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Beginners Guide to Ireland: A Two Week Itinerary

When we think of Ireland, we may think of the major cities in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We may think of “the troubles” that ended in 1998 with the Belfast Agreement. We may think about the thriving cosmopolitan city of Dublin. But if you were planning a fortnight visit to the island, there’s much more to appreciate than just the major cities. Some of the most picturesque and stunning of scenery can be viewed in Ireland – you just need to know where to go and what to see.

Check out the affordable hotels in Ireland that will keep your two week trip as cheap as possible. After all, with so much to see, you don’t need to pay for much more than comfort at your chosen accommodation. You’ll be spending most of your time exploring your surroundings and won’t want to spend that much time indoors.

Firstly, you need to decide where to begin your trip. Shannon is highly recommended because it places you at a gateway to the great outdoors. We also recommend you hire a car for your travels, which will give you much more freedom and ability to appreciate as much as possible.

Head down to the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland’s most south westerly point and appreciate the picturesque coastline before heading over for the sights of the Ring of Kerry. With its beautiful seascapes, it’s recommended to take your time so you can absorb as much as possible of the sights and sounds of this incredible corner of the world.

Once you’re done here, make your way up the eastern coast, stopping off at Waterford before arriving at the capital, Dublin. Spend a couple of days here exploring all that Dublin has to offer, including the Guinness Storehouse and the impressive Dublin Castle.

Take a cross-land drive to Galway and capture the beauty of the Cliffs of Moher before catching the ferry to the Aran Islands. Enjoy the Connemara National Park in County Cork before heading back to Shannon for your return home.

The countryside, warm atmosphere and charming areas give people plenty of reason to return to the Republic of Ireland. See for yourself in 2013.

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