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The Best Places to Grab a Pint and See the Sights in Ireland

06/15/2013 10:30 am ET

Lovely, green and enchanting Ireland! A perfect place for a bicycle tour vacation, this small country is big on charm and hospitality. Enchanting villages, warm and quaint family run inns, quiet country roads and simply spectacular scenery await you. When you travel to Ireland on one of our three cycling tours, Wilma Helm will be your friendly and helpful guide. Wilma has worked with Pure Adventures for the past 10 years and has lived in Ireland since 1990, coming to the country as an Erasmus Student from the south of Germany. Wilma's friends tell her she is more Irish than the Irish, but jokes that she still tends to be punctual!

If you are going to visit Ireland, you'll definitely want to stop for a pint of Guinness or Smithwicks and take in the sights. Not sure which places are the best? We asked Wilma to share her favorites with us.

What is a must see sight on a tour?

You don't want to leave Ireland without being to Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour Ireland's only fjord, Croagh Patrick the Holy Mountain, the colourful streets of Clifden and Westpor and Ashford Castle in Cong.

Where is your favourite place to eat?
There are so many great restaurants in Galway (also Clifden) notably Kirwan's Lane, Martine's, Artisan, Bord Bia and Mitchell's in Clifden. I am a pescetarian (vegetarian eating fish) and we have the best and freshest fish and seafood on the West Coast of Ireland - there is no shortage of favorites for my palate. I am especially fond of a great seafood chowder for lunch.

What items do you never travel without?

A smile and open eyes to take in all the beauty that Mother Nature provides. And of course my mobile phone and rain jacket for practical purposes.

What is your best tip for someone who has never been to Ireland?

The Irish are very friendly, enjoy a pint of Guinness, Smithwicks or Bulmers in a pub and talk to the locals and listen to live music.