Since we got married Ireland has always been on my bucket list. This year Ian received an incentive trip from working with his beauty company, NuSkin and luckily for me it was finally Ireland!
We had a big adventure trying to get there. As we were leaving LAX our flight got diverted to Atlantic City instead of JFK making us miss our flight to Shannon, Ireland. When we finally got to JFK there was only a flight to Dublin available for the next three days so we took it! By the map Dublin was only two hours from the other airport. I planned itinerary based on his incentive trip and added a few extra must sees to our list. There were so many things that I loved about Ireland but if I had to go back and do it all again the countryside is definitely my favorite. If you are planning a trip to Ireland be sure to include some of my stops along the way.
#1 – Dromoland Castle – Our first stop on our adventure was to the Dromoland Castle. The Dromoland Castle Dates back to the 15th century and was home to the O’Brien family. They once ruled Ireland during the time. The castle has a fascinating history and an even more beautiful grounds. We spent our time at the Castle checking out their birds of prey, the grounds and of course they’re amazing restaurants and bars with live music. The staff was incredibly friendly and I would recommend it to anybody visiting Ireland.
#2. Bunratty Castle and Durty Nelly’s- While staying at the castle we took a little road trip to visit the Bunratty Castle and theme park. We had a great time checking out this medieval castle and themed community set up around it. After we stopped at Durty Nelly’s, one of the oldest pubs in Ireland for some Irish coffee and fish and chips.
#3. Cliffs of Moher- There may not be a more beautiful or breathtaking sight in Ireland. From the fields of green with Kerry Cows to the cliffs and the sound of the ocean waves. The stop is 100% worth the drive. Bring your hiking shoes and be prepared for the wind.
#4. Moran’s Oyster House- You’ll notice there are lots of oyster house’s all over Ireland. We stopped at one that was highly recommended and definitely in a beautiful location on our drive from the Cliffs to Galway. It was the perfect stop and the oysters were as delicious as they promised.
#5. Galway, Latin Quarter- After the cliffs we took a drive up to Galway to enjoy our first pub crawl of the trip. We tried lots of different beers and met some amazing locals. Our favorite bar was The Front Door. We learned all about the local Gin industry and tried some awesome drinks.
#6. Athlone Castle- Driving from Galway to Dublin is a little over two hours. Along the way I planned a couple stops with this castle included. We had an exciting surprise when we stumbled across the worlds oldest pub! We stopped in to check it out. It’s amazing To think of all the people that I’ve been through there to grab a pint. We had lunch at a great restaurant called The Bailey with the best Irish coffee as we had in Ireland.
#7. Kilbeggan Distilling Co. – We couldn’t go through Ireland without a whiskey tasting of course! We found this distillery on the map on our way across to Ireland. We tried all different kinds of months and had fun breaking down the different tastes. It was a perfect gift to bring home for family members to try!
#8. Book of Kells, Trinity College- while in Dublin we made sure to stop by Trinity College to check out the book of Kells. This beautiful book was definitely something to see and the long-haul of the library with something you cannot miss! If you love the smell of an old book and history in this place is definitely for you.
#9. Dublin Pubs and La Cucina Restaurant- after checking up history and Dublin the next best thing to do is hit the pups! The cold glass of Guinness definitely hits the spot and the sounds of the live music keep your energy going. Fire last day we had had enough of stews and fish and chips so we opted for an Italian restaurant. I found the Cucina restaurant through open table and this place definitely did not disappoint! I was able to make A reservation online. While traveling this is key! I love having an itinerary for the day especially when planning a group dinner. We arrive to this restaurant we couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. With stone fire pizza ovens and the feeling of being an underground cave, It definitely made our last night very special.
10. Things I wish we would’ve done-
Blarney Castle And the Blarney Stone
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