Off the beaten track in Ireland

Every year My Vacation Lady helps plan a number of vacations to Ireland and some of our clients want escorted tours and some want to drive around and explore on their own.  There is no right or wrong way to visit Ireland.  One of the thinks that we love about helping our clients plan vacations to Ireland is that they all come back in love with the country and the people.

Garreth Cooke of Emerald Custom Tours offered some insider tips on what to see and do in Ireland that might be a bit off the beaten track.

“Visitors to Ireland often concentrate on the south west and typical tourist traps.  We encourage people to move accommodations every third day if possible and expand the sightseeing opportunities.

  • Connemara is a region of County Galway of outstanding beauty. One could easily spend 2-3 days in Connemara.

  • Aran Islands photo courtesy of Wikipedia

    A personal favorite of mine is a trip to the Aran Islands from Galway. Inish Mor is the largest of the islands. You can reach the islands by boat or even better via a 7 minute flight via Aer Aran. Gaelic is the primary language on the Aran Islands. A visit to Inish Mor is a real discovery into old Ireland. The cliffs at Dun Aengus are amazing and the stone fortress is such a historic place.

  • County Wicklow, just south of Dublin, is known as the Garden of Ireland. Here the scenery is epic and you will recognize dramatic landscapes often used in Hollywood movies featuring Ireland. There are many trails and hikes in Wicklow as well as special places to visit such as Glendalough and Powerscourt Estate.

  • Up north in County Antrim you will find the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Legend has it that Irish warrior Finn McCool was building a path to Scotland for a battle with his rival. The Causeway is made up of polygonal columns of basalt which formed as a result of volcanic activity.”

Whether your travel style is more suited to exploring on your own or on an escorted tour or even with a private chauffer, whether it’s a honeymoon, special occasion, going back to see where your family came from or a family vacation,  My Vacation Lady can help you plan your next Irish adventure.

About the Author:

Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.