With so much to see and do, Ireland is an amazing destination for your honeymoon! We got the best travel planning tips from our friend Sherri Schreck from AAA Minneapolis!
Check out the best areas in Ireland for “first-time” travelers!
“I do suggest all travelers going to Ireland have at least one castle stay – Dromoland, Ashford, and Solis Lough Eske Castle has been some of my other clients’ favorites”, says Sherri Schreck. Ireland has an unofficial count of approximately 1,000 castles scattered throughout the country. Many of these beautiful architectures have been restored to their former beauty and turned into luxurious places to stay during your time in Ireland. Go old school! Sweet farmhouse stays or even a Bed and Breakfast to switch up the scenery and get to know the locals in Ireland!
Planning Tips and Ideas for your travels to Ireland
A great trip for first time trip to Ireland: Dublin, Killarney, and a castle stay before you fly home!
Dublin – A great way to start your trip – a great city hotel will have you walking distance to many Irish pubs, Trinity College, and the Guinness Museum.
Blarney stone – kissing this stone gives you the gift gab – the lines for kissing the stone can get very long — I suggest you get there early in the day.
Ring of Kerry – This drive has some spectacular views of the Irish countryside – this with stops and drive time would be about 7 hours.
Killarney – One of my favorite areas in Ireland — small-town feel with a National Park in the downtown with hiking, kayaking, boat rides, and jaunting cars (horse-drawn buggy rides). I would suggest a few nights here as you can do day trips to see another area like Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula
Cliffs of Moher – a sea coast like no other. A great stop along the way from Killarney to Galway or Shannon for a castle stay.”
Ways to get around Ireland:
Train – trains are great but do limit where you go on based on the track
Car rental – This does give you the most flexibility but can also limit your view as many stone fences are built along the roadside blocking your sight. The drive also misses some as they have to concentrate on the road. I do highly recommend car insurance if renting a car in Ireland
Escorted Bus Tour – This is a great way to see Ireland – even on your honeymoon – you will get to see more and understand more as you are traveling. Many escorted trips include experiences you cannot find on your own. I did a farm tour and dinner with a local family, after dinner they told stories and sang some folk songs!
Most of my clients do a combination of these options. Typically they will do most of the trip as Escorted but will add a few days on at the end to do some exploring!
Safe Travels! ☘️
For more info on planning your getaway to Ireland check out Sherri’s contact information page here! AAA MPLS
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