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A Michelin-Magnificent Lunch at the Cliff House Hotel, Ireland

  The Cliff House Hotel   If you visit County Waterford, you have to check out one of the most unique and breathtaking hotels in Ireland. The Cliff House hotel is located right above the small fishing village of Ardmore, carved right into the Irish cliffs in a sea cove along southwest Waterford. From the […]

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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Kylemore Abbey

  Kylemore Abbey On our second day in Connemara, after a stressful 4 hour drive from Dublin straight to County Galway (where we may or may not have run off the road several times), we skipped setting an alarm and slept in until almost 10. The king bed at Rosleague Manor was heavenly, the blankets […]

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Visiting the House of Waterford Crystal Factory in Ireland

One of the best things to do in Waterford, Ireland is visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a guided tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory! Here are lots of photos and a look at what the tour entails!

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The Perfect Ireland Itinerary & Road Trip

My Ireland travel guide!

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MikeNovember 8, 2017 - 2:15 pm

Hey Sher, great write-up…very comprehensive. I agree, Ireland was never really tops on my list either, but I’m so glad I had a chance to go. I love it when a place exceeds my expectations. How did you do with the driving? Did you fall in love with Tyson at Roseleauge?

SherNovember 8, 2017 - 2:19 pm

Ha I wrote about our experiencing with the driving in this post.

It ended up being fine so now I want to road trip Scotland! The main thing I found strange was how you had to pay inside at the gas station, there would also be like empty parked cars while everyone waited to pay ha!

I read your Tyson story – loved the interview with Mark! Funny enough I wrote my post about Rosleague last night.. will be publishing it in a couple weeks :) Which was your favorite of the blue book properties?

The GuestbooksNovember 13, 2017 - 8:37 am

Love this post! I’ve always wanted to do a trip to Ireland so this is so much food for thought and really comprehensive! I’m based in Dubai at the moment but definitely one for the bucket list when I’m based in the UK again. Thanks for sharing all your tips! : )

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DonnaFebruary 14, 2018 - 8:31 am

Hi Sher: Love all your articles! We are budget travelers, but would like to splurge 1 night to stay in a castle or another luxury type accommodation. Do you have a suggestion for one that will accommodate 4 per room? We’re open to any location at this point as we are still working on our itinerary for 8-9 days. I looked at Gregan’s Castle and it appears we would have to get 2 rooms there which would be out of our budget even for a splurge! Thanks for all the great info!

SherFebruary 14, 2018 - 1:57 pm

Hi Donna! Thanks for the kind words. Yes – I would definitely recommend splurging a night in one of Ireland’s cool castle hotels. Have you seen my post on the list here?

Hm, I’m not sure if they have room for 4 at Gregans, perhaps you could email them to ask if one of their suites could accommodate? Gregans is a more cozy house. If you can’t get rooms there, I would still recommend making a dinner reservation. It was very good!

At Rosleague, in Connemara, the rooms are HUGE and they might be able to fit 4.

In Killarney there’s lots of options for bigger parties. We had 4 of us in a loft style room at Old Weir Lodge for incredibly affordable rates.. I think we each paid around $30/night but this was also off season. I wouldn’t say it’s luxury but definitely very comfortable.

We also stayed at the Killarney Royal in one of their corner rooms which had 2 queen size beds and I’m sure 4 would be comfortable there.

If I went back to Ireland I would love to stay at Adare Manor or Ashford. Both are pricey (depending on the season) but they seem like once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Falconry, boating, archery, golf etc. Adare opened right after my trip ended but we saw the outside renderings and it looks FAB. Ashford books out months in advance, even in the off season. They also have a cottage on the grounds which are converted into rooms, I believe those are cheaper and you still get to experience the castle + grounds.

I will say in general the Irish are very hospitable and friendly. We made a mistake one night and booked a last minute room in Dingle which only came with a twin (there were 2 of us). It was meant for a single. They were very nice at the front desk and didn’t force us to upgrade rooms. Instead, they added in an extra cot / rollaway bed.

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SavannahMarch 30, 2018 - 3:56 pm

Hi!! This was an amazing guide!
I was wondering what your opinion on staying at one hotel in Dublin for the duration of the trip and taking multiple day trips to certain sights?! It seems to be less expensive and less stressful than trying to find a bunch of different hotels, but I also don’t want to miss anything since this is a once in a lifetime thing! Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!

SherMarch 31, 2018 - 10:25 am

Hi Savannah – glad the guide was helpful! Hm, so do you mean you don’t plan to rent a car? If that’s the case then yes, a great way to see Ireland is to base yourself in Dublin and do day trips. Dublin is on the northeast of the Republic of Ireland and a lot of the famous sights are on the western coast, so it will be a bit of a longer drive. It’ll also probably be much more expensive than if you rented a car to drive around Ireland on your own and Dublin hotels tend to be much more expensive than in other cities. But, a guided tour will take care of all your transportation! so, there’s pros and cons :)

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Kasey BuchingerMarch 7, 2019 - 12:46 pm

This is the best itinerary of an Ireland trip I have read yet! Thank you so much. I traveling with children (3.5 years and 8 months) is there any of the stops that you would recommend NOT going to? Or ones that you would recommend on adding? I often wear the baby in a carrier, so needing to use a stroller is not necessary.

Thanks in advance.

SherMarch 7, 2019 - 1:48 pm

Hi Kasey,

Thanks so much for the kind words!! I am actually planning to head back to Ireland this year!

Hm… So let me preface this by saying I don’t have kids so I may not aware of all the do’s & don’ts for young children. I would suggest spending less time in Dublin, which is most popular for its bars, and seeing the countryside. I think kids would like Dingle, with the dolphin, boat tours and the Slea Head drive is very beautiful. Skip Minard Castle, it is a long drive and they are ruins, not a still standing & furnished castle like Kilkenny. The town of Kilkenny is nice too.

Kerry is probably very kid friendly. The town center is very cute, lots of shopping, great food + ice cream, Killarney park is beautiful and kids probably like the horse buggy rides. If you have time, pop over to Wexford and the Irish National Heritage Park – the park itself is a open air museum, and then they have some excellent activities you can book like falconry, archery, dressing up like Vikings, etc. I wrote some more about it here, and you can check out their Youtube channel to get a feel for it.

Hope that helps!

KApril 1, 2019 - 10:19 am

Thank you so much for this! Just a quick 1uestion re Itinerary…Does the number of days include the previous days’ plans? I.e. for the 5 day itinerary, is the idea that you’d do the itinerary for days 3 and 4 as well? (i.e. Dublin, Newgrange, Howth, Galway, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara Galway)? Thank you!

SherApril 1, 2019 - 1:11 pm

Hi! It’s flexible depending on how many days you have and whether or not you’ll be renting a car! If you have 3-4 days, I would recommend staying in Dublin and taking a day trip or two :)

TCLeeApril 19, 2019 - 6:36 pm

Thank you so much for this post. We will be first time overseas travelers with a “once in a lifetime” trip next year. It’s a 2 week trip and we are hoping to see as much as we can. You gave me some feedback initially when we were thinking of taking a Viking Cruise. We’ve changed our minds and are now looking at Ireland, England, and Germany. Do you think we could see enough of Ireland in 4 days? Dublin looks great but we aren’t as interested in the bigger ‘cities’ so we are thinking only 1 day there. After I mapped out your recommendations, it looks like we would be most interested in the Galway/Clare areas. Thinking maybe we fly into that side of the island and out of Dublin to England. Interested in how many days you think we would need to see Kylemore/Clifden/Connemara Park/Aran Island/Mohr/Bunratty Castle?

SherApril 19, 2019 - 6:53 pm

Hi! You can see a lot of Ireland in 4 days, but you’d probably need to rent a car (and be comfortable driving on the left). I don’t think Galway has its own airport, so you have to check for the closest airport + factor in driving time.

Aran Island would be a full day trip.
Connemara you could drive through or you could spend all day hiking and exploring.
Kylemore Abbey might still be under construction, in which case, just a couple hours (it’s mainly the garden as the castle was under renovation when I visited)
The Clifden drive is beautiful – it would take maybe a couple hours.
Galway would be nice to spend a day in, we just drove through and had lunch. Galway is a smaller city and known for its pubs so if you like nightlife you could spend the night.

It depends on how long you want to linger in each place, and the driving. Typically what do is I add all the destinations I want to see in Google Maps and use their driving distance as a benchmark. The roads in Ireland are very narrow, and we were unused to driving on the left, so I’d add 30-45 minutes longer to the Google Maps driving estimates.

At a quick glance, I’d estimate 5 days at minimum for the places you listed, and 6-7 if you wanted to take it leisurely? Hope that helps!

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IsabelleMay 11, 2019 - 11:25 am

Hi! I live your Ireland pages, but I wish your pictures were labeled. They are all so nice! :)

How to Master Driving in Ireland (as a tourist!)

Driving in Ireland means renting a car and driving on the left! It’s a nerve wracking experience but by sharing these tips, I hope you’ll be able to self drive your way throughout Ireland and have an amazing vacation!

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JadeNovember 7, 2017 - 10:46 pm

This was such a super helpful post! I had a good giggle at some of the things that seemed so odd to you. Driving in Australia is almost the same as Ireland by the sounds of it (drive on the left-hand side of the road but sitting on the right-hand side of the car, paying for fuel by the litre and leaving the car to pay inside). These all seem like everyday things to me that I never think that not everyone has these same experiences! I remember just thinking about hiring a car in the US but the thought of driving on the wrong side of the road had me chicken out and also I couldn’t figure out how the gas prices worked hahaha

Awesome post though and super informative! x

SherNovember 8, 2017 - 11:33 am

you should definitely do a U.S. road trip! you’ll pick up driving on the “right side” (get it, haha) in no time. A funny thing about U.S. gas stations – I’m from New Jersey originally and I think we’re one of the only states where we have gas attendants, literally people who pump your gas for you – so the first time I had to pump my own gas I was completely lost ha!

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NikkiDecember 2, 2017 - 2:33 pm

I liked your Harry Potter reference first off.
Secondly, these are wonderful tips and I appreciate you sharing your experiences. My husband claims he can drive anything, and we will find out in 3 years when we go to Ireland for our anniversary! Lol
Thanks for sharing!!

SherDecember 2, 2017 - 3:41 pm

haha YES i’m glad you noticed it. have a great time!! you guys will totally be fine, i think i was just extra nervous because I live in NYC and barely drive even on the right!

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HeleneMay 5, 2018 - 3:34 am

I’m French and I find this very helpful ! A bit afraid for our first driving day as we are collecting the car in central Dublin… man…
Very nice blog too !

SherMay 5, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Ha, nice to know it’s not just the Americans who are unused to it :) Have a great trip Helene!

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