Ireland

Tips and Articles in Ireland

See our slideshow of Shoulder Season Travel Secrets. After the vacation crowds head home, you’ll find the smart traveler basking in good deals and wide open spaces. Quick: What’s the best time of year to visit Thailand?If you’re looking for grea...
“Oh, and one more thong.” “Yes?” I’m standing in a narrow, far-flung hallway in Crom Castle, which is a rambling 19th-century pile rising castellically from the shores of Upper Lough Erne, in the misty and melancholic Northern Ireland county of ...
Dubliners have traditionally considered their city's inner north side insalubrious—and best avoided. A host of just-opened bars and clubs, however, have recently transformed the gritty north bank into the perfect antidote to touristy Temple Bar. I...
Celtic traditions inspire the circular garden at Ireland's latest destination spa, Monart (near Waterford; 353-53/923-8999; www.monart.ie; doubles from $420). Guests at the original 18th-century brick manse are treated to ...
A $137 million makeover has brought Dublin's landmark Shelbourne up to speed. The best new feature has to be the genealogy butler, a private consultant who, in an hour or two, can help you trace and map your Irish roots, back to the most distant g...
Here's how I imagined it: I'd buy a gnarled walking stick and go wandering through shamrock-green villages, on the prowl for shining examples of colcannon, boxty, stampy, and champ. I'd commune with wild sheep on the moors . . . catch silvery salm...
With its façade of battlements and its Gothic follies, Glin Castle appears somewhat daunting as it looms above the river Shannon in County Limerick. Inside, however, it's hard to imagine a more welcoming and intriguing place to stay. "We're very p...
After years of chic, simple interiors, decadence is afoot, and the most sensuous areas of the home—the bedroom and the dining room—are being indulged. In the past year, Europe has seen a wave of shops selling linens new and old, with something for...
Most travelers to Ireland can attest to its emerald hills and sweeping valleys, but how many can say they got to drive right through them?Using four-wheel-drive vehicles, the just-launched Vagabond Tours is luring thrill-seekers into the wild for ...
It was the music that drew me to Ireland: the lilt and wail of the fiddle, the bright laughter of the accordion, the windy purl of the flute. This was the music of my father's forebears; once it got ahold of me, a few years back, it never let go. ...
Trapped by the twin demons of habit and finance, I've often entertained the fantasy of opening a bed-and-breakfast. It's a heady thought, quitting my job and devoting my life to cloth-covered jars of huckleberry jam. Instead of enduring the drudge...
Can you recommend a company that does horseback tours of Ireland? —K.D., Glen Ellyn, Ill. With its mountains, castles, beaches, and coastal villages, the Irish countryside is best explored from the back of a horse. Most riding tours follow establi...
While no one was looking, Dublin blossomed into a bona fide cosmopolitan food capital. Want a Michelin two-starred feast?Book at Thornton's or Patrick Guilbaud. A restaurant-cum-lounge that looks as if it's been airlifted from San Francisco?Join t...
Immersing yourself in the culture may be a great way to see Europe, sure, but each of these new spas has created a universe unto itself—which may make you consider not venturing beyond the property boundaries at all. SWITZERLAND Complimentary foot...
I was brought up between the mountains and the sea, and those spirits still haunt me: the urge in the mountains to search and find, and in the sea the longing to lose myself. My particular mountains were the Dublin hills. Of a morning their count...