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Winter Jaunt to Ireland!

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A November 2005 trip to Ireland by ladyanne47

Kilburn House Photo, Milltown, Ireland More Photos
Quote: No matter how many times I visit Ireland I am struck with the same excitement of experiencing her beauty and mystery.

Winter Jaunt to Ireland!

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Connemara, Co. Galway, Twelve Pins. Photo, Ireland, Europe
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No matter how many times I visit Ireland I still get off the plane with the same amount of anticipation to experience once again her unique beauty and charm. It is never the same, there is always something or someone new to see and meet. I am always amazed at her always changing colors of numerous shades of green, grey and blue. Yet, the one thing that does not change is that Ireland the land of saints and scholars will always welcome it's visitors with a thousand welcomes, "Ceili Failte".Ireland in winter is a whole different experience. First of all, it felt like we had the whole country to ourselves. No traffic, no tourists, just the wonderful friendly local folk. The only drawback i...Read More

Kilburn House

Hotel | "Kilburn House B&B Farmhouse"

Kilburn House Photo, Milltown, Ireland
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The Kilburn House B&B is a working farmhouse that is situated in a very good central location for touring Dingle and Killarney of County Kerry, Ireland, nestled on the top of Dingle Bay between Iveragh and Dingle Peninsulas, it overlooks the bay and both mountain ranges, a beautiful setting. The farmhouse is quaint on the outside, and the inside has been upgraded to accommodate you in modern conveniences. The rooms are in a private section away from the living quarters and the guest lounge and dining area are very pleasant. I would have liked to see the rooms more decorated as they were a bit plain and did not have enough charm, but they were clean and the beds very comfortable. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 2, 2006

Kilburn House
N70 between Milltown and Killorglin
Milltown, Ireland
+353 (66) 9767364

Stella Doyle's Guest House

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Hotel | "Stella Doyle B&B"

Stella Doyle's Guest House Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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Stella Doyle's B&B is not advertised on websites, but by word of mouth and by Patricia Tunison Preston, the Irish travel guide. It is more of a private B&B. There is no sign outside of her house and it is on the top of a hill away from the town center. She has two lovely rooms on the ground floor, each with a double bed, and one has French doors that lead out to her garden and patio.Stella's dining room is part of her kitchen and living room, where she prepares your breakfast while talking a mile a minute. The back wall of this area is all glass, which shows a great view of the mountains, fields, and expanding village houses. She is a great cook, the ex-owner of Doyle's Restau...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2006

Stella Doyle's Guest House
55 John Street
Dingle, County Kerry, ireland
353 (0) 66 9152378

Cahergal House B&B￿

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Hotel | "Cahergal House B&B"

Cahergal House B&B Photo, Ireland, Europe
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The Cahergal House Bed and Breakfast is located only a few minutes from the Shannon Airport in the Newmarket-on-Fergus area of County Clare. This is an excellent place to stay on your last night in Ireland before you fly back. It is also a great place to stay if you want the experience of an equestrian holiday. Situated in some lovely farmland it is in a very pastoral and well kept area. The entrance to the bed-and-breakfast has an elegant gateway, and a long winding driveway to the farmhouse. Nicely styled, you will be welcomed with fresh baked goods and hot tea or coffee.This bed-and-breakfast is perfectly situated near the airport, but away from the more "touristy" type of generic be...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 14, 2006

Cahergal House B&B￿

Newmarket On Fergus , Ireland
+353 (61) 368358

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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Attraction | "Ireland's Major Tourist Trap... Bunratty Castle"

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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Since this was my third trip to Ireland, I thought what the heck, it's time to go for Ireland's major tourist trap, Bunratty Castle's Medieval Banquet. It was off-season during winter, so what better way to spend a cold night in Ireland the night before you fly home than at a banquet in an old castle. Well, it was quite an experience indeed. I am not sure if it was a good one, but it was different, and I will never forget it. First of all it was cold, but as the night went on the body heat and the mead, a mixture of wine and honey, soon had us warmed up. The night began in a huge reception hall, which was decorated with wonderful Tudor deeply carved furniture, and great early stat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Village
County Clare, Ireland

A Day in County Kerry!

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Inch Beach on Dingle Peninsula . Photo, Ireland, Europe
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This was one of the coldest winter days we spent touring Ireland on the Iveragh Peninsula of County Kerry. Normally this area is warmer due to the Gulf Stream that flows near its coastline. But wow, was this a blistery cold, sharp, windy day. It did not stop us, though, as this is one of the nicest parts of Ireland for scenery and Gaelic charm and history. We found the foggy day intriguing in that it put an aura of mystery in the landscapes and surroundings. As long as we were bundled up, we fell headlong into the beauty of the area. The ruins of the Killowen Graveyard and Church were enjoyable to explore situated on the banks of the Kenmare River. By the time we did get to the village of Kenmare...Read More

Doing Dingle Town, County Kerry

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Droichead Beag, Small Bridge Pub. Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Dingle town or village on the Dingle Peninsula of County Kerry is one of the best Irish experiences you can have. From the magnificent scenery to the local folk, the Gaelic culture and language spoken freely, the great pubs and excellent restaurants, Dingle has it all. The surrounding area of Dingle makes for a perfect day trip, especially if you take the Slea Head Drive. I recommend taking an organized tour of Slea Head from Morans Garage, or an archaeological tour with Tim Collins. It allows you the freedom to have someone else do the driving on the narrow roads but also lets you really look at the landscapes and photograph them. Having a tour will bring you to places you might not find ...Read More