Post # 1
My Fiance and I have been looking at going to Ireland for our honeymoon! We were originally going to go on a cruise to the Caribbean mostly due to the great prices! But I learned recently that couples can go on a relatively inexpensive honeymoon in Ireland!
We would love to know any tips for planning this kind of honeymoon. If it will work on a budget (2,000-2,500$).
This is the site we have been using to check out deals http://www.discoveringireland.com/special-offers/
we would be going on our honeymoon in April and would like to stay for about 8 nights! We would also be departing from Tampa Florida.
would love to hear back from anyone about their honeymoon in Ireland.
Post # 2
My dad and his siblings took my grandmother to Ireland for her 80th birthday (her father was born there, and they met up with some distant relatives). I know they ended up getting a really good deal, I think a couple thousand a piece. I will ask him tonight where they booked through. They stayed at some really cool bed & breakfasts, and got to spend a night in a castle too. It was really cool. We are planning on going for a family vacation in a couple years. The pictures he took were absolutely beautiful!
I tried talking my Fiance into a honeymoon there, but he wants the beach. Sigh.
ETA: Dad texted back quicker than I thought – he said they spent a little less than $2k each for 7 days/6 nights. They booked all of the different hotels/ bed & breakfasts themselves, and booked their flights 6 months in advance through Air Lingus. It would have been cheaper if they didn’t stay so many places – they only stayed in 1 place more than 1 night, so 5 different places. He said he got a lot of guidance through a website http://www.enchantingireland.com
Hope that helps some!
Post # 3
We took a trip to Ireland last summer and loved it! there is lots of (free) outdoor things to see and do if you enjoy walking/ hiking/ driving along the coast. Also, if you can, stop in some small towns for lunches etc as the prices are very cheap and the food is fantastic. We used airbnb to find some nice, convenient places to stay in the bigger cities.
Post # 4
thank you for the link! I’m super excited to hear that your family got to stay in so many great places! I will be checking this out tonight 🙂
Post # 5
we both love to walk and explore! Ireland sounds perfect for our taste! Not to mention I am a huge history buff and would love to see the castles!
Post # 6
I’ve grown up going to Ireland and am going in a few weeks. One tip I could give if you don’t want to spend money on a rental car and deal with driving there is to plan a trip around cities/towns on the train. They have a great system that can easily get you from Dublin to Sligo to Galway to cork and anywhere else. We are going to do your bus day trips to see places outside the city so we don’t have to deal with the hassle. B&b’s are a great deal and lots of fun also.
There is also a free two hour walking tour of Dublin. Just google “free walking tour Dublin”. Lots of history in that city
Post # 7
Check out AIR b n b and hostels. There’s interrailing and there’s an option for just an Ireland ticket and covers Northern Ireland too. Some parts such as Dublin are expensive but you should do west coast especially Cliffs of Moher and do Dingle too.
Post # 8
Great thread! Ireland is one of the places we would like to consider for our honeymoon, too. 🙂
Post # 9
We honeymooned in Ireland and had a blast. We mainly went around Dublin, but we also stayed a night in Waterford. The public transportation is great within the city and to travel to other cities in the country. You can even stay in a castle!
Post # 10
I’m from Dublin, and seriously second the “go by train” option. Our country roads are teeny and not especially calming for tourists since locals drive at crazy speeds on them. If you’re ever in a small town with no local transport just ask at the local bar and they’ll sort out a lift (there’s always a bar, but it may be in the back of a grocers if you’re in a super tiny place).
Price wise; dublin is the most expensive place but if you’re into history you should probably drop by for the viking stuff and trinity and the castle. A day or so would be fine. Nothing should be too busy in April.
In addition to the other accommodation mentioned maybe also look into http://www.irishlandmark.com – they’re a non profit that preserve and rent out historic buildings. You can even stay in a lighthouse.
Enjoy! And feel free to PM with any dublin specifics if you end up dropping by.
Post # 11
The tours that we were looking at were self drive tours. I would much prefer to go by train! I’ll give that link a look tonight to see what we can find that’s up our ally!
I like to have fist hand accounts of what we should do while there! Thank you for the help!
Post # 12
we’re doing a cliffs of moher day tour out if Galway galwaybustours.ie and then doing Paddy Wagon Tours for a ring of Kerry tour and a Wicklow mountains tour.