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"Must Visit" places to See and Eat in Ireland

I'm traveling to Ireland, from the U.S. for 8 days in May with four friends-- we're all in our early 20's (20-24). Our goal is to go to a new place each day. What are the "must see" places to visit and eat? 

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  • Lindsay Sibson

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    Take a drive on the Wild Atlantic Way along the west coast of Ireland - ABSOLUTELY breathtaking (some points of interest are Dursey Island cable car, Mizen Head Signal Station, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren! I spent 3 days and it was EPIC EPIC views and road trippin!

    Head to Killarney and stay at Neptunes Hostel (cheap & their new section is very clean and nice). Wake up early and head through Gap of Dunloe either by walking or car (if it's not too busy). Also in that area is Torc waterfall.

    Of course kiss the Blarney Stone and spend a night partying in Cork!

    Enjoy your trip!

    Note - Look into getting an international drivers licence through AAA (or the like) before you leave. It's around $15 and some paperwork. It will make renting a car easier :-)

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      This was so helpful, Lindsay. And thanks for all the details and the photo, too--it looks beautiful. Thanks so much! · (1 likelikes)

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    My favorite haunt in Dublin was the Long Stone Pub, which calls itself a Viking bar and sports a giant carved wood face. General Trippy Media

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      Love. This. Thanks so much, Lizzie! I've gotta see this. We found a bunch of these in Cameroon (just with an African twist obviously) and I love it. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Ross Sparks

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    This is kind of tough. You will want to spend some time in Dublin for sure. But you might want to end the trip in Dublin so your flight home will be easier. Ireland is one of the only places that I recommend renting a car. With that fredom and y'all's young age, you can drive towards Cork and play it by ear along the way. I can help with an itinerary if you need help.


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      Thanks for your response, Ross. Renting a car sounds like a great idea that I hadn't thought of. Playing it by ear sounds like the way to go! Thanks · (0 likelikes)

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      No prob I was born in Ireland and the public transportation isn't great. But it's very easy to drive. Also renting cottages can be a cheaper option becouse you can make breakfast and lunch and then go nuts on food and drink for dinner! · (1 likelikes)

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    Dublin is amazing city with a special charm. Spend some time there.

    If you spend couple of days there you can take a train and explore little towns in Dublin bay like Dalkey, Dun Laoghaire, Howth.

    You can also go on a day trip to Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough.

    Don't miss to visit the west coast, so go to Galway City, Cliffs of Moher. You can also make a stop in Doolin.

    Ireland is beautiful country. I am sure you will find some more interesting places to discover.

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    Have a great trip!


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      Thanks so much! This is fabulous. We'll definitely check out some of those places! :) · (0 likelikes)

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    Cliffs of Moher on a sunny day. Walk to the nearest village from there and get someone to pick you up there.

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    Be sure to include a trip to the South East from Dublin, a great spot is Kilkenny (about 70 minutes from Dublin by Car and serviced with day tour providers as well as by public bus or train. Enjoy the wonderful Smithwicks Brewery Tour - voted in the Top 15 must see experiences in the world by Lonely Planet. Kilkenny is a wonderful and quint city - it feels more like a village or town but is has a unique medieval heritage with castles cathedrals abbeys and one of only 2 round towers in all of Ireland you can climb with unique views of 5 counties from the top on a clear day - also a popular place to propose marriage!! It has some of the best restaurants and pubs from Michelin Star Restaurants to Artisan food Bistros and cafes. It even has a unique food trail - check it out at http://www.trailkilkenny.ie/themed-trails/taste-of-kilkenny-food-trail/ You can visit an organic apple farm and hear about their award winning organic apple syrup and craft cider making or enjoy a cheese making course or visit the 3rd generation owners of a local trout farm and see how they farm Ireland's first trout caviar! The pubs have great music and entertainment nightly which includes learning how to play the Bodhran - the ancient irish drum. Or why not try your skill at learning the ancient game of hurling - with the guys from Lannigans Restaurant - see www.thekilkenyway.com Ireland's native field sport- the oldest and fastest field game in the World. You even get to learn the skill on a local hurling pitch and get to visit the stadium for where county team play and train, before enjoying a well deserved bowl of irish stew and watching a game of hurling on the TV when you get back to the pub. This city also has a reputation for the best festviasl in the country - for more information check out www.visitkilkenny.com

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