In January I had the pleasure of doing a road trip around Ireland with my honey. I thought it was about time I shared some pictures, told some stories and let you in on a few places you should definitely get to if you go!
Renting A Car
We decided pretty early on that the best way to get around Ireland was by car, be warned however, as we discovered renting a car is not so easy when you’re under 25. A little back story, after having so many things go wrong throughout our travels we wanted to make sure everything would go smoothly. So pre-booked our rental car a couple of weeks before we flew out, wanting to be extra organised. We touch down in Dublin, beyond excited, only to arrive at the desk and be told we couldn’t collect our car.
Thomas: “Why can’t we get the car, we’ve pre-booked, it’s already been organised?” Car Rental: “You’re under 25” Thomas: “But I had to enter all my details? I literally had to put my date of birth in?!” Car Rental: “Yeah sorry about that, we really need to get that fixed”.
Sitting on the ground feeling completely defeated that yet again something had gone completely wrong, I cried my eyes out, while Thomas attempted to fix the situation. With only one company allowing us to hire a car, and without a choice, we paid $800 to hire a car for 4 days. Kill me now. Lesson is, MAKE SURE YOU CAN HIRE A CAR!
Where To Go
Ireland has so much to offer, beautiful countryside as green as green could be. We honestly wished we had more time, it was easily one of our favourite places and I’d happily allow a week to a week and a half to get around. Alas we only had 4 days. Here are a few places that we had on our list:
- Kilmainham Gaol – Dublin
- The Temple Bar – Dublin
- Bray Head Cliff Walk
- Glendalough (Wicklow Mountains National Park)
- Cliffs of Moher – Liscannor
- O’Conners Famous Pub (Bar Ed Sheehan filmed Galway girl) – Galway
- Taxi Tour – Belfast
- Titanic Exhibition – Belfast
Where To Stay
We were lucky enough to have a family friends place to stay at for one night, however every other night we stayed in AirBnb’s. They’re the cheapest option, and we had super friendly hosts every night (Irish people are the best!)
Other Places to Visit
Here are some extra places that we would have visited if we had the time.
- Guiness Storehouse – Dublin
- Powerscourt Estate – Wicklow
- Kilkenny Castle
- Killarney National Park
- Keem Bay
- Slieve League Cliffs
- The Giant’s Causeway
- Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
- Tollymore Forest (Game of Throwns Haunted Forest)
- Castle Ward (Game of Throwns Stark Castle)
Have you visited Ireland? Did you love it or hate it? Did you visit somewhere not listed, leave me a comment!