(Closed) Going to Ireland!

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve never been myself though it is a dream of mine.  My parents went last year for 2 weeks and a work friend just come back!  Both my parents and my friend have said the way to go is get out of the big cities (Dublin) as soon as possible, rent a car and tour the country staying at various bed and breakfasts.  My parents travel A LOT and they said their experience in Ireland was their absolute favorite!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

That’s so exciting! I wish DH would plan a trip like that!

I live here now although I’m from Connecticut, USA and I recommend Galway (the city and the surrounding area – Connemara and go to the Aran Islands if you can!), Dingle in County Kerry, Kilkenny (has a castle, nice shops/pubs/restaurants).  If you’re going to spend time in Dublin there’s always a lot going on in museums/music venues/theatres etc…but it’s also a bit more generic than smaller places – it’s a lot like many other cities.  That being said there are lots of fun things to do in Dublin but if I were planning a trip for a friend I might only schedule two days in Dublin out of a week (including the arrival day!)

If you stay off the beaten track you’ll get a much more complete understanding of Ireland and the people here – it’s well worth the effort.  If I can answer any questions for you feel free to message me!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

For scenic places, you must visit the cliffs of Mohr (warning: it’s a hike to get there, like 2 hrs. I say this because nobody told me and I had cute flats on that were literally covered in mud by the end) and drive up the Dingle Peninsula. I also loved Kinsale with all the cute shops. Never been to Galway but i heard good things about it.  Dublin is nice, too of course, but I liked seeing the countryside better than the city. If you do go to Dublin, the Guiness Factory is a no brainer. To me, green pastures and cows crossing the street is what Ireland is all about. It’s gorgeous and I can’t wait to go back. But be forewarned, in my personal opinion, the food sucks. Don’t get your hopes up there. You don’t go to Ireland for the culinary experience, that’s for sure.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Dont really have any advice except to say, How Cool is That! I just watched Leap Year, I hope you have a great trip.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t really have any advice because I’ve never been there, but I’ve always wanted to go!! Have fun! 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hi, I just wanted to chime in because I went on a week trip to Ireland last summer with my family. We drove all around the whole country. When I went to the cliff of Moehr, it was a huge hike like a PP poster said, so maybe they changed where you can drive up to the place? One thing is we went in August and it was still cold and rainy, so def. check the weather. You mention golfing- I know my mom wanted to golf, because that’s one of her “things” but kept having problems with the courses closing because of rain. I don’t know if that would be a problem in March, but it might be something to look into so you can have back up plans. In Killarney I liked going to Ross castle (which is a restored castle) and the state park that’s right on the edge of town. We only spent a day in Dublin, but it was jam packed. 

I don’t think you’ll have a problem if you don’t drink beer. I did get the feeling that bars didn’t really serve a lot of “fancy” mixed drinks. Just sort alcohol and soda drinks (gin and tonic, vodka & cranberry, etc) or also whiskey! I did have an unfortunate event at a hotel bar where a cosmopolitan ended up being over 10 euros! (ughhh… insane. If only I had been thinking on my feet). 

You’ll have a great time- it’s a beautiful place.

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