Post # 1
My husband and I started discussing what our next big trip will be, and we are pretty set on Ireland. What should we be sure to see..stay..do?
We are pretty clueless and want to hear from people who have visited…
Any information would be greatly appreciated! =)
Post # 3
So many things, i just got back from a week there with FI 🙂 Any idea what part(s) you’d like to visit??
Post # 4
Our favorite part of Ireland was actually the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland. Super gorgeous! My least favorite part was Dublin. It was just really touristy, but still worth seeing.
Post # 5
I’m reviving this because we have decided on the summer of 2014 and are leaning towards staying in a few different bed and breakfasts over the course of the stay. Anyone else do this?
We are looking for recommendations on what part of Ireland to visit and things we should put on a list of must sees or must dos.
Any input would be amazing…
Post # 6
We visit Ireland every summer to see FI’s folks (they live near Belfast). Here are my recommendations:
Dublin – but not for too long. A couple of days, maybe, to see the city. Look up some city tours that align with your interests (for example, I took a literary pub crawl tour because I am a lit major). While you’re in Dublin you could take a day tour to Glenndalough, which is absolutely stunning – really, really beautiful.
Cliffs of Moher – stunning cliffs on the west coast. I think you can also visit the Aran Islands from this area – I wasn’t able to go because the boats weren’t running when I was there (April), but they should be running regularly in the summer. The nearby village of Doolin is famous for its Irish music – most pubs will have some kind of music session going on in the evenings.
Clifden and the general Connemara area – another gorgeous part of Ireland, and lots to do – we went horseback riding on the coast while we were here.
The Antrim coast – I should warn you that the north part of Ireland tends to be colder and rainier than the south, but if you have some time, the Giant’s Causeway is worth a look.
Belfast – really, it’s not dangerous anymore as long as you don’t wander into the wrong area with a rosary around your neck. Take a tour and learn about Belfast’s colorful history. There’s a new Titanic exhibit up as well.
The Dingle Penninsula is supposed to be worth a look as well – I’ve never been.
Look up a ceili session and see if you can make it to one while you’re in Ireland (Dublin or Galway might be your best bet – the northerners aren’t much for dancing, haha.) A Ceili is a traditional Irish dance – like a square dance in the US – and is SO MUCH FUN.
I highly recommend using Tripadvisor.com to plan your trip. Feel free to PM me with any questions!
Post # 7
Thank you for taking the time to write such detailed input…This type of response was exactly what I was looking for. This will most likely be our first and last time, and we want to get the most out of it.
Post # 8
@Irishb: Glad to be of some help! How long are you planning to stay in Ireland?
Post # 9
If you go up towards Antrim stop in Carlingford. Really pretty little village, with an adventure centre, lots of walks and lovely restaurants. Quite expensive though.
Also, Cork is lovely. Definitely go to Dingle peninsula. One of my fave trips was a college trip there where I was learning Irish. Great fun ESP when theweather is nice.
Ill think of more tomorrow. It’s 3am here!
What type of trip are you looking for? Are you outdoor people?
Post # 10
Oh, and on the ceili dancing. Great fun, definitely worth doing. You’ll get one in Dublin. Ive heard The Irish House Party (I think it’s called). Though you might find you’ll do it elsewhere too.. I was in a cute little pub in Lehinch(surfing town in Clare) and they started an 8v8 dance out of nowhere. Same goes for music. You’ll find people will just decide to play in pubs.
If you like music The Merry Ploughboy in Dublin is supposed to be good(look up on tripadvisor). It’s out of the city but they do a city bus collection and drop off as far as I know. I’ve a friend who lives near it and she says it’s great!
Post # 11
I came across this post while searching for information to use in booking our trip to Ireland. We are thinking of going Aug/Sept 2014, so far our plan would be to fly into Shannon, rent a car, stay in Galway and drive to Dublin. Does anyone have any advice on B&B’s (can all booking be done online?) where else we should visit, and where you would suggest we spend most of our time? We are thinking about 10-14 day trip. Thanks! 🙂
Post # 12
Commenting so I can come back to this thread. We’re hopefully going to start planning a trip to Ireland for our honeymoon for summer 2014 🙂
Post # 13
My family is from Donegal (most northern county, not Northern Ireland though – shares a border) – which is beautiful and the coast is worth a drive if you have the time!
My favourite spots:
Glenveagh National Park (Donegal)
Slieve League (Donegal)
Cliffs of Moher (Clare)
Ring of Kerry (Kerry)
And you should stop by the Giant’s Causeway (Antrim), Guinness Storehouse (Dublin) and the Blarney Castle (Cork) of course!
For B&B’s, some of the best value you can find are the ones over pubs … My fiance and I were kind of fly-by-the-seats-of-our-pants travellers and only booked when we got into town, although I wouldn’t recommend that for large cities.
Hope that helps! And have fun, it’s a beautiful country!
Post # 14
@jordyanna: Guinness Storehouse (Dublin) and the Blarney Castle (Cork)
Agreed, these were two of my favorite stops during my visit. OP you absolutely must kiss the Blarney Stone! 🙂
Post # 15
@KAH: We stayed 10 days for our honeymoon in December/January. Here was our itinerary:
- Dublin – 2 nights (New Year’s Eve, St Patricks Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, Temple Bar, Kilmainham Gaol, Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Experience)
- Kilkenny – 2 nights (Waterford Crystal, Kells Priory, Dunmore Caves, Kilkenny Castle, Smithwicks Tour)
- Cork – 1 night (Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel)
- Killarney – 3 nights (Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula)
- Galway – 1 night (Cliffs of Moher)
We flew into Dublin and out of Shannon and drove ourselves the entire way, with the exception of the Ring of Kerry tour, which we chartered. Kilkenny was our favorite town. We LOVED our trip. My main advice is to take more money than you think you need for food, book hotels or B&Bs with breakfast included, and drink lots of cider, whisky and beer!
Post # 16
Oh, and if you go into Dublin, for the atmosphere, DEFINITELY go to Temple Bar. For cheaper drinks, don’t drink lots at Temple Bar. Prices can be a tad outrageous. But the experience is good!