Irish Hotels Open June 2!

June 1st, 2021

Dromoland Castle, The Westbury, and The River Lee are ready to welcome guests

Irish hotels are set to open tomorrow, June 2! Vaccinated visitors will be allowed into the country without quarantining starting July 19. If visitors don’t have valid proof of vaccine, they will need to present evidence of a negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country, self-quarantine until they get a negative post-arrival test – this will be provided through the HSE (Ireland’s Health Services). More information here. We foresee a boom of American travelers heading that way as Ireland ranks among the top 10 destinations this summer for travelers who turn to the expertise of Virtuoso (luxury travel agency network with more than 20,000 travel advisors across 50 countries and annual sales between $25-30 billion).

What’s new at Dromoland Castle, County Clare


Local expert Oonagh O’Dwyer will take guests down forgotten country lanes and get their hands dirty learning about edible types of roots, herbs, flowers, fruits, and nuts (such as St. John’s Wort, Elderflower and pig nuts) followed by a feast of a wild food picnic in a wildflower meadow. Next is a trip to the beach for a seaweed walk and a hands-on lesson in harvesting seaweed in the traditional way along with rock samphire and pepper dulse (called the truffle of the sea), among a backdrop of seals and sea birds. Back at the Castle, Oonagh leads a cooking class showing how to prepare and preserve wild food and seaweed (along with tips on how to identify and use wild food at home and recipes to bring back).

Sustainability officer

The castle recently appointed Arek Gduliński as its full time Sustainability Officer. He will be tasked with protecting the 450 acres of nature and proactively finding ways to puts environmental responsibility and sustainability front and center. His first initiative is the launch of the new Dawn to dusk nature, wildlife and bird trails, developed to allow guests to experience first-hand the over 500 friendly Dromoland deer, swans, birds, badgers, rabbits, foxes and so much more wildlife that roam the lands.

What’s new at The Westbury, Dublin

The Westbury’s beloved bar, The Sidecar, has launched its own gin: The Sidecar Gin. This gin is made with ingredients foraged in Dublin parkland such as wild lemon verbena and nettles balanced with spicy ginger, bitter orange, and juniper.

What’s new at The River Lee, Cork

Reopening in the heart of Ireland’s foodie capital, The River Lee is welcoming guests with tempting offers like Rosé and Stay (a one-night stay with a welcome bottle of Whispering Angel Rosé and sweet treats), the Family Escape (a special 2-night family stay with breakfast and 1 dinner), and the Destination Cork (a four-night curated itinerary of the very best of Cork City’s cultural and culinary offerings such as a special family pass for a cycling tour with Beyond the Glass, family tickets for exclusive early access to Cork’s Nano Nagle Place and a rainy day art-pack from The Lewis Glucksman Gallery.)

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