Two weeks in Ireland
May 13, 2014 1:54 PM Subscribe
My fabulous in-laws are taking the family on a trip to Ireland this summer. Please help us find the real gems!
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Our trip begins with a few days in Dublin (starting June 9), and then we'll be on the west coast in County Clare for a little over a week (starting June 12). We'll have a car for the latter portion of the trip, so day trips are fair game, with the caveat that home base will be near Lahinch. My in-laws will certainly have ideas of their own as they've been to Ireland before, but my husband and I will probably do our own thing part of the time, especially during the Dublin portion of the trip. We're happy to visit some typical tourist sites, and suggestions for must-see art museums and the like are fine and welcome, but bonus points will be given for the offbeat and/or distinctly Irish.
A selection of my interests: bookbinding/rare books (the Book of Kells is already on the list, but similar treasures and favorite used-book stores are most welcome); delicious Indian and/or vegetarian fare; and—more generally—nature, old stuff, and taking photos of everything under the sun (I suspect I won't need help satisfying these last few items, but...). I've heard mention of Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher and am very much intrigued, but I don't know much about them yet.
A selection of my husband's interests: history, music, mythology, film, and craft beer. Any ruins that are especially significant in terms of Irish history/mythology/folklore would be of particular interest to him. (I suspect that "significant" could apply to a great many sites, but, for example, he's already expressed a desire to see the Hill of Tara and Newgrange.)
As a reference point, here are some things that we both loved in Edinburgh/Scotland, when last AskMeFi helped us plan a trip: the food at Kalpna and David Bann, the National Museum of Scotland, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (I seriously fell in love with this place), Owl & Lion, Edinburgh's architecture, hiking Arthur's Seat, tasting local brews, and absolutely everything about the achingly beautiful Highlands (okay, except maybe the storm that drenched us and prevented us from getting over to Skye). We did not get to the Surgeons' Hall Museum or Real Mary King's Close, but I think they would have appealed to one/both of us.