According to our calculations, there are 11 Irish counties that King Charles has yet to visit. So what should he see and do to fill in the blanks on his next trip?
Cavan Lakes: King Charles loves fishing and Cavan is said to have 365 lakes – one for each day of the year. Add in the Rivers Shannon and Erne and some brilliant local fishing guides and the Monarch will be hooked.
MacNean House & Restaurant, Blacklion: If you want to eat like royalty in Ireland, Neven Maguire’s Prestige Menu is for you. The nine-course feast elevates and celebrates the best of Irish seafood, beef, homemade cheese and more – although Buckingham Palace absolutely needs to book in advance. Tables sell out quickly.
Virginia Park Lodge: The British royal family loves their rural escapes, and this is Richard Corrigan’s reboot of an 18th-century hunting lodge. The farms and gardens, which can be rented exclusively, fit Charles’ passions perfectly.
2. Co Carlow
Altamont Gardens: King Charles has a green thumb so he should love Carlow’s Garden Trail perfectly. Altamont, home of snowdrops in February, is a highlight – and he can buy rare breeds to take home.
Carlow County Museum: Kevin Barry’s Last Cigarette, Carlow Gaol’s gallows trapdoor, and displays about local achievers like 19th-century scientist John Tyndall (who discovered the greenhouse effect) make a decent detour for anyone with a passing interest in history and climate change.
Sandbrook House: Swap Sandringham for Sandbrook? This 18th Century Queen Anne style home is available for exclusive rental on 25 acres. The gardens are lush and it seats 27 people – plenty of room for the entourage.
3. Co Laois
The Shopyard, Portlaoise: As King Charles prepares to move from Clarence House to the 775-room Buckingham Palace, he may need suitable furniture. This Aladdin cave full of architectural salvage, vintage and historical treasures is the place to shop, with a lovely little cafe to boot. “Suppliers of the unusual” is the slogan.
ball fin: One of Ireland’s most exclusive retreats, Ballyfin’s past guests include the Clooneys, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. We recommend the Westmeath cabin for king-size accommodation with its richly carved queen bed.
Ballykilcavan Farm & Brewery: King Charles has a passion for sustainable farming. So does David Walsh-Kemmis, a dynamic 13th-generation farmer who is diversifying his family business – which now includes brewery tours. May we suggest a Bin Bawn Pale Ale, Your Majesty?
4. Co Leitrim
Glencar Waterfall: The king has been quoting famous authors in recent days, from Robert Burns in Scotland to Shakespeare in Westminster. Here he not only finds wandering waters gushing at Yeats’ beloved waterfall, but also an escape from the mob. Leitrim is Ireland’s least populated county with just 32,000 residents.
The Shed Distillery, Drumshanbo: The royals have always had a thing for a drop of gin. This visitor experience tells the story of the Drumshanbo Gunpowder variety, with plants ranging from Chinese gunpowder tea to local meadowsweet.
The Organic Centre, Rossinver: Several of Charles’ hobbies combine here in a charity and social enterprise dedicated to organic farming, biodiversity and sustainable energy. The gardens, cafe and shop are a lovely pit stop near Lough Melvin.
Royal Canal Greenway: A walk or bike ride along Ireland’s longest (and aptly named) greenway takes the monarch through the Midlands. The 130km trail crosses four counties en route from Maynooth to Cloondara and Longford Town.
Viewmount house: Center Parcs is his kingdom’s most popular holiday village, but this Blue Book country home offers King Charles more privacy, four acres of gardens to browse and a delicious meal at VM Restaurant.
Corlea Bahn: This visitor center features an Iron Age road discovered on the moors near Kenagh. It may have been part of a ceremonial road linking the hill of Uisneach to the royal site of Rathcroghan.
6. Co Louth
River Boyne: Here you have the opportunity to take a currach tour along the River Boyne and Boyne Canal with Ross Kenny of Boyne Boats, whose currachs have been seen everywhere game of Thrones.
Carlingford: A beautifully manicured Norman town, restored King John’s Castle, local leprechaun lore, oysters fresh from the sea and a whiskey and gin tasting cruise with Carlingford Ferries… Carlingford was meant to be a royal shoo-in.
At Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk: A keen painter, Charles can enjoy a tour of Dundalk’s surprising street art before leading an exercise in bonding the royal family by downloading An Táin’s Louth Culture Quest app for a nationwide treasure hunt – 20 new artworks have been created for the quest.
7. Co Monaghan
Leslie Castle, Glaslough: Part of the development of this Blue Book Bolthole was inspired by Poundbury, the model village that Charles built in Dorset. He may also find a line that can compete with his own. The Leslie family can trace their ancestry back to Attila the Hun.
Carrickmacross Tip: Would the king remember Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding dress featured Carrickmacross lace? Sarah Burton’s design for Kate Middleton’s dress also used the Carrickmacross lace technique.
Patrick Kavanagh Center, Inniskeen: “Let grief be a fallen leaf…” After mourning his mother, this literature and landscape buff should take a detour to the stone gray soil of Monaghan, home to a revamped visitor center and attractions like Billy Brennan’s barn and Kavanagh homestead seen.
8. Co Offaly
Clara Moor: Charles has long had a fascination with nature and sustainability and this reserve, with the Slieve Blooms as a backdrop, is the finest example of a raised bog we have. Just don’t mention the turf wars.
Birr Castle: The Science Center, Great Telescope, and Rare Tree Collection in this estate are sure to pique the king’s curiosity. It has been the home of the Parsons family, the Earls of Rosse, since 1620.
Kinnitty Castle: “The splendor of a castle suite with its lavish elegance, luxurious surroundings and warm, restful colors guarantees you a pleasant stay and makes you feel like royalty,” enthuses this four-star hotel.
9. Co. Roscommon
Gleesons, Roscommon: On ITV’s Lorraine This year, royal editor Russell Myers revealed one of Charles’ ideal dishes as “wild mushroom risotto with organic lamb”. Whatever the risotto, Roscommon is lamb country, and Gleesons serves an ace stew made with organic lamb from their own farm.
Koenighaus, Boyle: Built in 1720 for the powerful King family, this Ascendency townhouse later became the military barracks of the Connaught Rangers. Its modern restoration adds another fascinating architectural chapter to the story.
Lough Key Forest Park: Aerial adventures, canopy walks, boat tours, hiking and biking trails, history, wildlife…beats Balmoral.
10. Co Westmeath
The Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone: A deluxe double room at this four-star hotel offers a central base for exploring the underrated city of Athlone, and a great selfie opportunity for a king contemplating past titles.
Sean’s Bar, Athlone: Charles studied history at Cambridge, so a drink at the bar, which claims to be Ireland’s oldest, is a no-brainer. “Renovations in 1970 revealed that the walls of the bar were made of ninth-century wattle and daub,” it says. Seán’s also makes its own whiskey.
The Hill of Uisneach: This legendary and enigmatic hill, an ancient ceremonial site, the mythological center of Ireland and seat of the High Kings of Ireland, becomes King Charles III. also provide a view across multiple counties.
11. Co. Wexford
Monart, Enniscorthy: Guests are already treated like royalty at this five star spa and the new monarch has a Monart connection – there is a Monart Day Spa in Poundbury, the king’s model village in Dorset.
Wexford Festival Opera: The perfect setting to rattle on with your new jewellery. The 2022 program ranges from La Tempestabased on Shakespeare’s The stormto The masterOpera by Alberto Caruso with a libretto by Colm Tóibín.
Little Saltee, Kilmore Quay: King or pauper, it would be rude to visit Wexford without sampling the freshest fish and crispiest fries at this seaside classic. But please don’t wait in line!
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