Post # 1
Since so many of you bees were so helpful with planning my last trip… I’m seeking your help again!
I just booked a 11 day trip to Ireland! We’ll be going next month so not too much time to plan! I looked up a few driving tours and Ireland seems pretty small and easy to get around. I plan on doing the big sites – A day or two in Dublin, Cliffs, Burren, Blarney, Dingle, and I’m researching some castles too.
But does anyone have any personal experience and recommendations or tips?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
the southwestern portion of ireland is my absolute favorite….my favorite, favorite spot there are the aran islands, or more specifically inis mor and on inis mor, dun aengus. it is fantastic. words can’t describe how lovely it is.
galway is a fantastic city…i’ve enjoyed both times i’ve been there.
killarney has the muckross house, which in the summer with the flowers and garden in bloom, is gorgeous.
dublin can really be done in two days. i don’t think it gives a good representation of all ireland has to offer.
overall i really enjoy ireland. i’ve been twice for a total of about 3.5 weeks. the irish are super nice and genuinely some of the best people i’ve encountered while traveling. make sure you get to a pub that plays traditional songs…so much fun!
Post # 4
I lived in Dublin for a year and actually some of my favorite places to visit were in Antrim (Northern Ireland). Belfast is fascinating and the Antrim coast was beautiful (Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, Carrick-A-Rede…) It’s an area that’s often overlooked so I just wanted to put it out there 🙂
When I was in Dublin I sure loved Beshoff’s for fish & chips 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@pinkshoes: I LOVE Ireland!! My favorite places were Doolin (small town near the Cliffs) and Dingle. I’d advise avoiding Killarney – it was suuuuper touristy (since it’s near the Ring of Kerry) and just not that cool.
There are some great old threads, too:
Has anyone been to IRELAND for their honeymoon (or vacation)? 🙂 Advice?
Honeymooning in Ireland?
Post # 6
Southern Ireland is really pretty – one of my favourite places there is Kinsale, a gorgeous little village. Blarney was a nice day trip, but we were lucky to be there when it wasn’t too busy.
I’ve also been to the northern parts a few times, and if you go in that direction – definitely cross the boarder and spend a day in Belfast.
Post # 7
Just got back! My husband is from there so we go frequently. Cork and surrounding areas are lovely, and I’ll second Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands. Don’t care too much for Dublin. There are lovely areas just outside of Dublin too (day trips if you’re planning a lot of time there or if that’s your base).
I’m partial to Kinsale. Gorgeous little town. Have fun! I never want to come home! Irish people are incredibly friendly and lovely. You’ll have a blast! And, don’t kiss the Blarney stone. Super gross.
Post # 8
Agree with a pp, Kilarny is a tourist trap! So is the Ring of Kerry, do Dingle instead.
The north coast is great, there is a trail up between the Causewayand Carrick-a-Rede, it is INCRDIBLE. Bushmills has a great little hostel and buses to the Causeway. I dont think Belfast is that great but I dont like big cities in genral, give me 1000 year old trees over sky scrapers any day.
Glendalough and Wicklow are great too. Awesome hike around the lake and up the mountain amd through a bog.
We did buses and trains in Northern Ireland then drove in the south, it worked really well.
Totally will advocate for hostels and b&bs while you are there, they are frequently as nice as cheap american hotels but for like $20/night and you meet awesome people. There is a super nice one outside Newgrange, which is totally a tourist trap worth seeing. As was Muckrose House. We went to Kilkenny Castle (distantly related to the original Earl) but it wasnt as nice as some others. Cashel has an awesome castle and abbey, and Cahir is another Butler castle not far from Kilkenny and it was way cooler.
i really loved Ireland and am trying to convince DH we need to go back.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room
Ireland is just the best place ever. The people are the real draw… more so than any of the landmarks. Spend time in the pubs and stay at B&B’s.. that’s the REAL Ireland 😀
Post # 10
Also, if you do go to Kinsale, PM me and I can give you some recommendations for our favorite pubs and restaurants. There are some great ones there!
Post # 12
I lived in Cork when I studied abroad, and while it was an amazing place to live, it’s livability made it less touristy.
My favorite, favorite, favorite weekend trip I took while there was to the Aran Islands. We took a bus from Galway to a Ferry, out to the island. I stayed in a hostel, but there are B&Bs there as well. We filled our packs with food and rented bikes, and rode along the coastline up to a bronze age hill fort, where we had a picnic, and then rode back. The next day we went hiking out to an iron age hill fort. It was all amazing, and I reccommend it like crazy.
I also second all suggestions for Dingle – you can enjoy the cute town, and take a bike ride to get views of the great blasket island. I also loved Kinsale, and Blarney is worth the trip not just for the castle and the views, but for the amazing grounds. You could spend a day there and not even bother with the castle.
If you’re into touristy kitsch, check out Bunratty castle – you get mead and a meal in a legit castle with a lewd master of ceremonies and a gorgeous choir singing cliched yet awesome irish music. I loved it! There’s also a museum village and pub to peruse. Just beware – when I was there, I got sick becauset he red wine had gone off. I know its my fault for drinkingi t anyway, but I was trying to be festive. 🙂
@luvbug080688: + All the things you said. Dun Aengus!
Post # 13
I came to tell you to go to Dingle. Glad to see it is already on your list. It is listed as one of the top 100 most beautiful places in the world and it certainly earned that title.