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Best Rated Accommodations on VBT’s Irish Tours

Gleninchaquin Park, Ireland
When our travelers inquire about our active vacations, one of the biggest questions they ask is how nice the hotels are. We know that your accommodations play a huge role in the overall satisfaction you’ll get from your travel experience. At VBT we make it a point to support small, charming and independently-owned hotels on all of our tours. We want the accommodations on your tour to be an extension of the unique cultural experience you get in each destination, not the standard-issue hotel you get from big chains whose properties all look the same. Guests on both our Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast ​and Ireland: Walking the West Country​ tours will stay in hotels that accurately reflect the beauty and friendliness Ireland is known for. We’ve highlighted two favorites from each tour that have all received over 90% excellent ratings from our travelers in the past year.

Loch Lein Country House, Fossa, Killarney, Ireland
VBT Traveler Overall Rating: 95% Excellent
Trip Advisor Rating: 98% (Travelers Choice Winner in 2014 for “Small Hotels” and “Romance”)
Offered on Ireland: Walking the West Country​

Loch Lein Hotel, Lounge

Our portal into the Ring of Kerry is the Loch Lein Country House, a charming 4-star lodging that is located in the village of Fossa and features amazing views of the Macgillicuddy Reeks and Killarney’s Lough Leane. Hotel owners, Paul and Annette Corridan, will make you feel welcome with delectable food accentuated by the hotel’s true family atmosphere. During some downtime feel free to enjoy the beautiful gardens and nearby golf courses, fishing and horse riding.

What our travelers say: “This place was truly unbelievable. The accommodations were fantastic, beds very comfortable and the food and atmosphere were out of this world. Loved it…”

Brook Lane Hotel, Kenmare, Ireland
VBT Traveler Overall Rating: 91% Excellent
Trip Advisor Rating: 93% (Travelers Choice Winner in 2014 for “Small Hotels”)
Offered on Ireland: Walking the West Country​
Brook Lane Hotel Exterior
The Brook Lane Hotel is the only 4-star hotel in Kenmare and merges the style and comfort of a luxurious boutique hotel with a relaxed and inviting Irish atmosphere. Located just a four-minute walk from the pretty town of Kenmare, you’ll find exploration of your surroundings is very easy. Or you can simply enjoy a pint in the hotel’s delightful bar and bistro.

What our travelers say: “Very nice accommodations and friendly staff. The food was delicious, too. This hotel was in a nice location, a close walk to town. We enjoyed having drinks, listening to live music, and watching a young girl perform her Irish dance in Casey’s (the attached bar).”

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel, Recess, Connemara,  Ireland
VBT Traveler Rating: 96% Excellent
Trip Advisor Rating: 98% (Won Certificate of Excellence 2013)
Offered on Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast ​
Lough Inagh Hotel, Ireland
Located right on the shores of Connemara’s sparkling Lough Inagh, you’ll find an elegant lodge with marvelous views. Enjoy the warm hospitality and true Irish friendliness that is so typical of this region during your stay. After a rewarding day of cycling, relax in front of an open log fire in the library or toast the day over a pint in the oak-paneled bar. If you can’t get enough of your surroundings, take advantage of the great spots for hiking, fly-fishing and golf close by.

What our travelers say: “Everything about the Lodge was fabulous, down to the name plates on the doors. Thank you to Thomas the bartender, our Irish coffee instructor—so friendly. The meals in the dining room were outdone only by the room’s stately beauty. It was a lovely stay, and I will come back again.”

Sheedy’s Country House Hotel, Lisdoovarna, Ireland
VBT Traveler Overall Rating: 
97% Excellent
Trip Advisor Rating: 
96% (Travelers Choice Winner in 2014 for “Small Hotels” and “Romance”)
Offered on Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast ​
Sheedy's, Hotel, Ireland
The lovable husband and wife team that own and operate Sheedy’s have made it one of Ireland’s best-loved small hotels and restaurants. Built in the 1700’s, and completely renovated in 2002 while retaining its historic charm, the house is located next to Ireland’s only natural spa and is also a two-minute walk from the pubs in the center of the village of Lisdoonvarna. Guests will love the tasty creations of John Sheedy, who is considered one of Ireland’s finest chefs and uses all locally-sourced ingredients.

What our travelers say: “This was my favorite accommodation. From the moment we arrived, Martina & Jim treated us as special guests. The food was outstanding, the bar area was warm and cozy, the rooms were very clean.”

These are just some examples of the unique accommodations you’ll stay at on our biking and walking tours in Ireland. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit www.vbt.com. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Explore Ireland with VBT

Cliffs of Moher
celtic cross-LEvery year, in the middle of March, many parts of the world turn their attention to Ireland—a gorgeous island nation full of history, culture, and amazing biking and walking routes. St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland, Northern Ireland and certain parts of Canada that occurs annually on March 17th—the death date of Ireland’s most famous Patron Saint—and celebrates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. While religious ceremonies are an integral part of the holiday within Ireland, it has evolved into more of a cultural celebration by Irish diaspora around the world with parades, festivals, consumption of traditional Irish food and alcohol, green clothing and plentiful displays of shamrocks—Saint Patrick’s preferred symbol for the Holy trinity.  Although VBT doesn’t run tours to the Irish homeland during St Patrick’s Day, we have many departures on both our Irish biking and walking tours from May through September this year. So join us and discover the beauty, people and rich history of this amazing country.

Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast ​Biking Tour
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
Ireland BikingImmerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes, ancient roots and colorful people of Ireland one of the best ways—thatch roof lunch stop by bicycle—on this sweep of the country’s west coast. Highlights of this tour include a visit to the Burren (a rare place where arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants thrive side by side), a stay at a family-run guesthouse in the Aran Islands, a walk along the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, learning about Irish culture from a local historian, attending live traditional Irish music performances, an authentic home-cooked meal, and chatting with locals at a lively pub. We’ll also spend 2 nights at one of Ireland’s best-loved small hotels—Sheedy’s Country House Hotel—and enjoy dinner prepared by the owner, John Sheedy, who is also considered one of Ireland’s finest chefs.

Ireland: Walking the West Country​ Tour
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
Ireland Beach Vista
Discover why Ireland has long been a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts as we walk through some of the Waterfall in Gleninchaquin ParkEmerald Isle’s most splendid scenery from the soaring peaks of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks to the sandy shores of Derrynane Bay. Along the way, we’ll stay in charming inns and guesthouses, and delight in the warmth and wit of the famously friendly locals we’ll mingle with in lively pubs and charming restaurants. Highlights of this tour include walking in the lush meadows and glittering lakes of Killarney National Park, exploring the Gap of Dunloe— a stunning glacial valley—on foot or via a horse-drawn jaunting cart, walking a stretch of the scenic Kerry Way, Ireland’s most famous walking trail, savoring tea and scones with a Killarney family in their home, and discovering picturesque Kinsale, the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland.”

GuinnessIf you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST. To request a catalog or for more information on these tours please visit www.vbt.com