Road Tripping Across Ireland
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Ireland is the absolute essence of that 'home away from home' feeling. The people are some of the most kind and charming humans I've ever come across. They make you feel like you belong. Then, of course, there are the beautiful green coastlines and the cliffside beaches - they all create an incredible atmosphere that you can't help but feel called to.
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Where to stay in Ireland
Iveagh Garden Hotel
Inviting hotel in a brick building nearby the Iveagh Gardens with warm, cozy rooms.
Gorgeous ivy-covered boutique hotel on the famed Ring of Kerry boasting a restaurant and cozy bar.
The Wicklow Escape
Mountain retreat nestled in the west Wicklow mountains offering dining experiences just one hour from Dublin.
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Things to do in Ireland
Things to do in Dublin
Tour at Guinness Storehouse - Make sure to go to the top floor where you can find the Gravity bar, some of the best views in the city!
Temple Bar - it's a classic and there is always great live music.
Trinity College - Ireland's older surviving university.
Jameson Distillery Tour - You can't go to Dublin and not do the Jameson tour. It's interactive and best of all, lots of whiskey!
River dance show at the Gaiety Theatre - Such an authentic and fun experience, these people can move their feet so fast yet their upper torso barely moves, it's so impressive. Highly recommend!
Things to do in Doolin
The Cliffs of Moher is an easy 12 minute drive from the town of Doolin. There is a beautiful trail that walks along the coastline and it is an absolute must!
Take a ferry from Doolin to go see the Aran islands! They are absolute charming and make for a fun day trip.
Doolin Cave - They offer tours, which are great for families!
Things to do in Killarney
Bike through the beautiful town of Killarney (my personal favorite) with 'Wild N Happy Travel.' This was a great way to see all that Killarney has to offer.
Grab a drink and see some live music at John M. Reidy (my favorite Irish bar - head to the very back to see the bands playing outside, it's not nearly as small as it seems when you first walk in).
Take a day trip to Dingle. It is only an hour drive from Killarney, and is the cutest little fishing town you'll ever see with the most colorful buildings. Fish and chips for lunch is a must, of course!
Wild Kerry Day Tours offers great options, including the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and the Gap of Dunloe if you aren't keen on doing all the driving yourself.
Things to do in Wicklow
The Wicklow Escape is perfect for a secluded yet foodie forward getaway.
There are lots of beautiful trails around the Wicklow area, here are a few to get you started:
- The Ballinastoe Woods.
- Lough Ouler - has a heart shaped lake!
- The Devils Glen.
- Wicklow Mountain National Park.
- Glendalough Cathedral.
Places to eat & drink in Ireland
La Dolce Vita in Dublin - Oddly enough, some of the best Italian food I've had in my life (and I've been to Italy). Definitely get the ravioli!
Sophie's Restaurant & Terrace - Trendy rooftop bar/restaurant overlooking the city, near Iveagh Gardens. I'd recommend this spot for a nice sunset happy hour and maybe some pizza too!
Primrose on the Quay in Derry - The eggs florentine is divine, especially if you are a mushroom lover like me.
Castle Street Social in Derry - Casual ambiance but still stylish. I ate here with eight people total and everything we ordered was on point, from the appetizers, drinks, to all the entrees.
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