Kylemore Abbey, currently not available
Those wanting a true Irish experience should stay in a private bed and breakfast. In addition to meeting a lot of friendly folks--both hosts and fellow guests--they are quite convenient and usually better value than hotels.
Our favourite way to travel is to stop for a coffee or beer in the late afternoon and decide where we want to spend that night. We then search and pick a likely looking B & B and contact them for availability. We don't always get our first choice but we always have a pleasant stay. This method certainly beats driving into the night to reach a pre-determined destination or cutting the day short because we arrive too early.
And by the way we have regretted every time we stayed in a B&B not approved by Failte Ireland.
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