I'm headed to Ireland in less than week. Which is better, the bushmills distillery or the Jameson distillery?
I have limited time in Ireland (only 6 days!) and I'm trying to see as much of the country as I can. I'm not a whiskey fanatic, but I enjoy it on occasion. Also, if you have any suggestions on what I should definitely not miss in the country that would be awesome.
Personally I hate the village of Bushmills. It's a real die hard unionist place and they don't like southerners. I've never visited either distillery so I can't comment. But if you do decide you have to head up there,its pretty much out of the way right up at nearly the tip of Antrim so its going to take time to get there. it's on the way to the Giants Causeway which IS worth seeing.
However why not combine a visit to Jameson Distillery in Dublin and the Guinness Storehouse. There is also a Jameson Distillery in Midleton Cork.
You're going to have to decide where you want base yourself in Dublin, the north or the west. Each has its attractions which could swallow up six days. When you decide that come back to me.
Link for what to see in Dublin & the environs
Link for County Kerry & enroute to Shannon Airport taking in County Limerick & Clare also.
You couuld adopt the time saving technique of flying into one airport and flying out of another such as Dublin, Belfast International or City (George Best) Airport or Shannon or Cork depending on your destination since the latter is a smaller airport not serving as many destinations. about 8 years ago
Hi Hillary,thanks for the details. I'm flying into Dublin, but renting a car and spending each night somewhere different.
Day 2: carrauntohill (plan to hike it)
Day 3: Galway (cliffs of moher and bunratty castle)
Day 4: Aran islands
Day 5: giants causeway and bushmils if there's time
Day 6: Belfast and back to Dublin to fly out the next day
Any insider tips on what else to see and do in each location are greatly appreciated! about 8 years ago
Dublin: I've gone through that on the 3rd link.
Carrantohill: I've gone through Kerry on 4th link
Clare: I've gone through that on 4th link. The cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle are in County Clare not Galway.
Galway: The city itself, especially it's night life. You can fly or take a ferry to the Aran Islands. The return flight is quite spectacular because on a clear day you can see the Cliffs of Moher in the distance from a different perspective than from standing on them.
Drive through Connemara & perhaps a short stop off at the Connemara National Park near Letterfrack, former location of an imposing hideous boys industrial school which is now a hostel.
Boat trip (speedboat from the adventure centure or tourist boat) on Killary harbour, Irelands only fjord. Stop off in the small village of Leenane at the head of the fjord for a drink or meal. This is film country and surrounding sites such as a small waterfall have been included in films for e.g. The Quiet Man.
DON'T MISS Kylemore Abbey, the situation is spectacular & enjoy some of the nuns homemade grub.
Continue up the coast road by Louisburg & Croagh Patrick, the scenery on this road is spectacular) to the beautifully laid out town of Westport. If you've time visit Westport House and it's grounds.
Best leg it over to Antrim then cause its going to be quite a drive. When you're finished there you could drive back to Belfast by the more scenic easterly route of the Glens of Antrim perhaps stopping off in Carrickfergus to visit its castle, Norman I think.
Unfortunately you're going to have left Belfast before the opening of the spectacular Titanic Musemn at the end of March.
The city centre around City Hall is a throbbing place. If you want you can do a do a tour of the murals & sectarian areas of Belfast if you're into that.
On the way back to Dublin you could stop off at the archeological site of Newgrange. about 8 years ago
For speedboat trips on Killary Fjord, try these guys.
Leenane: The film 'The Field' was also filmed around here.
Kylemore Abbey, an abbey & girls secondary school of well to do parents. There had been talk at one time of sending Madonnas daughter, Lourdes, there. The location and building is beyond spectacular.
Croagh Patrick http://www.croagh-patrick.com/
Westport & Westport House http://westporttourism.com/
Glens of Antrim http://www.northantrim.com/theglensofantrim.htm
Carrickfergus Castle http://www.doeni.gov.uk/niea/places_to_visit_home/historic-monuments/carrick.htm
Example of tours in Belfast. It's Holland & Wolff shipyard is where the titanic was built. You can see the giant yellow cranes to the east of the city.
Driving south towards Dublin you will pass over the spectacular Boyne River Cable Bridge bypassing Drogheda. At night it is lit up spectacularly but it is spectacular any time of night or day.
Newgrange may be worth a diversion..
Enjoy your whirlwind trip of Ireland & have a pleasant stay.
Hilary about 8 years ago
My pleasure, aim to take the Clifden Road when you leave Galway and make your way up to Westport. This is by far the more spectacular route than the more inland routes which may be more direct but doing that you'd be missing out on one of the most scenic routes in the west. You're going to need to rest for a week after this holiday. LOL about 8 years ago