Booked Ireland Vacation!! Suggestions?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Skerries is a seaside town 30 mins or so away from Dublin and is really lovely.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

SO lucky! I studied abroad in Dublin and absolutely fell in love. You HAVE to make a stop to see the Cliffs of Moher! They’re insanley gorgeous, but I’d recommend checking the weather before going – if it’s rainy/cloudy/foggy, you can’t actually see the cliffs.

Galway is such a cute town you’ll love it! It is close to the Aran Islands and I’d definitely recommend taking a trip there. You can take a ferry to the islands and then take either a van tour or a self-paced biking tour of the island. There are some old ruins that are really cool and the entire island is very rural and beautiful to bike through.

In Dublin, you can avoid the Temple Bar. It’s a huge tourist attraction and a fun place, but the prices are sky high and you can find much better bars around the area. Some of my favorite bars were Cobblestone and Portherhouse (awesome live music). Going greyhound racing at the tracks is another fun night out! Check out O’Connell Street and Grafton Street for shopping.

In addition to the Guiness brewhouse, they have the Jameson Distillary which has a cool tour and tasting if you like whiskey. You also get a free drink at the end which is nice. For more laid back days, you can picnic in Phoenix Park or St. Stephen’s Green, or tour the library and walk around Trinity College.

I’d also recommend taking a trip to Howth, a little fishing town northeast of Dublin. You can take the subway/train system for like a 20min ride to get there. It’s super cute to walk around and (obviously) has amazing seafood. There are also a bunch of places for some simpler hikes around there!

Sorry for the novel but there are so many amazing things you can do! If you have any questions or want more recommendations feel free to PM me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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sarusarunna :  look into a hop on/hop off bus pass for Dublin. We got a 2 or 3 day one and found it helpful to see a lot of the touristy places on our Dublin list without walking all over. The one we got was also valid on the public transport buses as well, so we used it to get from our hotel to downtown, then on the actual hop on busses around the city. 

We did: Trinity College/book of Kelly’s, Guinness Storehouse tour, a few churches/cathedrals, OConnell street, and St Stephens green absolutely gorgeous!!)

We didn’t go to Galway, but depending on what route you’re taking to get there, you may be able to stop in Kilkenny (our favorite part) or Cork (Blarney castle grounds are stunning). If you can fit in the Cliffs of Moher i would recommend doing that too! 

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Busy bee

Oh my goodness I’m soooo jealous!! I went to Ireland in 2010, when my sister was a finalist in the Rose of Tralee International Festival ( its basically like The Miss America of Ireland).  You will fall in love with Ireland!! I can’t wait to go back someday.  I agree with the poster who said you should see the Cliffs of Moher. Dublin is such an amazing fun city. My sister did the Guinness tour and she loved it. You should also check out St Stephens Green. Erin go braugh!! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ’šโ˜˜๏ธ

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Ooh, how could I forget? We did a tour of Kilmainham jail (gaol) in Dublin and LOVED it. D.H is a police officer and loves history, so it was right up his alley, but we both thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s a great little pub across the street (I think it’s called the Patriot Inn? Something like that) and we ate there afterwards. If you’re interested definitely purchase your tour tickets ahead of time, they do sell out. It was one of the stops on the hop-on bus as well so we just planned our day to do a few quicker things before our jail tour, then took the bus there, ate lunch, and picked the bus back up to do other stuff the rest of the day. 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

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sarusarunna :  Hey there, I actually just returned from Ireland yesterday. Renting a car and driving through the country roads (take those, not the highways) will be an amazing experience. My friend lives in Athlone and I stayed with her there and we did a road trip up to Belfast. I would recommend not staying in Athlone for that long, half a day will be fine, I am not sure where you’re coming from, but everything is very close, you can drive the entire country in a day.  

Also, we just decided in the morning where we’d go next, and then called BandBs in the area. We had the lonely planet guide and it had amazing recommendations. 

Have a great trip! 

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Busy bee

I think it’s mostly covered for Dublin, I’d also check out St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I’m not religious but it’s gorgeous inside. Also the national botanical gardens are nice to walk around. 

We ended up taking a 3hr detour to Cork to kiss the Blarney Stone while we were there too! But it sounds like you have a tight schedule. 

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Helper bee

.f you get good weather the Bray to Greystones cliff walk is great. You can get DART from city to Bray walk to Greystones and get on DART from there back to city.

Howth is also beautiful on a nice day.

Id also recommend a day trip out to Aran Islands. Inishmaan is gorgeous and really remote. You could go hours without seeing another person. Inishmore has more to do/see and would have more visitors. Boats go from doolin in Clare and Rossaveel in Galway. Go from galway as the doolin boats are much smaller and more weather dependant. Could end up cancelled at late notice.

Wicklow mountains and a walk around glendalough are also lovely.

Giants causeway is really nice but you probably wouldnt have time for everything.

Spend as much time as you can on the west coast/galway. Galway itself is really nice, cliffs of moher in clare, lovely seaside ‘irish’ villages such as lahinch or doolin.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Last summer my fiance and I spent a whole week in Ireland, renting a car and driving a circle around the country. We visited the Cliffs of Moher where we did a walking tour (http://www.doolincliffwalk.com/). This tour is run by a local who grew up in the town next door. It was an awesome walking trip and we walked literally along the cliffs (no walls). Awesome views that you do not see if you just drive to the cliffs.

 

I suggest you go to Murphy’s Ice Cream and get the brown bread ice cream sundae. Sounds terrible, but really good.

I know you aren’t planning on traveling anywhere near this, but we got engaged on Skellig Michael (an island from Southern Ireland). Those views (aside from getting engaged there) were definitely the highlight of our trip.

Have an amazing time…I wanna go back!!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Ugh jealous. I’ve been to Ireland twice in the past 6 months lol I love it. I second Howth…the food was so good!

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Helper bee

If you are a US based bee who usually relies on your cc coverage for the rental car insurance, you should check into this as Ireland is excluded from many cc policies. 

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Blushing bee

Most of the big stuff is covered, but if you want to do something more low key for like 30 minutes, there’s a park in Dublin called Phoenix Park and there are wild reindeer running around there and they’re used to people feeding them so they’ll come pretty close and they’re funny. Not up everyone’s alley but when I last went I thought it was pretty entertaining. We went on our way back from Guiness Storehouse.

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