Itinerary for Your First Ireland Family Vacation

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Planning your first family vacation to Ireland can be a bit overwhelming.  There is so much to see and do!

I receive questions often, asking for recommendations and itineraries- often from first time visitors.  My friend Keryn from WanderingOnTravels is hoping to take her family to Ireland this fall and asked if I would share with her- and her readers- a great Ireland itinerary for a family with young children.

 Jaunting Cart ride through Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland

Tips for Your First Family Vacation to Ireland

When I provide Ireland travel coaching for families, I always begin with a word of caution…  Ireland may be a small country but it has a wealth of history, culture and breathtaking landscapes.  You can't “see it all” in one visit.

For a first-time visit I most often recommend Ireland’s “sunny Southwest”, the counties of Kerry, Limerick and Clare.  In these three counties your family can experience some of Ireland’s most magical locations, breathtaking sights, incredible history and beautiful culture.

For this itinerary (based on a one week vacation) I recommend arriving at Shannon Airport, if at all possible; it will save you a few hours of driving time.

In this article I share attractions the family will love, recommend places to stay, castles to visit and outdoor adventures to take.

I hope you'll take a minute to visit WalkingOnTravels to read Best Itinerary for Your First Family Vacation to Ireland, and poke around Keryn's site for other great travel destinations and advice.

At Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
Warm layers were necessary on this cool, wet June day at Kylemore Abbey

More Ireland Travel Inspiration

Visit my new Pinterest boards at Ireland Family Vacations.  You'll find a board for each county in Ireland, as well as travel tips, free in Ireland and Irish food…  just to name a few!

Want to plan an Ireland family vacation, but don't know where to begin?  Peruse my Ireland Family Vacations site– you'll find plenty of tips, Ireland Travel Q&A and links to helpful resources.  

Looking for great Ireland Travel Deals?  I've got those, too!  From travel and lodging to dining and activities.  When I hear about an Ireland deal, I share it!



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