I'm hoping that I can get a few recommendations for inexpensive places to stay while in Ireland. We will be staying in the following areas: Kilkenny (preferrably near the City), Kenmare, Kinsale, Aran Islands (Inishmore), Cong, and then either Mullingar or Navan (haven't decided yet--it's basically a stop-over on the way from Clonmacnoise to Newgrange). Thank you for help.
Have you checked out Rick Steves' book on Ireland - I am currently reading it for a trip there in Sept. and it has some of the information you are looking for.
Go to Virtual Tourist.com lots of good stuff for Ireland from normal people
I have read Rick's book, along with numerous others. Sadly, many of the places listed are outside of my budget. I'm really looking for places that are under 50 Euros.
Kristi, with your budget B&Bs are your best bet. Ireland is full of B&Bs which are very reasonable. In addition to those listed in RS's book, there are B&B guides in bookstores.
I doubt that you're going to find anything under 50 euros, even in B&Bs. My son and I were there last year, and the cheapest B&B we found was in Lahinch. It was 50 for the two of us, but had no TV, no coffeemaking in the room, no hairdryer (common in other B&Bs). Our others were 68 euros and 65 euros. Still, B&Bs allow you the chance to fill up on a big breakfast and skip lunch (at least that's what we did), so that's some cost savings. Ireland isn't as cheap as it was 6 years ago when I made my first trip.
I stayed at Navan when I went to Newgrange and Monasterboice, and I had a wonderful B&B there. It's right on the Dublin road (N3), and it's called Killyon House. It's across from a large hotel. It's full of antiques and the food is wonderful.
Based on Rick's recommendation, my wife and I and our adult daughter stayed at the Waters Edge B&B in Kenmare in 2005. We were well pleased. Prices are at the lower end of the scale for Kenmare. Cash only. Here's the URL: www.kenmare.eu/watersedge.
We just returned from Ireland and we used the book entitled "The Definitive Irish Bed & Breakfast Guide" which was given to us along with all our B&B vouchers when we booked our trip. The same info. is on their website: www.tandctrade.com We found all the pictures and descriptions of the B&B's to be very true and reliable! The book is also available at all the tourist information shops.
Other books may have what you are looking for: Rough Guides, Let's Go, and Lonely Planet. In most cases, there is a book for individual countries or areas. Let's Go is aimed at college-age people and will list Hostels, etc. Hostels are often the cheapest way to go and include a simple breakfast.
No such thing as inexpensive. In Kilkenny, right across the street from the train station is a pub called Lawlors. The owner refurbished the rooms above and the bar and restaurant. Includes an Irish breakfast. I think it was about 70 euros, which is pretty reasonable.
B&B's are all over the map. We had one nice stay in Dunmore east and a crappy one in Wexford. We stayed at Actons in Kinsale, and it was way overdue for a remodel. Rooms were nice but overpriced - 100 euros - for the night. You gotta spend 150-200 euros for a decent room in Ireland.
Kilkenny was our favorite spot. Great bars, good food, we rented a farmhouse about 20k away and Kilkenny was our source for supplies. Wives thought they had the best prices on wool sweaters, and such.
Rock of Cashel is cool. Kilkenny castle aint bad, Glendalough is excellent.
SPENT 2 WEEKS IN IRELAND WITH MY WHOLE FAMILY LAAST SUMMERR. TOO MANY OF US AND TOO SHORT TO REALLY EXPERIENCE ALL I WOULD HAVE LIKED. WE FOLLOWED RICK STEVES BOOK AND ADVICE WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND HE NEVER DISAPPOINTED US. GOING BACK NEXT MONTH ALONE FOR 12 DAYS. WILL STICK TO THE B AND B ROUTINE AND HAVE NO SET ITINERARY. DIDN'T GET TO GALWAY OR FURTHER NORTH LAST YEAR SO HOPE TO SEE MORE OF THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY. LOVED KENMARE AND DINGLE LAST YEAR BUT OPEN TO ,UCH MORE. PLAN TO START IN TRIM(AWAY FROM DUBLIN) AS RICK RECOMMENDS. STAYED AT A NICE PLACE THERE (WHITE LODGE)AND PLAN TO RETURN TO UNWIND AFTER FLIGHT. THEN---WHO KNOWS?
We stayed at a hostel in Kilkenny. See:http://www.hostels.com/ie.le.kk.html. We stayed at the Kilkenny Tourist Hostel and it was ok. Nothing spectacular either way. They had provision for cooking food so you could save a bit if you wished to. Beds were single, stacked on top of each other in our room. Price is within your budget.
Willow Lodge in Kenmare was excellent and the Olde Bakery in Kinsale was also very good.Jim Edwards restaurant in Kinsale was outstanding.Its in Steves book and our B&B host suggested it.Had to wait but it was worth it.
Can highly recommend Hazel Grove B & B in Cong. Wonderful hostess Annie, super breakfast and large, clean, spacious room with a view out of the window of the rolling Irish country side. You would need a car to access the B & B. It's about 10 mins out of Cong. From memory tariff was about 35 euros per night
Has anyone noticed that this is a TWO YEAR OLD post? Not sure why Emmett chose to dig it up now, but I'm sure Kristi has already been on her trip and returned.
Nancy: Yep, so much for taking the 10 seconds to read the Original Post or look at the date.