Tower is about 30 meters high and 17 meters wide at its base and built approximately in the 1100s. One of the best places to see in Laois, this was constructed on the site of a religious community founded by St. Mochua. Its walls are almost two meters thick and inside, the tower had five stories that are connected by ladders. A former beacon for travelers looking for the monastery, Timahoe Round Tower is set in a scenic area, right across a footbridge over the Bauteogue River.

Contact Information

Address: Heritage Office Laois County Council Portlaoise Laois, Republic of Ireland

Phone:  +353 57 8664129

Email: ccasey@laoiscoco.ie

6. Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum

A sobering and informative visit awaits you at Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum, which is one of Laois’ best attractions. A poignant reminder of Ireland’s turbulent history and one of its more devastating events,  the museum features not just displays and exhibits, but also stories of people who lived through the Potato Famine in the 1800s. There’s also another museum on site that features various agricultural equipment and antiquities. The museum is free to visit and located close to Aghaboe Abbey so it’s a great stop if you’re headed that way.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Admission Fee

Adult €5 | Family €10 | Student/Senior €3 | *Please confirm prices with premises directly.

Contact Information

Address: Donaghmore Portlaoise Laois, Republic of Ireland

Phone: +353 86 8296685

Email: donaghmoremuseum1@gmail.com

7. Portlaoise Farmers Market

A great way to get to know a new town or city you visit is through its farmers market. In Laois, you have Portlaoise Farmers Market which opens during Fridays in Market Square. Go there early and get your hands on fresh local produce, interact with the vendors, and get great deals on goodies like cakes, cheese and jam directly from the people who actually make them. A fun filling day awaits you at Portlaoise Farmers Market and a visit here is one of the best activities to do in Laois.

Opening Hours

Friday from 10:00  AM – 3:00 PM

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Market Square Portlaoise Laois, Republic of Ireland

Phone:+353 87 9458458

Email: mandylowry19@hotmail.com

8. Heywood Gardens

Heywood Gardens

Heywood Gardens is a massive expanse of both natural and man-made wonders that are made up of gardens, lakes, and woodland. The garden sits on the hillside and used to have a house in it that’s now a community secondary school. Definitely one of the best attractions in Laois, Heywood Gardens has so much in it to see and explore such as an obelisk, a bathhouse, a castle and a more structured sunken garden called Lutyens Gardens.

The former was named after the prominent architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. He designed Heywood Gardens which was completed in 1912 and an example of some of his best works in Ireland.

Opening Hours

All year – Daily Opens – 8:30 AM

Admission Fee

FREE

Contact Information

Address: Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill, Co. Laois 

Phone: +353 87 2202686 and +353 87 6349153 

Email: heywoodgardens@opw.ie 

9. Barge Ride on the Grand Canal

If you just want to spend a few hours of your day relaxing while enjoying some stunning sceneries, a barge ride on the Grand Canal that passes through Laois should be in your Ireland itinerary.

Go to the picturesque Vicarstown and hop on a barge for a cruise of the Grand Canal. This journey will take you through the Barrow line part of the Grand Canal, which links to the main line in town.

The cruise lasts a couple of hours, and takes you through the diverse waterways, valleys, forestry and some of the most magnificent views of the River Shannon as well as passing some historic towns.

10. Stradbally Steam Museum

An amazing place to visit in Laois if you’re interested in the history of transportation particularly the train system is the Stradbally Steam Museum. This place pays tribute to the steam engines that once powered road constructions, helped in farming and ruled the railways.

Here, you’ll find different types of steam-powered engines such as the Mann Steam Cart which was built in 1918 and used to plow the land. There’s also The Fowler from 1936 that was used in roadworks. The Stradbally Steam Museum also houses a black steam engine from 1912 that was used in the Guinness Brewery. It also features a steam train that runs during holidays around the Stradbally Hall estate.

Admission Fee

Admission Price – €10. Children (Under 12) – Free

Contact Information

Address: 36 Cillbeg Manor, Stradbally, Co. Laois

Phone: 086-3890184 

Email: stradballysteam@gmail.com

 

10 Things To Do in Westmeath, Ireland

Situated in the Lakelands of Western Ireland County Westmeath boasts of some interesting places to see and things to busy yourself with during your stay. Named after the historic kingdom of Meath, this county pretty much has everything from a quaint castle town to a magnificent estate, as well as lush greens and Mullingar. Here are some of the best things to do in Westmeath, so make sure they’re part of your itinerary when you visit.

10 Things To Do in Westmeath, Ireland

1. Athlone Castle

Athlone Castle

One of the best attractions in Westmeath, the family-friendly Athlone Castle is in the heart of Ireland. Located in the Lakelands of Ireland,  this place is known for its interactive visitor center where guests get to know so much about the castle. The displays and exhibits detail its history, including how it evolved from a fortress to its present appearance. Athlone Castle also has courtyard picnic facilities for its guests and scenic views of its surrounding areas.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday – 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Sunday – 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Admission Fee

Adult: €9.00
Senior (aged 65+): €6.50
Student (with valid ID): €6.50
Child (aged 5-15): €4.00
Toddlers: (aged 0-4): Free
Family (2 adults and 2 children): €23.00
Family (2 adults and 4 children): €28.00

Contact Information

Address: Castle Street Athlone Westmeath, Republic of Ireland

Phone: +353 90 6442130

Email: info@athlonecastle.ie

2. Derryglad Folk Museum

Home to over 4,000 historic items as well as those depicting the county’s and the rest of Ireland’s heritage and culture, the Derryglad Folk Museum is an important place to visit in Westmeath.

This place is privately owned, and most of the collections are related to farming and life in Ireland since the 18th century. While in the museum, make sure you check out the MacCormac Photography Room, the Famine memorial stone, and some antique machinery.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

Adult €5 | Child €3.50 | Student/Senior €4.50 | Group rate available

Contact Information

Address: Curraghboy Athlone Roscommon, Republic of Ireland

Phone:+353 90 6488192

Email: info@derrygladfolkmuseum.com

3. Viking Ship Cruises

When in Westmeath and looking for something fun to do, check out the Viking Ship Cruises. Here you get to hop on a replica Viking Ship that cruises from River Shannon to Lough Ree. Another route takes you downriver to the monastic area and round tower of Clonmacnoise. For an hour and thirty minutes, you get to step back in time to over a thousand years ago to join the Vikings.

4. Belvedere House Gardens and Park

Belvedere House Gardens and Park

This former hunting lodge is nestled in 160 acres of parklands by the lake. The Belvedere House Gardens has a play area for kids located at the entrance, as well as a Victorian walled garden and swings that you can find along its 2-mile walk. One of Westmeath’s attractions, it is also home to a café and exhibitor center.

The Belvedere House itself may not be that big but is considered to be an architecturally significant because of its unique windows and terracing, as well as its interiors with Rococo plasterwork ceilings.

Opening Hours

May, June, July & August
9:30 am to 8:00 pm
House Closes at 5:00 pm
(Half price admission to Gardens & Park after 5:00 pm)

Admission Fee

Day Admission
Adult €8.00
Child €4.00
Senior Citizen/Student €6.00
Family: 2 Adults & 1 Child €20.00
Each extra Child €3.00
(Under 3’s FREE)

Day Admission Group Rates (20+ pax)
Adult Group (20+) €4.00pp
Sen. Citizen/Student (20+) €3.00pp
Child/Special (20+) €2.00pp
Guided Tours additional €1 per person

Contact Information

Address: Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Rep. of Ireland, N91 EF80

Phone: +353 (0)44 9338960 

Email: info@belvedere-house.ie

5. Old Kilbeggan Distillery

Old Kilbeggan Distillery

A distillery that dates back to 1757, Kilbeggan has the distinction of being the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. A great place to visit whether you drink whiskey or not, the tour takes you through decades and centuries of the hard stuff’s history. It’s the perfect thing to do in Westmeath if you want to get to know this area better, which also allows you to witness something interesting like whiskey making.  Here, you’ll also see its evolution both on how it’s made and the blends.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

Tours begin at €9 per person

Contact Information

Address: Lower Main Street, Westmeath 

Phone: 353 (0)579332134

Email: info@kilbeggandistillery.com

6. Mullingar Town Park

A place to visit in Westmeath for the whole family, Mullingar Town Park is awarded a Green Flag which means this park is managed in an environmentally sustainable way. The park has a massive playground, a swimming pool, hiking trails, and a pond near the center. It’s the perfect place to escape to if you want to take a break from exploring other busier attractions in Westmeath, where you can have a picnic, a leisurely stroll or simply sit on a bench and people watch.

Opening Hours

Open 24 Hours

Admission Fee

€9 – €50

Contact Information

Address: Mullingar Town Park, Mullingar, County Westmeath Ireland

Phone: 044 925 2044

7. Mullaghmeen Forest

 

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If you’re up for a lot of walking while surrounded by lush greenery head to the Mullaghmeen Forest. This area leads to the highest point in Westmeath, where you can enjoy scenic views of nearby towns. The forest covers 1,000 acres of land and is an ideal spot for hiking, biking, and picnics. Spend an entire day here to relax and enjoy some quiet time with nature, definitely one of the best things to do in Westmeath on weekends. Mullaghmeen Forest is situated only 8 km away from Castlepollard.

Opening Hours

Car park open 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Picnic Area

Admission Fee

FREE

Contact Information

Address: Mullaghmeen Forest Oldcastle Westmeath, Republic of Ireland

Email: tony.quinn@coillte.ie

8. Tullynally Castle & Gardens

Tullynally Castle & Gardens

A definite must visit in Westmeath is the Tullynally Castle and Gardens. The castle may not be open to the public for tours and visits but it does provide a lovely backdrop for taking photos. You may stroll through its lovely gardens though, which are open from May to September. Apart from the scenic grounds and gardens surrounding Tullynally Castle,  there’s a really nice café there that’s also a must visit.

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Sunday – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Admission Fee

Adults €7.00.

Child(over 5) €3.

Family (2A&2C) €18.

Contact Information

Address: Castlepollard Westmeath, Republic of Ireland

Phone: +353 44 9661856

Email: info@tullynallycastle.ie

9. Dún na Sí Heritage Park

 

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This is not your usual park where all you’ll do is walk around, have a picnic or people-watch. Dún na Sí Heritage Park has so much in it that makes it one of the more unique things to see in Westmeath. The park is home to a recreated ring fort, a Mass rock, a portal dolmen, a lime kiln, fisherman’s cottage, a farmhouse, and even a forge. Spend hours looking at and exploring these places, then wander into the rest of the parklands where there’s a sensory garden, sculptures made from recycled materials, wetlands with a boardwalk as well as observation areas if you want to check out Dún na Sí’s wildlife.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Admission Fee

Admission to Park etc:

Adult: €8
Child: €4
OAP/ Student: €6
Family: 2 Adults + up to 3 Children = €20 (each additional child is €3)
Group Rate: €5 (10+)
Under 2: Free
Seasonal Family Membership €50

Contact Information

Address: Moate Westmeath, Republic of Ireland

Phone:  +353 90 6481183

Email:  info@dunnasi.ie

10. Sean’s Bar

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Located on the west bank of the River Shannon, Sean’s bar is said to have been around since 900 AD, making it the oldest pub in Ireland. This pub that serves local dishes and is a popular music venue used to be called Luain’s Inn. During its renovation in1970, wattle and wicker walls that date back to the 10th century were discovered, as well as old coins from that same period. Sean’s is beloved among locals and tourists alike which makes it one of the best places to visit in Westmeath.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 10:30 AM to 12:30 AM

Sunday – 12:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Contact Information

Address: Main Street Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Phone: +353 90 64 92358

Email:  info@seansbar.ie

15 Best Hotels in Portlaoise, Ireland

Portlaoise hailed as the fastest growing largest town in Ireland, is situated in the South Midlands in Leinster province. This country town has a flourishing tourism industry where you can find an 800-year old hilltop castle in Dunamase, historical sites, parks, and lots of things to do. Portlaoise is definitely a great addition to your Ireland itinerary. If you want to give it a shot, here are 15 best hotels in Portlaoise to get you started.

best hotels in Portlaoise

Budget Hotels in Portlaoise

Maher’s B&B Portlaise

Flying from the busy Dublin Airport? You should be eyeing for Maher’s B&B as your home away from home in Ireland if you want decent accommodation that will fit your tight budget. Rated as the best value accommodation in Ireland, Maher’s B&B is a good choice.

Why it’s good?

Maher’s B&B has a variety of rooms that will fit any group of travelers. It is close to Ballyhyland Cross Country Equestrian Center which is perfect for travelers who fancy horses. The hotel has free wifi and free parking perks for its guests. Guests who want to chill can also stay in the outdoor lounge where they can take a good view of the countryside scenery surrounding the hotel.

Rate per night

You can book a room for $51 per person with free exceptional breakfast already.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.4 Superb

Location

Portlaoise Rathleague, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

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How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

The Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise

 

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Another decent budget accommodation 1 kilometer from Portlaoise is the Killeshin Hotel. This promising hotel offers a hot tub, an indoor pool, a gym, and free parking.

Why it’s good?

If you fancy Large LCD TVs and large work desks, you will find these if you book a room in the Killeshin Hotel. Its bathroom is also fully equipped with the essentials. You can also enjoy the hotel’s Zest Health Club where you can spend an afternoon at the sauna and steam room. The hotel’s restaurant and bar, Cedarooms bistro and bar has European cuisine made from local produce and a wide selection of drinks.

Rate per night

You can get double or twin rooms from $141.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

8.5 Very Good

Location

Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 863 1200

How to book

For the latest rate,click here.

Ivyleigh House

 

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Ivyleigh House is a Georgian house located between Main Street and the railway station. This budget-friendly hotel is known for its elegant bed and breakfast accommodation.

Why it’s good?

You will surely find comfort if you stay in Ivyleigh House. Guests mostly love the clean and squeaky rooms in the hotel. Each room also comes with a TV, an alarm clock, a tea set, and a coffee maker. The bathroom also has a good shower facility for guests to enjoy at the end of the day. The location of the hotel is close to Slieve Blooms Mountain, The Irish National Stud and Japanese Garden, and Portlaoise Golf Club.

Rate per night

You can enjoy a night at this hotel for $115.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.4 Superb

Location

Church Street, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 862 2081

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel

The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel is located in Abbeyleix town where guests can conveniently explore County Laois- including Portlaoise. If you’re looking for a 3-star hotel with great service, this hotel is perfect for you.

Why it’s good?

This hotel takes pride in its cozy and relaxing en suite bedrooms. There is a full Irish breakfast served to its guests every day. For dinner, guests can enjoy a sumptuous meal in Manor Bar and perhaps grab a couple of drinks to end the night too. Guests can also dine at Old Oak Restaurant every Saturday if they prefer 3-course meals.

Rate per night

You can find rooms for $66 per night without breakfast and $90 per night with breakfast.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

8.5 Very Good

Location

Cork Road, R32 VE24 Abbeyleix, Ireland

Phone

(057) 873 0311

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Midlands Park Hotel

Strategically located in the heart of Portlaoise, Midlands Park Hotel is a 4-star accommodation close to the shopping district of the town. Enjoy a relaxing night with this hotel while being mindful of your bank account.

Why it’s good?

Midlands Park Hotel offers free wifi, guest access to its fitness and health club, and a good range of restaurant options. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s 22 m pool, the kids club, sauna steam room, and the jacuzzi. There are also various beauty treatments offered in the hotel’s spa. Dining in the Midlands Park Hotel is also a pleasure. There are three dining options guests can choose from– Kelly’s Steakhouse, Trio Restaurant, and The Charter Bar.

Rate per night

Double or Twin room costs $104 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.1 Superb

Location

Jessop Street, R32 KV20 Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 867 8588

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Midrange Hotels in Portlaoise

Kavanaghs Bar & Venue Townhouse

This townhouse is serving excellent city views and free wifi. Not only that guests can visit lots of exciting places from this apartment, so if you don’t want to miss all the fun be sure to check this out.

Why it’s good?

This apartment is located across Kavanagh’s Bar and Venue where guests can accommodate 2 bedrooms with up to 5 single beds available. You can find its bathrooms equipped with state of the art furniture and stylish finish.

Rate per night

The apartment costs $281 per night which can fit up to 5 persons.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.2 Superb

Location

82 Main Street, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 862 1744

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Killenard Apartments

Located just outside Portlaoise, Killenard Apartments should be added to your list of midrange apartments if you’re going to Portlaoise. It is one of the highly recommended accommodations from guests visiting the town.

Why it’s good?

The Killenard Apartments in The Heritage Resort in Killenard consists of 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom apartments. It also features a golf course, a walking trail, and a restaurant. Each apartment has its own entertainment set and comfortable beds.

Rate per night

You can find an apartment which can fit up to 6 persons for $167 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)9.5 Exceptional
Location

Killenard Tirhogar Drive, Killenard, Ireland

Phone

(057) 864 7101

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Roundwood House

Roundwood House

Another beautiful property recommended to tourists traveling to Portlaoise is the Roundwood House in Mountrath. If you fancy the countryside vibes, you will surely love being here.

Why it’s good?

Roundwood House is situated at the foot of Slieve Bloom Mountains. It offers authentic Irish hospitality since this house is hailed as one of the historic homes in Ireland. Guests can enjoy rooms with en suite bathroom and a beautiful garden view. A full Irish breakfast is also offered which is already included in the room rates.

Rate per night

A two-person room costs $208.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.4 Superb

Location

Mountrath, Mountrath, Co. Laois, Ireland

Phone

(057) 873 2120

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Maldron Hotel Portlaoise

 

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The Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is located off the junction 17 of M7 motorway. It is also a 5-minute drive from the town center. If you’re looking for budget accommodation close to the town center, you should consider adding Maldron Hotel Portlaoise in your list.

Why it’s good?

Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is situated in the beautiful countryside in Portlaoise. There are so many outdoor activities near the hotel that a lot of guests will enjoy. The hotel itself is already a deal-breaker too. Its bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with showers and satellite TVs. Guests also have full access to the hotel’s gym where they can take advantage of the sauna, steam room, and hot tub after a sweaty workout. If you want to relax and pamper yourself, the gym also offers various massages and beauty treatments. Maldron’s bar and restaurant also offer sumptuous treats for the guests.

Rate per night

Double Rooms start at $136 per night while the superior family rooms start at $158.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

8.4 Very Good

Location

Togher Roundabout, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 869 5900

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

O’Loughlins Hotel

O'Loughlins Hotel

Located in Mainland, Portlaoise, O’Loughlins Hotel is not difficult to access. This boutique style hotel is worth every cent if you’re visiting Portlaoise.

Why it’s good?

Not only because if its en suite bathroom, but guests also love this hotel because of its friendly staff and great breakfast options. The location of the hotel is also in the heart of town where you can easily visit tourist spots like the Slieve Bloom Mountains. If you want some exciting indoor activities, the Dunamaise Arts Center and Supershot Paintballing are just a few minute drives.

Rate per night

You can find rooms for $135 per night with a good breakfast included.

Average review rating (from booking.com)8.1 Very Good
Location

Main Street, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 862 1305

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Luxury Hotels in Portlaoise

The Ballesteros Penthouses Killenard

Situated within The Heritage Golf Resort, The Ballesteros Penthouses offers a wide range of awesome facilities. Guests who have been in Portlaoise also recommend this place if you’re looking for luxury hotels.

Why it’s good?

The rooms are excellent in this hotel. Each of them is equipped with luxurious designs and furniture for every guest’s comfort. There’s also a walking/running track and a tennis court in the vicinity of the hotel.

Rate per night

Rooms cost $221 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.1 Superb

Location

Killenard, Killenard, Ireland

Phone

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How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

The K Club

 

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The hand-painted bathrooms in this hotel are worth checking out. Located in Straffan, this 5-star hotel is the fancy accommodation you ever wished for.

Why it’s good?

Rooms in K Club have an excellent view of the River Liffey. Aside from this, guests can also avail the luxurious services in K Club like the indoor swimming pool, gym, private spa baths, and hot tubs. You can also find an on-site hair salon. Lots of activities can be enjoyed here too. There’s archery, tennis, falconry, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, and fishing.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $383 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.1 Superb

Location

Straffan, Straffan, Ireland

Phone

(031) 601 7200

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Luttrellstown Castle Resort

 

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This Castle Resort offers exclusive access to its 560-acres estate for 24 guests only. No wonder why it is hailed as one of the top spots by tourists who have traveled in Portlaoise.

Why it’s good?

Luttrellstown Castle Resort has hands-on staff and private chefs who are excellent in customer service. The hotel has 12 rooms in total, a library, billiard room, and bar. The outdoor view of the hotel is also perfect for strolling. The meals prepared by private chefs are a combination of modern and traditional Irish cuisine.

Rate per night

You can find rooms from $6,300 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

No data available

Location

Castleknock, Luttrellstown, Ireland

Phone

(0) 1 86 09 600

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Kilkea Castle

 

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Another castle hotel enjoyed by travelers in Portlaoise, Kilkea Castle is popular for its bar and superb breakfast that you definitely should not miss.

Why it’s good?

You can find a variety of room with a great outdoor view. The rooms are well maintained and equipped with all sorts of furniture and electronics. Guests can go fishing or golfing too.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $255 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.0 Superb

Location

Kilkea Demesne Kilkea Castle, Kilkea, Ireland

Phone

(059) 914 5600

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

The Heritage Killenard

 

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This 5-star accommodation is very rare to book so you’re probably in luck if you can reserve a room in this hotel. Also one of the top hotels in Ireland, The Heritage Killenard is worth a try.

Why it’s good?

The Heritage Killenard has a lot of on-site features that a lot of guests love. There’s a leisure center, an award-winning spa, a private garden, and an on-site restaurant.

Rate per night

You can find rooms for $208 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.1 Superb

Location

Windmill Terrace, Killenard, Ireland

Phone

(057) 864 5500

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

10 Most Popular And Best Bars In Belfast

Home of the iconic Titanic Belfast museum, and the birthplace of the infamous RMS Titanic, Belfast has attracted many locals and visitors and is considered one of the greatest melting pots of the emerald isle. Being the capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast is considered as the second-most populous settlement in Ireland, and home to the best bars in the country.

So without further adieu, here are the best pubs in Belfast.

10 Most Popular And Best Bars In Belfast

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1. Duke of York

Nobody is quite sure about the history of the Duke of York Bar, but for a pub, it is one of the quietest and the most relaxing. Here, you drink moderately, depart quietly, and call again—as one of their slogans indicate. The interior of the pub gives an old romantic’s expression. With its polished wooden furniture, old and interesting mirrors to pique anybody’s interest, and lovely portraits and landscapes of Irish scenes.

The classic bar serves their ales from taps on golden-brown wooden barrels, giving it a feel of a tavern. Though it is quite small, it is certainly a nice place to have a pint. Take a groupie with your friends, and amaze yourself with the little details that this pub has to offer. 

Opening Hours

Monday – 11:30 AM t0 11:00 PM

Tuesday to Saturday – 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 3:00 PM to 8:00 AM

Contact Information

Phone: +44 28 9024 1062

Address: Commercial Court Belfast , Antrim BT1 2NB

Email: info@visit-belfast.com

2. The Crown Liquor Saloon

 

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Commonly known as the Crown Bar, the great pub is located at Great Victorian Street, and is considered one of the most traditional. The bar boasts of a myriad of fine-tasting ales and beers, fresh and local food, and the notable Irish merriment and hospitality. The historic bar, with its carved-mahogany booths and ancient stained windows, gives you the Medieval period feel.

The booths offer privacy, a sanctuary even, from the bustling streets of Belfast. If you are looking for an authentic medieval and classy pub experience, the Crown Bar is the bar for you.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Sunday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Phone: +44 28 9024 3187

Address: 46 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, County Antrim, BT2 7BA

Email: crownliquorsaloon@nicholsonspubs.com

3. Bert’s Jazz Bar

If you’re looking for a high-end New-York inspired bar around Belfast, with red-velvet cushions, warm lightings and slow jazz live performances, then Bert’s Jazz Bar is the place to visit. Just along Skipper Street. The greatest meals, topnotch customer service, and famous drinks are available in this bar. It is considered as a high-end bar, with its cushions, quality meals, good lighting, and luxurious ambiance.

It is further improved by their amiable staff, who looks after your needs from the moment you arrived until you have left the bar. You will feel pampered and entertained to the fullest. If you’re looking for an elegant, classy, and a luxurious bar in Belfast, then Bert’s Jazz Bar is the best bar in Belfast to visit.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday – 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Saturday – 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Phone: +44 28 9026 2713

Address: High Street Belfast , Antrim BT12DY

Email: berts@themerchanthotel.com

4. The Dirty Onion and Yardbird

The Dirty Onion and Yardbird

With its warm woodwork furniture and classic stony architecture, going to the Dirty Onion and Yardbird is a summer treat to its local and tourist visitors. The two-story bar is the home of traditional Irish music in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast.

A wide selection of beer and whiskey is also available in one of the oldest buildings in Belfast. After trying some of their best ales, climb upstairs and have a bite of their free-range Brazilian rotisserie chicken and tasty side dishes. In partnership with An Droichea musical culture center, the bar offers live musical performances seven days a week. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Phone: 028 9024 3712

Address: The Dirty Onion & Yardbird 3 Hill Street Belfast,BT1 2LA

Email:  info@thedirtyonion.com

5. White’s Tavern

White's Tavern

Ever wondered what Guinness pies taste like? Aside from having a pint of that black stuff, the White’s Tavern is one of the coolest bars you can lounge into. With its simplistic, yet clean and homely interior, it is one of the oldest buildings known in Belfast.

If you want to try some of their local dishes, the Co. Down Supreme of Chicken, Roast Prime Irish Beef, the Grilled Kilrea Rainbow Trout, the Irish Lambs Liver and Bacon, the Northern Irish Lamb Stew, the Fresh Portavogie Scampi, and the Pan Seared Local Cod, all of which are less than 11 euros per local dish meal. Enjoy some of their great beers, whiskeys, have a hearty local Irish meal, and enjoy your stay in White’s Tavern!

Opening Hours

Monday – Tuesday – 12:oo PM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Thursday – Saturday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: 02890 312582

Address: 2-4 Winecellar Entry, Belfast BT11QN

Email: office@whitesbelfast.com

6. Fibber Magees

Fibber Magees

Energy-boosting local Irish brews can be found at the corner of Blackstaff Street in Belfast, and the name of the bar is Fibber Magees. With its eclectic selection of locally-brewed ales, its traditional ambiance, woodwork detail, and soft lighting, Fibber Magees is one of the most traditional pubs around town. Plus, the great live music from some of the locals is awaited by all. 

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday – 11:30 AM to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 12:30 AM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Phone: 028 9024 7447

Address: 38-40 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BA

Email:  info@robinsonsbar.co.uk

7. Cuckoo

Cuckoo

This dark, rich, modernistic restaurant bar is unlike any other in Belfast. It features a ping-pong table activity and it’s a great place for indoor sports. It also has a fully-functioning, retro pinball machine. Bringing you back to your youth. During Mondays, they host an eccentric pub quiz. And during Tuesdays, their drinks only cost 2 euros and a free entry amenity. During Wednesdays, there is also beer pong, jumbo disco, and more fun activities. 

Opening Hours

Monday – 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Tuesday – 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Wednesday – Thursday – 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Friday – 4:00 PM 2:00 AM

Saturday – 5:00 to 2:000 AM

Contact Information

Phone: 028 9066 7776

Address: Cuckoo | 149 Lisburn Rd | Belfast | BT9 7AJ

Email: hello@cuckoo-belfast.com

8. Kelly’s Cellar

Kelly's Cellar

Found near Bank Street, Kelly’s Cellar offers diverse ranges of traditional music performances. It is also considered as the oldest premises of Belfast. This full bar features an outdoor beer garden, and fish stew and traditional steak meals are simply delicious. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 11:30 AM  to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 1:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Phone: +44 28 9024 6058

Address:30-32 Bank Street Belfast, Antrim BT1 1HL

Email: kieran@kellyscellars.com

9. The Belfast Empire

The Belfast Empire

You have no time to be shocked in the interior of the, since its dark-fuchsia colored seating, table, and fixtures focus on the pink, punkish, and warm atmosphere that this bar provides. Great-tasting whiskeys, ales, and wine can be found in their comprehensive menu. 

Opening Hours

Monday –  10:00 pm

Tuesday  – 11:00 pm

Thursday – 10:30 pm

Friday – 10:30 pm

Saturday  10:30 pm

Sunday  – 10:00 pm

Contact Information

Phone: 028 9024 9276

Address: The Belfast Empire Music Hall 42 Botanic Avenue ,Belfast County Antrim BT7 1JQ

Email: info@thebelfastempire.com

10. Bootleggers

Coined after the prohibited liquor law of the US, there is no way that Bootleggers’ beers, whiskeys, and ales are illegal. Its American-crafted beer, Moonshine, is one of the most ordered drinks around the bar. Have an American-themed dine-out with you and your friends—as most of their meals are just below 11 euros.

It is affordable—but we won’t be able to guarantee your homesickness, if you are from the US, because their meals will remind you of home. The bar restaurant Bootleggers is the place to be if you want to fill your stomach with affordable great food and good ale.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 1:00 Pm to 12:oo AM

Contact Information

Phone: 028 9023 3282

Address:  46 CHURCH LANE, BELFAST, BT1 4QN 

Email:  INFO@BOOTLEGGERSBELFAST.COM 

10 Most Popular And Best Pubs in Galway

You might have heard of Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl and tapped your feet to its fun, jolly Irish tunes playing in the background. You will do more than foot-tapping with Irish folks in the traditional, and highly-energetic best pubs in Galway, Ireland.

Currently ranked as the sixth most populous city in Ireland, mingling with friendly natives inside and outside the pub is a commonplace scenario in different places in Galway.

The harbor city is home to traditional live Irish music and fabulous street cafes, making it a perfect getaway for unlimited entertainment and fun with the locals. So here’s our list of best bars in Galway.

10 Most Popular And Best Pubs in Galway

1. Tigh Neachtain

 

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Serving classic ales since 1894 and hosting one of the best and most artistic parties around Galway is Tigh Neachtain. Situated in its heart, at the corner of Cross Street and Quay Street, is one of the best pubs that offer live barnyard quartets and many more! The famous likes of Sharon Shannon, Brendan O’Regan, Brian Lennon have played in its rustic stages. Homely handcrafted beers and ciders are always available in this bustling pub—which includes Indian Pale Ale, Pilsner or larger beers, wheat beer, dark beer, sour ale, apple ciders—each with their varying spirit levels.

They also offer soothing red wines from different European nations such as Hazana Crianza from Rioja, Spain, and Anne de Joyeuse Malbec from Limoux, France, and much more! Prosecco and champagnes, premium and fine red wines are also available for red wine connoisseurs. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM

Contact Information

Phone: 091 568 820

Address: 17 Cross Street, The Latin Quarter, Galway, Ireland

Email: info@tighneachtain.com

2. O’Connells Bar

O'Connells Bar

One of the warmest and most inviting pubs you’ll visit in Galway is O’Connell’s Bar. Located along the banks of river Liffey at the heart of the city, the pub is easily accessible by foot or through the cab. With its antique theme, including stained glasses, warm lighting, and whiskey displays, staying in this pub is imbibing Irish history at its most fun. One of the great features is the massive outdoor beer garden and outdoor bars available during the weekends. Spend some time with your friends and enjoy the best outdoor picnic activities that Galway has to offer. 

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday: 10.30 am – 11.30 pm

Friday- Saturday: 10:30 am – 12:30 am

Sunday: 12:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact Information

Phone:+353 (0)91 563634

Address: 8 Eyre Square, Galway

3. The Quays

The unique and antique design of the pub is reminiscent to old taverns of the medieval times. Located in Latin Quarter, the pub is home to some of the best crafted beers. And with its inlaid woods, stained glasses, and church pews, visitors will ave a jolly time with the locals and enjoy their fresh and handcrafted ales. The bar and restaurant also offer amazing meals, such as the famous Galway oysters, while enjoying the free live music of the best Irish performers around town. 

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Wednesday – 12:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Thursday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Friday – Saturday 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Sunday – 12:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Contact Information

Phone:+353 (091) 568 347

Address: 11 Quay Street, Galway

4. Taaffes Bar Galway

Taaffes Bar Galway

Serving good, traditional ales around Shop Street in Galway for over 150 years is Taaffes Bar. The traditional atmosphere of the pub can be felt in all corners of the bar, from the cozy lighting to the timberwork of the chairs and tables. The finest Guinness and dry stouts are greatly recommended by the locals and visitors alike. A friendly reminder; there are plenty seats in the pub, but be sure to go in early if you’d like to feel more comfortable in the bar!

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM

Friday – Saturday 10:30 AM to 12:30 AM

Sunday 121:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: 091 564 066

Address: 19-20 Shop Street

Email: padraiglally@hotmail.com

5. Monroe’s Tavern

Boasting its free live music seven nights per week since 1964 is the tall, white, imposing, and traditional Monroe’s Tavern. It is home to great gigs, parties, and great Irish food! And ales, too, of course. Its friendly atmosphere and warm people will be your best welcome in Galway, Ireland. During Tuesdays, you can join in the festive line dance with the locals, even if you don’t know the steps—it’s a great way to boost your confidence, or try striking a conversation with any of the friendly locals. 

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday -10:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Friday – Saturday – 10:30 AM to 2:30 AM

Sunday – 12:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +353 91 583 397

Address:14 Dominick Street Upper, Galway

Email: info@monroes.ie

6. Sehan Ua Neachtain

 

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A classy restaurant and pub that features live music and open fireplaces are some of the features of Sehan Ua Neachtain. A wide collection of whiskeys is available for anyone to try, spicing-up your traditional Irish-themed nightlife. 

Take a picture with the medieval-themed Irish portraits, or try their delectable beef and dishes with a partner of a pint of handcrafted lager. 

Opening Hours

Mon – Wed 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Thursday – Friday 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Sunday 10:00 AM to 11:OO PM

Contact Information

Phone:+353 91 568 820

Address: 17 Upper Cross St

7. Tig Coili

pubs in galway

Also placed in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter, your boring nights will be set afire and burn with soul by drinking the good pints of cold ale in Tig Coili. The pub offers some of Galway’s best musicians, as well as visiting musicians, to play live traditional Irish folk songs for everybody to enjoy, featuring two live music sessions per day. The pub’s top corners are decorated with vibrant colors of roses, and the interior has the feel of a polished-woodwork room.

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday – 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM

Friday – Saturday – 10:30 AM to 12:30 AM

Sunday – 12:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: 091 561294

Address: Mainguard St, The Latin Quarter, Galway, Ireland

Email: tig.coili@yahoo.com

8. Barr an Chaladh

 

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You’d easily notice this small but homely pub around the Woodquay area, with its fearsome red color and catchy signage written in Irish. The limited seating in the area, though, does not stop great traditional Irish musicians from performing and making you feel an authentic Irish experience. Have a chat with the locals and watch live sports from the TV—if you’re into sports, it would get a good conversation started. It can get crowded sometimes, especially during the night, but if you are a visitor who’s willing to know more about Irish culture and its people, then this place is a great stop.  

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday – 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Friday – Saturday – 10:00 AM to 12:30 AM

Sunday – 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone:+353 91 895762

Address: 3 Daly’s Place,Woodquay Galway , Republic of Ireland

Email: barranchaladhgalway@gmail.com

9. Tigh Fox

 

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Also known as the Tigh Fox Trad House is a marvelous, clean-looking bar, with polished floors, a nice, warm fireplace, and TV to watch good sports. Try some of their menus for dinner, a Guinness, and have a chat while listening to traditional Irish music while imbibing the warm and spiritual atmosphere of this prestigious bar. 

Opening Hours

Mon – Thu – 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM

Fri – Sat – 10:30 AM to 12:30 AM

Sun – 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone:(091) 584181

Address: 6 Forster Street Galway

10. The King’s Head

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Serving one of the best dishes and ales since 1694, the three-story pub is one of the best pubs you’ll ever experience around Galway. Live events, including stand-up comedies and live traditional Irish music performances, are of great interest for both locals and tourists alike. The 800 years of history of this remarkable pub is still currently being researched, as its medieval walls and windows have been preserved as well. If you want to try their menu, have a taste of their Wild Atlantic Seafood Chowder, Best of Irish Board, Lobster and Chips, Slow Cooked Lamb Shank, Burren Smoked Salmon Board, and their Great Local Seafood and Steaks. Their food philosophy is simple, if it’s fresh, local, and seasonal, then it goes to The Kings Head’s menu! Do try their Breakfast for Kings, Light Lunches, and Dinner Mains with a partner of their best Irish ale, for a full Irish pub experience.

Opening Hours

Mon – Thursday – 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM

Friday to Saturday – 10:30 AM to 2:00 AM

Sun – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +353 91 566630

Address:The Kings Head, 15 High Street, Galway, Ireland

Email: info@thekingshead.ie

 

10 Best Things To Do in Youghal, Ireland

A quaint, historic town that’s part of County Cork – Youghal has plenty to offer in terms of truly interesting attractions. There are a centuries-old church and clock garden, beautifully restored town square and cinema, a racing stadium, a distillery, and even beaches. There are places made for exploring as well as for relaxing in between which makes for a great experience while you’re in town.

Here’s a list of the best things to do in Youghal for you to enjoy.

10 Best Things To Do in Youghal, Ireland

1. Youghal Heritage Centre and Tourist Office

Start your Youghal adventure with a trip to the Youghal Heritage Centre and Tourist Office. It is located on the quayside of Youghal Town, right next to the Clock Gate.

The informative Heritage Centre is free to enter and the Tourist Office sells a variety of Irish souvenir and local art. Aside from useful information about Youghal, the heritage center also offers walking tours of the town area every morning, especially during the summer months.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee

FREE

Contact Information

Address: Market House
Market Square
Youghal
Cork
Republic of Ireland

Phone:+353 24 92447

Email:tourism@youghalchamber.ie

2. St Mary’s Collegiate Church

St Mary’s Collegiate Church

One of the oldest Christian sites in Ireland is the St Mary’s Collegiate Church. It is also thought to have been home to a monastic settlement of St Declan of Ardmore in the 5th century. A national monument, St. Mary’s Church was made from blue, grey and grey stone and takes the shape of a cross. A tour of St. Mary’ takes you to interesting displays that also tells the history of Youghal, such as a scale model of the town during the medieval era.

Opening Hours

April – October
Monday -Saturday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
November – March
Monday – Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Admission Fee

FREE

Contact Information

Address: Emmet Pl, Youghal-Lands, Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland

Phone: +353 24 91014

Email:  

3. Millennium Garden of Time

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The Millennium Garden of Time is a spectacular area in Youghal developed by the local Tidy Towns Committee.  The garden is based on the Chi-Rho page from the Book of Kells and features a number of ponds. Each pond has a fountain clock and tells a different aspect of time.

One of the ponds has two entwined serpents and as they rotate, they spout water to the numerals on the surrounding area that forms a circle, thereby telling the time in minutes and hours. Another pond contains a large circular ceramic tablet with four illuminated evangelists.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee

FREE

Contact Information

Address: Youghal Cork , Republic of Ireland

Phone: +353 21 4255100

Email: info@youghalchamber.ie

4. Youghal Clock Gate

YOUGHAL CLOCK GATE THINGS TO DO IN YOUGHAL

One of the best attractions in Youghal that literally takes you back in time, the Youghal Clock Gate is a must visit. Situated in the North & South Main Street, this structure was a storehouse back in the 1500s before it became a town jail and then a family home.  During the tour you will be accompanied by costumed storytellers, clad in the “Time Costumes”, that will take you through different eras of the past several centuries. This is a fantastic way to learn about the history and culture of Youghal and a fun thing to do when in town.

Opening Hours

June: Every Thursday, Friday Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
July & August: Open 7 days per week – 11:00 am -4:00 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €9.50 pp (age 18 +)
Child: €5.00 pp (age 4 +)
Family: €24.00 (2 adults + 2 children)
Student: €7.50 pp (with valid ID)
Senior: €7.50 pp (age 65+)
Group: €8.50 pp (10+ people)
10% discount on all online bookings

Contact Information

Address: Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland

Phone:  00353 24 20769

Email: tours@youghalclockgate.ie

5. Relaxing At The Beach

Relaxing At The Beach

If you need a break from exploring Youghal’s attractions and walking around town, a lunch picnic or a quiet stroll at the beach should be on your list of things to do in Youghal. Check out Redbarn Beach, a 5km long stretch of sandy coastline which runs from Youghal town to the southwest. It has sand dunes that lead to agricultural lands.

There’s also the Claycastle Beach, which is an ideal spot for walking, swimming and relaxing. It is a sandy beach that has great facilities on offer for visitors. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera as both beaches offer some wonderful scenery that stretches to nearby towns.

6. Blackwater River Cruise

A wonderful break from exploring Youghal town and a great activity to enjoy its scenery is a cruise in the Blackwater River. Tours usually leave from the Youghal jetty, which is adjacent to Youghal Visitor Centre. The cruise will take you North up the River Blackwater, past Rhincrew and towards the old bridge and the Templemichael Castle ruins. You’ll also pass historic Molana Abbey on the left, then enter an unspoilt area of natural beauty where you get to enjoy some quiet time or take beautiful photos. Tours usually last for 90 minutes and you can find information on how to join a cruise at the visitor center.

Opening Hours

There are daily tours but you need to contact the company to schedule the blackwater cruises on your preferred time.

Admission Fee

Adults – €20
Children – €10

Contact Information

Phone: 087 9889076

7. Jameson Distillery Midleton

Jameson Distillery Midleton

Just a 30-minute drive from the Heritage Town of Youghal is a definite must visit –  the Jameson Distillery Midleton. One of the best distillery tours you’ll ever experience, you’ll come face-to-face with the largest pot still in the world here. Check out the micro-distillery in action, see the live maturation warehouse, and taste their whiskeys not just at the end of the tour but along the way.

Adjacent to Jameson Distillery is the Malthouse Restaurant, which serves traditional hot dishes, fused with a modern twist, a perfect way to end your visit.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

Adult: €20.00
Senior (aged 65+): €16.00
Student (with valid ID): €16.00

Child (8-17): €10.00
Child (under 8): Free
Family (2 adults & 3 children): €50.00

Behind the Scenes Tour: €60.00

Premium Whiskey Tasting: €30.00

Contact Information

Address: Distillery Walk, Midleton, Co. Cork

Phone: +353 21 4613594

Email: www.jamesonwhiskey.com

8. Youghal Greyhound Stadium

Within easy access from the Youghal town center, a visit to the Youghal Greyhound Stadium is bound to be an experience. Considered as one of the best things to do in Youghal during the night, nothing beats the excitement of greyhound racing. It’s definitely something different, and a few hours at the track is a good way to end the day.

Opening Hours

Monday and Friday

Admission Fee

Adult admission €10

Contact Information

Address: Youghal Greyhound Race Co. Ltd., Youghal, Co. Cork

Phone: 061 448052
(024) 91967 (Fax)

Email: john.mcgrath@igb.ie

9. The Regal Cinema

The Regal Cinema

One of Ireland’s oldest cinemas, the Regal Cinema in Youghal reopened its doors in summer 2018 after a year-long renovation. It was built in 1936 and opened during the summer of that same year. The first film was shown here musical Top Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

During the Regal Cinema’s renovation, most any of its original architectural features were painstakingly restored. They also added some eye-catching, art deco style touches, making it not just a place to watch films but providing a wonderfully nostalgic cinema experience as well.

Opening Hours

Daily 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Admission Fee

Children (<11 years) $11.00 – $12.50
Adults $11.00 – $12.50
Seniors (ages 60+) $11.00 – $12.50

Contact Information

Address: The Regal Cinema, Port Street, Evesham, WR11 3LD

Phone: 01386 421007

Email: boxoffice@theregal.ac

10. Raleigh Quarter

Set in Youghal’s historic center, the picturesque Raleigh Quarter has been carefully restored over many years. Through the various sites that you’ll see here, you’ll be introduced to Youghal’s rich culture and heritage. Explore the strange but interesting Graveyard Trail, or walk the 13th century Town Walls that offers panoramic views of Youghal. Sit and relax in the stunning medieval gardens, then check out the Raleigh Quarter Art Studios. Visit the artists, of various genre, at their workshops, and perhaps pick up some of their creations. A trip to the Raleigh Quarter is a step back in time, a wonderful introduction and one of the best places to see in Youghal.

Contact Information

Address: The Raleigh Quarter Art Studios St. Mary’s College Youghal, Co. Cork. 

Email:  youghalheritage@gmail.com

10 Best Things To Do In Cong, Ireland

Almost always mentioned when talking about the classic film ‘The Quiet Man’, the formerly sleepy town of Cong became a tourist hub where fans of the film continue to visit even after 70 years. This village, which is somewhere between the border of Galway and Mayo, is perhaps the most famous of all the film’s locations.

Besides being a film set though, Cong has a lot more for its visitors. There’s the massive Ashford Castle Estate, the Cong Augustinian Abbey, lessons in fishing, horseback riding trails, amazing Ireland’s School of Falconry and so much more.  Check out this list of some of the best things to do in Cong, Ireland. 

10 Best Things To Do In Cong, Ireland

1. Cong Canal

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Extending from Ballinchalla Bay on Lough Mask towards Cong in County Mayo, the Canal is an ideal place for a leisurely stroll, biking, and most especially fishing. It is regarded as a good brown trout fishery where the average weight of the trout caught is probably 2 lbs. You can watch other people try their luck at catching one of these trouts or do it yourself. The Cong Canal in itself is quite a scenic area so it’s a nice place to just relax as well.

Opening Hours

 

Admission Fee

 

Contact Information

Address: Keel Bridge, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

Phone:  1890 20 20 21 or +353 (0)1 888 20 00

Email: niah@ahg.gov.ie

2. Ashford Castle Golf Course

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If you’ve never tried golf and wanted to experience it in an extraordinary setting, then head on to the Ashford Castle Golf Course. Aside from its proximity to a castle hotel, you’re also surrounded by nature as this delightful 9-hole parkland course situated on the shores of Lough Corrib, with mature woodland and spectacular wherever you look.

Designed by Eddie Hackett, Ashford Castle golf course is a 9-hole, par-35 parkland course that’s 2,996 yards in length.  It takes about two hours to play a nine-hole round of golf while walking the course. The Ashford Castle Golf Course’ magnificent surroundings provide the perfect environment for golfers of all ages and abilities, making it one of the top things to do in Cong.

Opening Hours

 

Admission Fee

costs €5 for adults and €3.50 for children

Contact Information

Address : Cong, County Mayo, Ireland

Phone: +353 94 954 6003

Email: reservations@ashfordcastle.com

3. Augustinian Abbey

Augustinian Abbey

The Augustinian abbey in Cong was founded in the early 12th century by Turlough O’Connor, High King of Ireland. It was established on the site of a 6th-century church. One of the best things to see in Cong, a visit allows you to see the ruins of the abbey.

At one time, the abbey had 3,000 inhabitants, who were excellent scholars and skilled craftsmen. The place is also where Rory O’Connor, Ireland’s last High King, died.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

Member – Join now Free Free
Adult £7.20 £8.00
Child (5-17 years) £4.30 £4.80
Concession £6.50 £7.20
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) £18.70 £20.80
Overseas Visitor Pass (9 or 16 days unlimited) Buy now

Contact Information

Address : St. Augustines RoadRamsgate CT11 9PA, England

Phone: 

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4.Bayview Angling Centre

If you’re going to be in an island village by a lough then it’s only fitting that you try fishing. How about catching your own lunch? The Bayview Angling Centre operates game, coarse, and pike angling on the shore of Lough Corrib. One of the top things to do in Cong, they offer advice and local knowledge as well as quality boat and equipment hire. The experienced guides will help with information on flies, tips on how to catch the first salmon and the best baits to use if spinning or trolling for trout, salmon or pike. They also have fishing tackle for hire as well as facilities and a drying room for guest use.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

 

Contact Information

Address : Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Phone: 00353 (0)94 95 46385

Email: bayviewac@gmail.com

5. Ireland’s School of Falconry

Ireland's School of Falconry

A unique thing to do in Cong is a visit to Ireland’s School of Falconry. Sounds like something you’ll only read about in Harry Potter books, but the place is real and offers an unrivaled opportunity to fly a hawk around the spectacular grounds of Ashford Castle.

Each hawk walk lasts for an hour and is a private experience for visitors. You’ll only have a falconer and hawk, or team of hawks, all to yourself. Within minutes of arriving, you’ll set off around the beautiful gardens and woodlands to fly a hawk and to experience that incredible moment when a hawk swoops down from a tree to land on your gloved fist. You can bring companions to take photos or just watch free of charge.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday – 9:30 AM  – 4:00 PM

Admission Fee

 

Contact Information

Address : Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Phone: 00353 (0)94 95 46385

Email: bayviewac@gmail.com

6. Ashford Equestrian Centre

Located right next to the island village of Cong and nestled within the Ashford Castle estate is the equestrian center. Not just for experienced horse riding enthusiasts, but also for those who are just starting to learn to simply want to experience it. They offer trail riding by the hour for beginners as well as for people who have never ridden. Riding on horseback is a fantastic way to explore the estate, as the trail leads you through forest paths filled with wildlife between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

You get to have panoramic views of the lakes and the Connemara Mountains, and even the possibility of stumbling into a ruined castle. Apart from trail rides, Ashford Equestrian Centre also provides bike hire, archery and clay pigeon shooting on site.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday – 9:00 AM  – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee

€70.00 per adult, €60 per child (under 16) for a 1 hour trail ride (maximum of 6 riders at one time)

€125.00 per adult, €95 per child (under 16) for a 2 hour trail ride (maximum of 6 riders at one time)

€165.00 per adult (two person minimum)

Contact Information

Address : Cong Mayo Republic of Ireland

Phone: +353 94 9546507

Email: info@ashfordequestrian.com

7. Ashford Castle Estate

Ashford Castle County Mayo

Ashford Castle Estate is situated next to the island village of Cong which is nestled between the great lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask. It was a former home of the Guinness family in the 19th Century. The massive estate is home to underground rivers, caves, castles, towers, abbeys, and ringforts, as well as some of Irelands oldest species of wildlife, red squirrels and pine martens. You could probably spend a whole day exploring it, as there’s a lot to see and do. 

Opening Hours

 

Admission Fee

€5 for adults and €3.50 for children,

Contact Information

Address : Cong, County Mayo, Ireland

Phone: +353 94 954 6003

Email: reservations@ashfordcastle.com

8. The Quiet Man Film Locations

The Quiet Man Film Locations

One of the more interesting activities to do in Cong is to either join a walking tour of locations where ‘The Quiet Man’ was filmed, or explore it by yourself. Considered as among the most famous among the locations of this classic film, Cong now hosts a museum dedicated to the movie.

Visitors can also take guided tours to the locations where some of the film’s notable scenes were shot, such as the Dying Man’s house; Pat Cohan’s Bar and the Reverend Playfair’s House.

Opening Hours

 

Admission Fee

Contact Information

Address: 

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9. Lettergesh Beach

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This quiet beach is one of the settings for the classic film ‘The Quiet Man’ and also one of the best places to visit in Cong. On a fine day, the water here is crystal clear and not too deep, making it an ideal place for a quiet stroll and a leisurely swim. 

Lettergesh Beach also offers its visitors great views across the Mweelrea mountains in Mayo and on another side the mountains of Benchoona and Garraun. The beach is quite remote, making it perfect relaxing.

Opening Hours

 

Admission Fee

 

Contact Information

Address : Market Street
Clifden, Connemara
Co Galway, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)95 22785

Email:info@loveconnemara.com

10. Pigeonhole Cave, Cong

A popular destination for hikers is a cave that’s covered in bushes and ivy where the pigeons, for which it was named like to nest. The Pigeonhole Cave is found between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask just outside of Cong in the west of Ireland. To reach the cave itself, you’ll have to ascend a steep flight of limestone steps that leads to the mouth of the cave. The cave is over 12 feet wide, is nestled in a pine forest about 1.5km west of. From the abbey, you just have to take the signposted walking loop.

This cave, in a pine forest about 1.5km west of Cong, and can be reached via a signposted walking loop from the abbey. Another thing to do aside from exploring the cave? Watch for the white trout of Cong – a mythical woman who turned into a fish to be with her drowned lover.

Opening Hours

Daily – 24 Hours

Admission Fee

Contact Information

Address : Cong Mayo
Republic of Ireland

Phone: 

Email: www.irishtrails.ie

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