My wife and I will be in Ireland Dec 30th to Jan 7th . We were hoping that some of the members here could recommend just about anything. Go places to go. Things to do, restaurants to eat, at nice places to stay sites to sea. We really love castles so if anyone knows of any that they could recommend it would be greatly appreciated. We will be arriving in either Dublin or Shannon and renting a card from there, we are not sure which would be more fun and offer the most opportunities from there. So if anyone can recommend thing for us we would be very grateful.
many places in ireland to go
Blarney Castle is Brill.
Near Dublin - Newgrange - an old celtic burial chamber and the Hill Of Tara - the site of the old Celtic Kings.
North Coast is stunning - Giants Causeway especially.
if u hav a car - u should really go to Kinsale - just south of Cork.
Its what u see on the post cards - Irish town on the coast with a Castle nearby and great pubs!
Thank you for the Ideas Kinsale sounds great. We will definatly give that a stop.
Also does anyone know what the wether will be like there?
I second Jeff's suggestion to visit the Antrim Coast and Giant's Causeway. The trip itself is breathtaking, and it's quite something to tour a landmark without waiting in line or fighting the crowds. The Mourne Mountains are also very beautiful, and Belfast is just a short drive from there. It has some great restaurants (The Northern Whig was fantastic, if a tad pricy) and museums (Ulster Museum was interesting) and the like.
Dublin itself has Dublin Castle, as well as Kilmainham Gaol, the Guinness Factory (worth it if only for the view at the top), and lots of places just to walk around. There's a little pastry shop near Temple Bar called "Queen of Tarts" that's like something out of a kid's dream. A great place just to stop and warm up. Best coffee I've ever had in my entire life.
I was in Dublin in Oct/Nov, and it was already starting to get a little cold. It's nowhere near a snowy winter, but bring sweaters and the like.
if ur heading 2 the south west head 2 dingle in kerry. a gr8 village & gr8 atmosphere. a must c. in dublin u can stay in killiney castle a very nice area, ur in the area where all the stars live(dalkey - bono, edge, eddie ervin & enya etc). from there u can go sth 2 a village called enniskerry very scenic. the drive from kerry 2 dublin is about 4hrs. the weather will b cold & wet u can bet. enjoy