We will be spending 13 nights in Ireland for our honeymoon this June. We have never been to Ireland and looking for some guidance on what cities to stay in. We are starting our adventure in a B&B just outside of Dublin for 3 nights. We were considering Kenmare for 3 nights, Dingle 4 nights, and 3 nights in Galway or Connemara. We are looking for some relaxation and of course checking out the sites(middle ground), experiencing culture, and tasty foods. Any recommmedations would be appreciated.
Your itinerary looks good. Although Doolin or Clifden might be better places than Galway.
In Dingle I can highly recommend The Pax house ( not sure your budget, but this place seemed perfect for honeymooners)
Also be sure to stop in at the Dingle Music Shop. They have concerts several nights a week. Go!
Global Village is a nice restaurant in Dingle.
Do the Slea Head drive.
Thank you for the info. We ended up booking our stay at Pac House. We are very excited.
I'd substitute Kilkenny or Kinsale for Galway. End up in Dublin before leaving for home.
Love your itinerary overall ..... Not too much racing around. Really agree on skipping Galway. See that you already booked a place but was going to suggest instead of 3 nights in Kenmare and 4 in Dingle to consider a week long home rental in the Castlemaine to Glenbeigh area which would give great access to BOTH Dingle and the whole ROK. In addition its far less expensive than even 4-5 B&B nights and can be right on the beach, super private with insane views and the feeling of living there. Nice thing is you don't have to use all the nights if you don't want too. We love that option.....our place there had decks overlooking the ocean w incredible views, a herd of sheep, access to horses for riding on the beach and a really nice home located perfectly for exploring both areas. Anyway a thought if the other option falls through.
Another wonderful area we vastly prefer to Galway (though Connemarra is fantastic) is Beara south of Kenmare. It's wild, non touristy and gorgeous. Such a romantic spot.....my wife and I love it. Being able to park almost anywhere and wander near the sea with the wild wind and views that literally will imprint on your soul.....plus locals who are legendary even among the incredible Irish people for their warmth and hospitality. We are fairly reserved people but felt like family in minutes. Another option.
Oh, and when your in Dingle consider a day trip by boat out to Great Blasket island. For us it was one of life's best days. The beauty, the quiet and isolation ....the trip out filled with basking sharks, dolphins, birds by the thousands and on our trip a whale was indescribable. You can even if you are daring book a nights stay there .... in Peig Sayers home .......no electricity and the island to yourselves. My wife and I are doing that this year. Ask for Billy at the docks in Dingle if you're interested.
You picked a magical country and are approaching it beautifully. Always remember in Ireland less is more, enjoy the little things, interact and linger. Never give in to racing to another thing......you'll end up seeing and more importantly experiencing so much more. Congratulations - have a great trip !!!!