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Part 1: The Instagrammer’s Guide to Road Tripping Ireland

I have a confession. Before we moved to Ireland, I had never considered visiting.. In fact, it was kind of on the bottom of my “Europe” list. I had seen pretty pictures of it, but when I think of Europe I think of history and iconic sites like Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, Vatican City, etc.  If you, like me, have also pushed Ireland to the bottom of the list it’s time it starts making it’s way to the top. When we moved here I was quickly reminded of how much I really love the outdoors and I am falling harder and harder every single day for this beautiful country.

Ireland is the perfect place for a road trip. This isn't your typical "road-trip guide", but is filled with some of the most instaworthy corners of the Emerald Isle.

It’s also no secret that I love Instagram. When I get home at night the hubby and I often watch a television show while I sit and scroll on Instagram oo-ing and ah-ing over the amazing photographer’s instas that I follow. A few months ago Instagram added the “save” function and I’ve spent the past few months collecting my favorite photos of the Emerald Isle. Recently I’ve been asked for road-trip itineraries for Ireland and since I’m a bit of a perfectionist have been holding off on posting my “road-trip post” because I a) haven’t been to all the places I would suggest and b) don’t have all of the pictures for each place. But… my Instagram has been to all of these places AND has some of the best photos to showcase this perfect country. The goal of this series of posts is to showcase the most insta-worthy sections of Ireland and lead you on an epic snap-filled Irish road trip. Because there is so much epic-ness I had to divide this post into three! 

The route

There are more places to see than you likely have time. If you have two weeks spread it out and enjoy yourself. Otherwise, pick the “must-sees” and limit your visit. I’m a hiker and nature-lover at heart, so I’ve bolded the areas that I would choose if I HAD to choose over a week long trip. Note that this doesn’t include Northern Ireland at all (which is another week-long trip if you ask me). 

  • Day 1 – Dublin City
  • Day 2 – Dublin Day trip
  • Day 3 – Ireland’s Ancient East
  • Day 4 – Cork
  • Day 5 – West Cork
  • Day 6 – Kerry
  • Day 7 – Dingle
  • Day 8 – Aran Islands
  • Day 9 – County Clare
  • Day 10 – Connemara and Galway
  • Day 11 – County Mayo
  • Day 12 – County Sligo
  • Day 13 – County Donegal
  • Day 14 – Back to Dublin

Day 1 – Dublin City

You could spend WAY longer than a day in Dublin and still need more time to explore. But, here are some of my favorite places to visit (and some of my favorite Dublin Instagrammers!). For more Dublin inspiration be sure to check out Joli House’s post on how to spend the perfect day in Dublin and my post on Teeling Distillery. 

Explore the Creative Quarter

Red brick as far as the eye can see, quite a stunning photo of Exchequer Street by @notsocrystalclear ❤️ #DublinMyDarling

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People watch at the Ha’Penny Bridge

Pub hop in Temple Bar

Have a pint at the Guinness Storehouse

Sláinte Dublin! #guinness #rainyday #dublin #guinessstorehouse #irish #stout #beer #viewfrommyguinness

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Hang out at Chester Beatty Library

Sip on fancy whiskey at Teeling Distillery

 Get smart at Trinity College

Check out the deer in Phoenix Park

Day 2: Day trips from Dublin

The Dublin suburbs are some of my favorite spots to spend a weekend. I’m a bit biased as I live in Malahide, but if I can strap on a pair of hiking boots and explore Ireland without a car this is my idea of a perfect weekend. Check out my posts on day trips to Killiney Hill, Malahide, and Howth for more inspiration. 

Take a dip at the Forty Foot

Explore Malahide Castle and Gardens

🌿 You'll definitely want to visit if you haven't already 🌿 • Malahide Castle #notsocrystalclear #adoseofdublin

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Climb Killiney Hill

Go for a hike in Howth

Day 3: Ireland’s Ancient East 

Following the successes of the “Wild Atlantic Way” tourism push, Ireland’s Ancient East is quickly making it’s way to the top of the Irish list. Before you would see the entire section of Cork/Waterford completely missed on Irish road trip itineraries. Now, we are starting to see more and more of this region pop up. I will be exploring this region more myself next week so stay tuned for posts on the best of the region. In the meantime, if you are interested in taking an adventure while in the area be sure to check out a hiking/kayaking tour with the Irish Experience or a horseback riding tour to Wicklow with Hilltop Treks.

Step back in time at the Rock of Cashel

Explore the amazing Mahon Falls

Enjoy the Powerscourt House and Gardens

Imagine life on Guinness Lake

Go on a hiking tour of the Comeragh Mountains

Day 4: Cork

Cork is an area I have yet to explore, but will in a week! I’m super excited to finally see bustling Cork for myself along with Cobh, Kinsale, and Blarney Castle. For more info on these regions be sure to check out Wander Your Way’s post on Kinsale and A Lady In London’s post on how to spend 36 hours in Cork.

See the last port of call for the Titanic in colorful Cobh

Kiss the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle

Brighten up even the cloudiest of days at colorful Kinsale 

Get close to history at Charles Fort

Just in case you were wondering, the grass is really greener in Ireland 😁 have you ever seen such green grass? – – So grünes Grass habe ich noch niemals in meinem Leben zuvor gesehen, ihr? – – ⏩you wanna know more? We got loads of adventures in our 🎒 backpack so have a look at our blog!✏ adventureinmybackpack.com 🌏 ⏩ihr wollt mehr erfahren? Wir haben noch jede Menge weitere Abenteuer im 🎒 Gepäck. Schau einfach auf unserem Blog ✏ nach! adventureinmybackpack.com 🌏 – – #travel #traveltheworld #instatravel #instatravelhub #wanderlust #worlderlust #travelgram #traveletting #greatesttravels #instafollow #natgeotravel #Ireland #awesomeearth #discoverearth #welltravelled #beautifuldestinations #gadv #thehostelgroup #isupporttravel #followme #goexplorewander #f4f #topdecker #triplookers #livetravelchannel #iamtb #reisenfuerweltentdecker

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Continue on to see part two of the The Instagrammer’s Guide to Road Tripping Ireland!

Ireland is the perfect place for a road trip. This isn't your typical "road-trip guide", but is filled with some of the most instaworthy corners of the Emerald Isle.

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  • What a great idea – and some fab photos to inspire. Ireland is somewhere I haven’t explored as much as I’d like. #farawayfiles

  • hilary

    Love this! I too love looking through Instagram for inspiration! We loved our 12 days in Ireland, and got some pretty insta worth shots ourselves!! #farawayfiles

  • All amazing pictures of everywhere we want to go on a big Ireland road trip one day! Instagram is totally my #2 source of travel inspiration! I can’t get enough! #FarawayFiles

  • Untold Morsels

    Ireland is so beautiful. I love all the contrasts and you captured them so beautifully with this itinerary – ancient monuments, gorgeous wilderness and of course the stunning library. Thanks for joining #farawayfiles

  • Fabulous – this is so helpful! I am going to Ireland for the first time in October (for TBEX) and am looking forward to discovering this great land! The landscape looks absolutely stunning. Cobh looks incredible – that Cathedral spire is magnificent! And I love the coloured houses. I didn’t know that was the last port of call for the Titanic. Great post! Saving this to help with my trip. #farawayfiles

  • I absolutely loved Ireland and definitely need to go back one day! I think the whole country is full of gorgeous motifs for a picture 🙂

  • WanderToes Travel Blogging & R

    This is so wonderful! I know Ireland is a sooner-not-later trip for me, and I feel like you just gave me a little secret map of beautiful places to go. Thank you!!

  • Probearoundthe Globe

    wow this looks amazing! this sure inspires to pay Ireland another visit.

  • Becky Angell

    Wow these are awesome pics. I only live in Nottingham which isn’t too far away, really think I might need to book a cheap flight and go explore. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Clare Thomson

    Such a great way of showcasing both the beauty of Ireland and some fab Instagrammers. You’re giving me lots of Ireland travel ideas! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  • Ireland has to be one of the most Instagrammable countries (when you get it in nice weather)! Love this guide well done 🙂

    • Danielle from Boots not Roots

      Thank you! It’s even beautiful when the weather isn’t nice if you ask me. 🙂

  • I love a good instascroll as well and often use it to inspire my next travel destination. These are super great images – I always love your too! Thanks for sharing some of the stunning Irish scenery with #FarawayFiles, Erin

  • I’d really love to do a road trip around Ireland:)

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