Continuing with the series of articles “Photos that will make you want to visit…” that we started a few weeks ago with a gorgeous Tuscany jewel, today is Ireland the one destination that is feeding our wanderlust. And it will do the same with you too!
Three years back, we road tripped Ireland clockwise during 8 days. Although we’d recommend you to spend a few more days if you want to get the most of the experience, be aware you can perfectly do it in one week too. And here’s the proof.
Scroll down for a peak of our itinerary with the visual outcome as well as a the trip master map that will make you start planning your next trip to the island next.
Right after arriving to Dublin on an Aer Lingus flight and renting a cheap car, we left the city suburbs with the well-known Wicklow mountains in mind. Enniskerry and Glendalough are two nearby towns worth a visit.
But it’s actually the stunning natural beauty of the forests in the region what caught our attention immediately. A short trek and a good number of captures later, we continued our trip to our first big city, Cork, where we had dinner and our first pints before heading to our hotel to spend the night.
*The Kerry Way Bar & Guesthouse. Glenflesk, Ireland.
Very excited about what was ahead of us, we started checking out Killarney National Park. Surrounded by mountainous Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Carrauntoohil, is the highest point in Ireland.
Very tempted to tour the impressive Iveragh Peninsula aka Ring of Kerry, we continued North towards Limerick instead. The Cliffs of Moher were awaiting us at sunset!
*Castlegate Hotel. Athenry, Galway, Ireland.
After a pretty awesome night out in the small town of Athenry, where mingling with the locals was easier than we could have ever imagined, we passed through Connemara and Clifden, its capital, before arriving at Westport where we spend the night.
*Hotel Westport. Westport, Mayo. Ireland.
Castlebar, Ballina, and Inniscrone were in our way to Sligo and its 13th century’s monastery.
Then, we drove past Donegal castle and right after that, Slieve League Cliffs, a sight often left behind because of its dubious accessibility and poor publicity, left us speechless for a while.
Up to 600 meters, they are some of the tallest cliffs in Europe. You do have to trek about twenty minutes to get there. But the views are unique and very worthy. And sheep will keep you entertained too! Win-win.
*Homefield Rock Hostel. Donegal, Ireland
Londonderry and its city walls were something we could have checked out longer and better if we weren’t dying to go on and visit three gems located so close to each other by the sea.
Those are The Old Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce castle and the pixellated Giant’s Causeway.
All of them great on their own, we arrived at the last one a bit late after shooting the sunset at the castle. Knowing that half an hour wasn’t going to cut it, we headed back to the Causeway the next day. It’s eventually possible to take a picture among the loads of tourists that populate the spot in the mornings without getting that much of a headache.
Anyway, it’s already in our plans – and it should be in yours too – to go back soon. Probably, taking the London to Larne ferry that would take us to the North part of the island already. And when that happens, we’ll make sure to arrive before the crowds. Promise!
*Beechfield Guest House. Ballymena, Ireland.
After revisiting the Giant’s Causeway, Belfast awaited us.
We grow up watching IRA movies and, therefore, checked up the differences one can still witness in its neighborhoods and streets. Anyhow, we couldn’t dedicate it all the time it deserves so here’s another item for our next trip to Northern Ireland!
*Cordia Serviced Apartments. Belfast, United Kingdom.
Intentionally, we skipped all the sights in between Belfast and Dublin and dedicated our last day exploring Ireland’s capital city.
*Pillar Guesthouse B&B. Dublin, Ireland.
A last-minute completely predictable and dumb issue with the rental car we might or might not be mentioned in a future article, almost made us lose our flight back to Spain. Luckily, we jumped on board right on time and said see you later to Ireland.
Ireland Road Trip Map
*Quick note about the accommodations: In any case we were invited, paid or induced to write anything about the places where we stayed on our own dime. Altogether, we spend an average of 22€ per person and night on hotels (on a double room basis) and we can recommend them all except for the last one, where the customer rep wasn’t probably having a great day.