Traveling to Ireland? Milton Neighbors have tons of helpful advice for you!

I understand some of you have been to ireland. Some of you are even from Ireland. So, tell me, what should I do when I visit for the first time?
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Traveling to Ireland? Milton Neighbors have tons of helpful advice for you!

In a recent (and popular!) post, a Milton Neighbor recently asked for help:

Dear Milton Neighbors, I understand some of you have been to Ireland. Some of you are even from Ireland. So tell me, what should I do when I visit for the first time? Going for 10 days in June with husband and MIL. Husband and I are outdoorsy types. And we do not need to see every castle, but love a good session in a pub. Thank you!

Members of the Milton Neighbors Facebook group responded with advice on best places to see and go when traveling to Ireland. ☘️

“I understand some of you have been to Ireland. Some of you are even from Ireland. So tell me, what should I do when I visit for the first time? Going for 10 days in June with husband and MIL. Husband and I are outdoorsy types. And we do not need to see every castle, but love a good session in a pub. Thank you!”

Check out the excellent advice from Milton Neighbors and let us know your advice for traveling to Ireland:

– “Visit the Aran Islands.”

– “Crystal Travel & Tours in West Roxbury!! Amazing! They are a small family business that will find and curate your personal needs to enjoy Ireland!”

– “Galway, cliffs of Moher, ring of Kerry, Dublin are my favorites.”

– “If you do the Ring of Kerry, Killarney has some great pubs and music!”

– “Co Clare ..the Burren and Cliffs of Moher and def Doolin.”

– “We will be in Donegal in June so I’m gonna piggyback off these recommendations.”

– “Galway! Dublin isn’t anything special.”

– “You can’t go wrong, you will love it all. I am partial to the West side. #Galway #Leitrim 🍀 Bring an empty suitcase! The Castles, the Burren, Cliffs of Mohr, the Universities, Galway City, Waterford, 👏🏻🎻”

– “Join…Wild Atlantic Way. Great photos of Ireland. My family and I saved on the exorbitant fees charged at Cliffs of Moher in the parking lot before they opened! They charge per person not per vehicle.”

– “Galway is soooo great! In Dublin, the typical tourist sites are good (trinity, Guinness, etc…) but the kilmainham gaol tour is absolutely the best! Also, beautiful hiking in Howth.”

– “Galway and Kerry. you get the city and countryside. Clare. If you fly into Dublin then you can do a tour of it. Go before kids get out off school. Prices go up likely after the 16th of June.”

– “Get the JetBlue credit card or one like that so you can use it and not pay exchange fees.”

– “Totally agree that West is Best! As outdoorsy people, you might love the trip I took a few years ago cycling the Great Western Greenway and then climbing the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, both in Mayo and you can stay in Westport. Also, do not miss the lively city of Galway, gorgeous Connemara, and the picturesque Aran Islands just off the Galway coast.

– “In Westport, we like the Wyatt and the Westport Plaza Hotel. If you want a great bakery and sandwich shop, check out my cousin’s wonderful cafe in Barna on the Galway coast just outside the city (closed for renovations now).

– “Doolin is great as are the Aran Islands.”

– “I did about 9 days in Ireland. First half stayed in Dublin. Did a day trip to Belfast which was amazing, a half day tour to Houth (a seaside town – I think bono has a house there) and a castle along the way, then the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity,kilmainham goal jail, and of course the pubs including Brazenhead, oldest pub in Dublin (Temple Bar area). Then, we took the train to Galway. Did a Cliff of Moher/Aran Islands boat and bus tour and hung out in Galway. Went to Adare a manor in limerick for a fancy last night and flew home from Shannon airport. Loved Ireland. Can’t wait to go back to other areas (Kerry, Dingle, Donegal )… enjoy..”

– “Westport.”

– “Just adding Dingle and Inch beach especially if you surf.”

– “Watch a football match in Croke Park in Dublin, visit Ashford Castle in Mayo, explore Connemara in Galway – so many incredible spots including Cleggan, Omey Island, Roundstone.”

– “If the weather is as warm as it was last summer, make time for the beaches in the West (out from Galway City: Salt Hill, Furbo, Spiddal…) and a super creamy ice cream cone.”

– “Don’t try to do too much and don’t take on too much driving. It takes longer to get around than you expect. Everywhere is beautiful but you probably won’t be able to see everywhere in your list. Pick 2/3 areas and stay at least 3 nights in each. The Burren. Doolin (music and ferry to Inisheer). Ferry from Kilkee to Tarbert and drive to Listowel Cliffs of Mother and Bunratty Castle are all within striking distance.of each other. I keep editing and adding. There’s also a boat from Galway city to Inishmore. (avoid driving in Galway city if you can-its a nightmare).”

– “Wild Atlantic way ☘️”

– “Limerick is underrated and has some of the best restaurants in Ireland.”

– “Dublin has lots of history such as the uprising sites. Also the Trinity College is a nice take especially seeing the book of Kells. Saint Steven’s Green is nice an the Phoenix part, which is twice the size of NY Central Park, has a zoo, Ashtown Castle, the home of the Irish President, the Guinness families original home, and a magazine Fort from the 18th Century. The Braizenhead pub is nice and I’ve had a few pints in there myself. Near the Brazenhead is the ha penny foot bridge and the Guinness brewery. The temple bar district has lots of neat shops and pubs. Now if you’re wanting to leave Dublin I’d go to County Wexford because that’s were my family lives. In your case the only notable thing is President Kennedy family homestead. In County Cork you can visit the Blarney Castle but if you kiss the Blarney Stone you’ll acquire the gift of gab which is evident in my long post. I’ve kissed it twice! Also in County Cork is the site where our esteemed Michael Collins was assassinated at Beal na Blath. Dingle is beautiful as is the Ring of Kerry. Connemara has so interesting offerings such as the site where the movie quiet man was filmed. Just west of Dublin is horse country. My finger is getting a blister so I’ll end by saying that 90% of the pubs I’ve been too all had Irish sessions at one time or another. Just ask when you get to a town. In my opinion offshore islands are boring.”

– “There is always a great session at Tig Choili in Galway City 🎶🎻☘️”

– “From a Cork Woman , if you happen to go there go to Cobh and do the titanic museum plus it’s a beautiful town , Kinsale is a beautiful picturesque town and the gourmet capital of Ireland. Lots of good pubs with sessions ..hit the Spaniard . Cork city is good for a day and if you go walk through the English market . No matter where you go it’s all beautiful.”

– “Stick to the west…amazing countryside and coast.. check out the Wild Atlantic Way on FB to get a better sense of what and where.”

– “My dad and I went to Ireland for 10 days in October. We started in Dublin, stayed at The Alex (super comfy beds and accommodations), checked out The Book of Kells, the Guinness Storehouse and had a pint at the very top floor which has panoramic views of the city. Then on to Cork (which is where my ancestors hail from) and we were there when a Jazz Festival was going on which was incredible. We also enjoyed lots of amazing food there, so many restaurants and different types of cuisine. And Smyths Toy Store was fun. The center is so beautiful and bustling with street performers and shoppers, it’s a lively area. We took a day trip to Blarney Castle. Then we went on to Killarney and took a bus tour of the Ring of Kerry, breathtaking. Killarney was fun for night life, lots and lots of pubs! Then on to Dingle where we stayed at Dingle Skellig Hotel which was right on the water. We checked out Oceanworld Aquarium. Stopped at Inch Beach, incredible. Then on to County Clare and stayed at Dromoland Castle, the most magical stay I’ve ever experienced. Then back to Dublin. I hope to go back again one day, there’s so much more to see and do! And I want to stay at Dromoland Castle again 😍 Have an amazing trip!!!”

– “Try to find out about as music as you can in concerts, churches and especially pubs.”

– “Powers Thatch, Bar & Restaurant, Oughterard, Galway – stop in on your way from Galway City to Connemara.”

– “Olivers On Cleggan Pier (Cleggan, (Connemara) Galway.”

– “O’Dowds Seafood Bar & Restaurant, Roundstone, (Connemara) Galway.”

– “We honeymooned in Ireland for 2 weeks. I suggest B&Bs where you’ll get to talk to the host and others. It’s been awhile. Back then you could call a “main” number and reserve one a day or two in advance. We started on the west coast and the first night we stayed in Dromoland Castle near Shannon Airport. Basically, after heading a short distance north we drove south on the west coast. Cliffs of Moher , ring of Kerry and other popular spots.. Then east along the coast and north to Dublin. James Joyce pub crawl is a kick., but touristy. Took in a play and went to a place called Neary’s after. Drove from Dublin west back to Shannon. We watched the Aga Kan horse jumping championship in a pud somewhere. I remember a regular saying after Ireland won , we’ll be watching this on the telly all year now, hahah. Took in a Irish football championship game at Chroke Stadium. I was with a news caster for RTE and it becamr apparent that one guy could score at will. Every time Rosscarbery got behind Armagh. The stadium was packed and everyone was singing, cheering and standing. I asked what happens if a tie and he told me they come back and play again. BAG JOB. The game ended in a tie and they filled the stadium the next game and Rosscarbery won. Sorry for going on and on but there is (was) a lot to see and do. And of course if you have distant cousins you must visit which we also did in Galway. Safe travels.”

– “Dingle, Connemara, Galway and Killarney. We also saw a play in Dublin which was amazing.”

– “Galway City
Connemara ☘️”

– “McGann’s in Doolin”

– “We went on a modified b and b. All the places had be to designated as farmhouses, which could mean they had a chicken which wandered into our room to real working farms.
We made friends with the lady of each house which meant we could often come back after a busy day and have dinner prepared.
Talk to everyone you meet. Everyone was very friendly.
Check out the list of museums and find a specialty that interests you. Examples: Whiskey Museum,
Potato Famine Museum.Unless you need to prove something , don’t kiss the Blarney Stone.
The scenery is beautiful. The only photo I ever took that was good enough to frame is of Galway Bay at sunset.”

….or add your recommendations! ✅


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