Post # 1
We’re looking to do a self-drive tour of Ireland and I wanted to see if anyone out there had recommendations. We looked at cie and sceptre tours to see if we could book it through one of those companies. A few interesting tour options. Anyone thats been there or planning theres have a recommendation? We’re looking at the following options:
Killarney (1) [maybe Timoleague??]
Thanks everyone! 🙂
Post # 3
I have been to Ireland! I would suggest doing some kind of a tour. I went with my parents about three years ago, we did the self tour, and they were fighting almost nonstop. The roads are so incredibly narrow and the Irish don’t slow down to pass. It was such an amazing trip, but I feel like if there was less stress getting from place to place it would have been much better. My fiancé and I never fight, but tensions get high even between us when we are lost or I criticize his driving. All of Ireland is beautiful! I went in March, which is winter there, and everything was still so green! Great choice!
Post # 4
We are thinking of Ireland too!
Post # 5
I think 3 days in Galway is too much – are you going to do a day trip to the cliffs? Even if you are, I think 1 day for cliffs and 1 day/2nights in Galway proper is good.
It isn’t on your list, but our favorite town in Ireland thus far is Kinsale, we drove there from Cork (after seeing the Blarney Stone.) Such a cute little town and the best part was seeing a band of about 10 older local Irish men singing traditional songs in a small pup. It was a blast!
Post # 6
@AnnieAAA: Second that, Kinsale is gorgeous!
In general, try to spend a little more time in the south. You could do the ring of Kerry!
Post # 7
We’re honeymooning in Ireland, a week in Dublin with a side day-trip to Cork via train (apparently that’s the origin of a lot of Irish immigrants to the US). We will be there the week of Samhain/Halloween, can’t wait to see the celebration!
Post # 8
We honeymooned in Ireland this last year 🙂
Driving is a great way to do it! if you can stand driving on the tiny roads, you’ll be fine. (Oh, and get a GPS!!) Self guided tours are great; no need to do a guided tour. Seriously. There’s so much to do and see there; it’s better if you just plan what you want to do ahead of time. You’ll be raked for cash if you do a guided tour, and maybe not get to do the things you want to do. We stayed in hotels and B&B’s (and a castle), all booked through booking.com. I would recommend, when booking, get your breakfast included with each room – you’ll need it to keep going! 🙂
I agree that 3 days in Galway is too much; DH and I LOVED Killarney (went horsebackriding there!), so I would definitely suggest a trip to that city. I also agree that the cliffs are an amazing place to visit! We didn’t care for Cork, much, but driving through there is a good place to stop to kiss the Blarney Stone.
Oh! And we went to Kilkenny, also. LOVED that place. It’s a smallish city, but it felt really home-y. We stayed at the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel, which was directly across from this awesome bar that used to be an old bank. Sat and chatted with a local for about 2 hours – it was great! 😀
Bring lots of warm clothes and umbrellas! (Every B&B and hotel provided umbrellas, though, but better to be safe than sorry).
Feel free to PM me with questions or if you want to see pictures! We were there for 11 days (10 nights) this last late September. 🙂
Post # 9
When I was in Ireland we didn’t have a tour and it was GREAT! The trains ans buses are super easy and we never had issues with having and driving our own car. The best plan is to avoid the tourist traps, go to Dingle instead of Kerry, same incredible scenery, half or less tourists. Also if you can, Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coast is incredible. I love Ireland, I’m trying to convince DH we need to go together!!
Post # 10
Wow – thank you all for your advice!! My only thinking for such a long stay in one town is so that we can relax a bit and kind of get to know a town. I don’t want to be driving around all the touristy areas the whole time. It is our honeymoon 🙂 I am actually considering doing the southern tour instead – dublin, cork and up the west coast a bit. And yes, I want to do some day trips when we’re staying a few days!
Post # 11
@StephieBee: I will definitely contact you! thanks for the offer 🙂
Post # 12
I’ve done two self drive tours through all of Ireland and I booked it through http://www.myguideireland.com They are SUPER helpful with any questions and aren’t trying to push you to stay longer or spend more money. I loved booking through them because it covered our car and our stays. Plus you can mix and match with B&B’s, hotels, and castles!! Plus you actually save money booking it all together rather than seperately. Oh and I HIGHLY recommend you buy a prepaid cell phone when you get there. It’s cheaper to do it that way rather than use your American cell phone and pay for international service for the month. We actually ended up using the phone a few times when we couldn’t find our B&B or to make reservations for things. Not mandatory but totally recommended!
I think you are headed the right direction with the southern Ireland tour. The Cliffs of Moher are an absolute MUST! Just gorgeous. Cork is known for being the “gourmet capitol” of Ireland. The Jameson distillery is not far and a really GREAT tour, even if you don’t like whiskey. Oh and I can definitely recommend a little town on the west coast called Dingle. It’s a great day trip and seriously the best ice cream I’ve EVER had (Murphy’s). Oh and there is a great store called Avoca (wool scarves, blankets, locally made soaps, kitchen things, etc) which has stores all over but the BEST one is along a road called Moll’s Gap between the Ring of Kerry and Cork. My favorite store in the world! Seriously! However, there is something to be said for Dublin too!!! The Guinness tour is awesome. The shopping is WONDERFUL and the restaurants are outstanding too! So much going on compared to some of the sleepy little towns that close up around sunset. Ah!! I miss Ireland now!
I was just there 6 months ago so it’s all pretty fresh if you want to PM me with any specific questions. Cheers 🙂