- 4 years ago
I’ve been dying to do my BAM post but we got VERY few pictures from guests since we asked them not to take pictures while our photog did her thing so I thought instead I would do a recap of our honeymoon!
You guys, it was beyond amazing. We chose to go to Ireland and got some flak for that but I am so glad we stuck with it! Ireland is the most beautiful country and the people are crazy nice.
Here’s our itenerary breakdown:
Day 1 – Flight from Chicago to Dublin, 4PM Chicago time to 5AM Dublin time, 7 hours total
Day 2 – Arrived in Dublin at 5AM but couldn’t check into our hotel until Noon so we walked around town and did some minor sightseeing and had breakfast. The place we chose for breakfast (The Bean Hive) was about a block from our hotel and was SO yummy that we ended up going there all 3 mornings we were in Dublin. By the time Noon rolled around we were exhausted from staying up all night and took a nap as soon as we got into our room. We booked the Junior Suite at The Dawson Hotel in Dublin for the first 2 nights of our trip and it was a great room! It was huge, comfy, and had a fantastic bathroom/spa shower. The hotel itself was a little odd in that it was more like a house and we had to walk up 3 flights of stairs to get to our room, but we aren’t too bothered by that.
the junior suite
Day 3 – We explored Dublin more in depth. We ended up buying the DoDublin double-decker bus tickets (hop on, hop off tour) for 48 hours so we didn’t have to worry about figuring out our transportation around the city. This was a great buy as we used it for our whole time in Dublin and it took us to all of the sites we were interested in. This day we visited Kilmainham Gaol (an old prison where those involved in the 1916 Easter Rising were kept, this was a very interesting tour!) and the Guiness Brewery before ending the night at a pub by our hotel and having fish and chips.
mini glasses of guinness
Learning how to properly pour a glass of Guinness
Day 4 – We picked up our rental car and drove 2.5 hours to Cobh on the Southeast corner of Ireland. Here we stayed in Mount View B&B for 2 nights. Cobh is a postcard perfect little town on the coast of Ireland where you can walk around the whole town (no car or public transportation needed) and all you have to do is ask the locals where to eat and what to see. We spent the day visiting the shops in the square and hanging out at the pubs in town. We met some great people, had a lot of them buy us drinks since it was our honeymoon, and ended the night with seeing Wonderwoman at the movie theater because we were tired from all the travel and wanted to take a break from doing touristy things, haha.
the view from our B&B bedroom window
Day 5 – We drove to Blarney (about 20 minutes from Cobh) and visited Blarney Castle, kissed the Blarney stone (everyone said this was a tourist trap and it wasn’t worth the drive/small entrance fee, but we loved it) and then drove back to Cobh and visited the Titanic Experience. Cobh (then called Queenstown) was the last port of call for the Titanic and a handful of people from Cobh boarded the ship that day, right before it sank. The Titanic Experince is a small museum/interactive tour where you are given a boarding pass with the name and class of a real passenger, you are then told about life on board and taken through a number of displays/exhibits depicting your characters time onboard, and even taken out to Heartbreak Pier, where those passengers boarded the ship back in 1912. Very neat for someone like me who loved the movie and any history relating to the sinking of the Titanic.
Kissing the Blarney Stone
Day 6 – We drove about an hour to Tralee and stayed in Ballyseede Castle for 2 nights. It was SO cool to stay in a castle and I would spend the money again a thousand times over to do so. While in Tralee we visited some caves and went to the biggest/widest beach I’ve ever seen. We mostly spent the day/evening at the castle because it was so neat. They have 4 dogs who roam the property (inside and out, I LOVED it) and 2 are huge Irish Wolfhounds that were the biggest dogs I’ve ever seen!
Day 7 – We did the Ring of Kerry drive and this was by far my favorite day! The Ring of Kerry is a loop that you drive, mostly along the Western coast of Ireland and along it is the most beautiful little towns and amazing landscapes that I’ve ever seen! THIS is what I came to Ireland for. THIS is what I’ve been dreaming of for the last 2 years.
Day 8 – We drove to Galway and stayed at Springlawn B&B for our last 2 nights. Galway itself was not our favorite city…it is very busy, traffice is long and slow, and we didn’t find much to do in the city itself. That being said, we are both from small town Iowa so we aren’t used to this type of environment. On our way to the B&B this day we made a detour to see the famous Cliffs of Moher and they did not dissapoint. They were breathtaking!
Our B&B host Nora suggested that night that we walk from her house to the local pub called Morans and have dinner. She said it was a short 10 minute walk and her directions were so cute (walk up the hill to the abandoned cottage, turn right, walk along the cow path until you get to the sheep and then turn right again, etc) and even though it ended up being a half hour walk it was fun to just breathe in the country air and see the cute farms along the way. Also, Morans had AMAZING food! Very much worth the walk.
Day 9 – We did an all day fishing charter and had SO much fun! Our guide was Kevin, and it ended up being just me, my husband, and one other girl who was also from the states but was finishing up her masters in Ireland on Medieval Irish History. He took us out into the Atlantic with waves taller than I am, and we fished all day, caught a bunch of fish, and had lunch on one of the Aran Islands. At the end of the day he filleted all of the fish for us, put it in a huge bag, and told us to take it to Tigh Giblins, a restaurant in town, and said they would “take care of us”. We walked in this restaurant with basically a garbage bag full of fish meat (feel free to laugh at the thought of that) and they took the bag without question, sat us down, brought out wine, and a few minutes later served us a fantastic 4 course meal made with the fish we had just brought in. It was literally the freshest meal I’ve ever had and they even gave us each a pint of the beer that our fishing guide brews himself. It was a neat experience.
Day 10 – We drove back to Dublin and flew home.
I feel like this recap doesn’t even scratch the surface of all of the things we did and of how amazing our week was, but I could be here all day! If you have any questions about things to do or about how much things cost in Ireland, please ask away! We learned so much and would for sure reccomend everyone visits Ireland at some point. It is such an amazing country and I can’t wait to go back!!!