(Closed) Ireland honeymooners??

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow! That sounds fantastic! Definitely do it.

In terms of time of year, it will definitely be getting chilly and rainy by then. But, when is it NOT chilly and rainy there (ha!)? If you’re prepared (pants, layers, raincoat), you’ll be fine. And you’ll get the benefit of off-season pricing!

It looks like you’ll be mostly on the west coast which is very beautiful. I suggest driving the Ring of Kerry, visiting the Cliffs of Moher and, if you have the time, driving down to Kinsale (the cutest little port town).

If you do make it to Dublin, definitely check out Newgrange. The structures there are older than the pyramids in Egypt!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My Fiance is Irish (from Cork) and I lived there with him for about a year and a half, so hopefully I can help out a bit. 

The weather in Ireland during the month of October isn’t brilliant, but I wouldn’t say that it’s terrible either. Temperatures usually range somewhere between 40 to 55 degrees, although it can feel a bit colder than that on acount of how damp it is. You’ll definitely be fine though, so long as you go prepared and you wear a lot of layers when you’re going to be out for a while. 

I think that the itinerary you’ve got there looks perfect!! I have been to a couple of the places mentioned on the list, and they are all lovely! I am especially fond of the Adare Manor (although sadly I’ve never actually stayed there overnight.)

Also, I have gone horseback riding in Dingle before – and I loved it! The views that you get from up on the mountain were amazing. (This photo was taken durin the summerr, in June or July if I can remember correctly, but I’m sure it’s just as lovely in October!) 

I have never been to to Dromoland Castle before (yet anyway) although I know a few people who have stayed there and they all say it’s brilliant. They’ve got a ton of different things you can do there – like horseback riding, archery and falconry to name a few. 

Now the only thing I’d really change is that if it were me I’d skip out on the seven day Irish breakfast, since I don’t personally enjoy it much. (Although my Fiance loves it!) I’m sure that you already know what the Irish Breakfast cosists of – but in case you don’t it’s  generally saussage, (Which is usually fine.) rashers, (Which are always undercooked in my opinion, since I like my bacon crunchy.) black pudding, (Which is made of pigs blood.) white pudding, (I’m not sure what it’s made out of, but I think it’s equally as disgusting as the black pudding.) eggs, (Which you can usually get  done how you’d like.) tomatoes, potatoes, and beans. 

Aside from the breakfast though, everything seriously looks perfect. You’re going to have such an amazing time!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are going to Ireland for our honeymoon as well, but we are going for 2 weeks in June.  I am so excited, I can hardly contain myself.  We aren’t purchasing a package, but are planning the trip on our own; we wanted to have a little bit more freedom.  Here is our itinerary:

Day 1-Fly

Day 2- Arrive in Dublin mid-day

Day 3 & 4- Explore Dublin

Day 5- Drive to Kilkenny (3 hour drive)

Day 6- Stay in Kilkenny

Day 7- Drive to Cork or a castle around the area, stop at Waterford (3 ½ hour drive)

Day 8- Stay inCork or castle, Blarneystone

Day 9- Drive to Kilarney (3 ½ hour drive)

Day 10- Stay in Kilarney

Day 11- Drive to Dingle and do the Ring of Kerry on the way (3 hours)

Day 12- Stay in Dingle

Day 13- Stay in Dingle

Day 14- Drive back toDublin (8 hours) and stay by the airport

Day 15- Fly home

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Irish Terrier:  Ah! My Fiance is from Cork too!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I lived in Ireland while studying abroad and then with the boyfriend I acquired while there. I traveled everywhere. Fiance and I also went there this past Oct.

If you have never been I do not suggest October. If you guys have been before then I would say go for it.  The end of prime season is Sept. 30th, so there are a lot of deals BUT a lot of things have limited/restricted hours after Sept. 30th. This includes many outdoor attractions and public transportation. For instance, if you are staying at Adare Manor which is kinda in the middle of nowhere (very beautiful however), if you plan on going into Dublin for dinner and a few brews, the buses stop running at like 6pm. I would look at staying at more central locations where you can travel from.

Is your trip listed above thru Aer Lingus Vacations? If so ,skip the Dan Dooley Car rental and go with a mojor company. They were ok to deal with but getting the rental car was a 3 hour wait. It’s not that they didn’t have enough cars, it’s just that THAT MANY people arrived on the same flight booked thru Aer Lingus. From what I heard our experience was normal I would also bring your own GPS. We did and it saved a $500 hold on our credit card (in addition to the normal rental hold). We have a $100 Garmin that we just went on Ebay and bought the Ireland card ($30)for, threw it in and we were good to go.

Our Aer Lingus trip we switched up a little (they had no problem doing it). We started in Dublin (Croke Park Hotel), drove to the west coast and stayed in a house we rented (just didn’t use the hotel we booked), we then visited the Aran Islands, did up and down the west coast. Did trips to Galway. Then stayed in Limerick at The Strand Hotel. From there we went to Cork and then back to Dublin.

Boats, ferries and cruises off the west coast are very hit or miss come October. we had to wait a few days to take the largest ferry (all otehrs were cancelled) to the Aran Islands and even that was an adventure. The huge two story boat was being thrown ALL over the place, luckily we don’t get sea sick. I would suggest not buying any ferry/boat tickets as part of the package unless oyu can be gauranteed reimbursement if they are cancelled due to the weather/seas.

I would suggest staying at Adare Manor maybe 2-3 nights then move on. It’s a nice place but I know we would have been bored pretty fast and it’s not one of those places where there’s a ton to do.

Also, Fiance & I are pretty frugal. We ate the complimentary hotel breakfasts (which are huge) and then usually had soup and guinness for lunch then went all out for dinner and more beer. We aren’t into buying souveniers and even after our package we spent about a min $3k (but we love our beer).

I would definitely suugest the literary pub crawl in Dublin one night, tons of fun and if you’re familar with an Irish literary works you’ll like it even more.

Other things we did…Castle in Limerick, (the famous Milk Market is almost nonexsitent after Sept). A bunch of other castles along our journey. Bus toured Inish Moor (took ferry first), Cliffs of Mohr, Blarney Castle & Rock, Festival in Cork, Trinity College in Dublin, Guinness brewery, Jameson Distillery, Spent a day in Maynooth (college town), golfed, falconry (flew our own falcon), historical walking tour in Limerick (literary based). I kow there’s more but I can’t thik of it. There are also a ton of cute smaller towns we hit up.

The house we rented was super reasonable and we did it thru VRBO.com. But once again I wouldn’t suggest satying in one place for the whole time, otherwise you’ll feel like all you are doing is driving.

Feel free to PM me if you have questions.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Im irish from Ireland- Your itinerary looks good, october is the limit before the evenings get too dark too early! Youll enjoy it !!

 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. I’ve got a few more as well if you would like to see them! 

And yes, black pudding is made from dried pigs blood. My Fiance pretty much made me try it the first time I went over there to visit him. (I didn’t want to, even before knew what it was made out of – because I thought it looked disgusting, but he assured me that it was great … it wasn’t!) 

I did like living in Ireland for the most part, although naturally there were some things that made a bit crazy as well. (Like how SLOW people are over there for example. I don’t mean mentally or course – but just more in the pace of things. People in Ireland are in absolutely NO hurry to get things done, and that can be seriously annoying when you’re not used to it!)

Overall though, I had a great experience living there. You should do it if you get the chance to, even if it’s just for something like six months or a year.

@Mrs.DBee: Yay! Aren’t Cork men great?!!!!?!! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

early in oct should be fine, its quite nice  there then, you could go in july and get terrible weather, luck of the draw really!!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@natbug21:  I haven’t spent any time in Utah – but I think that Ireland is in a league with itself when it comes to to pace of things. (I’ll give you an example here, just because it still bothers me over a year later!) So December two years ago, the heater in the apartment that my Fiance and I were sharing broke. We did all the right things – we called the landlord,  got the number for the electrician he wanted us to use, and then called him immediately. Well, he said he couldn’t make it out to us that day, but he told us that he’d for sure be out by the end of the week. Once the end of the week rolls around however, we still have not seen the guy – or even heard from him for that matter … so we call him again. He informs us he can’t make it out the weekend, but that he’ll be over to see us early next week for sure. Another week goes by and still, nothing – and we’re calling for him every single day at this stage. Well, by the time we finally comes out to us it’s been FOUR weeks since we first called him. I don’t know how it could have possibly taken him that long to get out to us. He’s local … and there’s no way he could have been backed up that bad or he would have told us when we’d fist called. It was just insane to me – I don’t think they’d have been able to get away with that here!

Enough about that now. I don’t want to make it sound like you’ve got anything to worry about because you absolutely don’t! 

Now here are some more pictures ! I don’t remember where this one was taken – but it was during late October anway. It’s still very pretty that time of year! 

If you make it out to Kinsale, then there’s an old fort not far from the called St. James Fort that might be worth a visit. 

A picture of one of the thatched-roof houses in Adare. 

Connor’s Pass on the Dingle Peninsula 

I’d like to upload more but it takes my computer ages – I’ll try to put up some more tonight!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Hi there! Darling Husband and I spent three weeks in Ireland for our honeymoon. You can check out pictures and our itinerary here!

If at all possible, I’d suggest going to Ireland over the summer. It will be more expensive, but the weather will be nicer and the days will be gloriously long. Even in the summer it was quite cool and I wore a jacket everywhere.

For the car rental, I would recommend getting as small a car as possible, and renting a GPS.

A lot of the fun of Ireland is just wandering around. I liked that we self-planned the trip, because it meant we could explore at our leisure and see some beautiful/quirky things that were never planned!

We stayed in Dromoland for a few days and loved it. The hawk walk was a lot of fun, and we rented a canoe to paddle around the lake.

@Irish Terrier:  I actually really liked the black pudding, haha!

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