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Sunday 31 August 2014

9 Honeymoon Travel Tips for Kim and Kanye in Ireland

Pól Ó Conghaile

Published 26/05/2014 | 13:39

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The world’s hottest celeb couple have touched down for a five-day honeymoon in Ireland. So what should they see, do and eat while they’re here? Travel expert Pól Ó Conghaile gives them some advice.....

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1) Kick back in Castlemartyr…

 

Are they or aren’t they? Since Kimye touched down at Cork Airport, rumours as to their destination have been flying. Our sources tell us they are indeed holed up at the five-star Castlemartyr Hotel, so my first tip is to enjoy the facilities. A sprawling presidential suite, infinity pool, ESPA therapies and AA Rosette-winning cooking at the Bell Tower restaurant... Bliss!

 

2) Picnic in Paradise…

 

When Jude Law and Sienna Miller visited East Cork, they enjoyed ice-cream in the seaside town of Ballycotton. Kimye can go one better by following the coastal road overlooking the lighthouse, where a craggy path leads to a bathing place known locally as ‘Paradise’. The water may be Baltic, but a restorative pint in the local Blackbird pub will put the colour back in her cheeks. Mr. West may even be persuaded to pick up a microphone… intimate gigs are a specialty.

 

3) An island escape…

 The weather won’t exactly be tropical during Kimye’s five-day honeymoon (rain is forecast for every day except Tuesday… bah!), that doesn’t mean they have to rule out island escapes. West Cork is home to dozens of offshore islands like Garinish, a short ferry ride away in Glengarriff Bay. An Italian terrace and casita in the formal gardens here will give the couple happy memories of their wedding, and nature has been kind enough to arrange for a pair of white-tailed sea eagles to nest nearby, too.

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4) Have the craic in Cork City…

 

The last celeb of this calibre to visit Cork was Queen Elizabeth, who popped into the English Market in 2011. The market itself is a culinary crossroads, but the abiding memory was the craic Her Majesty had with Pat O’Connell (the local fishmonger elicited a royal chuckle by comparing a monkfish to a mother-in-law). The corridors may be a tad tight for Kimye’s entourage, but the fish is only delish.

 

 

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5) Do the Wild Atlantic Way…

Keeping up with the Kardashians isn’t easy. Kim’s last marriage, to basketball player Kris Humphries, lasted all of 72 days. One sure-fire way for Kanye to impress his new wife is a trip along the world’s newest coastal touring route. The Wild Atlantic Way stretches 2,500km from Cork to Donegal – and while five days is too short to do the whole thing, a couple of hours would whisk a chauffeur-driven Mercedes from Castlemartyr to Ireland’s most southwesterly point at Mizen Head.

 

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6) Hip-Hop to Limerick…

 

Think of Ireland, and hip-hop doesn’t exactly spring to mind. The Emerald Isle isn’t all about Bono and bodhráns, however - as Kimye will discover if they make their way along the N20 to Limerick. The city is home to a burgeoning hip-hop and street art scene, which is celebrated every year in the Make A Move Festival (makeamove.ie; July 3-6) of hip-hop and urban culture. Could Kanye host a workshop?

 

 

7) Get back to their roots…

 

President Obama has one. So does Jimmy Carr. Tom Cruise got his after Eneclann, the genealogy company, traced his ancestry to 12th century knights who conquered Ireland with Strongbow. Could Kimye leave Ireland with the ultimate celeb accessory: a Certificate of Irish Heritage? A trip to the National Library in Dublin, or a quick visit to irishgenealogy.ie, should set the ball rolling…

 

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8) King and Queen for a Day…

 

The last thing Kimye needs is the gift of the gab, so I’d recommend skipping the Blarney Stone for an overnight in Lismore Castle. The Duke of Devonshire’s Irish residence is a short drive away in West Waterford, and available to hire for up to 30 people with bespoke itineraries including butler-service picnics, VIP river cruises, and a banquet evening in the Pugin Hall. The price? If you have to ask…

 

 

 

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9) Chocolates at the end of the earth…

 

“It’s no secret I have a bit of a sweet tooth…” Kim’s recent confession on her blog will hardly come as a surprise, but Ireland’s selection box of off-radar chocolatiers certainly will. Skelligs Chocolates has a factory overlooking St. Finian’s Bay off the Ring of Kerry; Benoit Lorge runs his marvellous little shop in an old post office just outside Kenmare, and Hazel Mountain Chocolates is a boutique chocolate factory at the foothills of the Burren National Park. Bon appétit!

 

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