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Jenna Rayburn

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Best towns to visit in Ireland

Hi everyone!

I'm planning a trip to Ireland next summer and want to hear some suggestions on the best towns I need to visit during my trip. I'll be there for 3 weeks so I'm planning on going all over. Where's a good place to base myself?

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  • Maria O'Dwyer

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    Hi Jenna,

    Great suggestions from Joel. I love Dingle too and the Slea Headpeninsula. If you go to Galway City (and it's a great city) think about driving further out along the coast to Connemara - it's a stunning place and drive the Sky Road from Clifden The North West coast of County Donegal is lovely with some amazing beaches. Belfast is worth a look!

    I also love Cork and especially the West Cork coast with such beautiful little towns as Skibbereen Schull Ballydehob and Crookhaven.

    The Beara peninsula in Cork is also really beautiful. Castletownbere is the main town there. Kinsale has some of the best fish restaurants in Ireland. KinsaleYou should spend a night or two in Dublin and maybe a day in Kilkenny and Cashel

    It's really great that you will have 3 weeks to see the country and, try not to rush to see too much. The lovely thing about Ireland is the pace of life here. You could spend a week just chilling in West Cork or a few days walking in the Burren or sailing, surfing, horse riding or mountain climbing. Enjoy the good food, the pubs, the storytelling and the music. Hopefully you will have an unforgettable time!

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    Hi Jenna,

    It's a bit difficult to base yourself in one city in Ireland just because it's really more a road trip country. I lived there for six months and often took weekend trips with the bus, but I did find it much more enjoyable when my friends and I went on a road trip through the country instead. The issue is that most of the bigger cities are coastal, and thus not particularly accessible to each other as a base point. I would say book a few days in some of the major cities and take day trips from there if you're keen on a base. Otherwise, a spontaneous road trip is the way to go!

    I went to a bunch of cities in Ireland and my recommendations are below!

    Dublin is the largest city in Ireland, so it's definitely a must see. Temple Bar and O'Connell Street are great areas for pubs / shopping, and favorite attractions include Kilmainham Gaol(creepy/old prison about a hundred years old), the Guinness Storehouse (where they make Guinness + cool rooftop bar!), and St Patrick's Cathedral. The bridges in Dublin are iconic and it's really fun to walk around and see them.

    Cork - 2nd largest city and worth the visit to see the well known Blarney Castle (kiss the stone for the gift of gab!). There are a few smaller cities that I've been told are good daytrips including Adareand Cobh, but Cork is also a good point to continue your way west to the Connemara region.

    Galway City is really cute with lots of local shops, bars, music, and restaurants. Definitely eat at Ard Bia at Nimmos and McDonagh's. McCambridge's Of Galway Ltd scoops Murphys Ice cream which is the best in Ireland. If you like tea, Cupan Tae is an adorable tea shop. The Claddagh region is great as well - there are lots of shops with the traditional ring, and it was developed in the Galway region. The Spanish Arch and The Docks are gorgeous to walk around on a sunny day.

    Salthill is beautiful for a walk around the beach and to see the boats that are sometimes out and and about.

    For day trips, I'd recommend the Aran Islands - there's a ferry that will take you there and they're great for a day trip! It's an Irish-speaking island that specializes in creating wool, and you should definitely rent a bike to see the whole island.

    Another great place to see is Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. You can book a tour that will take you there and Connemara. Beautiful countryside.

    Other must-sees on the West coast include Killarney and Dingle. If you can rent a car, it might be easier to get around between cities. I did a tour that took me between Killarney and Dingle, and if you have time - Killarney National Park!

    In Northern Ireland: Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge (fun photo ops and you get to walk across a bridge!) and Giants Causeway (really amazing natural formed stones from volcanic rock - check out the pics) should not be missed.

    Enjoy!

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    I'm producing a bunch of videos about places I recently visited in Ireland. I was there 8 days in August. Here are some of the great places I visited. I loved the Kilkee cliff walk and the Aran Islands were great. Every place was great! I'm working on a Top 10 video, too. Here's what I've got so far: http://newsocracy.tv/latest-news/category/ireland

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    The wild atlantic way website is a great place to start! Ireland West coast is so amazing and roadtripping along here is a must.General Trippy MediaThis is Doolin a great stop near the Cliffs of Moher also check out Galway City, Lehinch, a popular stop is Killarney. My favourite was probably Dingle on the Dingle peninsula a great coastal village. Check out our photos on Flickr and shoot any questions you have we just spent three weeks driving the coast it was great .

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