Ireland The Best: The Insider's Guide To Ireland by John McKennaIreland The Best: The Insider's Guide To Ireland by John McKenna

Ireland The Best: The Insider's Guide To Ireland

byJohn McKenna, Sally Mckenna

Paperback | May 29, 2018

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The true Irish insider's guide to the very best Ireland has to offer. This fully comprehensive and independent guide to Ireland gives you only the very best recommendations, whatever your budget.Brought to you by the McKennas, who have over 30 years' experience writing and talking about Ireland's amazing food, drink and hospitality. Following the format of Scotland the Best, Scotland's bestselling guide for 25 years.Easy-to-use guide with over 2000 recommendations:. Eat and drink at the best local pubs, cafes and regional restaurants. Great advice on where to sleep, from wild camping to boutique hotels. Discover stunning scenery, landscapes and historical highlights. Find the best coastal walks, city strolls and sightseeing spots. Explore the true culture of Ireland and discover local hidden gemsLocal experts John and Sally McKenna are your personal guides to the very best of Ireland, from the streets of Belfast to the hills of Galway. They have visited, rated and remarked on every entry to help you get the most out of the Emerald Isle.
John McKenna has written about Ireland's food culture for almost thirty years, and has won many national and international awards for his work, including the André Simon Special Award. He is the curator of the annual 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland, published since 1992. The Wall Street Journal described him as "Ireland's most authorit...
Title:Ireland The Best: The Insider's Guide To IrelandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pagesPublished:May 29, 2018Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0008248818

ISBN - 13:9780008248819


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Informative but Too Boring *A special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.* Introduction: Ireland, O Ireland… You’re calling me. I remember reading my first Irish author along with the country’s history when I was fourteen years old. I can also tell you I fell in love with the people’s accent, its landscapes and simply put: Ireland itself. Hence there was no refusing picking up this guide about Ireland. I hoped to learn more about this country and explore it through gorgeous images and sceneries. Whilst I liked the information, I was also disappointed. How could a guide about Ireland let me down? The Positive Sides: I always prefer to lay the positive points of a book first, which gives a better and kinder “image” of the work. I found this guide, Ireland the Best, to be quite informative. In the places and activities’ descriptions (often lengthy and detailed), they give us snippets of these places’ history and explanations as to why it came to be or how it was named the way it is. Moreover, the guide presents awesome, diverse and funny categories such as historical, ethnic restaurants, amusing pubs, libraries, and more of the sorts! This feature is what I loved best about this book because it dared go beyond the traditional formula for guides. The authors wrote all the addresses, phone numbers and web links. Maps are also present and although the image referencing system is somewhat good, it’s a bit messy too. You need to do a lot of coming and going from the number associated to a certain map to the actual image in the last pages of the book. The research put into this guide is undeniable! A wealth of information is in there for whoever’s willing to dig to find gold. The Negative Sides: Most of the times, I try to focus on the positive of a book, but the huge lack of pictures made this read almost impossible – or at least, unattractive and uninteresting. There are no visual references nor is it pleasant to gaze at despite how thoroughly researched and organised it is. It’s plain-looking, though practical without a doubt. Take your pick! One thing’s for sure: reading it all from cover to end is out of the question! This guide makes it way too boring; I know, I’ve tried and gave up when I noticed how awfully redundant this book was with no pictures. In Conclusion: Overall, good for quick info on locations, history bits and fun things to do when in Ireland, but the lack in visuals is extremely annoying and disappointing. So I give it a rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. I don’t see how a guide about a country, which contains such great and varied information, doesn’t have pictures here and there to make itself easy and pleasant on the eye. I’m not asking for a picture with every location or fact, but at least one for major attractions. Although I don’t recommend this book, if you want a great source of reliable information and just need to look up locations and fun tidbits sometimes, then please, do have a go at it! I’m sure it will be useful to you. But as a discovery guide out of curiosity or even a guide you plan on actually guiding you through Ireland, it’s not doing the job it set out to do.
Date published: 2018-07-26

Editorial Reviews

"This guide certainly has all the best places to visit in Ireland! I love that it also includes annual events to look out for over in Ireland and of course where all the good wine bars are." - NetGalley reviewer"A fantastic travel guide written by two experts in the area, John and Sally McKenna, this is truly the authoritative guide to Ireland. Filled with juicy tidbits on where to go, what to do, and what you should definitely see when visiting the Emerald Isle." - NetGalley reviewer"A very good guide to Ireland full of interesting and unusual advice. Strongly recommended to people who want to travel to Ireland because it's really helpful." - NetGalley reviewer"Ireland the Best falls at the top of all the travel information books I have ever used." -NetGalley reviewer"Excellent guide to Ireland, comprehensive, well-laid out, authoritative, up-to-date. What more could you want?" - NetGalley reviewer"Ireland dreaming? I am and plan to visit the Emerald Isle for the first time in the next couple years. This travel guide is both whetting my appetite and giving me the practical resources for planning." - NetGalley reviewer"'m a quarter Irish, so eagerly lapped up John and Sally McKenna's "Ireland the Best: The Insider's Guide to Ireland." So glad I did! Now I know exactly where to visit in the Emerald Isle for food, drink and hospitality at the best price, based on their 30 years' experience and impeccable recommendations. Sláinte!" - NetGalley reviewer"What a wonderfully comprehensive guide for touring Ireland! Having traveled there for two vacations I can say that this is THE guide to take along if you are planning a trip." - NetGalley reviewer