8 Perfect & Romantic Nights in Ireland
Updated: Oct 17, 2020
Year after year, Ireland is one of our most popular honeymoon destinations. Are you looking for old-world charm with a modern twist? Ireland is the destination for you. Castles are living next door to tech hubs. The dichotomy found in Ireland will enchant you. Even though it is a relatively small island, there is a ton to see and do. Follow this itinerary to ensure that you have 8 Perfect and Romantic Nights in Ireland.
Day 1 Arrive in Dublin
Spend your day walking in the footsteps of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. View the world's oldest illuminated manuscript, The Book of Kells, at Trinity College. The majesty of St Patricks Cathedral will delight photo buffs. Grab a pint at the Guinness Storehouse, or don't grab a pint. I hate to admit it, but I can't stand Guinness! End the night dancing and singing your way through the streets of Dublin on a musical pub crawl.
Day 2 Dublin
Your second day in Dublin, and I suggest wandering the cobblestoned streets. You don't need an itinerary, start on O'Connell Street and head where the mood takes you. Stop into picturesque stores and rowdy pubs. It will end up being one of your favorite days of your trip.
Day 3 Dublin to Cliffs of Moher to Galway
Drive from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher. Stop in the quaint village of Doolin for a traditional Irish lunch with a local family. Spend the afternoon in awe of the pristine cliffs towering over the Atlantic Ocean and stretching over a 5-mile range. On the drive to Galway, discover the hidden beaches, enchanting villages, and magnificent bays of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Day 4 Galway
In the morning, sail to the Aran Islands, located off the coast of Galway and Doolin. Learn Gaelic as you explore the World Heritage site Dun Aonghasa. Due to the combined Celtic and Christian history, the Aran Islands are home to many spiritual ruins and relics. When you return to Galway, roam the streets listening to the various street musicians that call Galway home.
Day 5 Galway to Ring of Kerry to Killarney
Take your time in the drive from Galway to Killarney. The scenery is outstanding and epic. The impossibly green vistas of the Ring of Kerry call for a romantic cliffside picnic on the journey to Killarney. Want to experience Killarney the way people did 200 years ago? Explore in a jaunting horse cart! It's the best way to travel to Ross Castle, which dates from the 15th century.
Day 6 Killarney
Head to the Dingle for a quick day trip. A stroll through this quintessential Irish village is like stepping back in time. Watch as boats unload seafood that couldn't be any fresher if you caught it yourself. You will meet the welcoming locals at pubs that haven't changed in hundreds of years. Search through charming shops for unique souvenirs.
Day 7 Killarney to Blarney to Kilkenny
Blarney Castle is a must-visit site on the road to Kilkenny. You can't go to Ireland and not kiss the Blarney Stone! You will only be spending one night in Kilkenny, so get lost. Wander the town to find out of the way eateries that don't appear in travel guides.
Day 8 Kilkenny to Dublin
On the way to back to Dublin, stop in Waterford to pick up some of their world-famous crystal souvenirs. You will most likely have an early flight the next day, so make sure to get a good night's rest.
Ireland is beautiful and idyllic. You will wish that your time in Ireland never had to come to an end. With our 8 Perfect & Romantic Nights in Ireland, you will leave knowing that you saw some of the most iconic sites that Ireland has to offer.