THE RUGGED NORTHWEST COAST OF IRELAND & THE CAPITAL CITY DUBLIN AWAIT YOU...
THE RUGGED NORTHWEST COAST OF IRELAND & THE CAPITAL CITY DUBLIN AWAIT YOU...
We invite you to join us on this wonderful Irish golf links adventure, accompanied and hosted by David Redmond, Founder and Senior Partner of Epic Golf Travel.
We invite you to join us on this wonderful Irish golf links adventure, accompanied and hosted by David Redmond, Founder and Senior Partner of Epic Golf Travel.
Epic Golf Travel is thrilled to offer this 6 night, 6 round Hosted Golf Tour of some of the best links golf and sights and sounds Ireland has to offer!
You'll enjoy 6 amazing and ranked links golf courses, luxury lodging on both coasts of Ireland, premium chauffeured coach & driver, a welcoming cocktail evening, a farewell dinner, a whiskey tasting experience, a wonderful gift package and exceptional company throughout the trip.
Every course you'll play is ranked in the Top 25 Courses in Ireland, with 4 ranked inside the Top 15. You'll enjoy amazing seaside vistas, towering sand dunes and the fun of playing true links courses. To get a taste of what golf along the Wild Atlantic Way is like, I invite you to follow this link for a short video tour of 3 of our golf courses.
Your lodging on the west coast will be the 4 Star Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Sligo, overlooking Sligo Bay and the nearby mountains. And while in Dublin, you'll be staying at the 5 Star Dylan Hotel, the highest rated boutique hotel in the city.
You'll also get to experience all that Dublin has to offer. Here you'll find the Guinness Storehouse Factory, the Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin Castle, Grafton Street & its Buskers, St. Patricks Cathedral, the National Museum of Ireland, the famous Temple Bar (among the city's 750 pubs) and much, much more...
Please call, email or follow the link below with your questions, comments or to reserve your spot with us. I look forward to speaking to you and hosting you on this amazing trip!
This six night, six round golf tour includes some of the finest links courses in Ireland. You'll stay in Sligo on the rugged west coast of Ireland and in the capital city of Dublin.
The Emerald Isle has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to golf courses, including fully one third of the worlds true links courses. All courses in your itinerary are Top 25 Courses in Ireland and four are ranked in the Top 15 in Ireland.
Royal Dublin was founded in 1885 and is a traditional out and back links course. The club has hosted numerous Irish Open Championships, including those won by Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer. Donegal sits on an isolated piece of rugged and rolling land, jutting out into Donegal Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. County Sligo, opened in 1894, sits on Drumcliffe Bay and was designed by the great Harry Colt. Enniscrone is rolling and ravishing and is set on a promontory in Killala Bay. The course enjoys 360 degree views of the mountains, sea and coastline. The Island Club is quietly ranked in the Top Ten in Ireland and once played, you'll understand why. Portmarnock opened in 1894 and is as natural a links as there is in Ireland. The club has hosted dozens of championships, including the Irish Open, Walker Cup, British Masters and Irish Amateur.
|SEPT 18||Royal Dublin Golf Club||Arrive Dublin, PM Golf, Transfer to Sligo||Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo|
|SEPT 19||Donegal Golf Club||Welcome Cocktails||Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo|
|SEPT 20||County Sligo Golf Club||Whiskey Tasting Experience||Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo|
|SEPT 21||Enniscrone Golf Club||Transfer to Dublin||The Dylan Hotel Dublin|
|SEPT 22||Portmarnock Golf Club||Free Time in Dublin City||The Dylan Hotel Dublin|
|SEPT 23||The Island Club||Farewell Dinner||The Dylan Hotel Dublin|
|SEPT 24||Depart Dublin|
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
Caddie fees (caddies not required)
Gratuities, including caddies, coach driver, F&B, doormen, porters or the like
Any food & beverage not listed above
Sightseeing fees, souvenirs or incidentals
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17: DEPART USA FOR IRELAND
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18: ARRIVE DUBLIN & PLAY ROYAL DUBLIN GC
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19: PLAY DONEGAL GC
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20: PLAY COUNTY SLIGO GC
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21: PLAY ENNISCRONE GC
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22: PLAY PORTMARNOCK GC
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23: PLAY THE ISLAND GC
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24: DEPART IRELAND FOR HOME
KERRY COACHES OF IRELAND
Kerry Coaches is Ireland’s leading chauffeured golf transport provider. They provide local and experienced drivers who specialize in golf tours and have proven to be an invaluable asset to any golf vacation. These drivers have built up a strong working relationship with caddy masters, course rangers and other staff at all of Ireland’s finest courses. The drivers have full knowledge of the best restaurants and pubs in the country. From local Irish cuisine, traditional music to finding the best pint of Guinness, these drivers will point you in the right direction.
Kerry Coach's Class G+ vehicles are ideal for group’s seeking special VIP treatment. Each leather seat is hand crafted to provide superior comfort. There is ample leg room and the luxurious interior provides the perfect setting to travel in comfort and style.
The coach can serve up to 32 golfers and features 32 large full leather reclining seats, bathroom, tables, air conditioning, 2 refrigerators and DVD player.
TRIP PRICE & OTHER INFORMATION
$3,975.00 USD per person
$1,500.00 USD deposit | $475.00 USD single supplement
The trip includes 6 rounds of golf, 6 nights double lodging (single lodging available), luxury coach & driver transportation, welcoming cocktails, a farewell dinner, breakfast each morning, a whiskey tasting experience, a premium gift package and all taxes and surcharges.
In order to secure you place among the 20 golfers, a $1,500.00 non-refundable deposit is required at sign-up, with the balance due by June 18, 2022 (90 days prior to arrival date).
As deposits and balance payments are non-refundable due to the nature of the trip, Epic Golf Travel strongly encourages you to purchase travel insurance. We recommend GolfSafe to our clients, but you may choose whoever you wish.
Flights are not included in the trip price. All flights need to arrive to Dublin International Airport no later than 10:00am on Sunday September 18, 2022. Those who arrive later may need to arrange their own transportation to Royal Dublin Golf Club (20 minutes).
Fully chauffeured luxury coach & driver is included in the trip pricing.
CONFIRMING YOUR TRIP
You are confirmed for the trip once your deposit has been received.
The trip deposit is $1,500.00 USD per person. This deposit is non-refundable due to the nature of the trip, so we strongly encourage all travelers to purchase travel insurance.
Should there be any governmental closures, delays or travel bans specific to COVID-19 that affect your ability to leave the US, enter Ireland or make use of the hotel, golf course or transportation bookings, your monies will be refunded and the trip will be cancelled.
DISINCLINATION TO TRAVEL
Bookings unaffected by destination closures or travel restrictions due to COVID are still going ahead as planned. If you wish to cancel in this instance, it will be deemed as a ‘disinclination’ to travel by ourselves and our suppliers and all monies paid will be charged as a cancellation fee.
BOOKING THE TRIP
Please call or email Dave Redmond with your questions or comments. When you're ready to book we will forward an invoice for your deposit payment.
Place a $1,500.00 USD non-refundable deposit.
Because space is limited, all deposits and final payments are non-refundable. We strongly suggest you purchase travel insurance to cover any emergencies you might encounter.
The 6 golf courses, 2 hotels and coach & driver are booked and deposits have been made.
The itinerary you see is set, however, there will be plenty of time before or after golf to explore and enjoy Ireland.
For your departure airport, feel free to choose the most convenient/economical airport, but you should plan to land in Dublin no later than 10:00am on Sunday September 18, 2022.
Our tee time at Royal Dublin that day is 12:10pm, so we'll be leaving the airport no later than 11:00am.
In Ireland, you must fly into and out of the Dublin International Airport in order to make use of the provided transportation.
You'll need a passport that is valid for at least the duration of your stay. There is no minimum additional time your passport need be valid in Ireland. You'll also need your drivers licenses or some other official form of ID.
You may need additional documents and/or testing, depending on COVID policies or other travel regulations in place at the time of departure. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the proper COVID testing completed and that you comply with all other regulations prior to departing from the U.S.
If COVID testing to re-enter the U.S. is still in place at the time of departure from Ireland, we will provide transportation/access to a testing facility prior to departure. The cost of any COVID test or other government required testing is not included in the cost of the trip.
It's a good idea to make copies of your passport and the front and back of your credit cards, drivers license and health insurance card just in case something comes up missing. Keep a hard copy somewhere safe and a digital copy on your phone. This will make the process of replacing a lost document much easier.
The trip is inclusive of a chauffeured coach & driver for the entirety of our stay in Ireland.
For this trip, a 32 passenger luxury Mercedes Coach is reserved. The coach features leather reclining seats, tables, a bathroom, air conditioning, refrigerators and a DVD player.
Our Irish driver will meet us at the airport upon arrival and take us to and from all golf courses and to and from all lodging. He will suggest restaurants and pubs for lunch or dinner, side trips and sightseeing.
Regarding our transportation, the coach and driver will be with us 24/7 throughout the entire trip. If at all possible, the driver will be happy to take you where you need to go and wait for you or pick you up afterwards.
However, because of the group's travel schedule and its demands, it may not be possible for the driver to serve individual requests. Additionally, it will depend on whether the driver is approaching his regulated maximum daily driving hours.
Alternately, Uber is available in Dublin and will take you throughout Dublin, south to Waterford and north just shy of Sligo. Dublin also has an abundance of taxis as an additional option.
Lyft's worldwide locations are currently limited to the US and Canada.
The short answer is yes.
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance for your trip. Because of the nature of this trip and it's limited availability, your deposits and balance payments are non-refundable.
If you should need to cancel for any reason, if your luggage gets lost or if you get sick while on the trip, travel insurance will provide reimbursement for these items and more. Please see policy information for coverage and cost details.
We use and recommend GolfSafe by TravelSafe, but feel free to choose your own travel insurance company.
Either way is fine, but remember, you'll be without your golf clubs for 2-4 days each way if you plan on shipping them ahead of time.
If you're bringing them with you on the plane, any well-made golf bag cover will suffice. But please make sure you use a "collapsible" golf bag cover and not a "hard shell" cover. The hard shell covers do not collapse and take up far too much room on the coaches. If any client travels with a hard shell cover the cover will have to be left behind at the first golf course or hotel.
If you're bringing your clubs with you on the plane, make sure you invest in a “Stiff Arm” by Club Glove. This is a telescoping device that you put into your golf bag to protect your golf clubs (particularly your driver). The Stiff Arm will help prevent shafts from being broken by careless baggage handlers. You can find them on eBay, Amazon, or in most golf shops for around $40.
If you prefer to send your clubs to avoid checked baggage hassles, we recommend Ship Sticks. As a client, you are entitled to a 10% discount on any Ship Sticks delivery. Reach out to us for more information.
The Republic of Ireland's (where we will be staying and playing golf) main currency is the Euro. Neither the US dollar nor the British pound sterling are accepted here.
American Express, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in the Republic of Ireland. So much so, in fact, that you may only need Euros to pay cash to your caddie.
Yes, American Express, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Contact your credit card & ATM card companies at least 7 days before you depart. Notify them of your travel dates and locations. If you don’t, your ATM card may not work and your purchases with your credit cards may be denied. Also check with your credit card companies and find out which one charges the least amount for international transactions.
Ireland, like much of the UK, does not have large temperature swings as so much of the U.S. does. The highest average temperature in any given month in Ireland is 67°, with the lowest being around 50°.
Ireland in September has average highs of 62° and average lows of 50°. However, on any given day, it could be 80° or 50°, so be prepared.
Rain is common, but usually only for a short period of time on any given day. Squalls can come in off the sea quickly, but can pass through just as quickly.
Regarding the weather, remember to bring a good rain suit, rain gloves, bucket rain hat, windproof umbrella, 2 golf towels and at least 2 pairs of golf shoes.
You should pack for temperatures ranging from 50° to 75°. Pack clothes that you can layer, as the temperatures may vary a great deal during the day.
Pack your rain gear, rain hat, rain gloves, umbrella and extra socks for the wet weather that's inevitable in Ireland.
It will be cool at night, so pack some sort of outerwear for the evenings.
You will not need a coat, tie, dress shoes or any formal wear for this trip. However, if you have a kilt or knickers, by all means feel free to bring them and wear them!
Airlines do tend to lose luggage from time to time. Therefore, it is always advisable to keep essential items with you at all times.
So things to consider packing in your carry-on include your medication, tablet or laptop, electrical adapter, a pair of golf shoes, 1/2 dozen golf balls, rain gear, tees and a couple of pairs of socks. At least this way if the airline loses your clubs, you can play golf until they are found.
Golf club policies in Ireland change from year to year, so it is always best to travel with your handicap card or have access on your phone to your current handicap.
Typical maximum handicaps are 28 for men and 36 for women, but if this may be an issue, please check with us prior to signup.
Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes.
You may not be permitted to wear your golf shoes or sneakers into some of the clubhouses, so keep a pair of street shoes with you. Take off your hat when entering the clubhouse. Many courses do not allow golfers to change clothes or shoes in the parking area (this should only be done in the locker room). We will advise you so please follow whatever guidelines are in place at each facility.
The majority of the links courses in Ireland have caddies available. When requested, we will book caddies in advance, however, this does not guarantee their availability. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis. Caddy fees inclusive of tip, range from $60 - $100 (approximately) and are paid in cash directly to the caddie immediately after the round.
If you are hiring a caddie, he will thank you if you take out all the extra stuff in your golf bag. Bring 1 small towels (your caddie will have a towel), 2 sleeves of balls, some tees, your rain jacket and pants, an umbrella and a ball marker.
For those golfers who do not wish to use a caddie, both regular pull carts and electric pull carts are widely available.
Regarding riding golf carts, very few links courses have or permit the use of riding golf carts. However, most of the courses we play will provide a riding cart with a medical certificate of some kind. Please reach out to us directly if this is an option you would like to explore.
Yes, wall outlets are very different than those found in the US. You will need to travel with an electrical adaptor in order to charge your laptop, phone, electric shaver, etc. You may want to consider a small power strip so you can charge more than one item at a time.
Most major carriers now offer reasonably priced roaming services for the UK and The Republic of Ireland. Be sure to contact your provider several weeks before leaving to enable that service. For most, it's as easy as punching a few numbers into your phone to switch to roaming when overseas.
All hotels will have high speed WiFi available at no charge. Most golf courses will have WiFi available for guests. Other than that, WiFi will be limited when we are on the road.
Since it doesn't get dark until almost 8pm across Ireland in September, there will be plenty of daylight hours to sightsee or do something else other than play golf.
While on the west coast, there are historic sights to see, as well as the coast and coastal towns, including Donegal. While in Dublin, there are countless things to do, some of which are listed below.
If you have questions that aren't addressed above, please feel free to reach out to us via email (email@example.com) or phone (1.443.300.7975).
YOUR GOLF COURSES
You'll play 6 of the Top 25 Golf Courses in Ireland
ROYAL DUBLIN GOLF CLUB
Ranked #25 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
The Dublin Golf Club, as it was originally called, was founded in 1885. The club moved twice before the course finally came to rest on Bull Island in 1889. Two years later, Queen Victoria granted the club royal patronage. The course was severely damaged during the First World War and was rebuilt by Harry Colt in 1920.
This is a classic traditional out and back links, relatively unusual for an Irish links. The course is fairly flat and narrow with long stretches of out of bounds, and the wind tends to swirl around Dublin Bay, generally making the course play tougher than the yardage would indicate. The greens are outstanding and there are some brutally deep greenside bunkers as well.
Martin Hawtree was engaged in course redevelopment work between 2004-2006 and Royal Dublin has improved as a consequence. Today's championship layout stretches to an impressive 7,269 yards from the tips and has hosted numerous Irish Open Championships, with Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer among the winners here at Royal Dublin.
DONEGAL GOLF CLUB
Ranked #18 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
Donegal Golf Club is built on a rugged and crumpled piece of linksland that extends out into the Atlantic Ocean. It's an enchanting and isolated setting for golf, with views across the bay to the Bluestack Mountains.
The course opened in 1973 and stretches to over 7400 yards from the tips. The outside loop plays along the dunes and the ocean, providing stunning views of the surrounding area. The inner loop is more protected, however the constantly changing sea breeze provides a formidable test for both pro and amateur alike.
Originally designed by the legendary Irish golf course architect, Eddie Hackett, the course is continually being molded and enhanced by the master of links design, Pat Ruddy.
Facilities include a driving range, warm up area, and putting, chipping and bunker practice areas.
COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB (ROSSES POINT)
Ranked #7 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
County Sligo, designed by Harry Colt, is a traditional links layout. The course utilizes the natural contours of the dune-covered landscape, rather than having moved a large amount of earth during its construction. The end result is a course filled with dramatic undulations, elevated tees and raised plateau greens.
The views are spectacular, from the third tee on a clear day one can see five counties, the lighthouse out to sea, the cliffs of Slieve League in Donegal, Lissadell House in the trees across the bay, Queen Maeve’s grave on top of Knocknarea and the imposing back ground of Ireland’s table mountain Benbulben.
County Sligo is a joy to play and has it all, including unusual routing over three distinctly different sections. The individuality of holes and the varied terrain makes the course an absolute must-play.
ENNISCRONE GOLF CLUB
Ranked #13 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
Enniscrone is among the finest and most challenging of traditional Irish links courses and offers 27 holes on 400 acres of magnificent links land.
The Dunes Championship Course is one of Ireland’s top-ranked championship links courses and is regularly a Top 15 Links Course in Golf Digest’s review of Irish golf courses.
First opened in 1918, the great Irish architect Eddie Hackett put the course on the map when he extended the course to 18 holes in 1974. An additional 9 was added shortly thereafter and work was also done to route some holes through the magnificent dunes.
The fairways pitch and roll through towering shaggy dunes while the greens are raised on plateaus and protected by deep valleys and revenues.
Enniscrone is a breathtaking golf course set in a ravishing location. It is natural, perfectly complements its surroundings and you have an ever-present sense of freedom while playing.
PORTMARNOCK GOLF CLUB
Ranked #3 in Ireland and #47 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World
Portmarnock Golf Club is situated on its own sandy peninsula, approximately two miles long and covering some 500 acres. The land belonged to the famous distiller, John Jameson, and from around 1850, the links was used as the Jameson’s private golf course. Nine “proper” holes opened for play in October 1894 and, two years later, the course was extended to eighteen holes.
There is nothing man-made about Portmarnock; it’s a natural links, and considered to be a very fair golf course. With water on three sides, the course is at the mercy of the wind. Laid out broadly in two loops of nine holes, you are invariably playing in different directions. Measuring just less than 7,500 yards from the back tees, it is a formidable test of golf.
There are delightful views to the south of Portmarnock, including the Ireland’s Eye (a small island), home to important seabird colonies and the Hill of Howth (once famous for its electric trams).
Portmarnock has hosted a number of important tournaments, including 19 Irish Opens, the Canada Cup and the Walker Cup. The closing five holes are especially brutal. Bernard Darwin once commented: ”I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock”.
THE ISLAND CLUB
Ranked #8 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
The Island Club in Ireland was once on an island. It’s now attached to the mainland but it’s still an isolated peninsula-like spur of links land, sandwiched between the Irish Sea, the beach of Donabate and the Broadmeadow estuary.
Few people know about The Island Golf Club, despite the fact that the course is over 100 years old and has featured in numerous ranking tables over the years. One leading golf magazine once commented: “The best course in Ireland you have never heard of. Play it and tell no-one.”
This is a no-frills golf course. There is nothing artificial, it’s simply harmonious and in tune with its surroundings. Some of the most shaggy, rugged and looming sand dunes imaginable provide natural and distinct amphitheaters for many of the holes. In the summer, if you are unfortunate and wayward enough to find the dunes, be careful to avoid trampling on the wild dune flowers.
3 nights on the rugged west coast of Ireland & 3 nights in the capital city of Dublin
RADISSON BLU HOTEL SLIGO
4 Star property overlooking Sligo Bay and the surrounding mountains
Surrounded by the gorgeous countryside of Rosses Point, the Radisson Blu Hotel offers majestic views of Sligo Bay and the neighboring mountains.
The hotel offers 132 modern rooms and suites with generous amenities including high-speed WiFi, premium linens, blackout curtains, satellite flatscreen TV, large work desk, minibar, coffee & tea maker, robe and slippers.
You'll also enjoy the top-rated Solas Spa, fully-equipped gym, a heated indoor pool and the AA Rosette-accredited Classiebawn Restaurant.
DYLAN HOTEL DUBLIN
Historic 5 Star boutique hotel located in Irelands capital city
The Dylan Hotel is just off Baggot Street in Dublin’s south city centre. This historic hotel was once home to the nurses of the Royal City of Dublin Hospital and is now Dublins only five star boutique hotel. Located in a quiet and leafy neighborhood The Dylan is only minutes from the main sights and attractions of Dublin.
Each of the 72 guest rooms have been individually styled with a mix of whimsical decor... artistic headboards, intricate mirrors, statement chairs and classic pieces.
In the rooms, there are flat-screen TVs, iPod docks (with iPods loaded with historical Dublin walking tours), stocked minibars, and bathrooms with underfloor heating. Amenities in the hotel include a fitness room, a cozy bar, heated outdoor terrace, excellent restaurant, and 24-hour room service. In addition to its character and sleek style, the Dylan is well known for its excellent service.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
You'll have an afternoon in Dublin, so be sure to check out some of the great sites & charming local pubs
THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE FACTORY, DUBLIN
Located in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Ireland. In fact, the interior is designed to look exactly like a pint of Guinness itself and is known to be the largest pint in the world.
A ticket to the Guinness factory (roughly €18) will take you on a tour through seven floors of Irish brewing history, where you will learn all about the Guinness family, as well as how the beloved stout beer is meticulously crafted to perfection. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor, where you can enjoy a refreshing pint of Guinness with a 360 degree view of the Dublin skyline.
THE OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY, DUBLIN
Another historical gem is the Old Jameson Distillery, located just off Smithfield Square. This location previously used to be the original site where Jameson whiskey was manufactured and distilled until it stopped production in the early 1970s.
Learn the story of John Jameson and his adventures in whiskey making on a guided tour of the Jameson Distillery. Since his brave first steps into the brewery building in 1780, the Jameson brand has been focused on its founder's ambition to create unforgettable experiences.
A tour of the old distillery will take you through the history and process of creating the refined whiskey, along with the unique opportunity to take part in a comparative whiskey-tasting experience. At the end of the tour, you will be given an exclusive Whiskey Taster Certificate to officially certify your knowledge in traditional Irish whiskey.
ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL
Ireland's largest church and the final resting place of Jonathan Swift, St Patrick's stands on the spot where St Patrick himself reputedly baptized the local Celtic chieftains in the 5th century. Fiction or not, it's a sacred bit of turf upon which this cathedral was built between 1191 and 1270.
As the largest cathedral and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years.
Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patricks Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and is the largest church in Ireland. The adjacent park is a nice respite in the city if you fancy a coffee or picnic break.
One of the most famous pubs in Dublin is the Temple Bar, first opened in 1840. Part of its fame is because it offers over 450 different kinds of rare whiskies (Ireland's largest collection).
You can’t miss this red building, it looks typically Irish and it is always buzzing. The inside is pretty quirky, with a lot of hanging lamps, the huge whiskey collection and a weird bronze statue of James Joyce. And the crazy atmosphere here makes you want to come in. The only problem comes from its fame, the place is always full and it’s usually a challenge to find a place to sit.
GRAFTON STREET, DUBLIN
A bit like Dublin city itself, Grafton Street presents something of an enigma to visitors. In other major capitals, people gather along grand boulevards to shop, lunch, drink and eat. In Dublin, locals head to Grafton Street, a narrow winding road that’s been at the heart of the city’s social life for more than a century.
Grafton Street is home to all varieties of shops, both locally owned and national brands. It's also home to countless restaurants, cafes and pubs. And, most famously, Grafton Street is home to the many buskers that entertain visitors with a variety of music, magic and street performances.
Entering from Stephen’s Green in the south, Grafton Street meanders by a series of street-level shops, twisting and turning, before sloping down to the broad sweep of College Green and the grand entrance to Trinity College.
On a busy Saturday afternoon it can be hard work negotiating a path from one end of the street to the other, so dense are the crowds strolling about or gathered around the multiple street entertainers.
Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government.
With over 800 years of Irish memories encapsulated within its walls, this incredible structure has borne witness to some of the most pivotal events in all of the country’s history.
Spanning an area of over 11 acres, the Castle stands proudly on the highest ridge in the locality and offers self-guided and guided tours of the grounds, including the Castle’s many rooms, gardens and museums such as the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Garda Museum and the Revenue Museum.
KILMAINHAM GAOL PRISON
Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol (prison) held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera.
If for no other reason, Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin would be remarkable for being the biggest unoccupied gaol in these islands. As such, it gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed.
It offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained and sometimes executed here. The Gaol also played a role during the harsh Famine times.