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“This guide certainly has all the best places to visit in Ireland! I love that it also includes annual events to look out for over in Ireland and of course where all the good wine bars are.” – NetGalley reviewer
“A fantastic travel guide written by two experts in the area, John and Sally McKenna, this is truly the authoritative guide to Ireland. Filled with juicy tidbits on where to go, what to do, and what you should definitely see when visiting the Emerald Isle.” – NetGalley reviewer
“A very good guide to Ireland full of interesting and unusual advice. Strongly recommended to people who want to travel to Ireland because it's really helpful.” – NetGalley reviewer
“Ireland the Best falls at the top of all the travel information books I have ever used.” -NetGalley reviewer
“Excellent guide to Ireland, comprehensive, well-laid out, authoritative, up-to-date. What more could you want?” – NetGalley reviewer
“Ireland dreaming? I am and plan to visit the Emerald Isle for the first time in the next couple years. This travel guide is both whetting my appetite and giving me the practical resources for planning.” – NetGalley reviewer
“’m a quarter Irish, so eagerly lapped up John and Sally McKenna’s “Ireland the Best: The Insider’s Guide to Ireland.” So glad I did! Now I know exactly where to visit in the Emerald Isle for food, drink and hospitality at the best price, based on their 30 years’ experience and impeccable recommendations. Sláinte!” – NetGalley reviewer
“What a wonderfully comprehensive guide for touring Ireland! Having traveled there for two vacations I can say that this is THE guide to take along if you are planning a trip.” – NetGalley reviewer
About the Author
John McKenna has written about Ireland's food culture for almost thirty years, and has won many national and international awards for his work, including the André Simon Special Award. He is the curator of the annual 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland, published since 1992. The Wall Street Journal described him as “Ireland’s most authoritative food writer”.
Sally McKenna is a photographer, cookery editor, film-maker and the publisher of the McKennas' Guides, working from her office in West Cork.
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I was familiar with quite a few recommendations and the concise descriptions made me keen to visit those I was unfamiliar with.
My only gripe is that I think this book really only works well in paper form. I read an eReader version and found the searching and finding the particular region I wanted both laborious and time consuming when I could have easily flicked to the page I wanted if I had the physical book in my hand.
For any travellers to Ireland, I would highly recommend.
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Given the style of this book, understanding the organizational format is of prime importance, and so the authors begin their guide book with…a guide to the book. They want to transmit to you the best that Ireland has to offer based on their 30 years of exploring the island. To help you search in the book you can use the index, categories in the Table of Contents such as “The Best Places to Eat and Stay in Ireland’s South West,” or the map to view items in a particular locale.
Codes are of great importance in this book and seem a little daunting at first, but as you use the references they quickly become familiar. They include things like “atmos” for atmosphere and “df” for dog friendly.
Tick or check marks (✓) are awarded for outstanding listings. There are indications of price ranges and difficulty levels of walks. Attractions are coded with map references also.
The meat of the guide begins with sections on the most famous attractions in Ireland, means of transportation, annual events, contributions of the Irish, and famous film locations. Next are sections focusing on Ireland’s four largest cities. They examine the lodging accommodations, style of cooking, restaurants, pubs, attractions, shops, walks, and views for each city. Next the guide expands to regional hotels and restaurants and sections that let the reader explore more specific topics like tea rooms (e.g. Miss Marple’s Tea Rooms), graveyards (e.g. Yeats’ Grave at Drumcliff Parish Church, Co Sligo), and Irish crystal and glass (e.g. House of Waterford). The last major section explores the many islands. Each attraction or feature in the book has a nice, short paragraph describing it.
I have not been to Ireland, but this guide book certainly inspires me to visit. I think this book would be an essential tool for me in planning a trip to the Old Country of my husband’s roots and then enjoying its features while there.