(Closed) Honeymooning in Ireland?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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  • Wedding: August 2012

Just wanted to comment so I can find this thread again later to see what others say… we’ll be going to Ireland in January for a friend’s wedding & plan to travel around and hop over to France/Germany/?? while we’re overseas. 

Post # 4
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  • Wedding: January 1993

@LizLemon:  there was another Bee who did this a few months ago – I’m lazy right now, but if you do a little searching, you should be able to find it and maybe PM the OP for more info!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I went to Ireland last summer for 2 weeks with my BFF and we had an amazing time – we spent 4 days in Dublin, and then rented a car (100% worth it!!) and drove to Killarney, Kilkenny, Cork, the Dingle Peninsula, Doolin, and Galway. Our fave place was Doolin – it’s a tiny little town and we stayed in an 800-year-old farmhouse hostel!

Ireland is AMAZINGGG, it’s incredibly beautiful. If you drive to Kilkenny, you have to stop at Kels Priory, it was our favorite castle (and we probs saw at least 50 castles, we are a little obsessed). You can’t miss Dublin but unless you are a super city girl, you should get out in the country. Most of our best memories are from the road trips and the goofy people we met and unique places we stayed. You can PM me if you want our whole itinerary.

@DaneLady Let me know if you want some recs of places to go in France and Germany, I’ve spent lots of time there too!

Post # 9
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  • Wedding: October 2009

@MsVoyageur:  I agree with you! Renting a car is a MUST!!!! We almost didn’t & that would of been the worst decision ever!!

I didn’t go for my honeymoon, but my husband and I went in March. AMAZING!! We have been to many countries, and Ireland is now our new favorite!

We stayed in Dublin for 3 days – Dublin def has a city feel. This is why renting a car is a must, you will want the small pub, green hills, small village of Ireland experiences. 🙂 We drove to Cork/Blarney, Kinsale (which was our most favorite town, b/c it was a small village and the locals were so amazing there,) then went to Galway and back to Dublin.

We bought the Ireland book by Rick Steves and followed some of his recommendations, but mostly booked hotels on hotels.com so that we could rack up a free night.

And just because I have to show you – here are a few shots of the Cliffs of Moher (we drove here from Galway) SOO amazing!!

Post # 10
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  • Wedding: December 2011

I didn’t Honeymoon there but Ireland is AMAZING. I really want to take Darling Husband back. One tip that I love to give is go to Northern Ireland. The Giants Causeway and the area around there is incredible. Wicklow National Park is also spectacular views. Glendalough is a great area, the Burren is a bit bizarre but also one of the neatest things I have seen. Dublin is a great city. Belfast is just a big dirty city, Bushmills is in the north by the Causeway and a wonderful little town. The Ring of Kerry is a TOURIST TRAP. Go over to Dingle one pennisula over and you get the scenery without the buses and tourists. The Aran Islands are also worth a day trip to see.

I would agree with a PP that the country-side is the place to go. The people are wonderful. In the town of Cashel (with a super cool abbey and castle) we stayed at an old farmhouse B&B with a view of the castle that was to die for. Doolin is touristy for the trad music (traditional Celtic music) scene but if you go to a pub after the tour buses leave, the locals are around and it is awesome music and fun times. 

B&Bs or hostels are the way to go. Lots of private homes have spare rooms and these locals know exactly where the best stuff is to see and do. When I went we stayed in hostels that were as nice as many cheap hotels/motels in America and for like $12-15 a night per person. And you will meet the most amazing people.

 

This is in Wicklow at St. Kevins Bed near Glendalough.

This is from Dingle, most gorgeous day ever.

This is from hiking along the Causeway Coast.


 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yes I agree about Ring of Kerry being a tourist trap!!! We did the Dingle Peninsula instead and it was gorgeous, even on a really foggy day.

 

@chasesgirl Did you get bit by the midges (moquito-like bugs) at Wicklow?!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m going this summer as a pre-honeymoon.  We will be there for 8 or 9 days.  

We are spending a night in Dublin (our flight arrives early in the morning, we are going to check out the Guiness factroy, then check into our hotel and crash if needed!) 

After that we are spending 1 night in Kinsale, 2 nights in Killarney, 2 nights in Kilkee in County Clare (near cliffs of Moher), 2 nights in (or near) Galway, and then the last night in Dublin to catch our flight back to the states in the morning! 

Can’t find my book right now to tell you some of the attractions we plan on stoping at, but I am a sucker for awesome ruins and beautiful landscapes, and I plan on having my fill! 

 

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