Ireland Golf and Fine Dining – Cork to Dublin

Ireland’s two largest cities have a great deal to offer including some exceptional golf courses locally and en-route. Dublin has many of the best restaurants in the country, whereas the small town of Kinsale, close to Cork, claims to be the gourmet capital of Ireland. This claim is not based upon having restaurants with the highest international awards. The Kinsale Good Food Circle has 10 quality restaurants that you can choose from, remarkable in such a small town. In October each year they organize a Gourmet Festival.

Your Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Dublin airport, drive to The Trident Hotel spectacularly located on the water’s edge overlooking Kinsale Harbour, near Cork, for two nights Fine dining available at the hotels 2AA Rosette restaurant or in the town, details below.

Day 2

Play Old Head Golf Links, one of the most remarkable golfing developments ever conceived. It is on an Atlantic promontory two miles long that will never be rivalled in terms of drama and beauty. Pick a gourmet restaurant in Kinsale.

Day 3

Drive to Mount Juliet Resort at Thomastown near Kilkenny for two nights. Mount Juliet is one of Ireland’s finest country houses, with hospitality that has brought international renown. Play Mount Juliet golf course; designed by Jack Nicklaus, it is Ireland’s leading parkland golf course. Dine at the resorts Lady Helen Restaurant. It has an internationally-themed menu and rates a Michelin Star, along with 3AA Rosettes.

Day 4

Play The European Club, one of Ireland’s world ranked courses. Dine in Kilkenny at the Campagne Michelin star restaurant.

Day 5

Drive to Brooks Hotel Dublin for three nights. It is a 4-star designer boutique hotel in the city centre, 5 minutes’ walk from Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College. Play Portmarnock links, consistently ranked amongst the top courses in the world. It is known as one of the fairest links delivering an incredible challenge and true test of golf. Dine out in one of Dublin’s leading restaurants listed below.

Day 6

Play County Louth, a natural unspoilt seaside links with towering sand hills, difficult rough and not a weak hole on the course. Dine out in one of Dublin’s leading restaurants listed below.

Day 7

Play ‘The Island’ a traditional links course located in splendid isolation across the estuary from the Malahide. Nestling between the highest sand dunes of any links course in Ireland, its rugged beauty cannot fail to impress. Dine out in one of Dublin’s leading restaurants listed below. Bon Appetit Is at Malahide on your return journey to the city.

Day 8

Depart from Dublin airport.

Dublin’s Leading Restaurants

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud – Michelin 2 star – 21 Upper Merrion Street Dublin 2

Bon Appétit – Michelin one-star – No.9 James Terrace, Malahide, County Dublin

Chapter one – Michelin one-star – Basement of Writers Museum, 18 – 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

L’Ecrivain – Michelin one star – 109a Lr. Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

The Greenhouse – Michelin one star – off St.Stephens Green, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Locks Brasserie – Michelin one star – 1 Windsor Terrace, Portobello, Dublin 8

Kinsale Good Food Circle Restaurants

Kinsale is a charming vibrant fishing town that boasts the greatest concentration of restaurants in Ireland. Catering to all tastes, from seafood to steak houses and everything in between, it has long been known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland.

Restaurants in Kinsale pride themselves on their high reputation for culinary expertise, and work together through the Good Food Circle to ensure our 11 Member Restaurants offer a diversity of cuisine with a guarantee of quality, service, comfort, ambience and of course, fine dining.

Kinsale Good Food Circle Members – Restaurant d’Antibes, Blue Haven, Jim Edwards, Finns Table, Man Friday, Fishy Fishy, Sidney’s Brasserie, White Lady, Pier One, and Toddies.

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