1 City 5 ways

from Delta Airlines Sky Magazine

There’s more than one way to discover Dublin.

Where to Stay // The Brooks Hotel
The Ormond Hotel from James Joyce’s Ulysses is no more, but you’ll find this friendly little boutique hotel in central Dublin to be the perfect base for any Leopoldian dawdling.

Morning // Reading Room at the National Library
Stephen Dedalus is Joyce’s Telemachus to Bloom’s Odysseus; he has an epic conversation about Shakespeare in The National Library’s as-impressive-in-real-life Reading Room.

Afternoon // James Joyce Tower & Museum
Take the DART train to Sandycove to the Martello Tower, site of the opening scene in Ulysses and now a charming museum dedicated to the writer.

Dinner // Davy Byrnes
In Ulysses, Joyce’s masterpiece about Ireland’s daddy issues, Leopold Bloom stops in here for a glass of burgundy and gorgonzola sandwich.

Where to Stay // Ballyfin
After a painstaking eight-year restoration, Ballyfin is a reminder of Ireland of the 1820s, when Jane Austen/Downton Abbey-style gentlefolk lived just outside of sooty Dublin.

Morning // Golf at Portmarnock
The website talks of “those dimpled fairways threading their way through that classic fescue.” We wish we had a decent brogue to do it justice —not to mention swing.

Midmorning // Kevin & Howlin
Since 1936, the Kevin family has been providing the finest Donegal tweeds for Irish sportsmen and women. For some new duds, head here.

Afternoon // The Curragh
Whether draught or sport, a true Irish gentleman knows his breeds in The Land of the Horse. The Curragh in Kildare remains Ireland’s most important Thoroughbred racetrack.

Where to Stay // Four Seasons
This lovely hotel is located in the Ballsbridge neighborhood, possibly the best habitat in the city for the beautiful Georgian-style “Dublin doors.”

Morning // Book of Kells at Trinity College
The Kells is a magnificent 1,200-year-old illuminated Bible. Honor the monks who labored over it by taking a few notes in its dimly lit room.

Lunch // Fade Street Social
Dylan McGrath’s gastropub on Fade Street celebrates the character of Irish food through an innovative small-plates menu.

Afternoon // Tibradden Wood Zip Line
Zip around and commune with the bird life above Tibradeen, the highest point in Dublin’s old pine forest 15 minutes from Dundrum Town Centre.

Where to Stay // The Dylan Hotel
In south City Centre, The Dylan is a smart little hotel tucked near the first British army barracks to surrender to Michael Collins in 1922.

Morning // GAA Museum
In Ireland, hurling isn’t just a game; it’s a creed and a movement. This museum in Croke Park is a shrine to the Gaelic Athletic Association’s contributions to the culture and its goals.

Afternoon // Glasnevin Cemetery
This is one of the first cemeteries to allow the burial of both Catholics and Protestants, including many Irish rebels and statesmen such as O’Connell, Parnell, Collins and De Valera.

Evening // Abbey Theatre
Opened in 1904, Ireland’s national theater led the cultural revival of Yeats and Synge. It remains relevant, producing new work by Elaine Murphy, Pat Kinevane and more.

Where to Stay // The Clarence Hotel
Bono and the Edge bought the Clarence back in their Zooropa days and transformed it into one of Dublin’s premier boutique hotels.

Evening // Olympia Theatre
Tom Waits recorded “The Piano Has Been Drinking” in this beautifully restored theater. And whether it’s Die Antwoord or Tame Impala, it still books the best gigs.

Dinner // 777
Right in the center of Dublin’s “Hipster Triangle,” 777 is a tequila bar that caters to the new variety of fully sleeved punter. Try the oysters with chili sauce.

Late Night // Whelan’s
Whelan’s is a Dublin music-scene institution. And it stays open late—you know, late enough for “one more.”

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Must-see sights in Scotland and Ireland according to the BBC

from: http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20130709-reader-qa-must-see-sights-in-scotland-and-ireland

Early July the BBC asked its Facebook Community to share recommendations on visiting Dublin & Edinburgh. Here is the result:


From Maya Rioux: “The Hop on-Hop off Bus Tour is the best way to easily knock out the must-see tourist destinations in Dublin. I agree with Bethamy though – just make a point to talk to as many Irish people as possible. Those conversations are hands down my best memories from Ireland.”

From John Fox: “Dublin: Make sure [to] pencil in a trip to Kilmainham Gaol.

From Siobhan Healy: “The Chester Beatty Library right near Dublin Castle is a gem and there is delicious Lebanese food at the restaurant. Stephen’s Green and Phoenix Park are great for a ramble.”

From Nikki Johnston: “I’ve been living in Dublin for the past eight months. I definitely recommend taking a trip up or down the Dublin Bay coastline on the DART commuter train. It’s hard to beat the glorious scenery out on the bracing cliff walk around Howth Head (follow up with some tasty seafood on the pier) or the beautiful views heading the other way between Dalkey and Killiney. Stunning.”

From Jennifer Connors: “In Dublin go see the Book of Kells and Christ Church Cathedral. We had lunch at The Brazen Head (Ireland’s oldest pub) and the food was excellent.

From Joanne Taylor: “Try a little place called Kinsale near Cork, hire a car and you have some lovely places to visit.”

From Cathy Rogers: “As far as Dublin [goes], we did visit Trinity College for the illuminated manuscripts, there is a great additional one right around the corner with many more available to see.”


From Jennifer Connors:”In Edinburgh we did a three-hour trike tour of the Highlands of Scotland and it was awesome! It was beautiful and so much fun. I would also say to go see Rosslyn Chapel and Mary King’s Close. Eat haggis so you can say that you did and it’s actually pretty good.”
From Karen McQuade: “Edinburgh Castle, Mary King’s Close, Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle, Falkirk Wheel are very close to Edinburgh, so much more to see but these I’ve seen and highly recommend.”

From Nikki Broady: “My grandson and I stayed in Pilrig House [in Edinburgh] and loved the peaceful park-like setting. We found Edina taxis to be courteous and timely. Our tour guide, Bill Hill, was a gem! Highly recommend his services. Lunch in The Elephant House where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter makes a nice memory.”

From Vic Roy Herbert: “In Edinburgh, climb Arthur’s Seat and enjoy the stunning views before heading to the Sheep Heid restaurant in Duddingston for a bite to eat.”

From Rebecca Bosma: “I love Edinburgh! Definitely be sure to do a ghost tour of the underground vaults.”

From Nazar Rathore: “Do visit Firth of Forth area outside Edinburgh to see beautiful bridge structures. [Visit] the Royal Mile area in the city and Edinburgh castle.”

From Patty Moss: “Don’t miss Glasgow. I liked it way better than Edinburgh.”

From Bethamy Bridgecam: “Besides the obvious destinations like the castle in Edinburgh and Trinity Church (and the Book of Kells etc) in Dublin, drop into pubs and relax. Talk to people. Enjoy.”