Let me begin with accommodation. B&B's can be very good, but make sure that they Failte Ireland recommended. They are our tourism organisation, and places bearing their approval are safe. Just make sure that your location is suitable, as cabs or taxis can be expensive, and a hotel might very well work out as cheap, if you are staying any distance away from the town center that you may wish to visit in the evenings. Do not drink and drive.
Hotels in general are good. You can get good prices in four star types, and some of the guest houses are really good also. Just check them out. Trip Advisor can be helpful, but always remember that some really good places get poor reviews from disgruntled guests, who give poor reviews everywhere they go, for reasons best known to themselves. Simply grumpy gits.
Many people come here having been misinformed about this subject. Why do you tip? I think when you know the answer to that, you should know that no matter where you go, it is nice to show your appreciation for services well rendered. Tip accordingly. Those you are tipping may even seem to be telling you that you shouldn't be doing that, but take it from me, they are delighted that you are happy to give them a tip. We are very aware that in the USA tips range from anywhere in the region of 15% to 20%. They tell you that that is because people in the service industry are paid low wages, or even no wages, and depend on their tips. Well in Ireland they are not on overly generous wages either, and they need their tips too. Be generous. Do not leave small loose change. It does nothing but give the impression of meanness. Better off not to tip at all than to do that.
In the picture above, you can see me moving this large rock, which was blocking the road. Yes, i did get a tip for that.
That much info should help you, but if you really want the best,
just simplify it, and travel with me. I love my food, and if you eat where i eat, then you cannot go wrong.
Would love to hear form you.