Post # 1
My fiance and I are looking into booking a honeymoon in Ireland for July. We’ve been so crazy busy that I haven’t looked into it as of recently. We found a site…ancientirelandtours.com and they offer self guided tours with very reasonable prices.
Anyone honeymooned in Ireland? We are thinking late July or mid Aug. Any input is welcome:-)
Post # 4
We honeymooned in Ireland in June. It’s such a beautiful and picturesque county. We didn’t go through any tour companies; bought the plane tix online, made our own itinerary looking at the map and a travel guide book, rented a car and drove around the country for ten days. We spent less money than we would’ve have with a tour company and had flexibility in choosing our destinations. I picked all the hotels from Tripadvisor and was extremely happy with almost all of them. I wrote about my favorite things to do here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/ireland-honeymoonadvice and posted some pics here http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/pics-from-our-ireland-honeymoon : . You can pm me if you need more info on any of the places or hotel recommendations.
Post # 5
I’ve been to ireland and if you can get to Cliffs of Mohr do it! It’s beautiful and any online pics you see of it doesn’t nearly do it justice! You will have a great time.
Post # 6
Years ago, we did a law school study abroad in Ireland. We spent a week after traveling around by car. It was easy, and we actually didn’t get lost once (and this was before GPS).
I’d suggest renting a car. You can spend some time in Dublin, and from there go to the Cliffs of Mohr, the Wicklow Mountains, the Connemara region, the Ring of Kerry, Cork, Kilarney, etc. Northern Ireland is also beautiful (Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede), and Belfast has a lot of history.
Post # 7
@EleanorRigby: We do that way also!! just rented a car get a map and go….. we stop and visit fam .. but we drive all over the west coast, Galway and then to dublin and Wicklow. There were tons of hotels and we actually stayed at B&B’s the whole time. It was pretty cheap. I liked doing it that way better then the tours. We always get so regimented on tours and if you want to linger or skip things you can’t…
Post # 8
I think Galway might have been my favorite city. I wish we could have spent more time there!
Post # 9
We want to go to Ireland. Some of his family lives there. They warned us to not rent a car. They say a lot of Americans come over and get into car accidents because we drive on one side of the road for basically our whole lives and then have to rent a car with the steering wheel on the other side and have to drive on the other side and expect to pick it up over a weekend. So we might go through a tour company so we don’t have to become “one of those americans” lol wrecking up the place.
Post # 10
It would likely be much cheaper to book your own car and hotels. That way you have more control over your itineraries. If I were you, i’d look at the itinerary the travel company is offering, and then price it out on your own separately….just to make sure you aren’t getting ripped off!
PS Ireland is GORGEOUS! My dad/stepmom honeymooned there, and their pics were to die for!
Post # 11
@Miss Tattoo: It really isn’t that hard. I’ve driven on the other side of the road in Australia and Africa…..with a stick shift. If I can do that, you can drive it too! Just remember “hug left, wide right” when making turns, since their “protected” turns are opposite of ours.
Post # 12
Ok first and formost- rent a car, Im irish I have driven in america, australia, france spain greece- over and back from right hand side of the road to left, you’ll be fine!
If youre going to Ireland in july/aug, GO TO GALWAY!!!!
There is a big arts festical and racing festival on then! Galway is a really young bohemian city-full of live music, bands playing on the street- plenty or arts and evryone is in high spirits! The city will be electric that time of year- ask any Irish person!!PLEASE GO!!!
Post # 13
I know I am a little behind on this, but oh well. I didn’t honeymoon there but went backpacking there a couple years ago. I agree with the PP about Cliffs of Mohr. Amazing! Also, go to Northern Ireland. The Giants Causeway is incredible and there is a fantastic hike between the Causeway Coast and Carrick-a-Reid. The village of Bushmills is precious and super close. It is perhaps the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen. Dingle Peninsula in the SW part is awesome too, its next to the Ring of Kerry but much less tourist-y. If you are into the outdoors Killarney National Park and Wicklow Mountain National Park are beautiful. The Aran Islands are pretty amazing too, taking the ferry out there and exploring for the day was great. But be aware, especially on the west coast there are some areas called Gaeltacht where Gaelic is the primary language, the people speak English but the signs are stuff are in Gaelic.Most maps have English and Gaelic names though.
Driving is totally worth it and it really isn’t too hard to find places to stay. I would advice FOR the awesome family home B&B’s. The people who run them are so friendly! The public transit in Northern Ireland is really good, and Ireland is way better than most places in the states but not as good as N. Ireland.
If you want more info I have the plans we did when I went, 3 weeks, hit up major awesome sites and avoided most of the super crazy tourist places.
Oh, AVOID Kilarney the city. It is right on the ring of Kerry and the most over priced, tourist trap we went to.
Sorry this is long. I just loved my visit and want to go back!