My Top 5 Ireland Must-do’s

Good morning! Thanks to all for your blogger burnout feedback! I am definitely thinking about taking a day off this weekend, and I actually didn’t write a new post last night. I did want to share with you a guest post I wrote for Colleen’s blog, The Daily Craic, while she was in Ireland for her sister’s wedding. It’s been awhile since I have shared a travel post about anywhere other than Sonoma and Napa, and I thought it would be fun to mix it up a bit.I had SO much fun writing this Top 5 travel tips for Ireland. . . you certainly won’t see it in any travel book! Thanks again to Colleen for the opportunity to guest post! Have a great day everyone!

1) Leave Dublin. Really, even if you fly into Dublin Airport, get out of Dublin as soon as you can. Ok, you can stay and tour around for a couple of days, but no more than that. Dublin is fine, but it is definitely not my favorite world city and definitely leaves a lot of Ireland to be seen. My brother in law once referred to Dublin as a “city on the West coast of England”. Enough said. There’s a lot more to Ireland than Dublin, and I want to make sure you see it.

There are buses leaving for Galway from various bus companies on the hour, there are car rentals, or you can take Iarnroid Eireann, the train service as well. If you stay in Dublin or even just the popular tourist cities, you miss seeing this. . .


Top 5 Must See in Ireland – Connemara


And this. . .

Twelve Pins, Connemara

And this. . .

Irish cottage and countryside

2) Eat local food. Like any high volume tourist destination, many Irish restaurants, especially in cities and other well traveled areas, do their best to cater to tourists offering convenience foods and bland, fattening options. All Irish food is not like this, and if you look around a bit, you will find a burgeoning cuisine that is based on fresh, local, delicious goods. Smoked salmon, prawns, Irish cheddar, lamb, and fresh vegetables make the base of many of these dishes, and I can’t emphasize enough that you should seek out these ingredients as often as possible. You will not be disappointed; the taste of real food from the land is as important a part of Ireland to me as the beautiful countryside is.

Must try in Ireland - seafood chowder

3) Have a pint of Guinness. Unless you don’t or can’t drink, I suggest having a pint of Guinness in its home country. Maybe you haven’t liked Guinness in the past, and maybe you won’t now, but it’s definitely worth a try.

lots of Guinness

If you hate the Guinness, there are plenty of other delicious Irish libations like Bulmer’s cider and Smithwicks.

4) Go to a pub and listen to traditional Irish music. Pretty much anywhere you are in Ireland, you can find traditional music any night of the week. My favorite places for trad are Galway, Westport, and Doolin. If you need specific suggestions please feel free to email me! And don’t forget to stop at a chipper on your way home for some garlic and cheese chips. You won’t regret it (Well you might, but it will be worth it!)

Irish music

5) Get outside! Yes the weather may suck at times. It could be rainy, blustery, cold, cloudy, and even hailing small frozen peas from the sky. But you can see 4 seasons in a day in Ireland, and your best bet is to just get out there. Make sure to pack enough clothing to wear layers, lots of light wool, lots of socks to make sure you have dry ones, and good walking shoes. I have experienced so many different days where it has been pouring in one place and gloriously sunny in another; if we never went ahead with hiking or running plans because of the rain, we would spend a whole lotta time in my husband’s house! Even when the sky is threatening, the scenery can not be beat.

rainy Ireland

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Tags: Dublin, guest post, Ireland, Travel

  1. amie’s avatar

    looks like an amazing trip – so many places i still have yet to visit! :-)


  2. Amanda Maynard’s avatar

    I went to Ireland when I was in high school. My Mom and I went and she rented a car and we drove all the way around the southern half. It was incredible. I really can’t wait to go back again.


  3. Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana’s avatar

    The Irish in me is very pleased with this post ;)


  4. El’s avatar

    Thanks for the tips. It’s good to know there’s so much to do outside of Dublin!


  5. ashleigh’s avatar

    This post makes me want to go to Ireland right now!!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      :) I am looking forward to checking out your new site!


    2. Megan’s avatar

      I am dying to go to Ireland. When I finally plan that trip, I’m definitely checking in with you for even more suggestions.


    3. Daisy’s avatar

      My parents went to Ireland on their honeymoon! I really want to go. It looks beautiful.


    4. RunToTheFinsih’s avatar

      ok so we were just talking about ireland and we want to go but are afraid of it just being rainy all the time


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        It’s REALLY unpredictable, but so beautiful in any weather. The November we got engaged, we had 10 straight days of sun, and we often have great weather there in February because it can be pretty mild in winter (compared to Boston anyway!). If it’s rainy, all the more reason to relax by a fire with a hot whiskey or a cup of tea!


      2. Kelly’s avatar

        I’ve been to Ireland twice and I definitely agree with all of these tips. I like Dublin just fine, but I prefer all the small towns more like Dingle, Kenmare etc. One of the tips I have not yet mastered is finding the good food- it might be because I’m a bit picky but I have a hard time finding really good food- EXCEPT for the AMAZING Irish bread and vegetable soup, that I could eat at every meal!


      3. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

        Wow, what a scenery! I’ve only been to Dublin for a weekend (I have friends living there) but I really want to see other parts of Ireland too.


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