Our Scotland/Ireland package included bed and breakfast lodging. We love staying at a B&B when we travel because it tends to be a more homy atmosphere. It’s always helpful to chat with the hosts and get the inside local information. Starting the day with a great breakfast is also a huge benefit.
For the Irish portion of our trip we had a large selection of B&Bs through Ireland Bed & Breakfast network.
Our first full day would be spent touring County Wicklow before heading to Dublin. In order to maximize the day, we chose a B&B in County Wicklow. Mount Usher View B&B offered a family suite with 2 rooms, bathroom and balcony. It was clean, spacious and comfortable. The host, Jean, was incredibly warm and friendly.
After a comfortable night’s sleep we enjoyed breakfast in a spacious and sunny breakfast room. My husband, just as he had in Scotland, ordered a “full Irish breakfast.”
There were plenty of cereal, muffin and fruit choices as well as eggs and smaller breakfast plates.
We didn’t have as much time to enjoy this B&B as we would have liked, but did feel as if we’d made a good choice!
Our next two nights in Ireland were spent at the Hillview House. Close to Dublin without being the middle of the city, it was quiet, pretty and relaxing. It was much larger than other B&Bs we’ve stayed at. It wasn’t quite a motel, but it seemed more than a B&B with fifteen rooms. There was a small bar room/lounge in addition to the dining room.
We were able to book Hillview House’s one family suite. This room was more hotel-feeling rather than B&B-cozy, but it was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was updated and spacious. The hosts were friendly and had no problem making time to chat.
The breakfast here was good. In addition to the cold buffet, the hot foods were also served buffet style. This breakfast also featured Wheetabix!
Our flight out was so early that we left before breakfast on our second morning. The hosts provided us with a breakfast basket of yogurt, fruit and packaged pastries. This was helpful, although we did miss the opportunity to sit down for one last Irish breakfast.