International travellers continue to find the lure of the Emerald Isle irresistible, especially when it comes to the opportunity to enjoy championship golf, savor world-class cuisine and learn more about the country’s rich history.
A Luxurious Ireland Golf Adventure
When visitors add in the Irish people they will meet along the way , these visitors will have a lifetime of unforgettable memories to cherish
International travellers continue to find the lure of the Emerald Isle irresistible, especially when it comes to the opportunity to enjoy championship golf, savor world-class cuisine and learn more about the country’s rich history. Today’s Ireland has so much to offer to those looking for a unique and luxurious getaway among the land of saints and scholars.
With so many reasons to visit Ireland, golf is often at the hea rt of the travel plans. “What sets the Irish golfing experience apart over any other golfing destinations throughout the world is the wide variety of world class golf links, comfortable standards of accommodation, and really top class chefs servicing the very be st of Irish fresh farm-to-plate food experiences,” explains John D ooley, PGA – Concierge Golf Ireland. “When visitors add in the Irish people they will meet along the way, these visitors will have a lifetime of unforgettable memories to cherish,” adds Dooley.
With so many tempting destinations, the exciting city of Dublin ; the stately luxury of the Limerick area near the Shannon Airport; and the rural village life of the Tralee area come together to provide an enriching Ireland experience that is guaranteed to create lifel ong memories. This summer getaway begins with the magic of Dublin, before proceeding southwest to Limerick, and then concluding in the quintessential Irish village of Tralee.
When asking both tourists and travel professionals about their first impressions of Ireland, several themes always appear: friendly locals, inventive cuisine and the country’s rich history. “For today’s savvy international traveler, what makes Ireland such a unique of the best in culture and unspoiled history in the world, but its
new foodie movement offers the discerning traveler a new edge incuisine from Michelin starred restaurants to gourmet foodie find s in the smallest of towns, offering the best in local organic, sustainable practices and originality,” says Ginger Aarons, CTC – Director of Time Travel, LLC. “The people are truly friendly and it’ s easy to find a festival or event that affords the traveler a way of connecting with the locals, or just pop in to one of its many pubs for a pint a nd bit of craic,” add Aarons.
From the moment you arrive to the Airport, the local people prove to be welcoming to outsiders, and ready to make sure that tourists make the most of their time in Dublin. Shopping in Dublin offers various options with the larger department stores and local boutiques. Dinning is a true culinary adventure for the senses at The Winding Stair and a local must-have favorite is the fish and chips at Leo Burdoch’s. The indulgence of Afternoon Tea at the Shelbourne Hotel’s Lord Mayor’s Lounge is a time-honored tradition not to be missed.
Dublin is a great city for walking; and visitors can quickly navigate their way through the neighborhoods, gardens and many historic landmarks that are waiting to be discovered. A visit to the Guinness Storehouse is always a popular look into this treasured piece of Dublin’s culture. The National Gallery of Ireland houses more than 2,500 paintings, with approximately 10,000 other works in different media including watercolors, drawings, prints and sculpture. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland and is the largest cathedral in Ireland, with a beautiful garden area that is perfect to relax and enjoy a Dublin afternoon.
Hotel Picks in Dublin
Hotel Dylan Eastmoreland Place,
Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street,
Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin
Limerick and Shannon
Just a short distance from the Shannon Airport, stately manors and luxurious castles are waiting to roll out the red carpet for guests looking to experience this regal side of Ireland. Adare Manor was a modest Georgian home in 1830, when the 2nd Earl of Dunraven took time to design what is currently seen. The entire estate was purchased in 1982 from the Dunraven family, and this historical masterpiece was completely restored. Today, the lavish hotel has a diverse selection of rooms and suites, multiple fine dining options and a championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones. While being a very playable design, there are a number of dangers on each hole that forces the golfers to never get too comfortable while the backdrop of the stately manor just steps from tee box is absolutely priceless.
Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate is one of the most famous baronial castles in Ireland; and was the ancestral home of the O’Briens, Barons of Inchiquin, who are one of the few native Gaelic families of royal blood and direct descendants of Brian Boroimhe (Boru), High King of Ireland in the eleventh century. Though it has seen many transformations over the years, Dromoland’s rich history goes back to 1014 when Donough O’Brien, a son of Brian Boru, controlled Dromoland as a defensive stronghold. The hotel and estate today is a magical place with hotel suites and dining options that are fit for royalty, and an extremely high level of service is offered from the dedicated staff that is determined to make sure all guests have an amazing experience. The parkland golf course is not long, but provides a challenge for golfers of all levels, along with an unmatched royal setting that provides outstanding views of this vast estate.
Hotel Picks in Limerick and Shannon
Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort,
Adare Co, Limerick,
Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Estate,
Newmarket on Fergus Co. Clare
Dunraven Arms Hotel,
Founded in 1216 by John FitzThomas Fitzgerald, this quintessential Irish town is an ideal place to spend the afternoons and evenings, or at least the time when not taking advantage of the amazing golf available in this picturesque area of the world. With a mix of international restaurants, Irish pubs and local shops, Tralee has become a modernized town, and often a great place for the nongolfers to spend time getting to better know the Tralee locals while the golfers are out chasing birdies.
Dooks Golf Links is currently celebrating their 125th year, so guests know they are in a truly special place with so much history and tradition. Here, the club and staff do not disappoint for a single moment, and provide golfers with a timeless golf experience. Dooks has amazing views because of its position in this unique corner of Dingle Bay, on the Wild Atlantic Way. If time allows, make time to enjoy lunch or dinner at the Club’s restaurant, as the unassuming location provides guests with a delicious menu.
Tralee Golf Club is the direct result of Arnold Palmer’s design group taking the landscape to create a true masterpiece – this course is surrounded by history. Ryan’s Daughter was an Academy Award winning movie that was filmed on the beach along holes 1 and 2; the tower at the back of the 3rd green dates back to the 1190s; and the beach behind the 16th green and off the right of the 17th hole was where many ships ran aground, including one vessel from the Spanish Armada in 1588. World-class golf and intriguing history come together beautifully at the Tralee Golf Club.
Ballybunion is guaranteed to challenge any golfer, and the views out over the Atlantic Ocean are second-to-none. The Old Course is phenomenal, and the Trent Jones Cashen Course is a close second for those fortunate enough to play both courses while at Ballybunion. With so much history surrounding Ballybunion, you can almost feel the spirit from the likes of Tom Watson, Bill Clinton and others who have a unique fascination with this Club. The Oceanside holes on this course are beyond compare, and the eerily intriguing cemetery just off of the first tee that dates back to the mid-1800’s is just another reason this Club atmosphere at Ballybunion is a favorite by so many locals and visitors.
Hotel Picks: Tralee
Manor West Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Ballyseede,
Tralee Co. Kerry
19th Lodge Guest House – Ballybunion,
Golf Links Road Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
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