This past May, my cousin came to visit for a few weeks from the US, and we decided to take one of the many long weekends in May to take a road trop around the Emerald Isle. This was my first trip to Ireland, and it did not rain even once! The weather was perfect, and we covered a lot of ground in just 4.5 days (Ireland is tiny!). We started and ended in Dublin, working our way south and then southwest towards the Ring Road of Kerry, before heading back up north to the Cliffs of Moor and Galway, and then back to Dublin. I highly enjoyed exploring Ireland by car– here are the highlights from our trip!
Day 1- Kilkenny
From Dublin, we worked our way south to Kilkenny. We stopped for a few hours to have lunch and walk around the Kilkenny Castle. We also explored the cemetery and climbed the tower adjoined with the famous Celtic-style Kilkenny Cathedral.
Day 1- Kinsale:
From there, we worked our way south to Kinsale, a tiny but beautiful seaside town. My favorite part of Kinsale was admiring the colorful buildings and indulging in chowder. Our journey to Killarney was a bit tense with the combination of tiny roads, driving on the left, and fatigue.
Day 2- Killarney
Rita and I spent the better part of the day exploring Killarney National Park. We were able to do most of the highlights, including Muckross House, Muckross Abbey, Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall, and of course the Lakes of Killarney
Day 2- Cliffs of Moor
After stopping for a late lunch in Limerick, we continued our journey to the Cliffs of Moor, which was absolutely beautiful! We spent a few hours admiring the views and hiking around the various cliffs. It was towards the end of the day, so the crowds were a bit more sparse!
Day 3- Galway
We spent the night in Galway, and indulged in traditional Irish music at various downtown pubs. The next day, we slept in, and had an amazing Irish breakfast before exploring more of the town. As it was Saturday and sunny, all the shops were open and people were out and about, enjoying the wonderful weather.
Day 4- Dublin
We spent our last day in Dublin. Upon arriving from Galway, we parked our car outside of our AirBnb and headed directly to Temple Bar, where I met up with an old friend from Waukesha. The following day, we enjoyed a quick breakfast before heading directly to the Guinness Factory. The rest of the day was spent wandering and exploring the city- Dublin Castle, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College, where I obviously saw the Book of Kells and the Trinity Library.
I highly enjoyed my first trip to Ireland.The Irish, as the stereotype goes, are as friendly as can be. Although I’m not sure I cannot ever count on having such luck with the weather in future trips!
Have you ever been to the Emerald Isle?