Category Archives: Ireland

Driving the Ring of Kerry- Points of Interest and Scenic Detours

The Ring of Kerry is one of the most popular and well known of Ireland’s scenic drives, a route that frequently makes it onto the itinerary of first-time visitors to Ireland. With so many travellers eager to drive the Ring of Kerry, I worried that maybe it was too touristy and I wouldn’t enjoy it….

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Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk- Walking the Cliffs of Moher from Hags Head

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top destinations and the best way to experience this natural wonder is by doing the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk. Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk is a 13 km trail that runs along top the cliffs from Doolin to Hags Head,…

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  • Sarah - Great article ! I went there last summer. As you mentioned a lot of people around the Tourist Centre, even with the heavy rain, wind and fog on the day I went. Still it’s part of the experience 😉May 14, 2018 – 4:51 amReplyCancel

Glendalough Monastic Site- Visiting One of Ireland’s Premier Monastic Settlements

Tucked into a forested valley in the Wicklow mountains are the remains of Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most important monastic settlements. It’s an evocative site- ancient stone buildings surrounded by Celtic crosses and gravestones, while two lakes and a river flow nearby. As the first stop on my Ireland road trip, Glendalough monastic site was…

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Killarney National Park, Ireland- Photo Series

When I was visiting Killarney, I kept thinking how nice it must be to have such a beautiful national park right at your doorstep. Just steps away from the centre of town, Killarney National Park encompasses some of the best scenery in Ireland. Killarney National Park is a sublime collection of lakes, mountains, woodlands, and…

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The Gap of Dunloe- Boat and Bike Trip From Killarney, Ireland

My favourite memory of my 2 week trip to Ireland is my day in Killarney, where I did a boat and bike trip to the Gap of Dunloe. A boat tour of the Lakes of Killarney, followed by a bike ride through the Gap of Dunloe, showcases the very best of Killarney National Park and…

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What to Expect on Your First Trip to Ireland: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

As I was leaving for my first trip to Ireland, I felt more relaxed than I usually do before visiting a new country. The excited anxiety that I normally experience was replaced by confident anticipation. Since I was going to be travelling solo for my first trip to Ireland, I made sure to do plenty…

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  • Alouise - I’ve been living in Ireland for a year and a half now, and I agree it’s a great place for solo travel. I was surprised when I got here that there weren’t any paid toilets like you see elsewhere in Europe. I think I saw one at a beach outside Dublin, but that was it. Usually if you’re by a pub (and in Ireland you probably are) you can pop in to use the toilet if you need it.January 8, 2018 – 2:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Joel - ireland is always my most favourite one destination to visit as travelling point of view. I really like to see its most fabulous adventuress places which attracts the visitors towards it each year. I had a great time there but I will love to make a tour there for again and againMay 10, 2018 – 3:42 amReplyCancel

  • Eric - I say this as somebody who’s been traveling to Ireland for 20 yrs. Ireland is the best “starter” country for people looking to visit Europe. For many of the same points you make Ireland let’s the first time traveler, especially Americans, experience the European way of doing things without having to understand a different language. August 12, 2018 – 4:59 amReplyCancel

Hiking in Burren National Park- An Unexpected Landscape in Ireland

Standing at the trailhead into Burren National Park, fascination sets in as I gaze off into the remote, rocky landscape. This is not what I expected to see in Ireland. The land here is harsh, grey. The Burren most certainly is not the rolling green fields I’d come to associate with Ireland. Instead, I find…

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Photo of the Week: Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin

Not too many places in Dublin stood out for me, but one that did was the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College. The 65 metre long, 2-storey main chamber is lined on both sides with stalls of books- 200,000 of the oldest in the library’s collection. In between each stall on the…

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Day Trip to Inishmore- The Largest of Ireland’s Aran Islands

On my solo trip to Ireland I was looking to visit places that combined my two favourite travel activities- exploring nature and visiting archaeological sites. Inishmore (Inis Mór) fit the bill perfectly! As one of the Aran Islands, Inishmore was a place that I could feel far away from everything while still being connected to…

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Solo Travel in Ireland- 7 Reasons Ireland is a Great Place to Travel Alone

When I decided to do a solo trip to Ireland it had been 11 years since I last travelled alone. I was itching to do it again! I hadn’t done much research about travelling alone in Ireland, but instinctually felt that Ireland would be the perfect place for a solo trip. For one, I’d never…

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  • Valarie - At thiis time I am going away to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming over again to read
    other news.November 27, 2017 – 2:47 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Poulnabrone Dolmen, Ireland

One of the highlights of visiting the Burren region of Ireland is seeing Poulnabrone dolmen, an outstanding Neolithic tomb and National Monument of Ireland. Over 5000 years old, this portal tomb is one of the best preserved in the country. The dolmen’s classic construction consists of a large capstone resting on top of two sets…

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2 Weeks in Ireland- My Road Trip Itinerary

I’ve never met anyone who’s done a road trip in Ireland and not loved it. After spending 2 weeks in Ireland, I am now one of those people. My 2 week road trip in Ireland had it all: postcard-worthy landscapes, fascinating ancient sites, evocative ruins, gratifying outdoor adventures, colourful small towns, delicious food, lively music, fun…

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  • Anja - Hi Rhonda!

    I just found your post via LP pathfinders monthly roundup. :) Oh my, you did quite a nice round around the island!To me everything looks travelworthy, just to soak in that Irish atmosphere. I’ve been thinking of visiting either Ireland or Scotland next year, and like you said more for the nature and small villages, than for the big cities. Have you ever been to Scotland?

    AnjaNovember 23, 2017 – 3:04 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - No I haven’t been to Scotland, but it is very tempting from the photos I’ve seen!November 24, 2017 – 1:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Alexi Laishley - Hi Rhonda,

    I am planning on going to Ireland this summer, but am hesitant to rent a car due to the cost. I wanted to know how much it cost you to rent your car for 2 weeks? Also were there any restrictions on it? ie being 25 or a specific type of license?

    Thanks, I loved this post so much. I am using much of it as inspiration!December 3, 2017 – 11:23 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Alexi!

      The car rental was just over $700 CAD for an automatic. It’s way cheaper to rent a standard. I hadn’t driven stick shift in many years so I didn’t want that stress on top of driving on the opposite side of the road that I’m used to.

      As a Canadian, I didn’t need an International Driver’s license but had to have my Canadian driver’s license for a minimum of 2 years. Not sure about the requirements for other countries and if there are any age restrictions. You should be able to find all that info on the car rental company’s website.

      I would definitely rent a car if you can afford it. It’s by far the most convenient and flexible way to see Ireland!December 3, 2017 – 2:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Tracey - Wow! Ireland looks amazing. It is on my trip to-do list. Thank you for these gorgeous pictures and helpful post. Love that pic of Hore Abbey – I have to go there now!December 8, 2017 – 6:59 pmReplyCancel

  • mark & lyndon - Great trip info, you have given us a great deal to consider and your photo’s were excellent! Thanks!!January 11, 2018 – 8:34 amReplyCancel

  • Jennie Mauger - Hi there! This has been EXTREMELY helpful. I am wondering what type of camera you used during your trip? Your photos are excellent! My boyfriend and I will be travelling to Ireland to visit my cousin for 2 weeks in July. We are also not big on the touristy part and are looking for some amazing hikes. I’m really looking forward to the Cliffs of Moher coastal walk. I’m afraid because we will be going in July, there will no doubt be lots and lots of people! We are definitely thinking of doing this exact itinerary but we will have to stay and visit Dublin for an extra two days. Is it possible to still do this itinerary but in 14 days? Anything you would fast track? We will be renting a car, manual, did you know how much cheaper it was? Gas efficiency? Thank you for this blog post!! Jennie :) February 15, 2018 – 10:21 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Jennie. Glad you like my photos! I use a Canon 6D with L-series lenses. July will definitely be busier than Sept/Oct when I was there, but I’d suspect the majority of people still don’t do the full coastal walk. I would have liked to do more (and longer) hikes but the weather was not on my side during this trip!

      I did this itinerary in 13 full days. It sounds like a lot but was manageable. Getting an early start meant that I could linger at sites longer and make more photo stops. Perhaps I could have done more of the Ring of Kerry and Skellig Ring in one day had I not needed to spend the night in Portmagee for the Skellig Michael trip that never happened. I’d skip Inch Beach if I was short on time. I also really took my time doing the Slea Head Drive. But if I needed to cut something out, it would be Northern Ireland because I wasn’t a fan of how “touristy” it felt.

      I don’t remember exactly how much cheaper it was to rent a manual, but I seem to recall it was around half the price of an automatic. I was shocked at how much gas I went through! Maybe a diesel would get better mileage?

      Hope you have an awesome trip to Ireland!February 16, 2018 – 2:08 pmReplyCancel

  • mikala - thank you, this was so helpful!June 10, 2018 – 4:43 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Wow there is so much useful information in this article! I love that you include the hits and misses of each day, it really gives me insight into what to skip if we don’t have time. My partner and I are planning a 12 day trip for November of this year and will definitely be using this as a rough guide, thank you so much!July 9, 2018 – 10:05 amReplyCancel

  • Michael - Hi, 
    I would like to thank you for sharing your itinerary.  I was pressed for time so I used your itinerary for planning a trip for my family (2 adults and 3 kids).  It worked very well for us.  With 3 kids we went a bit slower and skipped a few visits, but that was fine.
    We did stay in Londonderry 1 night and Belfast 1 night.  In the end, that really wasn’t necessary.  We didn’t really like these two cities and to me they felt much more English than Irish.
    On the other hand, we loved Galway.  It has a great walkable pedestrian area and street performers.    
    Thanks again, we had a great vacation and your blog was a huge help.July 31, 2018 – 2:41 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Michael! I’m glad you used my Ireland itinerary and had a great trip! I agree with you about the feel of Londonderry and don’t regret skipping Belfast for that reason. Glad you had fun in Galway!August 3, 2018 – 10:03 amReplyCancel

  • Emma Coulter - How much was your budget? I’m hoping to do this next fall and want to figure out how much to save. August 2, 2018 – 10:51 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I actually didn’t keep good track of how much I spent. I know my flight from Canada was exactly $1000 and the car rental was $720. Food was expensive and gas was very expensive, but I was able to find decently priced accommodations (less than $100/night). I’d guess that I spent around $4000.August 3, 2018 – 10:09 amReplyCancel

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