Part 3: The Instagrammer’s Guide to Road Tripping Ireland

This is part 3 of The Instagrammer’s Guide to Road Tripping Ireland! Make sure to read parts ones and two!

The route

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Day 10: Connemara and Galway

Galway is by far my favorite city in Ireland. It’s young, hip, vibrant, and one of the best areas to have a “night out on the town” in Ireland. What’s even better? You can cure your hangover the next day by road tripping around Connemara and breathing in some of the freshest air I have ever felt. 

Spend an the evening wandering around Galway City

Galway City: charming our socks off since 1124 😍 Have you ever been to the city of the tribes and walked its cobbled streets, drank in its bohemian atmosphere and explored its medieval monuments? Share travel tips and must-sees with each other below! #galwaycity #galway #wildatlanticway #loveireland #irlande #irland #irlanda

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Drive around Connemara National Park

#igersdublin #discoverdublin #ireland #lovindublin #igersireland #enjoyyourcity #inspireland #irelandaily #insta_ireland #instaireland #worldbestgram #ig_ireland #SPiCollective #fujifilm #loveDublin #fujifeed #repostmyfuji #myspc17 #createcommune #inspireland #living_europe #fujilove #fujixt2 #jjcommunity #jjindublin #photo_collective #wildatlanticway #travelireland #reflectiongram

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Visit Kylemore Abbey and take the iconic reflection picture

“This heart of mine was made to travel the world.” — Kylemore Abbey is a must-see in #ireland. . . . . . #irelandaily #irishpassion #bestirelandpics #pocket_ireland #visitireland #irelandcalling #loveireland

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Day 11: County Mayo

County Mayo often doesn’t make it to the top of many tourist lists, but in my opinion it should near the top of the list. From road tripping around Achill Island to climbing Croagh Patrick County Mayo is a nature-lover’s dream come true. If you are in the region be sure to spend a night at Claggan Island glamping site for an almost private island retreat. 

Climb Croagh Patrick

🌞⛅ . . . . . . . . #igworldquest#irelandaily #rsa_rural #bpa_rural #splendid_shotz #loves_mayo #pocket_Ireland #thelensbible #getthatonjoe #visitireland #rawireland

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Spend a day driving around Achill Island

Why do we love to travel? We travel in search of that feeling we get when we see something so beautiful it brings tears to our eyes. This was one of those moments. After driving through the clouds we came down the hill and were greeted with the most beautiful beach hidden by a blanket of mist. We spent the next hour enjoying this “secret beach” all to ourselves. I will never forget the pure joy we felt taking in our surroundings and truly appreciating the beautiful planet we live on. . . . . . . . . #bestirelandpics #ireland_gram #wildatlanticway #loveireland #wanderireland #instaireland #pocket_ireland #youririshadventure #femaletravelbloggers #womenwhoexplore #ig_ireland #irelandaily

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Go on a walk along a picturesque boardwalk

That moment when you pull off the road to give the hubby a break from car sickness to discover a walker’s paradise. Does anyone you travel with ever get carsick? How do they/you handle it while road tripping? . . . . . . . . . #bestirelandpics #ireland_gram #wildatlanticway #loveireland #wanderireland #instaireland #pocket_ireland #youririshadventure #femaletravelbloggers #sheisnotlost #womenwhoexplore #girlslovetravel

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Gaze in awe at Downpatrick Head

“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” — New post on the blog live now detailing our expat adventure! Thank you to @endlessdistances for tagging me and giving me the inspiration to share our story. . . . . . . . . . . #bestirelandpics #ireland_gram #wildatlanticway #loveireland #wanderireland #instaireland #pocket_ireland #youririshadventure #femaletravelbloggers #girlswhohike #womenwhoexplore

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Day 12: Sligo

Sligo is a tiny county that packs a lot of punch. Every where you look you’ll be surrounded by the majestic Benbulbin mountain and the Atlantic Ocean is much wilder than the more southern sections of Ireland in my opinion. I saw the biggest waves of my life sitting in Strandhill sipping a cup of coffee and sat far too long mesmerized by the ocean. Stay tuned for my post in the next few weeks on my favorite things to do in Sligo. 

Be amazed by Benbulbin

“Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way” — Dr. Seuss. Benbulbin in County Sligo is an incredible site to see. The best way to see it? Hiking underneath it! It was such a cool experience to hike through the surrounding forest and after turning a corner this beauty just popped out of nowhere! . . . . . . . #bestirelandpics #wearetravelgirls #bestofsligo #loveireland #wanderireland #instaireland #pocket_ireland #youririshadventure #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #hikingtheglobe #sheisnotlost

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Drive around Gleniff Horseshoe

Just a dog and his human walking down one of the prettiest roads I’ve ever seen in the rain. ❤ . . . . . . . . . . . . #bestirelandpics #ireland_gram #wildatlanticway #loveireland #wanderireland #instaireland #pocket_ireland #youririshadventure #femaletravelbloggers #loves_ireland #ig_ireland #irelandaily

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Go waterfall hunting on your way back from Gleniff Horseshoe.

Photography win: I don’t consider myself a photographer, but I do love learning about photography techniques. So when we stumbled across this waterfall last week I ran back to the car to get my tripod. I’ve tried this a few times before but it’s always been too bright to get the silky waterfall picture. I set up the camera, put it on the right setting, and stood back to watch the magic. My “remote control” is on my phone and when I looked down sure enough there was a silky waterfall! I literally jumped for joy and squealed probably a bit too loudly. 😁The little things in life truly do bring me the greatest joy. . . . . . . . . . #longexposure_shots #bestirelandpics #ireland_gram #sligo #loveireland #wanderireland #instaireland #pocket_ireland #youririshadventure #loves_ireland #irelandaily #pocket_allnature #waterfallsfordays

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Crawl around the tallest caves in Ireland with the best view in all the land

“The best views come after the hardest climb” — Happy Saturday!! Hope you are able to get out in nature this fine weekend! . . . . . . . . . . . #bestirelandpics #wearetravelgirls #bestofsligo #loveireland #wanderireland #instaireland #pocket_ireland #youririshadventure #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #hikingtheglobe #sheisnotlost

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Find that iconic Sligo shot

Early morning light shines obliquely across the Irish fields and Castle at Classiebawn. #instaireland #igersireland #irelandaily #insta_ni #icu_ireland #tourismireland #insta_ireland #fujixt10 #mudandroutes #irishpassion #inspireireland #irelandinspires #visitireland #discoverireland

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Day 13: Donegal

The locals at work constantly rave about Donegal and for some crazy reason I still haven’t made it up to this part of the country. The plan is July, but we’ll have to see how it all works out! In the meantime, I found this post from Global Help Swap detailing what to do in Donegal. 

Gawk at the Slieve League Cliffs

#ireland #loveireland #donegal #wildatlanticway #cliffs #atlanticcoast #ocean #landscape #landscapephotography #slieveleague

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Climb Mount Errigal

Mount Errigal has easily become one of my favorite places in Donegal. Last weekend even some snow fell making its summit shine more against a blue morning sky. . . #donegal #mounterrigal #mountains #ireland #landscape #lake #goldenhour #longexposure #longexpohunter #best_longexposurepics #still #ig_shotz #ig_masterpiece #fingerprintofgod #fiftyshades_of_nature

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Enjoy the peaceful Glenevin Waterfall

One from a while back #donegal #glenevinwaterfall #instadonegal #loveireland #discoverireland #irelandinspires #irelandaily #irishpassion #discoverireland

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Beach hop and check out the infamous Murder Hole Beach

“A Name can be Deceiving” Boyeeghter Bay or “Murderhole Beach” Melmore Head, County Donegal, Ireland

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Take in the landscape of what looks to be the most beautiful county in Ireland

Can you see the ancient Irish “Fallen Rock Giant” Head? Behind the Sacret Heart Church, Denlewey, County Donegal, Ireland #ireland #donegal #wildatlanticway #natgeotravel #landscapephotography #irelandaily #inspireland_ #visitireland #wanderlust #tourismireland #sunset #landscape #wonderful_places #beautifuldestinations #cliffsofmoher #awesomeearth #wanderireland #bestvacations #irish #nikon #d810 #garethwrayphotography #church #countydonegal #gweedore #giants #legend #mythology

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So there you have it! How to spend 2 weeks in Ireland and take some of the best snaps in the country. I hope this series of posts inspires you to not only come to Ireland, but also to start using Instagram more to plan your trips. With the save functionality I’ve been able to plan out our entire Spain trip without one glance at a blog post. What’s your favorite way to plan a trip? 

Cliff jumping, in a cave, under the Cliffs of Moher, on the west coast of Ireland. What else would you be at on a Tuesday morning. #awsome_earthpix #thelensbible #adventure #awesomeLifeStyle #gopro #picoftheday #photooftheday #photography #instagram #instagood #studyatul #Livelifeproof #discoverireland #clare #instagranireland #topirelandphoto #lensbible #awesomelifestyle2016 #youririshadventure #wildatlanticway #iloveireland #ireland #wonderireland #topirelandphoto

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Whenever you do come to Ireland make sure, above all, to have fun!

Happy Trekking!

– Boots not Roots

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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