(Closed) mooning in Ireland… how does this sound?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
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Sugar bee

I have no advice, but just wanted to say we are considering Ireland for our honeymoon as well – I think it would be beautiful!!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I have no advice, but just wanted to say we are considering Ireland for our honeymoon as well – I think it would be beautiful!!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

This might be outdated, because it’s been 10 years – but I lived in Galway for 6 months and LOVED it. The Aran islands are beautiful, but you don’t need more than a day there.  Galway (at least when I was there, pre-financial crash) had wonderful pubs and art, great music, good food, etc.  Highly recommend.

But check out the most recent guidebooks, because I don’t know how the crash will have affected it.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We just booked our trip to Ireland today!! We are actually going the month before our wedding…with my entire family- haha. This trip was planned before our engagement, so the timing isn’t perfect, but that’s ok! I have been there before and I would recommend getting down to Kinsale if you can fit it in. Kinsale is my favorite place in Ireland so far. If you can’t get down to Kinsale, I’d recommend Dingle- a little less of a trip from where you’ll be, but reminds me of Kinsale. Killarney is great- we’ll be there this trip too! I agree with PP that the Aran Islands is really a day trip, I’d plan on spending the night in Galway or Doolin (smaller than Galway, but there is a boat that also goes to the AI from this town) rather than the AI. I haven’t spent a lot of time in Dublin, but stayed in the mountains (Wicklow I think?) just south of the city and it was beautiful. Maybe see the Cliffs of Mohr? They’re very impressive, but to be honest, I personally found the cliffs on the Aran Islands to be almost as impressive- so maybe you don’t need to do both. Are you staying in hotels or B&B’s? Last 2 times I went (both during the summer) we stayed in B&B’s and we were ok not booking ahead. I’m just mentioning that so you you can maybe make some decisions about where to stay while you’re there. If you’re staying in hotels, I probably would book ahead of time. Have fun planning!!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My Ireland advice would be…

Definitely do the Guiness factory and give yourself enough time to explore Dublin, it’s a fun city.

Galway city is a nice place and fun to walk around all the shops, allow yourself a day there.

Honestly, I would skip the Aran Islands, or at best go for the day if you really must see it.  Definitely don’t waste the time or money to spend the night.  I took a bike around the island in a day’s time but in all honestly it’s just houses and fields overlooking the ocean. Beautiful views, yes, but in the end wasn’t worth it.

Try to work a trip to the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare into your trip.  They are breathtaking. I go every time I am over without fail. And on a clear day you can see the Aran Islands.

Killarney is nice. I recommend a horse and carriage tour.  If you can swing the ring of Kerry it may be worth the drive but it’s too much to do in one day. Kilorglin is cute as well, I’m biased of course because my family is from the area.

And, don’t foget a good umbrella for both you and your new hubby!!

 

 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hello!

I’m from the north of Ireland and your itinerary sounds fantastic! As PP said you should definitely keep Galway in your itinerary, I’ve been there a few times and it is somewhere we keep going back to as our ‘failsafe’ weekend away.  If it’s your thing, there’s a quirky, central hotel you could check out called the G hotel. It was designed by Phillip Treacy (he of the hats).  It can be expensive but there are offers quite often, particularly if it happens you’re there midweek.  Our favourite pub is the Roisin Dubh, which often has live music and is one of the most well known Galway pubs.  For a quieter seaside day, Salthill is a little town a 10 minute drive along the coast.

As for Ashford Castle – my parents have been there for every ‘5’ anniversary (i.e. 20th, 25th…) and they haven’t a bad word to say about it.  Also, they once got upgraded to the presidential suite because they mentioned it was their anniversary, and they get upgraded to at least a suite more often than not when they go.  The pictures they’ve taken look amazing.  If it fits into your budget go for it – again they occasionally have offers. 

Make sure you go to the very top of the Guinness factory, it has a 360 degree view over Dublin!

Slainte! (slon-sha) cheers! for your wedding and have a good trip!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My Fiance is from Galway so I’d highly recommend going there! There is an execellent fish and chip place on Quay Street called McDonagh’s. Also on Quay street is a new restaurant called Artisan. The food is really good there too!

 Cliffs of Mohr is very pretty, there’s town near by that I loved too called Lahinch. Very pretty beach and nice pub food.

I wasn’t really a fan of Dublin, just seemed like a big city to me

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@whiskeybride:  

I spent a few weeks in the North in 2006 and LOVED it…  the Bushmills distillery was one of my favorite spots.   🙂

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am no help on the itinerary, but….I saw your title, and was like What???  are they going to do in Ireland?  Then I saw it was about a honeymoon.  Yeah, its a Monday, LOL.  Have fun!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

This thread popped up at just the right time for me 🙂 thanks for posting! We are actually going to Ireland at the end of March & just finalized our itinerary:

We are doing 3 days in Dublin: going to the Dublin Castle, Guiness Factory, and a day trip to the Wicklow mountains.

Then we are driving to Cork to see the Blarney Stone, but staying in Kinsale (we bought a travel book that recommended Kinsale over Cork.)

Next day we are exploring Kinsale, then driving to Waterford & spending the night.

Next driving from Waterford to Kilkenny then back to Dublin to fly out.

We bought a travel book that has given us recommendations for each of these places, but if any of you have any other suggestions, that would be awesome!!   

I am SOOOO excited!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@whiskeybride:  I lived in Salthill!!! My favorite pub was O’Connor’s in Salthill. The Roisin Dubh is great too, though. I wish I remembered the names of all my favorites!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@mandypop:  Aw I’m glad you like it, it’s a small town but a beauty! Giant’s Causeway, distillery and Dunluce Castle.  Pity the town itself is a bit run down, I live outside it but anytime I’m in I feel sad that it’s gone downhill!

 

@nyscpa2be:  Hahaha!

@AnnieAAA:  Kinsale is a beauty, you definitely made the right choice.  Only been in it once but definitely want to go back.

@mightywombat:  Oh cool! I went to O’Connors too, we thought it was great!

@auggiefrog:  Sorry to threadjack!  I meant to say too that you should make sure the car you hire has a very up to date sat nav, there are newish motorways around Galway, but ours hasn’t been updated in a while, and tried to send us down back roads when we were driving down and thought we were driving through a field and started yelling at us :/

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@nyscpa2be:  

lol you beat me to it, I was going to ask if it was legal there!

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