“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –C.S. Lewis
Dublin, IRE. – Summer is the ideal time to tour Ireland and take in the sights, sounds and tastes of the Emerald Isle. Ireland’s Blue Book members entice travelers with a number of must-do adventures to add to their summertime bucket list.
Explore the Island
Driving, walking and horseback riding offer different ways to take in the beautiful natural scenery and fun outdoor activities Ireland has to offer. Bucket list items can include:
- Drive the Causeway Coastal Route with stops at the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway or the filming sites for the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
- Stay at: Ardtara County House, Co. Londonderry, Newforge House, Co. Armagh or Bushmills Inn, Co. Antrim
- Cycle on the picturesque Wild Atlantic Way Greenway.
- Stay at: Newport House, Co. Mayo
- Horseback ride on the two-mile beach fronting the Rathmullan House from a host of local stables.
- Stay at: Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal
- Tour The Burren, Ireland’s smallest national park with its ancient monuments like its well-preserved ring forts and dramatic wedge tombs, distinctive limestone pavements, majestic mountains and peaceful verdant valleys.
- Stay at: Gregans Castle, Co. Clare
- Drive the Ring of Kerry along a picturesque route to explore some of the most beautiful and unspoiled scenery in Ireland.
- Stay at: Carrig Country House, Co. Kerry
- Hike the unspoiled Cliff Path or stroll the Howth Pier. The trails of Howth Head have walks to suit any energy level.
- Stay at: The King Sitric, Co. Dublin
- Surf the waves of the Atlantic Ocean in Lahinch.
- Stay at: Moy House, Co. Clare
Visit Unique Attractions
A number of man-made attractions delight visitors to Ireland.
- Gaze at the Irish Sky Garden and Crater, constructed by famed American Land Artist James Turrel, which gives viewers a unique opportunity to admire and enjoy the “celestial vault.”
- Stay at: Liss Art Estate, Co. Cork
- Taste a 400-year tradition at Bushmill’s Distillery, the world’s oldest working distillery.
- Stay at: Bushmills Inn Hotel, Co. Antrim
- Be enchanted at a medieval Great Hall at Belleek Castle. Built on an Abbey dating from medieval times.
- Stay at: Belleek Castle, Co. Mayo
Enjoy a Taste of Irish Hospitality
The Irish are known for their bespoke hospitality, as visitors can experience at these unique venues:
- Stay overnight in the Clare Island Lighthouse, a nautical landmark and now a unique hotel property, perched high on the craggy cliffs to watch over Achill, Westport and beyond.
- Stay at: Clare Island Lighthouse, Co. Mayo
- Cruise the river Shannon in The Shannon Princess, a family-run luxury boutique hotel barge that serves as a private floating hotel. Cruises run 6 nights/7 days.
- Stay at: The Shannon Princess, Co. Westmeath
- Take Afternoon Tea at The Merrion in the gracious surroundings of its Dining Room, with delectable treats and teas and coffees selected by the in-house tea masters and barista.
- Stay at: The Merrion Hotel, Co. Dublin
- Enjoy Guinness and the freshest locally-landed Seafood at The Famous Seafood Bar and Restaurant at Aherne’s Townhouse.
- Stay at: Aherne’s Townhouse, Co. Cork
- Attend the Taste of Donegal Food Festival (August 24-27, 2018) for delectable food and drink from more than 120 exhibitors from Ireland and the U.K. This festival features Chef Kevin Dundon from Dunbrody House.
- Stay at: Coolmore Manor House, Co. Donegal (a private rental house)
- Savor a Two Michelin Star Meal at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Ireland’s top restaurant and winner of top national and international awards. Situated in an 18th-century Georgian townhouse adjoining The Merrion Hotel.
- Stay at: The Merrion Hotel, Co. Dublin
- Rejuvenate with a Seaweed Bath in the vaulted basement urban retreat of The Spa at No. 1 Pery Square.
- Stay at: No. 1 Pery Square, Co. Limerick
- Indulge in the Deluxe Destination Spa SÁMAS at The Park Hotel Kenmore for a dip in the breathtaking Outdoor Heated Vitality Pool with its infinity edge and views over Kenmore Bay.
- Stay at: The Park Hotel Kenmore, Co. Kerry
With summer’s halcyon days, a new adventure awaits around every corner.
There is no end to the adventures Ireland’s Blue Book members can offer.
About Ireland’s Blue Book
Ireland’s Blue Book is a unique collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Georgian Manor Houses, Stately Castles, Luxury Boutique Hotels and Designer Lodges, and Michelin-star Restaurants representing the finest of Ireland’s hospitality, accommodations and cuisine. Activities range from golf, fishing, spas, area tours, horseback riding and cookery schools to relaxation in warm and comfortable surroundings.
To maintain exclusivity and represent its bespoke high standards, Ireland’s Blue Book members must be invited to join, and a “vote in” of 75% is required by the current membership. Characteristics of Ireland’s Blue Book members include uniqueness, environmental awareness, high standards and self-regulation, as well as fine and award-winning cuisine.
Ireland’s Blue Book is the sole Irish representative association of Europe’s leading heritage accommodation provider – Historic Hotels of Europe. Learn more about Ireland’s Blue Book properties or reservations can be made atwww.irelands-blue-book.ie or 800.323.5463.