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Your luxury Irish honeymoon begins in the Georgian city of Dublin.
Your first accommodation is nestled on a leafy Victorian street deep within the Irish capital’s most sophisticated quarter. The building’s somewhat traditional facade encases a contrastingly contemporary and fashionable interior. This luxurious five star hotel offers the quirkiest of delights at every opportunity, from the modern Irish music playing in your room as you enter to the chocolate afternoon tea in collaboration with Cocoa Atelier available to enjoy from the lounge’s eccentric chair collection. Intimacy and discretion are paramount here allowing for a romantic few nights in luxurious surroundings.
Once home to literary greats such as James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, the city boasts an abundance of Georgian architecture as well as cosy bars and lots of great restaurants. Enjoy them all by walking in the area around Merrion Square and St Stephens Green; wander into Trinity College where the famous Book of Kells is on display; head to the Guinness Storehouse to sample this most famous of drinks in its historic homeland or pay a visit to one or both of the city cathedrals. Cross the Liffey on the Ha’penny bridge and visit the GPO -site of the famous 1916 Easter Rising – and take in the Dublin Writers Museum or catch an Irish play at the Abbey Theatre.
Travel out of the city and voyage west, through rolling country landscapes, to reach County Clare, where you begin to feel the true influence of the Atlantic Ocean. Your next rather special hotel is right on the coast.
Just a stone’s throw from the shingle beach and the Atlantic Ocean, this majestic tower house effortlessly combines contemporary with classic. Where else can you stay in such splendour, yet be encouraged to help yourself to a beer from the fridge in the country-style kitchen? With the right timing, you’ll glimpse chef and his team in full flow preparing superb dishes for dinner. Relax and enjoy these later in the elegant restaurant with the beautiful backdrop of the sun setting over the sea. The staff will share the history of the house with you – how it was saved from rack and ruin by a local man, who used to play in the grounds as a child. The upkeep of this architecturally-intriguing building presents constant challenges – by staying here, you will play your part in contributing to its long-term preservation.
You’re within a short drive of the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, stretching five miles along the coast at a height of over 200 meters above sea level, with often breath-taking views – you can take a boat trip to get up close. Head inland to explore the mystical landscape of The Burren, almost 100 square miles of limestone pavement, rich with ancient history, cave systems and unique flora. There are no rolling green fields here, but stick with it, and the rewards will come.
Today leave your car behind and cross by ferry in the late morning to Inish Meáin, the lesser developed but perhaps the most authentic of the three Aran islands.
Your final accommodation offers a truly unparalleled island experience amidst this remote and rugged paradise. This luxurious collection of five stylish suites completely encompass the pure beauty of their location while the enduring passion of the small team offers a unique hospitality experience. Each suite showcases landscape-infused décor reliant on an earthy pallet of wood, lime, stone and wool, coupled with panoramic views of the island and the ocean beyond. Breakfast, delivered to your own sitting area, is a creative amalgamation of local produce allowing you to witness and taste your surroundings as you prepare for the day ahead. Your suite’s exploration kit, including island-customised Cube bicycles, Steiner binoculars, baited fishing rod, ash walking sticks, beach towels, maps, nature guides, and books of interest will help you make the most of your romantic escape here.
Playing host to less than 3000 visitors a year, this is the ultimate opportunity to ‘See Ireland Differently’ and truly escape from modern life. At just 5km by 3km, Inis Meáin is easily explored by foot and bicycle. Pre-christian stone forts, beehive huts and ancient burial grounds will satisfy the historically inclined while the Karst limestone landscapes and circumference of coastline are a photographer’s dream. The island’s only pub, a mere five minute walk (or stumble) from your accommodation is the place to mingle with the island’s community and a chance to understandmore about the heritage of Irish language and culture.
After a final breakfast and whistful good-byes, cross by ferry back to the mainland for your onward journey connections. A wonderful start to married life!
This triple centre honeymoon features Dublin, the west coast of County Clare and Inis Meáin in the Aran Islands.
£1180 per person for April, £1260 per person for May, June or September or £1300 per person for July and August.
Prices based on two adults sharing a superior double ensuite room for seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis in the hand-picked premium accommodation described.
A bottle of chilled champagne will await your arrival at your hotel in Dublin.
The accommodation on Inis Meáin includes daily delivered breakfast; island orientation, transfer upon arrival, hotpot packed lunch; custom bicycles, baited fishing rods, binoculars, walking sticks, maps, guides, books of interest, Wi-Fi in each suite and transfer on departure.
The price also includes a return ferry crossing to Inis Meáin as foot passengers.
We would be delighted to book your travel to Ireland for this holiday.
The most convenient ferry routes are those from North Wales to Dublin or Rosslare. There are direct flight connections to Dublin from many UK airports.
Whilst a car is not needed for your stay in Dublin, we would be delighted to arrange car hire for the rest of this honeymoon, from regular to classic vehicles. Please do not hesitate to ask for further details.
All of our self-drive Irish holidays include a map of Ireland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.
All Ireland itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.
We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.
This holiday is available from April to October
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