Thank you for the warm welcome home. Our trip was fabulous! Great weather. A bit rainy the last 2-3 days, not enough to stop us at all! It couldn't have gone much smoother than it did.
The flights, both going and coming home, were on time, pleasant and comfortable. The hotels you arranged for us were wonderful. The Old Ground was lovely and our dinner on the 5th, excellent. The location worked well and we were able to find Steve's great grandparents' homesteads, met up with a distant cousin of his, and met and spent some time with some of the locals, one who now owns his family land. We were welcomed and treated like family by all.
The Harbour Hotel was also wonderful, the staff incredibly friendly and helpful, location perfect. We visited with my cousins in Castleblakeney two of the days here, took a ride to Longford and met up with another cousin, and spent a day not driving at all but exploring the city on our own feet. We took the trip out to Salthill and although it was cold, we tested the waters just a bit! The walk was beautiful.
During these first 5-6 days we experienced Bunratty Castle and the Cliffs of Moher along with miles and miles of extraordinary scenery. I have no words to describe the Lake Hotel. The view magnificent! The staff excellent, particularly Annette at the front desk. We spent an entire day on The Ring of Kerry, and another day on Dingle! Before leaving Killarney we took a Jaunting Cart ride through the National park and made a few stops along the way. Absolutely beautiful views!
The castle was a perfect way to end our trip. The staff at Dromoland treated us like royalty. The dinner here was also excellent; delicious, exquisitely presented and the service extraordinary.
We were greeted warmly with many well wishes for a Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary by many of the staff at each hotel. The breakfasts were amazing and so convenient.
We did not get to The Aran Islands or The Blarney Stone, so...we are already thinking about when we could make the next trip!
The only negatives…I may now be addicted to Irish coffee and scones!
Thank you so much for making all of the arrangements for us. We enjoyed every bit of our trip, even more than we expected.
- Maureen Eble, Mount Kisko, NY (August 2014)