(Closed) Southern Ireland honeymoon advice?

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Mrs. lovebug just returned from a honeymoon in Ireland (Don’t really know wich part.) Read her blog.

Post # 4
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY

Yes, check out Mrs. Lovebug’s recap! 

Definitely do the Ring of Kerry.  It’s a beautiful driving tour around county Kerry. Also check out Mizen Head, which is on the southwest tip.

If you are going to be flying in/out of Shannon airport, you should also go to Bunratty castle and Durty Nellys (I think Lovebug posted about both of these).

Galway is also worth spending a day or two in.  I think that was one of my favorite places when I was there.

I can’t remember where the Cliffs of Moher are (county Clare maybe), but if you have a chance to see them you should. 

The Rock of Cashel is also cool and of course Dublin.  Limerick is fun for a short stop, especially if you ever read Angela’s Ashes. 

Hope This Helps 🙂

~ Mrs. Radish 

Post # 6
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY

I was there for 2 weeks back in 2000, and we stayed in all B&B’s.  There are so many cute ones and they were all really lovely and affordable.

Unfortunately, I don’t recall the names of any of them off the top of my head, but when I go home tonight I’ll look through my scrapbook and see if I can find more info.

Some of the most fun that we had there was just driving around the countryside and "exploring" too.  So if you are renting a car and going around, be sure to do that.  

I had some family in this really tiny town called Goleen on the southwest coast and it was blast staying there. It was really pretty there and we just had so much fun hanging out with the locals.  Everyone was so friendly.

You’re gonna have a great time for sure! 

Post # 7
50 posts
Worker bee

We went to a wedding in county Kerry(southwest Ireland) and it was one of the best trips of our life.
We actually flew into Cork airport and slowly drove west to Kenmare in county Kerry where the wedding took place. Cork city is wonderful, very friendly and welcoming and has great restaurants and tons of B&Bs to choose from – and in Ireland it’s the only way to go and save money. The B&B’s are so clean and well kept, and they serve a fab breakfast too.
From Cork you can drive to Blarney castle, kiss the famous Blarney stone(which bestows the gift of eloquence..) and enjoy the greenery around.
Try to spend a day/night in the beautiful town of Kinsale, about 40 min drive from Cork City, absolutely gorgeous little town with a historic fort and harbor.
We also loved the little town of Cobh,(pronounced Cove) nestled on the seaside with nice views.  
The ring of Kerry is fantastic, a beautiful drive – just beware those speeding tourist buses on those hairpin turns!!
Try to stay in Dingle, on the dingle penninsula, it’s just gorgeous(am I wearing that word out or what)and the long drive is worth it.
The roads in rural Ireland leave a lot to be desired – they’re narrow, rough and unlit at night and during the day dotted with fearless sheep who refuse to budge. The welcoming thing is that nobody honks their horn -hence the fearlessness- they politely drive around them…
Have a great trip!! 

Post # 9
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I LOVED Ireland.  I definitely recommend Galway (though I managed to get a sunburn in late Spring) and the Dingle Peninsula.  The Cliffs of Moher are fabulous, as is the Rock of Cashel.  The Ring of Kerry is not to be missed.  Dublin was fun, but I much preferred poking around in the country.

Enjoy all the B&Bs!

Post # 10
34 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

KILLARNEY… it was my favorite. 

Post # 11
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We (my Fi and I ) did a trip to Ireland last year.  He did almost all the research ,he says that goireland.com was very helpful. viamichelin.com is great for things to do. with viamichelin you pick two citys to drive to and it will tell you things to do along the way. Try to do the monoliths at Newgrange if you are into history at all. And the best car rental site is rentalcarireland.com they offer insurence and it’s an american based company. You will have a simply wonderful amazing time!


Post # 12
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011


Powerscourt gardens (below) is south of Dublin in Enniskerry.  It would be a nice place to stop along your way


Another thing to remember is the roads…they are mostly narrow and a little rough (but the scenery is well worth it).  Just make sure to give yourselves a little more time than you might normally!

Post # 14
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY

I just looked through my scrapbook and I found some of the places I stayed.  They were all very nice from what I remember.

  • Bunratty Lodge – near the airport in Co. Clare and right near Bunratty Castle and Durty Nelly’s. This was one of my favorite places that we stayed in Ireland.  The rooms were really nice and the owners/staff were awesome.
  • Dromin Farmhouse – Co. Kerry.  This place was really beautiful and again, the owners were so nice.
  • Heron’s Cove – in Goleen, near Mizenhead.  Quite lovely and the little town of Goleen is so cute.
  • Anna Ree House – in Galway near the Salthill beach. I don’t remember much about this place because we hardly spent any time in it.  There was so much to see and do in and around Galway that we really just slept here. It was pretty cheap from what I remember, though.
  • Rockview House – in Cashel, county Tipperary. 

Those are the only ones that I could remember the names of.  We stayed in many more, but I don’t have info on them. 

Oh, and as a previous poster mentioned — Cork City is great, so definitely check that out if there is time, and Cobh is also a place worth seeing. 

Hope This Helps 🙂 

Post # 15
15 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

I definitely second the suggestions for the Ring of Kerry/Cliffs of Moher/Killarny/Kilkenny, and Dingle.  I lived in Cork for a semester in college, and have been back a few times since.  Cork city is cute, but a little more…"real" or industrial than the smaller towns, which have a little more of a romantic feel.  I thought Cobh held less appeal than other places near Cork – Kinsale is gorgeous, and Blarney Castle is a good day trip (as is the Jameson distillery!).  In Dingle, I highly recommend the Captain’s House, a too-cute-for-words B&B.  Galway is wonderful, and you can take a ferry out to the Aran Islands, which is one place I always recommend to people going there, and no one has been disappointed.  I’m not a huge fan of Dublin – Trinity College, with the Book of Kells, is worth seeing, and St. Stephen’s Green, but for the most part I think the city feel is less attractive than the little towns. 

Wherever you decide to go, you seriously cannot go wrong in Ireland!  The people are so warm, and the whole feel of the country is just intoxicating.  Enjoy!

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