A journey to Ireland, above all out of season, is a tour in the nature among still wild moors and uncontaminated cliffs where the strength of the sea shows all its power.
Obviously my main tip is always the same: if you can, go to Ireland out of season.
This will allow you to save a lot of money and finding practically no tourists.
Travelling to Ireland out of season
During our several journeys to Ireland, always out of season, we met really very few tourists and also the weather was always absolutely on our side, except a few unavoidable rainstorm, both in September and February. You always keep in mind we are in Ireland and the rain, too, is part of the journey!
There’s nothing better in the world than enjoying in loneliness these areas where the elements of nature reign undisturbed.
Dublin welcomes us immediately with its atmosphere on man scale, its distinctive pubs and the very good beers, first of all the really famous Guinness and the not to be missed tour of the factory.
The Brazen Head is the most ancient pub in Ireland.
A lively and coloured capital, multiethnic, full of university students and boys and girls with their uniforms just went out from schools.
It’s nice walking in its town centre but, as always, we prefer open spaces and views where nature reigns.
But before leaving Dublin is de rigueur a tour at Dublinia, the museum of the town’s history. Thanks to the Dublin Pass you can skip the line at the box-office and you enter immediately the museum rooms.
It is divided into several floors. The one that bewitches mostly is the ground floor where you can admire life-size scenes of daily life, from the prehistoric huts to the Middle Age. The tour is absolutely recommended also for children with many interactive activities (also into Italian language) and the chance to have even the certificate of Major of Dublinia made of paper, charcoal and die in relief.
The exit of the museum is linked to the tour of the cathedral in the same compound and it’s included in the Dublin Pass.
Old Jamenson Distillery
Other interesting tour is the one at Old Jamenson Distillery, this one, too, included in the Dublin Pass: a journey going back in time which involves all senses starting from the sense of smell.
But to us the best is always out of towns. Hiring car and go! Speaking of which, don’t miss the Arguscarhire offers: sometimes prices are really ridiculous.
The Connemara is one of the most charming places: narrow and winding roads, skirted by the typical dry wall and a look which gets lost on thousand colours views.
Castles, churches and ruins of a majestic past seem to peep out at every new corner.
Literally we are left gaping by some of them.
Other ones make dream with residences of bygones times where spending the night.
Prices of this castle, in spite of appearances, can be suggested, always if you travel out of season and follow all the tips of our Low Cost Travel Guide to book spending less.
Low cost tips
On the contrary, if you prefer the most exaggerated low cost, one of the tips is the Glen Oaks Hotel in Galway where the double room with inside parking cost 32,50€, purchased on Booking with the option here and now and in the right times, as I suggest in the guide.
Not bad at all for a few hours stop to sleep in a flash and leaving again quickly for our on the road. Don’t you think?
Anyway, there are really many locations in the whole Ireland where waking up with a such view in front of the windows.
Uncontaminated nature and unbounded views in Ireland
The most beautiful roads giving the most deep emotions are always that ones along the ocean.
Roads drop straight, cliffs, islands in the distance, really many birds early in the morning and a light varying non-stop for very good shoots.
Also a few crazy rash people go out early in the morning if the conditions are right! Hours and hours admiring their evolutions.
The South of the island is to enjoy: do you know what are these?
Right! Here lobsters and crabs are proposed at each corner, at absolutely affordable prices.
I’m dying for sending them home! The mussels, with thousand farming like this, aren’t less. When you think you don’t like your own job…look at his, under the rain and wind all over the day!
Cliff of Moher
Cliff of Moher are certainly the most visited place of the whole Ireland.
Above all if you don’t travel out of season, the tour very early in the morning is absolutely de rigueur to avoid the hordes of tourists which crowd this places undermining the atmosphere.
You don’t pay the parking of the Cliff per cars but per occupant (at this time 6 Euros), definitely not cheap. But it exists a little secret to practice to enjoy at your best this place and saving.
Low cost tips to visit the Cliff of Moher
Don’t park there but follow the road signs for the coast, driving along a very narrow but asphalt little road. You will arrive to a parking where you pay 2 Euros in a little cash and you keep going on foot towards Cliff along a fairytale path.
After the stone tower standing out as a lighthouse, you arrive to the cliff in the middle of an uncontaminated nature which gives the best views of itself, without practically any tourist. The wind is blowing hard and the foam made by waves over there is even raised as far as here. How wonderful!
Our on the road tour in Ireland keeps going on among wonderful little harbours where the wild shoot has always the better.
The lighthouses along the coast are really many, all sorts of shape and size. Here the dawn wasn’t even breaking up. Maybe this time we woke up a bit too early? Did we?
In some like this…I think a beautiful bedroom in the windows up there could be nice!
Celtic Crosses, churches and cemeteries are the must of Ireland. Then some shoots keep in our heart after so many years. If you like the History, too, don’t miss the Dolmen.
Do you know what are these? The peat-bogs from which get the peat then burnt in the stoves. The distinctive pungent smell seize us in the coldest days when we go into the pubs or restaurants and it soaks our clothes and hairs.
Up here there aren’t trees and people cannot burn wood so this ancient method to get warm is till very popular, even if it’s not the best as regards convenience for our noses maybe a bit too delicate.
Seals in Ireland
The northernmost of Ireland has in store many discoveries. In the harbours where fishing in the Northern Sea is more developed, seals swim calm searching for a “comfortable” fish and the hasher cliffs have unique colours at dawn and at sunset.
Speaking of sunset, the Giants Paths, too, is an attraction to reach strictly at sunset.
Here people unfortunately are always many (too many!) also out of season and with every weather condition. But any self-respecting journey to Ireland cannot miss this place. Then if you want to see similar views without tourists, Iceland is the perfect place! Make a not of this for your next journey!
The Foreland area is one of the best places to sight really many seals in a unique natural view. On the contrary, to us it’s time to go towards Belfast, the capital which has a so hard recent history. In the last few years it had an architectural revival, but we’ll tell you about this next time.
There’s nothing left to do than saying to you…Enjoy your journey to Ireland!