Be Our Guest 1 CONTENTS S T /IrishHotelsFederation @IHFcomms Be Our Guest Ireland’s Hotels & Guesthouses 2018 WELCOME Ceád Mile Fáilte or one hundred thousand welcomes to you, our readers of the 2018 – 31st Edition of Be Our Guest. Ireland has incredible landscapes, compelling stories, charming people and villages that will captivate you. An unforgettable experience bursting with amazing things to do. Be Our Guest will help you plan your holiday or break away in Ireland. Within this edition we introduce you to some of the best destinations and attractions throughout the country. From family holidays and adventure breaks to romantic destinations and historical excursions, we have something for everyone in every region of the country. Elements of the enormously successful Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East routes are featured throughout the magazine and within these articles are some truly fantastic and breath-taking destinations that we’ve hand-picked for you. We and the accommodation providers featured in the magazine support the EU Book Direct campaign, which informs you our readers, of the benefits available if you book your accommodation directly with a property. Supporting this message, the accommodation providers within this magazine, have highlighted their best value rates as well as some excellent exclusive special offers inside for you our readers! Michael Lennon President – Irish Hotels Federation 10 The Supreme South 12 13 Family Outings 14 Tee Time 16 Cork’s Beautiful Past 18 Clonakility & WWII 20 Cobh Heritage Centre 22 Island Hoping 24 Kerry, A Kingdom of Castles 28 Tipperary’s Top Picks 30 Buckle Up 32 Wonderful Wexford 36 Save the Dates 38 Welcome to the West 41 Grand National 42 Let the West Woo You! 44 Lovin Limerick 46 The Magic of... 50 Marvellous Mayo 52 Clare is Calling 54 A Wheelie Good Time in the West 56 Get to Galway 60 Northern Delights 63 Game of Thrones 63 Northern Exposure 64 Welcome to the East 66 Glasnevin Trust 70 9 Perfect Family Outings 72 Dublin; the Capital City with Big Stories 74 EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum 76 Little Museum of Dublin 79 Dublin’s Top Historical Family Attractions 86 Lights, Camera, Travel! 88 The Going is Good 92 The East’s Golden Coasts 94 The Magic Midlands 96 Walking on Sunshine in the East Read all about it, there is something of interest for everyone, from hotels & guesthouses to extreme activities or visiting medieval castles. From festivals and events to natural attractions this little island has it all. 26 Take A Hike 59 The Weird West 90 A Lesson in History Marketing Manager Jennifer Ward Content Editor Kevin Mulvany Accounts Una Moran Design & Production Neogen Contributors Pippa O’Connor Ormond Tourism Ireland Fáilte Ireland Our Team IRISH HOTELS FEDERATION 13 Northbrook Road, Dublin 6, Ireland Tel +353 (0)1 497 6459 Fax +353 (0)1 497 4613 Telephone Code for dialling Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland: replace the prefix +44 48 with 048 followed by the 8 digit number. The Irish Hotels Federation does not accept any responsibility for errors, omissions or any information whatsoever in the Guide.