Ireland's Blue Book Blog


New to the Blue Book for 2018

An introduction to the four new members joining the Blue Book in 2018

Plan Your Trip

Looking Forward to... December with Ireland's Blue Book

Things to do and placed to see around Ireland this festive season


Ballymaloe's Sticky Toffee Pudding

A delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe from Ballymaloe House


12 Great Ways to Use Your Voucher from Ireland’s Blue Book

The Blue Book contains beautiful country houses, hotels and restaurants all across Ireland, many set in idyllic scenic surroundings in some of the more rugged and isolated parts of this beautiful island.

Plan Your Trip

5 Perfect Places for Private House Parties

Imagine a truly exclusive venue in a grand country house to celebrate a special birthday, a family reunion or simply to have a party with friends.


Hawk Walks this Autumn with Ireland’s Blue Book

Experience the adventure of flying a hawk while taking a leisurely walk through the beautiful grounds of these Blue Book Houses.


A Night At The Movies....

Did you know that the Bushmills Inn has its own cinema? Why not do something a little bit different and enjoy small, intimate screenings of some of your favourite films in this exclusive boutique cinema. Package includes a 2-course dinner in the award-winning restaurant, and of course, popcorn.


Romance in a Castle

Romance in a Castle Create memories to treasure at one of Ireland’s Blue Book Romantic Castle


Rooms With a View

What could be better than waking up to one of these spectacular views...

Culinary Tours

Ireland is your Oyster

The first of the native Irish oysters are appearing on menus around the country, and are being served in the Blue Book Houses


12 Indulgent Spas

Relax, Renew and Rerevitalise at these indulgent spas of Ireland's Blue Book


Explore the Exceptional - Unusual Bedroom Names

Unique names for bedrooms, suites and cottages of Blue Book houses

Wild Atlantic Way

17 Unique Places to Stay on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way stretches from the Northern Headlands to the Surf Coast, and is famous for its sweeping coastlines, towering sea cliffs, and diverse landscapes.

Summer Specials

5 Dreamy Things to Do, Drink and Dine on in Dublin

5 Dreamy Things to Do, Drink and Dine on in Dublin


Hayfield Manor’s Dark Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients 675g Castor Sugar 9 Eggs 400g Unsalted Butter (soft but not melted) 170g Cocoa Powder 225g Cream Flour 500g Melted Dark Chocolate 75g Skinless Hazelnuts 75g White Chocolate Drops

Culinary Tours

Time for Tea


Plan Your Trip

Top 10 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Blue Book Holiday!

Who better to go on holiday with than Man's Best Friend?


3 Trails to Trot

Equestrian Pursuits at Blue Book Houses

Ireland's Blue Book Family

Another generation adds to the charm of Coopershill House

Another generation adds to the charm of Coopershill House

Ireland's Blue Book Family

Voted one of the Top 10 Hotel Castles in the World - Castle Durrow

Hardly anyone books a hotel these days without checking it on Trip Advisor first, which is why, when Shelly Stokes heard Castle Durrow had been voted one of the Top 10 Hotel Castles in the World, she celebrated: “Everyone in the dining room got a Prosecco - and I burst into tears!”

Wild Atlantic Way

8 Experiences not to miss in Clare

Discover the beauty of County Clare located in the heart of the west coast of Ireland and on the Wild Atlantic Way. With breath taking scenery of the Burren landscape, Cliffs of Moher and Loop Head Peninsula, and the bustling towns of Ennis, Kilrush, Lahinch and Lisdoonvarna, there are plenty exciting activities, attractions and festivals to keep you busy. Use this as your ultimate guide to exploring Clare.


Kevin Dundon's Beef Burgers

BBQ season is right around the corner, so here is Kevin Dundon's recipe for Beef Burgers


10 Great Places to Dine Alfresco in Ireland

The best part about the sunny weather, is the opportunity for outdoor dining.

Style Essentials

Weekend Break : Style Essentials from the Kilkenny Shop

With Bank Holiday weekends and the promise of an increase in temperatures to look forward to over the coming months, many of us are planning weekend breaks across Ireland – whether it’s a couples retreat or break away with the girls! The trouble with weekend breaks is that, although we’re only away for 2-3 nights, somehow our entire wardrobes seem to come along for the journey! To make packing a little easier, and lighter, we have compiled a list of Weekend Break Style Essentials – your capsule guide designed to take the stress out of packing for your weekend break! Everything is available at the Kilkenny Shop, with 13 stores located nationwide, or you can also shop accessories online at! (Psst – there’s even free delivery on online orders over €40!)


A cycling adventure to Gregans Castle

As I sat down to dinner in Gregans Castle, one of Irelands blue book hotels, last evening looking out at the purple hue form the limestone mountain across the valley I noticed the sky beginning to change colour. As each course of my meal was presented the sky went from pink to orange to red before finally succumbing to darkness as my desert arrived.

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