Ireland's best of the best are...

The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

We've rounded up some of the wonderful accolades our lovely island has been awarded by the travel experts – just in time to plan your 2019 trip!

Europe's top hotels

Europe's top hotels

Adare Manor in County Limerick was named "Hotel of the year 2018" by luxury travel network Virtuoso, making it one of the best hotels in the world right now. "Inside and out, Adare Manor has maintained her regal self and gracefully moved into the present." Ballyfin Demesne in County Laois has also been included in Travel + Leisure's 2018 World's Best list. Taking the second spot on their Top 100 Hotels in the World list, Travel + Leisure call it, "A world-class country house. It is, in a word, amazing."

More Michelin stars

More Michelin stars

Looks like Ireland's reputation as a delicious destination is alive and kicking! Ireland's 13 Michelin-starred restaurants retained their awards, but there are now three new kids on the block, too, and they're all in Cork! Ichigo Ichie in Cork city, Restaurant Chestnut in Ballydehob and Mews Restaurant in Baltimore have each been awarded a star for 2019, and draw on the very best ingredients from Ireland's exceptional larder.

World Travel Market loves Northern Ireland

World Travel Market loves Northern Ireland

From the lush pastures of County Fermanagh to the buzzing restaurants of Belfast city, Northern Ireland tastes great. And now it's getting international recognition, as it has been named as the world's best food destination in 2018 by the World Travel Market! With a bounty of incredible ingredients, innovative creations and homegrown talent, Northern Ireland is taking the culinary world by storm. As the World Trade Market notes: "Northern Ireland is one of the most exciting food regions around."

Holiday homes

Holiday homes

The Dispensary cottage in County Cork has been named as Ireland's best holiday home in the Sykes Gems awards! Cosy and quaint, the beautiful east Cork cottage is the ideal romantic retreat. The 19th century cottage is described as "an amazing place, it has everything you could ask for", and is set in the charming rural village of Inch, where you can while away the hours in beautiful rural tranquility.

Best in travel

Best in travel

Lonely Planet has included the Tayto Park Driving School and Roe & Co Distillery among the best new experiences for 2019! Children can learn the rules of the road and earn their own driving license at the thrilling Tayto Park, while parents can indulge at the new distillery in the new year, and taste some delicious Irish whiskey. The distillery is also part of Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel", which details the top travel destinations and trends.

The best food experiences

The best food experiences

The lovely people at Lonely Planet sure love Ireland this year, and for good reason! This time, they've rated the humble but delicious Irish stew in their top food experiences in the world. Wonderful to eat on a cold winter night, this hearty favourite warms the soul with every bite. As Lonely Planet states, "You can season the stew with salt but the flavour is best enhanced by eating it in one of those pubs with one of those pints of Guinness and friends."

Good Hotel Guide loves County Clare

Good Hotel Guide loves County Clare

Gregans Castle in County Clare has claimed the Good Hotel's Guide favourite hotel spot for 2019! Situated in the beautiful Burren, the luxury retreat boasts views spanning the scenic Galway Bay. This luxurious hotel is described by the Good Hotel Guide as having "elegant, antique-filled interiors which gleam with modern art and fresh flowers". Good Hotel Guide were also particularly impressed by Head Chef Robbie McCauley's menu, inspired by the flavours of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Phoenix Park wins gold

Phoenix Park wins gold

Home to the President of Ireland, Dublin Zoo and a herd of wild deer, this Dublin park is a special place for all those who visit, and now it’s won gold for the International Large Parks Award. This distinguished award honours the skill involved in maintaining the park, as well as the quality and value they bring to the surrounding area. “Phoenix Park provides invaluable health, recreational and environmental benefits for so many communities.”

Hospitality at its finest

Hospitality at its finest

Intricate pottery, a rich history and beautiful grounds... All reasons why Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre has been awarded Tourist Attraction of the Year at the Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards 2018. One of Ireland's top five visitor attractions, and the oldest working pottery company on the island, you can explore the fascinating history of Belleek in the visitor centre, before soaking up the atmosphere with a delightful round of afternoon tea.

The world's most beautiful airport

The world's most beautiful airport

"You fly in low over the tiny airport building [...] with the perma-white frost of the Wild Atlantic Way lashing the many tiny rocky islands in a turquoise sea... Then the pilot dashes back towards the crescent of golden sand that is Carrickfin beach." These stunning views are just some of the reasons why Donegal Airport has been voted in the annual PrivateFly poll as the most scenic airport landing in the world. Last year the airport came in second but has now claimed the top spot. Flying has never felt so exciting!

Condé Nast loves Dublin

Condé Nast loves Dublin

Condé Nast 2018 Readers' Choice Awards has included Dublin the Best Big Cities in the world. "The capital of Ireland is renowned for its medieval buildings, live music, stately churches, and of course Guinness. Underneath it all hums a modern heart." Visitors are rushing to experience the wonders of Ireland and spreading the word about the secret beauty and wonderful atmosphere of Dublin.

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