Ireland Journals

Road trips round Ireland

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An August 2012 trip to Ireland by rufusni

Quote: Various trips around Ireland

Suitor Gallery

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Restaurant | "Coffee shop"

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I am often travelling on the road through Omagh and on to Belfast and hence am always looking for good places to stop for coffee and/or food. I had seen this place just off the roundabout at Ballygawley- the roundabout with the Omagh road on it. One morning needing coffee I decided to stop as I knew I had make good time already and would make it to Belfast too early. So I pulled in and parked. You go down steps to get into the building. First bad impression is that from the car park you look straight into an old upstairs storeroom with junk which is not great. There is a shop with lots of bits and bobs- a place my mother would love to wander through and buy presents in. The coffee shop has its counter...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2013

Suitor Gallery
17 Grange Road
Ballygawley, Northern Ireland
028 8556 8653

Prima Gusto

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Restaurant | "on the road stop"

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I have been here a few times due to its location just off the main A1 road between Belfast and Dublin just before it connects to the M1 at Lisburn. Coming from Dublin its just after the Hillsborough roundabout on the first road left. Its handy which is why I have stopped here a few times while on the road. It has been one of the better options for a lunch stop - not the best coffee stop but lunch was pretty good. There is free car parking - and although Hillsborough village is nicer the problem there is often finding somewhere to park to enjoy the eateries actually in the village-so convenience it has hit the mark. Its not the most pleasant building - with a tile showroom and pet store, and the...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2013

Prima Gusto
5 Harrys Road
Hillsborough, County Down BT26 6HJ
028 9268 8574

Metro Hotel Dublin Airport

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Hotel | "noisy"

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Okay - first to call this an airport hotel is stretching things unless you are measuring distance from the end of the runway - it is a good drive away. They do have an airport shuttle - but I was staying here but not flying in or out of the airport. I chose it because of its location just off the M50. It can be accessed using public transport but not easily. They do have above ground and an underground carpark - got a space opposite the door to the hotel. I was early but they let me check-in well before 2pm. Receptionist was friendly and efficient. Got up to the room - strange layout of hallways. Room was bit small - not much space between end of bed and wall - it was definitely a room for...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2013

Metro Hotel Dublin Airport
Santry Cross, Ballymun Road Dublin 9
Dublin, Ireland

Cavan Crystal Hotel

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Hotel | "average but good breakfast"

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I needed a stop on the road between Donegal and Dublin, and so Cavan seemed like a good choice. So I checked out the options and could get a single room rate in the Cavan Crystal. Its not in the centre in the town, rather it is on the road into the town in more an light industry/shopping outlets. The location was great for me as it is just off the route I was taking. There is also free parking.I headed into the hotel. The outside entrance is not well designed with too many steps and oddly laid out ramps, so you really needed to carry a suitcase up. The receptionist was efficient in checking in. And I quickly headed towards the lift - this is one of those buildings with split half levels so...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2012

Cavan Crystal Hotel
Dublin Road
County Cavan, Ireland
049 436 0600

Blanchardstown Dublin Crowne Plaza

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Hotel | "Shopping and sleep"

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The Crowne Plaza is part of the shopping complex that is the Blanchardstown Centre on the outskirts of Dublin, just off the N3. I booked to stay one Friday night with the plan to do some shopping. I arrived just before four and parked in the underground car park - free car parking. Went up to reception to check-in. The lady on reception was friendly and welcoming. She said that as I prepaid did I want to register my credit card in case I wanted to order a movie or room service, so as I wasn't sure how tired I'd be feeling later I decided that seemed like a plan just in case. Took the lift up to the room. It was a tastefully decorated room in blues, with crisp white bed linen and dark wood ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2012

Blanchardstown Dublin Crowne Plaza
Blanchardstown Town Centre
Blanchardstown, Dublin
01 862 8804