Family travel expert Jody Halsted has been telling the world about her family’s travel adventures in the USA and elsewhere for almost a decade. Here she gives us the lowdown on her holiday experiences in Ireland. We think her enthusiasm will give you some ideas for your next trip.
I find myself returning to Bruff in County Limerick. The Old Bank B&B is one of the best in the country.
Bruff, as a town, is incredibly special. The community really works together toward making their town a great place to live and welcoming for tourists. It’s centrally located for many of Ireland’s western attractions, so perfect for day trips.
Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s magical spots. From stone circles to megalithic tombs, castles and entrances to the faerie realm, this area is filled with what visitors come to Ireland for- magic and craic.
Terrific day trips can include the Donkey Sanctuary, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Bunratty or King John’s Castle, the Rock of Cashel, and even the Cliffs of Moher. There is also plenty of outdoor activities in the Ballyhoura Region.
For a first visit- especially if you are traveling with family- I recommend the “Sunny Southwest”. Killarney is a terrific base with easy access to the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula, Killarney National Park and plenty of fun outdoor activities like cycling and horseback riding.
I never travel without my camera- an Olympus Pen micro 4/3rds. A rain resistant day pack – I like the LowePro Sport Sling. Extra socks. Good walking shoes or hiking boots.
The people of Ireland are natural story tellers and are always willing to share a tale. And the pubs. There is nothing better than an evening in a village pub when a session is happening.
This fall I will be in Dublin for a few days then hope to visit Connemara. Next fall (2014) I plan to return to Donegal- there is so much I have yet to see!
I suppose that depends on how you define ‘value’. I think Ireland offers everything a visitor could want- delicious food, friendly people, amazing history and spectacular scenery.
Jody Halsted is a family travel authority with a mad passion for Ireland. A frequent visitor to the country, she loves nothing more than exploring Ireland with her husband and two daughters. Jody recently published a series of Ireland vacation planning tips at her site Ireland With Kids. Jody also plans Ireland itineraries and provides Ireland travel coaching. Get inspired by the Ireland Family Vacations Pinterest boards or follow Jody on Twitter @IrelandFamTrvl.
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