My husband and I are looking to travel to Ireland next year. Any suggestions and advice would be much appreciated. We are looking at using Discovering Ireland Vacations. Has anyone used them? Also how is renting a car and driving around? We are looking at this option or inquiring about a private chauffeur.
Not sure where all you guys are going. My husband and I spent 10 days there in March of 2018. We rented a car (which I highly recommend) and drove from Dublin to Galway to Cork to Belfast and back to Dublin. With side stops in Limmerick and Kilkenny.
Places to check out in Dublin:
Brazen Head - oldest bar
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Trinity College for the Book of Kells exhibit
Do Guiness tour. It is worth it just for the 360 view at the bar at the top.
Jameoson private Whiskey tour is fantastic and small.
Pearse Lyon distillery is awesome as well. Inside an old church with actual graveyard.
Kilmainham Gaol - amazing history!
Places to check out in Galway:
We went to Pearse Stadium to watch a Gaelic Football Match
Crane Bar - small, local bar that has authentic live, local music. It was amazing!
Quay Street has great restaurants and nightlife
Drove from Galway to Cliffs of Moher
if you take your own car, bypass the main parking area and about a mile or so down the road you will see a small sign that says "parking," turn there and follow the winding (semi-oneway) road to a little parking area outside a B&B. It is much cheaper to park here and walk up to the Cliffs. We were there almost two hours before we saw another person! Go first thing in the morning if possible.
Go the Blarney Castle if you can. The town is gorgeous. We went to Cork, but if we could do it again - we would have done the Ring of Kerry on to Blarney and skipped Cork.
If you make it to Belfast:
Black Taxi Tour
St. George's Market
Crown Liquer Saloon
*outside of Belfast we did the Bushmills Distillery and Giant's Causeway as well as Dunluc Castle
Hope you guys have so much fun! Pack rain gear just in case!
Hi Jenn, you should definitely rent a car, driving around is definitely not so bad as it might appear. It just gives you a lot of freedom to discover the sites you are interested in at your own pace.
Many of us in this community have been traveling around Ireland, including myself. Check out the many posts so you get an idea what you might want to explore yourself.
The best way to check out the stories is to go into "Travel Stories" on the main page. This will bring up a new page. On the right side, just below the picture with the river, you will see a gray bar named "Filter Stories". Click on this one and type "Ireland" in the search bar (underneath the word "Destination"). This will get you to all the posts about Ireland.
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Have fun and welcome to the community. Looking forward to reading your travel stories.
We went to Ireland this year in September with friends. Definitely rent a car. Make sure you add extra time to what Google says because the roads are narrow and if you aren't used to driving on the other side it will take a little getting used to. We spent 8 days traveling around (plus 2 travel days due to living in the US), stayed in 3 AirBnB's. One in Dublin, one in Derry (that was an interesting town up North I don't think I would say stay there), and then the last was a working Farm in Longford. Cliff's of Moher is a must - take a day bus tour out of Dublin. Ours stopped at Galway as well. The Trinity College, Guiness and Temple Bar area is great to experience during the day. You don't need more than a couple days to explore Dublin. Up North Donegal is great and the Giants Causeway including the Rope Bridge and Duneluce Castle. We toured Bushmills, very informative tour and free sample at the end. We also booked an AirBnB boat tour on the River Shannon to the Monastic Ruins and stopped at Sean's Bar on the way back. The man that does the tour was so nice and very knowledable. It leaves out of Athlone if I remeber correctly.
Enjoy your trip.
Ireland is a pretty chill, un-dense country, so you'll be fine renting a car. Get an automatic, and preferably, a small car. Some random country roads are pretty narrow, as are portions of the Ring of Kerry.
We did not spend long, but we did hit Dublin, Ring of Kerry, & Cliffs of Moher. If you are so inclined, you can skip tolls by using certain free portions of highways, and using local roads in other areas. In the countryside along M6/M7, it wasn't a big chore at all. The toughest part was using the back roads to cross the Liffey River near Blanchardstown on the small road instead of on M50.
For exploring Dublin, we found some free parking not far from the Guinness Storehouse, then walked as far as Trinity College & O'Casey Bridge. The city's touristy parts are relatively compact.