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So… we were planning on having going to the Florida Keys for our honeymoon, and then his sister announced her wedding plans and she wants to have a Destination Wedding in the Carribean next May. Well, tonight got a call from his sister asking him to be groomsmen, so it is confermed that we will be making a trip to the Carribean next May!… Tonight, since we will be going to the carribean next May we decided to can our Keys honeymoon and move it to Ireland/ Scotland…
For those of you that have been there any suggestions?
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I went to Ireland a few years ago, and I loved it! We spent a few days in Dublin and in Galway. I wish that I would have spent more time in Galway and that we would have gone to see the islands off the coast (on those islands, the Irish people live without a lot of modern technology and many of them primarily speak Gaelic). The cliffs of Moher were amazing; seeing them was probably my favorite thing. We also took a family-operated tour around the countryside near Galway–the streets are very narrow, so take some motion-sickness medication if you get ill easily (my fiance felt sick, but I was fine). Have a great time! It’s so beautiful there!!!
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I went to Ireland this past summer and LOVED it! I highly recommend Killarney- it was by far my favorite stop and I wish we had stayed there longer. Definitely walk down to where the horse drawn jaunting cars are and have them take you on a tour to see Ross Castle and the Torc Waterfall and you can also take a taxi to Muckross House for a tour there. It’s basically all part of Killarney National Park, which is beautiful. We stayed at the Fairview Guesthouse, which was very nice. We also heard good things about the International Hotel- we had lunch there one day and it was quite good. The people in Killarney were very friendly and it was a fun place to just walk around and stop in stores, pubs, and restaurants. The train and bus systema in Ireland were great- we didn’t rent a car and had no problems making our way around. We went to Ireland following a stay in England and took an overnight ferry from Wales to Cork, which was a nice way to travel- relatively inexpensive (considering we didn’t have to pay for a night in a hotel AND a plane ticket) and we didn’t feel like we lost any travel time. I’m pretty sure there are ferries that travel between Dublin and Scotland as well. We weren’t big fans of Dublin or Cork, but I’m not really a city person. The Cliffs of Moher were nice, but I wouldn’t spend more than 2 days there- we stayed in Doolin, which is a VERY small town- not much to do there. Those are the highlights of what I can think to tell you for now. Hopefully it helps! Ireland is beautiful- you’re going to love it 🙂
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My fiance’s family goes to Edinburgh, Scotland every year. They frequent a lot of comedy shows. They go in August and I think that is when there is some kind of festival or something. If you’re thinking of being in that area, I can gladly ask him. I see that your date is in August, so he’ll likely have recomendatoins.
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The Edinburgh Fringe festival. That’s definitely worth seeing but you’d have to book accomodation now.
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Darling Husband and I spent our three week honeymoon in Ireland. You can check out my thread about it here!
These were our favorite things to do:
- Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
- Chester Beatty Library/Book of Kells in Dublin
- Mary Gibbons tour, ancient sites around Dublin [Hill of Tara, Newgrange]
- Biking around the Aran Isles
- Skellig Isles (not a trip for the elderly, infirm, and people who suffer from extreme seasickness)
- Cahir Castle tour (Best out of the castle tours we took)
- Any scenic drive: Military Road, Copper Coast, the Burren, Ring of Kerry, Ring of Beara, etc.
- Any cliffs: Cliffs of Moher, Dun Aengus on the Aran Isles, etc.
I HIGHLY recommend going to Valentia Island off the Ring of Kerry. It’s literally as far west as you can go in Ireland (next stop: USA!), but it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.
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Thanks everyone! Does anyone have any recomendations for places to stay near Galway? It can be a smaller town, and I think I would actually prefer that! (I have been researching hotels in Galway and I’m not sure if I am looking on a bad site but they are all 200-300 Euro, and i would like to stay under 200 a night if possile).
Also I love the idea of staying in a castle, this is probably a stupid american thing but I grew up in the midwest where the oldest buildings still standing are from the late 1800’s and I love the idea of staying in a place for a few days with some real history. I am researching some places but wanted to see if anyone had any recomendations.
I’ve been looking at pics of Kilarney and seriously considering scrapping Scotland (we can do Scotland another time if we get to England) and spending some more time out there! It looks amazing!
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@auggiefrog: We stayed at Petra House B&B in Galway and it was very nice, the owners were lovely. As far as castles, I’d recommend avoiding Waterford and going for Dromoland or Ashford.
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@Minutiae: Thanks! I’ll look into your suggestions!
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If you’re interested in a small town near Galway, look into Doolin. It was a cute small town, close to the cliffs of moher, and a short bus trip from Galway. We stayed at the Sea View House bed and breakfast http://www.seaview-doolin.ie/reservations/rates.php . It’s no castle, but it’s a lot less than 200 euros. Very cozy, nice host family, pretty good breakfast.