We spoke to travel writer Megan Eaves about her love of Ireland and her tips for holidaying here. Some ideas for your next trip perhaps?
I love Connemara, and one of my favourite places to stay in Ireland is Sleepzone Connemara.
It is set in an old house overlooking Killary Fjord, which in my opinion is one of the most beautiful spots in the country. There is a breakfast room with big windows overlooking the water and, on all of my visits, the staff have been incredibly friendly. It’s a nice place to meet other travellers (there’s a small bar onsite) and also get away from everything – there are loads of walking trails nearby.
Definitely go for a walk – the Connemara Loop passes near the hotel and offers splendid views of the sea and the harbour. In the area you also have the stunning Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park, both of which are cyclable from Sleepzone.
I’d always recommend international visitors to get a little taste of everything Ireland has to offer, both rural and urban. Dublin is an incredible city and one some people skip over in favour of green fields, but there is no reason you can’t do both, even on a short trip. So, I’d say combining a couple of days in Dublin with a drive through the Irish countryside – perhaps down to West Cork, the Ring of Kerry and then Galway, would be an ideal trip.
Good question! I almost always bring a pashmina-style scarf, even in summer. It can double as a wrap on a chilly evening, a sunshade, a pillow, even a towel!
Far and away, the people. Irish people are renowned for being among the most welcoming in the world and truly live up to this reputation when you are visiting. No matter where you go, there will be a friendly face offering a cheerful welcome or a cheeky bit of conversation. Beyond that, all the fresh pints of Guinness and sea air.
I am hoping to do a driving trip around Donegal sometime soon.
These days, I think Ireland is becoming a more and more cost-effective destination. After the downturn, prices for things like meals out, hotel rooms and and nightlife have gone down. Additionally, there is a wonderful trend in Ireland at the moment of small businesses and local sourcing, so now more than ever visitors are able to partake in the amazing fruits of local Irish life.
A lover of travel, writing and Ireland, Megan makes her living as a travel writer and is married to Bill, her Irish beau. A beautiful combination of things. She is the editor of IrishJaunt.com, an ezine about travel in Ireland, and works as online content producer for Lonely Planet.
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