The newly-minted Mr and I will be heading out in a few weeks on our honeymoon. We found a great travel agent here in the states that contracts with a travel company in Ireland, and she put together a package that included everything we asked for and a few things we didn’t think of. We’re super excited, as the trip was on both our bucket lists.
We’re flying into Dublin, where we’ll stay a couple days, then we’re off to Killarney, then Galway, then back to Dublin. We will not be driving in Dublin, but we will be driving to/around the other areas. We’re booked on tours of the Giant’s Causeway, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, a boat tour of the Skelligs (we couldn’t get landing tickets, but a ride-by tour will do just fine), and the Game of Thrones filming areas (some of which we’ll have seen on the previous tours, but that’s perfectly OK). We plan on stops at Trinity College and Newgrange, and I’m fairly sure she booked us tickets to the Merry Ploughboys one evening.
We have hop on/off tickets for the sightseeing bus in Dublin; is the zoo worth a hop off? Or are there other things we Must See while we’re in the city that are on the bus route?
We asked for the tiniest car possible, but I know that driving will be… interesting. Any tips for the cross-country jaunt, or for driving in Glaway/Killarney?
I’ve been eyeballing the weather and it’s looking perfect; in general, will we be better off with hiking boots or sneakers?
When we were recently in Germany, we were a little taken aback at the number of shopkeeps and other folks who asked us our opinion on the state of US politics. Should we expect the same in Ireland?
Anything else we should know/keep in mind? We’re pretty seasoned travelers, but this is our first trip to the island (my grandad was born there, but there is a LOT of bad blood in the family about exactly where we’re from, so I’m not going to go around proclaiming heritage or anything… at least they don’t fight over how to pronounce their last name, like my mom’s side of the family…) and we want to make sure to have the best experience possible.