I traveled to England last February and took a 3 day side trip to Ireland. Great advice from posters here on things to see and do in London, with and a special tip of the hat to RockChick for giving me the name of The Garnish House in Cork.
This May I am returning to Ireland for a week with my daughter and am looking for the experience and advice from my fellow TT posters while compiling a list of things to see and do.
We plan on flying in to Shannon and renting a car to travel around. Last time (with other daughter) we visited Blarney Castle, Cobh, Kinsale, Cork and spent lots of time driving the back country roads. It was even more beautiful than I expected!
This year I plan on hitting those spots again and since we will have 3-4 more days will also see some new sights. We will stay in the Southern region and are not planning on heading as far North as Dublin.
We are thinking of seeing the Cliffs of Moher, Burren, Galway, maybe Kilkenny, etc.
Do you have any recommendations on "must-see" areas or good Bed & Breakfasts to consider?
As an aside, I thought the walk up to the Blarney Castle was one of the most beautiful spots I have ever see, and that was February! I am looking forward to the view in May!!
Killarney Castle. I was also going to recommend seeing the Book Of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin. Also the Guinness Brewery. Those three sites were among the highlights of our trip. Unfortunately, I believe they might not be in the area you're going to see.
Shamrock, here's a link to a blog that might be helpful. The author took a trip to Ireland, Spain and Morocco last year and posted some information on where they stayed and places they visited. Many of the places on your list were on theirs as well:
Pepper Design Blog
The author writes mostly about home renovation type projects, but veers off into other areas every now and then. Hope it's helpful!
My recommendation is that you take Prairieson with you. :-)
All of the places that you mentioned are wonderful except my hubs and I both thought that the Burren was a bust. We drove for hours to see "The Irish Stonehenge" only to find out that the top of it isn't original as it had been dropped and broken by Researchers LOL We saw sheep, very green grass and lots of stone feneces x100. The Cliffs are breathtaking with lots of good pubs and BandB close by. We spent two nights in Smarmore Castle which was lovely. The public Libraries are gracious about letting you use their computers. Kilkenney is a great place to shop and by swearters made my locals. If you are intereasted in geneology The National Library in Dublin is the place to go. Keep in mind it is going to be very cold there in May!!
I will follow this post because I also plan on making a trip in May for my dad's 61 b-day to visit family I found while don't family research. His grandma (My greatgrandma) came from County Cork and had family stay there when she came to America.
my family is from county mayo. interesting post.
I didn't get to leave the Dublin airport.
It wasn't as nice as Budapest but it was nicer than Frankfurt and Cologne.
Great suggestions everyone!
Holland - if we decide to head North, I will be sure to hit those spots!
Valbee - nice link, that looks like a good resource! thanks!
gamegrrl - LOL !!
RockChick - I have heard the same about Burren. The Cliffs of Moher are a must-see - have also heard they are breathtaking! Advice I was given was not to worry much about reservations for B & B's, since they are plentiful and we shouldn't have a problem finding one wherever we are at the end of each days travels. Did you find that to be true as well?
lfrost2125 - I will be 61 in May also! What a small world!! We spent 3-4 days in Cork last February and it was absolutely gorgeous! Your Dad will love it! Are you going to rent a car and drive while you are there? If you are comfortable with it (the 1st day is nerve wracking trying to adjust to driving on the left side of the road!) I found it to be a fantastic way to actually see the country!! I will be glad to fill you in on what we did in County Cork if you are looking for ideas. If you do rent a car, make sure you do so ahead of time and reserve an automatic transmission. The VAST majority of the rental fleets are sticks, which is ok, but remember, the stick will be on your left, as opposed to a right handed stick here.
IamNORMAL - I hope you get to go there someday and see it!
MikeyA - We have a layover in Brussels and will be much in the same boat as you were - we won't get far from the airport on that night!
You will most certainly have a great time no matter what part you visit. Ireland and the Irish are teriffic.
We are always looking for idea's. This will actually be my first time even leaving this country except for a few trips to Canada. This will be a first to Ireland for both of us. Never thought about the driving part actually
Thanks Holland :-)
lfrost2125 when we were there last year I rented a car and we went all over the countryside in County Cork - you get to see so much more that way!
Check out Youtube for videos on driving in Ireland - here's a few of them:
I was in Ireland last March - can't believe that it has been almost a year. My daughter and I drove across the Northern part of Ireland - From Dublin to Galway and then on up to Belfast. My one piece of advice if you are driving is to rent a gps from the car rental place. Many of the street signs in the small towns are missing or pointing the wrong way. Plus, it is really helpful when trying to navigate the roundabouts. It took the better part of a week to get used to driving on the "wrong" side of the road and the roads are narrow! About the street signs - we were told by one pub owner that what happens is that the locals walk home from the pubs and lean on the signs...changing the directions of the street names. lol
cmb, I have an older Garmin GPS that I am thinking of reloading with the Ireland/UK maps. If memory serves me right, that is about $69. I understand it is cheaper to do that than to rent a GPS in Ireland. Do you recall how much you paid?