(Closed) Surprise Honeymoon to Ireland

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Why don’t you want to go to Ireland in October or November?  That’s considered “shoulder” season (between high & low seasons) and it’s still really lovely.  Generally, both the crowds & prices will be a wee bit lower.  (Okay, I couldn’t resist writing “wee” since you’re talking about Ireland.  Pardon me!!  😉

Trying to plan something now for almost 2 years later might be difficult, as major life changes (babies, house purchases, career changes, etc.) that would prevent this trip.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

We went to Ireland for our honeymoon & loved it!  You will have a great time 🙂  I did a couple of blog posts on Dublin and part of the countryside, if you want to check them out!

Cheers! Honeymoon in Ireland Part 2

HAVE FUN!!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@futureMrsDonnelly:  If you are worried about being cold in November…don’t.  It rarely snows or freezes during that time.  if this gives you any indication, the average climate in Northern Ireland is warm enough that palm trees grow naturally.

I found that September-November time was the best for traveling, even though you’re a foreigner, you’re not considered as “annoying” because you came during the off season, if that makes sense.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m actually leaving for Ireland on Thursday! I’m a master’s student and am working on my thesis there. Tentatively, we are splitting our time between Dublin and Belfast. I know up north, there is the Giant’s Causeway which everyone has told me to visit. From Belfast, you can take a ferry to Scotland and have a day trip there. This train ride is supposed to be the most beautiful in the world http://www.scotlandsforme.com/main_attraction.php?id=79

Everyone I have spoken with who has been to Ireland says to rent a car and go from coastal city to coastal city. It’s cheaper and more beautiul apparently, but that it out of our budget.

I can let you know more about it when we get back. I have to go to work now! Good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ebet24: Thanks for reminding me.

I forgot to mention this but Northern Ireland and the Republic are two seperate countries…you have to change money and you’ll want your passport even if you are going on a day trip.  I never had mine checked when I crossed but I heard enough horror stories.  Oh and if you do go up north, take black taxis.  They are the cheapest and more convient way to travel without getting yourself into unwanted trouble.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Giant’s Causeway is amazing, we really enjoyed it.  We also spent some time in Donegal, which I don’t hear much about in travel reviews but it is beautiful.  It’s very rural though so a rental car is a necessity.  We have friends in Hillsborough (outside of Belfast) and we found the town to be so charming.  We also went to Dublin to see the book of Kells and the Guiness Brewery.  It was fun and all in all we thought Dublin was nice.  The architecture is really beautiful in some places and we liked walking along the O’Connell St bridge to find restaurants and things to do.  I really recommend the Gallagher Boxty House.  We ate the most delicious meal that we had in Dublin there.  With that said I almost enjoyed driving through the country-side more than the cities.  It’s very hilly and everywhere you go there are the most beautiful views.  The drive from Balfast airport to Giant’s Causeway was so idyllic and wonderful.  We couldn’t take enough pictures.  Also just a tip, in Ireland the traditional breakfast is called an ulster fry.  It’s mostly sausage and bacon with a fried egg and some brown bread (which we LOVED)  We were hard-pressed to find an egg sandwich and for an egg-crazy, breakfast-lover like me it was a big adjustment!  But we just decided to go with the flow and eat as the Irish do. 🙂 Check out tripadvisor for more recommendations; they’ve never steered me wrong!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

@ebet24:  Have a wonderful trip!  While you’re in Northern Ireland, check out Derry/Londonderry, if you can.  As the seat of The Troubles, it has some magnificent murals depicting those times.  Definitely get a taxi driver in Belfast to take you around the Falls & Shankill Roads areas b/c, if I recall correctly, some of the original IRA & UDA murals are being painted over for more “neutral” subjects now that things have died down, but a ton of originals still remain.  Also, the Titanic was built in Belfast & they are gearing up for the 100 year anniversary.  The quaint coastal towns in Northern Island are also wonderful to stop by & do some exploring & relaxing.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@ebet24:  Have a wonderful trip!  While you’re in Northern Ireland, check out Derry/Londonderry, if you can.  As the seat of The Troubles, it has some magnificent murals depicting those times.  Definitely get a taxi driver in Belfast to take you around the Falls & Shankill Roads areas b/c, if I recall correctly, some of the original IRA & UDA murals are being painted over for more “neutral” subjects now that things have died down, but a ton of originals still remain.  Also, the Titanic was built in Belfast & they are gearing up for the 100 year anniversary.  The quaint coastal towns in Northern Island are also wonderful to stop by & do some exploring & relaxing.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Sorry for the previous double post, everyone!  (If this one posts 2 times also, I apologize in advance!)

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t know when you’re going but just found out that there was another riot in Belfast.  Northern Ireland is gorgeous, but please be careful about what you say and do while up there.  The riot was right off Falls Road, they apparently hijacked a bus.  If you want to go up north feel free to PM me as it can be tricky up there.

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