The Airbnb team departed from the serene Inveresk House in Edinburgh and soon arrived on the doorstep of a modernly renovated Irish hunting lodge in Dublin. Our days were limited but the weather cooperated and we quickly felt as lucky as the Irish do. For a wee bit of advice on the “what to do’s” of Dublin check out our recap below!
A treat to eat: Anything from Queen of Tarts
If you have been watching our EuroTour videos on airbnb.com/eurotour you may have noticed Lisa’s fondness of sweets. She was not exaggerating when she exclaimed, “this is heaven!” While everything was delicious (and we sampled A LOT), our favorite savoury tart flavor was oven roasted tomato and goat cheese. Since skipping dessert is blasphemous, we suggest you indulge in the chocolate, almond, and pear tart!
A sight to see: Devitts
Guinness, toasted sandwiches (grilled cheese and ham), and live Irish folk music take center stage at this traditional Irish pub. Despite a growing club scene in Dublin, there remains a young demographic keen on keeping Irish history alive and here you can stomp to the beat right along with them.
A host to meet: Louise and Mark (and Anna)
Louise has been hosting travelers in various apartments for years and her hospitality is second to none. Tea and shortbread cookies welcomed us after an early morning flight from Edinburgh. Her 6 year old daughter gave us the grand tour while Louise and her husband directed us towards town and gave us tips on where to eat. Keep watching AirTV for their upcoming episode and others from around the world!
When traveling through Europe stop over in Dublin to sample authentic hospitality, a bit of history, and, of course, a Guinness. Keep up with our European Tour at airbnb.com/eurotour and see if we are coming to a city near you!
We packed our bags and left Kevin’s modern, Amsterdam apartment only to arrive in a historic 16th century mansion just outside of Edinburgh. Working from Alice and John’s drawing room adorned with natural light and paintings created by Alice herself provided a picturesque stop on this European tour. Take a page from our book and experience the real Edinburgh!
A Treat to Eat: Fish and Chips
While typically an English masterpiece, La’Alba D’oro clearly indicates the Scottish know what they’re doing as well. Two local Airbnb users grabbed us and we weaved between old churches and side streets until we arrived at this acclaimed spot. The fish was light and tender and the chips were crispy and flavorful- for a healthier version with herbs and spices try it “alla Romana”.
A Sight to See: Musselburgh
Here you’ll find an undiscovered town in Scotland just outside Edinburgh that has housed various significant historical figures. It is hard to walk through town without thinking of the history that has transpired on the same stones in centuries past. Check out the local museum for history from the past 2,000 years!
A Host to Meet: Alice and Johnny
Sure, they provide a traditional Scottish breakfast and beautiful mansion with so much history it could make the Statue of Liberty blush, but what made our stay truly special at the Inveresk house was their devotion to comfort. There was never a cup of tea out of reach or a pillow unfluffed. We felt like we were a part of the family with their daughter’s music playing during breakfast and the hours of stories we laughed about.
Make Edinburgh a stop on your next trip and find history oozing between the streets of a flourishing modern town. Castles, churches, and fortresses watch over a welcoming town filled with families, students, and young professionals. And don’t forget to play a round of golf in the place where it all started!
We filmed another great AirTV episode at the Inveresk house we can’t wait for you to check out! Tune in every Thursday for new episodes here and be sure to follow our European tour at airbnb.com/eurotour for daily updates and coupons!
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