(Closed) Ireland honeymoon

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I went on a yoga retreat, and it’s generally rainy! If you can, go to the Cliffs of Moher – they’re breathtaking!! 

Post # 3
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Newbee

We are doing 16 days in Ireland at the end of December. Dublin is one of the cheapest airports to fly into in Europe, and friends of ours did a 3 week tour of the countryside that was actually pretty reasonable. We are staying in AirBnb’s most of the trip, we like the idea of having an apartment or house to be able to wash clothes and eat breakfast before going out. I have been to Ireland a couple times, my best friend lives in Dublin. The weather generally is rainy and cold, but as long as you have layers and a good pair of boots, you’ll be fine! Have fun! 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

We went to Ireland for a spring honeymoon. I had fun finding different local hotels to stay at, cheaper than those from American chains, and we got several honeymoon upgrades! I have seen some deals on groupon though. If you’re a member, Costco has some good vacation packages too. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Just came back from Ireland (and Iceland)! My fiancé and I spent a week driving around Ireland, and though it wasn’t our honeymoon, it was kind of like one…just without the wedding beforehand haha. We’re also getting married in October 2017!

The weather was incredibly beautiful, 50s/60s and no rain, which may have been lucky. Our itinerary was:

Day 1: Dublin – Guinness storehouse, walking around the city, pubs

Day 2: Dublin – shopping around town, visiting museums, etc, pubs

Day 3: rent a car, drive across M4(?), stop at Tullamore Dew distillery, dinner in Galway, pubs

Day 4: drive to Doolin, Cliffs of Moher hike (8-12miles), drive to Killarney, pubs

Day 5: walk the Gap of Dunloe (8miles, absolutely beautiful) in Killarney Natl Park, drive the Ring of Kerry, pubs

Day 6: drive to Cork, Jameson Distillery in Midleton, Blarney Castle, pubs

Day 7: drive to Dublin, pubs, fly home!

It was an AMAZING trip, and the B&Bs can be a romantic location for a honeymoon, very quaint, esp in Killarney. I bought an Ireland travel book, and that helped us make a lot of our B&B and restaurant decisions. Happy honeymoon planning!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

 

I got married in Ireland!

Do your research and pick a few a places that you want to see (Cliffs of Moher, Giants Causeway, etc) and rent a car and enjoy the sites en route. 

There are so many amazing, magical corners in the countryside that are super easy to stop at and see. 

I highly recommend B&Bs or non-chain hotels although the chains are nice too and the pricing is super reasonable compared to other European countries IMO. 

Traveling between Ireland and Northern Ireland is super easy too. The only difference is the currency. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Dont bother with a tour in Ireland! It is such a friendly country and other than driving on the opposite side(assuming youre American) which you get used to fast, easy to navigate. Great public transit too. We stayed in B&Bs and hostels when we went, totally amazing. I loved Northern Ireland near Bushmills and the Causeway Coast. Wicklow National Park is also incredible. When I went the most expensive part was the plane. Pub food is cheap and we bought groceries and an ice chest for our car and kept some stuff for breakfast and lunch stuff. It was actually really nice because we picniced a lot. 

Rick Stephens has a great guide, my other favorite is Fodor. Some things are painful tourist traps like Blarney and the Ring of Kerry. There are way better castles and go to Dingle instead of Kerry. Way less traffic, same views!

I loved Ireland! I cant wait to go back.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

beachycat :  I loved Ireland. be sure and kiss The Blarney Stone. I did.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

My Fiance is from Galway, so all my in-laws are near there, you’ll have an amazing time! I totally recommend the same things as people have said above. 

Of course I am biased towards Galway, but do spend a day or two there if you can. The ferry goes from there over to the Aran Islands, and the Cliffs of Moher are only a hour or so drive away. Galway is pedestianized downtown so if you don’t want to rent a car you can easily get around, and the bus/train from Dublin or Shannon is super easy. Lots of hotels and airbnbs downtown and close to lovely pubs, restaurants and shops. 

We will be having our second wedding party for his family in Galway in November 2017, can’t wait!! 

 

Have fun! 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

The cost depends on where you want to go, what you want to do. I spent a long weekend in a Dublin youth hostel while in college. It was cheap, a fabulous time. It was March, weather was beautiful, we went to the Guiness brewery, did a city tour, I did a few museums, saw a terrible play at the National Theatre, and went to Sunday service at St. Patricks Cathedral. Lots of fun, not a lot of money.

A few years ago my now husband and I did a whiskey tour. We landed in Dublin, rented a car and circled the island. We stopped at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton, Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery and countless castles, beaches, pubs and BandBs inbetween. It cost a bit more but about the same as any package deal.

As for the weather, google it. There is plenty of information about Ireland online.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

ninjatea :  We spent a week in Limerick and Galway in May (my partner has been doing a Master’s with the University of Limerick) and I absolutely loved it. We did a day trip up to Galway and back around the Wild Atlantic Way, which was one of the most beautiful drives I have ever done.

We also went down to the South East, to stay with my Mother-In-Law, and that is also beautiful but different.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I guess we got unlucky but it rained the entire time we were there, in August. It was not my favorite vacation.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Westwood :  The weather can be a total crap shoot. They get the end of the Hurricanes as well in the winter, and Galway tends to get hit pretty badly. We had a baby shower for my Future Sister-In-Law last year, it was practically raining sideways! But other times it is perfectly clear. Luckily they have a good culture of heading to a cozy pub to escape the wet! 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

I’m from Ireland. I can let you know what to do/avoid, tourist traps etc! 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

Yes, we’re going on a 12 day trip to Ireland, England, and Scotland! Very excited!! I can’t give any advice since I have not been there yet. We will be going end of April to beginning of May. Our total cost for the trip which includes flights (leaving from New Jersey), accomodations, a few meals pre-planned, a rental car, and a few excursions came to about $6,000 for the two of us. We pla on spedning about $1,000 while there with a reserve of $500 that we would like to not use, but are prepared to if needed.

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