Hi, I'm wondering if anyone has any good ideas for honeymoon itineraries for Ireland. We got married in 2019 with the aim of going on a delayed honeymoon (to Spain) this month but obviously that's not going to happen now! This plan will hopefully change now with a delayed honeymoon around Ireland early next year all going well with Covid19. Does anyone have any ideas for where would be nice to go at that time of year (Spring)? Would the Ring of Kerry / Connemara regions be the best option? We are planning on going away for 2 weeks & we dont want to pack in too much into the two weeks, we'd prefer it to be a relaxing time. We've been looking at these guys for any inspiration https://www.discoveringireland.com/ireland-honeymoon/ but we would like to book our own hotels etc. Any ideas are more than welcome!
Tory Island is the most remote inhabited island in Ireland, and a great place to delve into some memorable living history and mythology.
Dingle, County Kerry: is a stunning Kerry fishing village with an old-world but impressive culture. There are enough pubs to do a sizeable crawl, and many of them double up as little shops
Cong, County Mayo: Pierce Brosnan and Rory McIlroy got married in the stunning Ashford Castle Hotel
The west of Ireland tends to be at the top of everyone's list for good reason - it's all gorgeous. If you're seeking something more off-the-beaten path then Donegal and Connemara would be the choice. The crowds don't typically descend on Dingle and the ROK until schools let out in early June, though you'll see a gradual increase the later in Spring that you go. Another less visited area is the very beautiful Beara peninsula just south of Kerry - the village of Kenmare is a favorite base since it's central for explorations of both the ROK and Beara without going anywhere near Killarney, which is something of a tourist trap and tends to be overrun during the height of summer.
Galway would be a good starting point for Connemara - it's about a 2.5 hour train or bus ride from Dublin which is probably where you'll be flying into. You'd save time by flying into Shannon but the fares into there are usually much higher and so most people opt for Dublin.
The aforementioned Ashford Castle in Cong would be a good place to splash out for a honeymoon memory. If the cost of a hotel room is a non-strarter you can still access the grounds, including the famous Hawk Walk which everybody raves about.
Suggest scanning a good guidebook (or 3) for ideas on an itinerary, then maybe come back with more specific questions once you've narrowed things down a bit.
And do spring for a car with automatic transmission if this will be your first time driving on the left. Will save you a lot of aggravation.
For something special consider the Parknasilla Resort in Sneem. It’s on the south side of the RoK and absolutely beautiful with access to walking trails and kayaking. Excellent accommodations and service. Besides the RoK, easy day trips to the Beara peninsula, Kenmare and Killarney National Park.
I just booked a suite, very reasonably, at this gorgeous hotel. It's one of my splurges. https://www.cahernane.com/ It appears honeymoon-worthy.