Go: Brittany's Celtic charm
That touch of the familiar in west Brittany is shaped by its Celtic past
The rustic decor is themed after the traditions of the local Bigouden women and their coiffe headdresses made from white lace (those belonging to the owner’s grandmother are framed along the walls).
As for the food and drink, there are more options than pots and pans hanging from the cross-beams: the menu is filled with an eclectic range of crêpes and galettes (savoury pancakes made from buckwheat flour) folded around the likes of flambéed shellfish or salmon and chive whipped cream.
Once you’ve settled on the right sequence you can work your way through a course of cloudy apple juice, refreshingly subtle cider and a breathtakingly sharp Calvados (apple brandy).
Whether your itinerary is centred around water sports and seafood, or megaliths and museums, there’s a touch of the familiar to Brittany’s charm since both the culture and language of this once-independent kingdom have been shaped by a strong Celtic background.
And while that similarity extends to a climate that can be as dramatic and unpredictable as our own, the region remains unspoiled by the tourist trail it serves.
CityJet operates a weekly flight from Dublin to Brest until August 31st, from €189 return. Aer Lingus flies from Dublin to Rennes three times a week, and once per week from Cork, until the first week of September. Brittany Ferries sail Cork to Roscoff once per week; Irish Ferries sail to Roscoff from Rosslare several times a week.
Hôtel Kregenn, Quimper.
A centrally located Best Western with snug rooms for €85 in the off-season.
Villa Tri Men, Combrit.
A converted country manor situated by a tranquil harbour with highly rated food and excellent views. A standard room varies from €120 to €190 between seasons. trimen.fr
Le Cosy, Quimper.
A quaint and crêpe-free restaurant tucked into two small rooms above a grocer, specialising in seafood, gratins and tartines, with a prix-fixe for €29.
Men Lann Du.
An atmospheric crêperie steeped in history with a dazzling array of pancakes which are regarded among the best in Brittany.
Le Tatoon, Île de Sein.
A seafood restaurant with minimalist style featuring a terrace just metres from the water. letatoon.com