Fit Travel: Top Adventures in Ireland
There is more to do on the Emerald Isle than drink beer, from eating in Michelin-star restaurants to trying the sport of falconry.
Ireland is the birthplace of black pudding, U2, and hurling. The Emerald Isle is also home to thousands of cozy pubs where storytelling is an even bigger pastime than sipping Guinness. And while contemplating over a pint inside an old country pub may be a spiritual experience, there are plenty of other adventures to be had. A flight to Dublin from New York takes only about 6 ½ hours, but you’ll be transported into a rain-brushed landscape of craggy coastlines and vibrant green hillsides practically screaming for you to rock climb, kayak, hike, and more. Check out these manly activities for the best of Irish city and country getaways.
CITY ESCAPE: Dublin
Dublin is a walkable city with plenty of things to do, yet it doesn’t feel overwhelming. Brimming with history—and about 1000 pubs—the place also has a deeply poetic side with a soulful literary and music scene.
Sleep like a man at… The Merrion
The Duke of Wellington’s birthplace has been transformed into a five-star hotel. This place looks like somewhere James Bond would stay: There's masculine drawing rooms where you can read the morning paper by a crackling fire and the brick-walled Cellar Bar located inside an 18th-century wine vault where you can nurse your whiskey. Located opposite the government buildings and right in the city center, The Merrion is only a few blocks away from hotspots like St. Stephen’s Green, Trinity College, and Grafton Street.
Eat like a man at… Restaurant Patrick Guibaud
If you’re a foodie, this Michelin-star restaurant is the place to eat in Dublin. The white linens and attentive staff contribute to the gourmet experience just as much as eating the contemporary Irish meals with a French twist (think: pan roast duck foie gras). Know that dinner for two here will easily cost you a few hundred dollars. For those on a budget or looking for more casual pub grub, head to James Joyce’s old hangout at Davy Byrnes Pub, just off of Grafton Street, for shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, or Irish stew.
Sightsee like a man…While hitting landmarks such as the Guinness Storehouse to taste an authentic pint or Whelan’s intimate performance space to listen to soul-searching musicians are practically rites of passage when visiting Dublin, be sure to add the prison museum to your must-do list. Known as Kilmainham Gaol, tours of the grey building give gruesome insights into Ireland’s path to independence, including eerie looks into hundreds-of-year old jail cells and execution rooms. It’s included as one of the stops on Dublin Bus Tour, which is a fun (albeit touristy) way to get a sampler of the city’s top attractions.