Ireland 2014

Day 1: Cashel, Cahir, Cork
Day 1: Cashel, Cahir, Cork
Day 2: Cork, Kinsale, Killarney
Day 2: Cork, Kinsale, Killarney
Day 3: Ring of Kerry & Iveragh peninsula
Day 3: Ring of Kerry & Iveragh peninsula
Day 4: Dingle Peninsula, Ennis
Day 4: Dingle Peninsula, Ennis
Day 5: The Burren & County Clare
Day 5: The Burren & County Clare
Day 6: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey
Day 6: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey
Day 7: Limerick & County Clare
Day 7: Limerick & County Clare

Our Ireland trip this past March 23-31, 2014 was our third outing to the Emerald Isle. We spent time in Counties Tipperary, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, and Galway. We racked up over 1300km (over 800 miles) in seven days of touring. We had a mix of rain and sunshine, but really had much better weather then I could have possibly hoped for in late March. The legendary hospitality of the Irish people and the incredible beauty of western Ireland make this one of our favorite places on the planet to visit. So if you ever need a tour guide, my rates are reasonable!

Online resources I used for this trip:

  • Trip Advisor: The best resource for locating good restaurants and getting insight into towns and villages ahead of time
  • Megalithic Ireland: A good database and visual reference on a county by county basis of ancient large stone structures, usually providing a link to Google Maps.
  • GeoGraph UK: Some reference sites give grid or map squares in reference to a location, this site will show you on a map where that is located
  • The Castles of Ireland: while not complete, it is a great secondary reference
  • Irish Antiquities: Superb visual reference to many ruins with a county by county breakdown. Map/Grid square references are give, so use the GeoGraph site above to zero in on the location
  • Ireland.Com: not comprehensive, but a good starting point for tourism in Ireland
  • Park-o-Pedia: An online reference to finding parking garages and rates in many of the town and cities of Ireland. Not 100% complete, but a great recon site to know your options before going into a town
  • Irish Castles: Yet another reference site on castles in Ireland, not many here, but good visual reference for some of the more significant ones
  • Heritage Ireland: Superb reference for opening times and costs of many attractions

Books I referenced:

  • Rick Steves Ireland 2013: While I might not agree with all of his conclusions, these are some of the best written travel books I've encountered. They are great for planning a base trip, but do take time to explore the area around the suggested itineraries since you can find some great gems
  • Frommer's Ireland's Best-Loved Driving Tours: Great driving suggestions for the various regions
  • Back Roads Ireland: Another great road trip reference, with some overlapping ideas, but many cool sites and information tidbits
  • Frommers Easy Guide Ireland 2014: Good general purpose info on regions and towns. It pairs nicely with tripadvisor
  • Frommers Road Atlas Ireland: A must have for any trip anywhere, this is a pretty detailed road atlas. While no substitute for a GPS, it is nice for seeing the bigger picture