Definition of word  Honeymoon

In ancient Ireland, the newly married Husband (often a young man) had to spend time with his new Father in Law during the first full moon of his marriage. During this time the two talked and got to know each other and had to eat and drink special foods and drinks. The most popular drink they had as part of their bonding was a beer made from honey. This ritual became known as the honeymoon and was about preparing a young man’s mind and body for fertility and fatherhood.

Honeymoon Road trip around Dublin, Ireland

In this Honeymoon blog we suggest a scenic road trip around IrelandIreland has  lovely pubs and food and boisterous Irish joviality around the peninsulas.  Land in Dublin and hire a car.

Honeymoon Drive Road plan

Start and end: Dublin

Approximate distance : 1,300km

Ideal Honeymoon drive duration: 9 to 12  days

The Honeymoon Drive route plan  – Ireland

Dublin –Cobh – Clonakilty – Goleen – Bantry – Kenmare – Killarney – the Ring of Kerry – Dingle Peninsula – Connemara – Galway –Dublin.

If you haven’t had enough of partying at the wedding, then this could be the ideal drive for you, featuring lovely pub and food and boisterous Irish joviality. But there is room for romantics as well, as southwest Ireland has rugged windswept peninsulas that make for superbly scenic driving circuits.

It is better explore Dublin on your way out, that way you’ll have quiet country days to soothe your tired selves, before some hard partying in the capital. Cobh, Clonakilty (famous for the best black pudding) and Goleen are quiet villages that let you experiences the Ireland you have seen in movies. Those rugged landscapes that are lashed by the sea and drenched in green are all here.

The various peninsulas namely Mizen Head, Beara, lveragh (where you can see the Ring of Kerry) and Dingle have lovely sightseeing circuits comprising twisting roads through mountain passes flanked by the thundering Atlantic. Killarney and Kenmare are two other buzzing Irish towns that deserve two days at the very least.

Tips for your Road Trip in Ireland

For your Honeymoon / Holiday in Ireland , we have done some research and have identified few good hotels in Peninsulas cities of Ireland. Key in the city name ( Eg Dublin) and the related details ( dates of travel and number of guest ) and click on the search button.  It will give you all the hotels in the location/city.

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Also you can try some of the following options.

Definitely do stay at The Heron’s Cove  in Goleen.  The owner Sue Hill is a fantastic chef. In Killarney, try Kathleen’s Country House.  Near Dingle, stay at Coill an Rois,  It’s in a little village and you really can’t get more Irish rusticity than this.

For your Knowledge – Towns of Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

CIty of Dublin

CIty of Dublin

Dublin is the capital and most populous city of Ireland.  Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island’s primary city following the Norman invasion.  Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, the new parliament, the Oireachtas, was located in Leinster House. Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later of the Republic of Ireland.

Places to Visit in Dublin

  • Christ Church Cathedral,
  • Dublin Castle,
  • Dublin Writers Museum,
  • Dublin Zoo,
  • Dublinia & the Viking World,
  • Green on Red Gallery,
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art,
  • National Botanic Gardens,
  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology,
  • Phoenix Park,
  • Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre

Clonakilty  a town in Ireland

Clonakilty  often referred to by locals simply as Clon, is a small town on West County Cork, Ireland. The town is on the southern coast of the island, and is surrounded by hilly country devoted primarily to dairy farming.

The town won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1999 and every year since has gained awards for its environmental efforts.  In 2003, Clonakilty became Ireland’s first ever official Fair Trade Town. In 2007 it was awarded the status of European Destination of Excellence by the European Commission

The nearest airport to the town is Cork Airport.

Culture: Clonakilty’s position as a centre of music, both traditional and contemporary, has helped this small town to become a thriving melting pot of musicians. Clonakilty’s bars host live music nights throughout the year and it is possible to find live music on most nights. Many famous musicians have found a welcome and a home here, and have contributed much to the energy and vibrancy of the town.

Places to see in Clonakilty, Ireland

Inchydoney Beach: A fine unspoilt beach, on an island reached by a causeway. Small surf school here also.
Rosscarbery: This is a tiny town and seat of the Anglican Bishop of Cork and Ross. It is a pretty town on a hill, overlooking a sea inlet.
Drombeg Stone Circle: One of Ireland’s finest examples of a standing stone circle.

Drombeg Stone Circle, Ireland

Drombeg Stone Circle, Ireland

Castlefreke: The Castlefreke area of Ardfield is a ten minute drive from clonakilty and has numerous beautifull walkways, owenahincha beach, the long strand – beach more suited to surfing then swimming, the galley head lighthouse and penninsuala and the charming red strand beach. The village of Rathbarry is located nearby too.

Bantry the remote town of Ireland

Bantry Ireland

Bantry Ireland

Bantry is remote of Ireland and surrounded by hills except for the 30 mile sea inlet that is named after it. It has a population of about 3000 yet is the biggest town for miles around. The setting is magnificent and it can make a marvellous place to visit if the weather is kind. The landscape gets wilder to the north and west, leading out to the even more remote peninsula of Beara to the west and over a mountain pass into Kerry to the north.

Places to see in Bantry, Ireland

Bantry House: A stately home, formerly owned by the White family with impressive gardens and sometimes host to orchestral concerts. House and gardens are open to the public.Admission charge.
Glengarriff: This is a village around the bay where the scenery gets even more dramatic. A popular excursion here is to take a boat trip to Garinish island to see the Italianate gardens.
Go horse-riding: Through the scenic hills of West Cork at Bantry Pony Trekking situated in Coomanore Soutn, 10 minutes from bantry. In nice weather you get to witness stunning views of the Mealagh valley, all of Batry Bay, Whiddy Island and Bere Island, as well as the Caha mountain range.

Killarney beautiful town of Ireland

Killarney Lake Ireland

Killarney Lake Ireland

Killarney in Ireland has been entertaining visitors and tourists for over two hundred and fifty years. Its beautiful peaks such as Crohane, Tomies, Torc, and Mangerton date way back to prehistoric times when the ice melted after the ice age. There are many tales and legends concerning the town  Killarney in Ireland which draw in tourists.

It has charming architecture and style reminisent of the late ninteenth century. The town has many narrow lanes which are sometimes hard to navigate but bring about opportunities to stumble upon new adventures. Many restaurants and craft shops are hidden down these lanes and it is well worth the effort to explore.

Airport :There is a small international Airport at Farranfore, Ireland  10 ml to the north. There are regular flights from London, Frankfurt and Dublin.

Places to see in Killarney, Ireland

Muckross Abbey: Beautiful ruin of a Franciscan friary that was founded in 1448. The ruin is completely open and you can wander through the rooms independently.
Muckross House and Gardens: This area of the park also boasts the “Muckross Traditional Farms”, a perfect outing for the kids. A ring walk approx 2 hours from start to finish, including stops, leads you past several ‘traditional farmhouses’.
Ross Castle: a medieval tower in Killarney National Park. Situated in a beautiful location on the lake shore. Tours are available.
Torc Waterfall: a beautiful waterfall in the Killarney National Park.
Take a boat trip: on the Lakes of Killarney. Boats leave Ross Castle regularly during the summer. From there you can visit the likes of Innisfallen Island, which boasts spectacular monastical ruins.
Go to The Crystal Shop located on High Street in Killarney. The shop is dedicated to fine crystal, china, and soft furnishings.

Connemara , the most beautiful place in Ireland

Connemara Ireland

Connemara Ireland

Connemara is the peninsula of Western Galway of Ireland. It has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Its barren windswept landscape is compelling and inspiring. The blanket bog covering the region houses some beautiful and varied flora, and provides a contrast to the more green and fertile land of the midlands and the south.

The Connemara, Ireland ancient mountains have been raked to their bones by long thawed glaciers, leaving patches of grey granite and jutting outwards. The fields are divided by hand-made stone walls.  The Atlantic coast is dramatic and powerful, filling one with appreciation for the fear that the Irish men and women from this region must have felt when preparing for the trip across it.

Places to see in Connemara, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey: & Victorian Walled Gardens, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland Known as Ireland’s most romantic Castle, Kylemore Abbey, located in Connemara,Galway is the No.1 tourist attraction in the West of Ireland. Perfect for a family day out.  It offers visitors scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history, beautiful architecture.
Scuba Dive: West, Renvyle, Co. Galway, Offers PADI courses and boat diving in scenic Little Killary and environs.
Hiking: is the best way to see Connemara. Highlights include the Twelve Bens, a small range of mountains stretching between Kylemore Lake and Lough Derryclare. Parts of the bens are included in Connemara National Park
The Killary Adventure Centre: offers a wide variety of activities including kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, gorge walking, etc, along the Killary fjord.
Biking:and cycling around Connemara

Map of Ireland – For your Road Trip

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