I will swear by the Bed and Breakfast when traveling around Ireland. There are many to choose from and the B & B system is very easy to use. When traveling check the areas you plan on staying over for the local B & Bs. Many may be located in the heart of the town and some may be just outside of the town. When deciding on B & Bs remember the following. A five start rating system is used to rate the B & B if it is a 4 or a 5 star home you are going to be assured of some excellent quality. There are some things you should know about this. Despite the ratings there are some thing which travelors from the US may not be accustomed to. Typically rooms in Irish or European homes in general are smaller than ours. Bathrooms may also be somewhat smaller than we are used to, this includes the showers. I found the B & B showers to be rather cramped. Beds were typically very comfortable and standard in sizes that we are accustomed to.
Where they really shine is in the hospitality. The owners are in business to make travelers happy and they will go out of their way to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Ac the name says its bed and breakfast. Hospitality, breakfast served on china with silverware and cooked personally for you. Mena House in Kilkenny, Katherine Molloy’s skinny pancakes with sweet cheese filling and a strawberry compote sauce were outstanding. The Lighthouse in Dingle, Ireland and their scrambles eggs with smoked salmon with coffee prepared in an individual french press were two of the really memorable breakfasts.
St. Stephens Green is one of the larger parks in Dublin. In midevil times it was a town square where much of the city’s activities were located. Today it is a place to relax and walk around. There are many gardens and grassy areas. Its a great place to people watch and just take in some sun if you are lucky enough to be there on a sunny day. The park closes at sundown everyday.
These can be confusing. One of the downsides or driving in Ireland is their signage. Signs are often inconsistent depending on where you are in the country. This one in the western part of the country in Dingle shows a fairly typical intersection sign, actually a roundabout which are common throughout the entire country.
This video was shot at Matt the Millers on April 9th, 2014.
Many of the pubs will have music at times during the week. In the spring before the “high” season when tourists crowd into Ireland the schedule of who is playing where is often published and the local B & B operator will most likely know what the schedule is. Staying in a B & B will give you more of an idea of what an Irish home is like. Most of the time the homes are simply furnished and very comfortable. Sometimes the rooms may be a little small but I found them always to be comfortable with nice beds. Get to know your owner they can be extremely helpful and is typical with the Irish they will be more than happy to engage in conversation.