Friday 9 December 2016

TripAdvisor reveals its Top 10 Irish destinations, with two surprises

Travellers' Choice Awards

Published 21/03/2016 | 15:56

Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge. Photo: Deposit
Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge. Photo: Deposit

Dublin tops TripAdvisor's list of top Irish destinations, but who would have bet on Newmarket-on-Fergus to feature?

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The capital pips Killarney to top spot for 2016, with Galway, Dingle and Cork rounding out the top five in its annual Travellers' Choice Awards.

The real surprises come further down the list, however, with Cong, Co. Mayo making No. 6 and Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, coming in at No. 10.

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Irish destinations are as follows:

  1. Dublin
  2. Killarney, Co. Kerry
  3. Galway
  4. Dingle, Co. Kerry
  5. Cork
  6. Cong, Co. Mayo
  7. Westport, Co. Mayo
  8. Donegal town
  9. Sligo
  10. Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare

Now in their 14th year, TripAdvisor says its awards honour "the world’s best-rated destinations", with results based on millions of user reviews and opinions.

Sligo was voted Ireland's best-value destination, with hotel rooms averaging €107 per night - almost a third (€43) less than Dublin, according to TripAdvisor.

Doolin and Tralee drop off this year's list to make way for Cong and Newmarket-on-Fergus, who also beat off established cities like Waterford and Limerick, as well as tourism hotspots like Kilkenny, Kinsale and Kenmare.

Both destinations do come with the advantage of a five-star hotel, however - Ashford Castle in Cong, and Dromoland Castle in Newmarket-on-Fergus.

As well as topping the list of Irish destinations for 2016, Dublin ranked 22nd on TripAdvisor's Top 25 European Destinations.

Meanwhile, London was named TripAdvisor's top global destination for 2016, ahead of rivals such as Marrakech, Rome and New York.

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