It’s that time again- time for my family’s annual trip to Ireland! As our itinerary is now (mostly) in place, I wanted to share where we will be staying and what we will be doing.
This year the girls and I will spend just over 3 weeks in Ireland, revisiting places we haven’t been for quite a few years and exploring new-to-us destinations.
I try to do my best to follow my own advice and not put too much into a day. We’ll see how I do once we are in Ireland!
You’ll see that a few lodgings and attractions are linked below and include the notation Official #IFV2015 Travel Partner. This notation means that the business is hosting our visit. We are very thankful for our travel partners and hope you will make their businesses your first choice when planning your own Ireland family vacation.
Another travel partner I must mention is Travel Wifi. Their portable wifi unit is going to keep me connected across Ireland so I can update my social accounts as we travel – I even have plans to do a bit of live streaming via Periscope! (You’ll want to download the Periscope app -via iTunes or Google Play– to your mobile device then follow @jodyhalsted. Be sure to turn on notifications so you don’t miss anything!)
August 21: Powerscourt Hotel, Wicklow
August 22: Tynte House B&B, Dunlavin, Wicklow
August 23-24: Brigadoon Self Catering Apartment, Cahir, Tipperary
August 25-26: We’re trying our first Air B&B lodging near the town of Kinsale!
August 27-29: Top of the Rock Pod Pairc & Walking Centre (Official #IFV2015 Travel Partner)
August 30-Sept 1: Knappogue Castle, County Clare (in partnership with Shannon Heritage, Official #IFV2015 Travel Partner)
Sept 2-3: Dublin International YHA (in partnership with An Óige – Irish Youth Hostel Association, Official #IFV2015 Travel Partner)
Sept 4-5: Radisson Blu, Belfast, Antrim
Sept 6-7: Harbour Inn, Larne, Antrim
Sept 8-10: Binevenagh View Cottage, via Air B&B, Limavady, Derry
Sept 11: Jantol House, Skerries, Dublin
August 21: Arrive in Dublin and pick up rental car. Explore Powerscourt Estate (Official #IFV2015 Travel Partner).
August 22: Return to Glendalough (and hope for good hiking weather!)
August 23: A day of fun at Wells House & Gardens (Official #IFV2015 Travel Partner)! We’ll get back to nature with a Hawk Walk and a visit to the Wildlife Sanctuary before joining in the craic at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!
August 24: Revisit Cahir Castle and Rock of Cashel (We haven’t been at either of these places since 2005, when my eldest made her first trip to Ireland!) Join Neil Jackman of Abarta Audio Guides for a trip to Athassel Priory.
August 25: Find great places to visit in Waterford & northern Cork
August 26: First time visit to Blarney Castle and visit Cork City
August 27: Kinsale area & Wild Atlantic Way
August 28: Southern Cork, WAW
August 29: Southern Cork, Beara Peninsula, WAW
August 30: Interesting stops on drive to Clare – including King John’s Castle (in partnership with Shannon Heritage, Official #IFV2015 Travel Partner)
September 2: Drive to Dublin, explore Dublin with kids with the(Official #IFV2015 Travel Partner)
September 4: After a quick airport stop we head to Belfast!
September 5: Explorations around Belfast and then evening at Belfast Tattoo!
September 6: Emerald Heritage Irish Gathering begins. We will be taking part in some of the events.
September 7: Visit our land in the Glens of Antrim and plant a tree.
September 8: Ulster Folk Park in the morning and afternoon in walled city of Derry
September 9: Explore the Causeway Coastal Route
September 10: Discover more of Northern Ireland
September 11: Drive back toward Dublin and prepare to leave Ireland (no worries – we always return!)