Take a Cultural Trip on the Wild Atlantic Way
Posted on: Mon, 08 August, 2022
Planning any trip away in Ireland often relies on two core decisions, firstly which hotel / hotels you want to book and how you wish to fill your time. While some of us may have very specific requirements when booking a hotel, like the need for swimming pool or spa or the need for a pet friendly hotel, location is often where the flexibility comes in. The other core decision is what are you going to see and do during your escape. If you’re the type of person who books their hotel stay then decided on what they want to do, or you prefer to know exactly what to see and do and fill in the hotel gaps after we have you both covered.
On this week’s #TravelTuesday we are bringing you a selection choice treats for the perfect getaway along with some suggestions of the perfectly located hotels in the vicinity where you can stay that accept our Go Anywhere Gift Card. Looking specifically at the much adored Wild Atlantic Way we are hoping to give you some food for thought when you plan your future getaway. We are keeping the spa hotels, guesthouses, pet friendly hotels and city centre hotels in mind for all those with particular tastes. While we wait until we can travel again we are thinking positively at Irelandhotels.com and looking to your future travels.
The much loved English Market in Cork City brings a historically rich history which can almost be felt when you enter. A place that served Corkonians during famine, war and recessions offers anyone who enters a feast for the senses. As you walk through you’ll be hit with a mix of smells from fresh baked goods to the rich exotic spices with colours as loud as the trader themselves. While the smell of fresh fish may not be for everyone the varied choice of cafes and restaurant within the market place may offer something to suit most tastes.
(The Kingsley Hotel) (The Montenotte Hotel)
Places to stay in Cork:
Cork has a great selection of hotels accepting our Go Anywhere Gift Card. Why not check-out the elegant award winning family-owned Montenotte Hotel which offers self-catering options, in-house cinema, Victorian Gardens, pool and gym. Visit The Montenotte Hotel Here. The Kingsley Hotel also offers spacious rooms with a selection of packages (incl Spa deals) right on the edge of Cork City centre. Visit The Kingsley Here
Any adventure into West Cork is not truly complete without at least a stop off at the famed fishing town of Skibbereen. Adored by many, envied by some Skibbereen is one of those Irish towns that somehow manages to tick all the boxes. A great selection of places to dine, a choice of nearby activates including great hiking opportunities, a rich history and loved social scene. The West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen offers something a little different with art exhibitions running regularly throughout the year it is great chance to take in some local (and not so local) artist’s work.
(West Cork Hotel) (Baltimore)
Places to stay in West Cork:
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in west Cork, the appropriately names West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen town is ideally situated just off the main Cork to Kerry road and a perfect place to settle if looking to explore the peninsula’s, island and inlets of West Cork. Visit the West Cork Hotel Here.
However, if you are really looking to get in amongst all the offerings of West Cork and explore the roads a little less travelled make sure you visit Baltimore and a stay in Casey’s of Baltimore. Where you can enjoy the fruits of their onsite brewery and renowned restaurant (we recommend any fish offering). Visit Casey’s of Baltimore Here.
Now famous across the world from the Star Wars film series, The Skellig Islands off the west coast of Kerry have become iconic symbol for west Kerry tourism in recent years. Whether it’s the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of ancient monks (or Luke Skywalker), take a chance to get close to the island number one inhabitants, Puffins, or take in a piece of the iconic blockbuster movie Skellig Michael has a draw unlike any other Irish Island.
Places to stay in Kerry:
Moorings Guesthouse and Seafood Restaurant in Portmagee is a cosy guesthouse next to Valentia Island and also right on Portmagee harbour where you can set sail to visit The Skelligs. Visit Moorings Guesthouse Here.
Arguably one of the most musically rich counties in Ireland, Co Clare is the perfect destination for a last minute night away or indeed fun filled family staycation. Famed for its selection of music festivals from trad to jazz to bluegrass and loved for its range of “different” events such as the long running Lisdoonvarna Match Making Festival and more recent Father Ted Festival, Co Clare festivals almost role one into another during the year. Towns such as Ennis and Doolin are as popular destination for traditional music lovers for a chance to witness some of the finest trad musicians in the country. The county also offers natual beauty spots like the world famous Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch Beach and Aillwee Caves.
(Hotel Woodstock, Ennis)
Places to stay in Clare:
The family owned Hotel Woodstock in Ennis not only boasts an on-site 18 hole golf course, pool, gym, restaurant and pub but also an unbeatable location to explore Clare. From the hotel you will be within 40mins drive to the Cliffs of Moher, 35 mins to Lahinch and less than 20 mins to The Burren. Visit Hotel Woodstock Here.
Visiting Galway, whether it’s your first time or fiftieth visit, one thing is always obvious early on, things move a different pace in Galway. A visit to Eyre Square or Spanish Arch on a sunny day can often result in you being greeted but dozens of friendly faces chatting, playing music, skateboarding or just relaxing. If relaxing in the sun is not top of your list of to-dos then why not take a stroll across the Corrib and visit the area of Claddagh (yes, like the ring) just on the edge of the city and visit the Katie's Claddagh Cottage & Heritage Centre. This historical cottage offers stories of emigration and famine while also offering a glimpse of life in the Claddagh community long ago.
If you want to get a little more active while soaking in the best of Galway, take a trip to Connemara National Park where you can explore the natural beauty of this 9,000 hectare park. Take in towns like Clifden, Letterfrack and Renvyle which are nestled between the park and the Atlantic Ocean. You can even finish your trip to Connemara with visit to magnificent Kylemore Abbey.
Places to stay in Galway:
If you looking to stay in Galway City centre and take in the fantastic nightlife and surrounding than try the Harbour Hotel. The stylish hotel is perfectly placed, just 5 mins walk to Eyre Square yet hidden away to offer you peaceful evening spent in their heated outdoor spaces. Visit Harbour Hotel Here
If Connemara is on your list of places to visit, why not try Cliftden Station House in Clifden (only 20 minuteS from Connemara National Park) or plant yourself right the Atlantic Ocean in Renvyle with a stay in the charming Renvyle House Hotel.
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