I am so excited to share with you guys my trip to Ireland with my sisters! Now both of them are expert travel planners, so I actually did not plan the trip at all. I just requested a couple of things I wanted to do and went along for the journey! This was by far one of the most memorable trips I’ve been on! I will try to keep it short and concise, with all the important details, to try to help you if you are planning to visit Ireland! At the end of this post there is a list of things all three of us believe are “must haves” on the trip
Once we touched down in Dublin, we headed for the Air Link bus to take us to our hotel. This was extremely easy and was really nice because we got to see a little bit of the city before we checked in.
We stayed at the Jury Inn Click here for two nights
Where we visited the first two days:
- Guinness Brewery Tour Click here
- Kilmainham Goal Museum Click here
- Trinity Library & the book of Kells Click here
- St. Patricks Cathedral (we didn’t do this tour we just walked over to it) Click here
- Temple bar area and the actual temple bar for some pints! Temple bar link
- Brazen Head Pub – the oldest pub in Dublin, the beef stew was delicious here!
- The Bull and Castle – downstairs is a steakhouse and upstairs a pub menu. We did the upstairs (make a reservation if you want the steakhouse), and really enjoyed the food. The wings were some of my favorite I have ever had!
- Cliffs of Moher – our innkeeper suggested we drive to Hag’s Head and start the walk from there. We thought it was a great tip, as you get pretty dramatic views of the cliffs right away. It is also only 2 euros to park and MUCH less crowded than going to the visitors center
- Dinner at Gus O’connors Click here for the link to the website
- Doll’s Bed & Breakfast is where we stayed Click here
On our second day, we walked the cliff walk trail that starts right in the center of Doolin. It takes you along the water (you can’t quite see the cliffs until you get further out), but walking by the water and having the trail to ourselves early in the morning stunning. After our morning walk, we ate an Irish breakfast at our B&B made by the Innkeeper! Click here for B&B link Sean, the Innkeeper, was an amazing host. He sat down with us and mapped out a driving route for us before we left for Galway. The plan was to drive through the Burren, but he gave us a specific route that took us past certain ruins. This was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! Our final stop in the Burren was the Burren Perfumery. Click here This place was absolutely adorable we had some afternoon tea and I bought a bottle of perfume as a keepsake for our trip!
Pefurmey Click Here
After the Perfumery we headed to Galway!
I didn’t get too many pictures in Galway because, by this time of the trip, we were all beat, and we’re just taking in the sites! We stayed at another’s Jury inn in Galway as well. We were in Galway for a night and about a half day, which felt like it was enough time. It’s much smaller than Dublin. A lot of people use Galway as a base to go do day trips from, which could be convenient. Though for the Cliffs and the Burren, we would recommend staying in a town like Doolin rather than driving to and from Galway. After a morning in Galway, we loaded up the car and headed back to Dublin. It was the last night of our trip and we stayed at the St George hotel Click here for the link It was really convenient for the airport bus, but if staying in Dublin for a few days, we would recommend staying across the river (somewhere like the Jury’s Inn Christchurch, we really enjoyed that!)
Our Trip Must Haves/Tips:
- Rent a car; the driving really isn’t that bad, nor are the rotaries! You won’t get to see as much if you don’t!
- Someone in your group should opt for the international cell plan. Make sure to download the map routes of where you’re going ahead of time. This was A GAME CHANGER and we were able to see way more without the fear of getting lost.
- Utilize the locals! They will give so many helpful hints and if you have a map let them look at it they will be much better at reading and showing you where stuff is!
- Have cash the cabs don’t take cards
- Bring an umbrella
- Bring an extra USB
- A pint of beer in Ireland is 20 ounces instead of 16 ounces. You can ask for a glass of beer and they will give a smaller glass of beer I couldn’t exactly tell what size but seems like 12 ounces.
Comment below if you have been to any Irealand with anymore tips! Cheers guys thanks for reading!