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Irish Poet Oscar Wilde described Galway as a “Savage Beauty” and ya know, I couldn’t describe it better myself.  The Connemara region is known for its desolate but inspiring and wild scenery, beaches and colourful small towns. Discover the allure of Connemara yourself with my list of the best Connemara things to do.

25 of the Best Things to do in Connemara Galway

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Connemara Sights and Attractions – Things to do in Connemara

1. Derryclare lake and Pine Island in Connemara

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Pull up to this lake on a calm morning for mind-blowing reflections. This famous spot is just outside Clifden, at the entrance of the Inagh Valley and is a great place to stop off for some photo opportunities. The island is just offshore and with the backdrop of the 12 Bens mountain range behind, it’s just gorgeous.

Where is Pine Island: This lake and Island is about halfway between Maams Cross and Clifden in the centre of the Connemara region. It’s just over one hour’s drive from the city centre.

For more of the view, see my Youtube Short on Pine Island: https://youtu.be/bN0wztSMhlY

2. Kylemore Abbey – Interesting things to do in Connemara

 

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Kylemore Abbey was originally built as a castle in 1868 and then became an Abbey. It’s is perched alongside Pollacappul Lake nearby to Letterfrack and Diamond Hill. The Abbey has a very interesting history which you can discover for yourself when you visit.

Explore the immaculate victorian walled gardens, the grounds, and enjoy a bite to eat and a rummage through the craft shop. This spot is the top attraction in Connemara and one of the most popular in Galway.

Where is Kylemore abbey:  This popular tourist attraction is just outside Letterfrack and is ~1 1/2 hours drive from Galway city on the N59. It’s located between Clifden and Westport

3. Aughnanure Castle – a Unique Castle with a Wild History in Galway

The castle you will see at the site today was built by the O’Flaherty Clan in the 1500s. The O’Flahertys owned the land and were expelled in 1256. However, they re-conquered the Earl who had taken the area and regained control. The history is really interesting and the castle itself is known to be pretty unique!

Where is Aughnanure Castle? The castle is located between Oughterard and Moycullen, just 29 km from Galway City. It takes about 25 minutes to drive from Galway town.

4. Brigit’s Garden – A Wonderful Family Experience in Galway

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Brigit’s Garden is absolutely fantastic. It’s perfect for families as the little ones will have the absolute time of their lives in the 11 acres of Native Irish woodland. They will enjoy learning about the fairy trees, and exploring the remake huts on the grounds. Brigit’s garden will immerse you in Irish Folklore and myths. I highly recommend this unique and special experience.

I have a full post on Brigit’s Garden:

Brigit’s Garden Fun Family Activity in Galway

Where is Brigit’s Garden: Brigit’s Garden is located in Rosscahill, just off the N59. There are signs on the main road to direct you to this place which will take ~20 minutes to drive from Galway City

5. Aasleagh Falls – A Guide to the best things to do in Connemara Ireland

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This is actually on the Galway border but technically Mayo. Close enough right?! I think we’re all suckers for a good waterfall. And this waterfall along the River Erriff is a good one. Although Aasleigh falls do not have height on their side, these tumbling falls are still incredibly beautiful and every artist’s dream. I can only imagine how many paintings and photos have been created and inspired by this location. I’ll have to go back, get a better shot and add it to my own collection!

As well as popular with visitors from all over, salmon fishing is a regular occurrence. If you go at the right time, you might catch the salmon leaping up and over the falls as they move upstream.

Where is Aasleagh Falls? Aasleagh falls is along the Galway/Mayo border. It’s just off the N59 along the River Erriff, just outside Leenaun.

6. Old Fishermans Cottage near Maams Cross – What to do in Connemara

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There are so many spots around Connemara that you will just come across while driving through, and immediately look for somewhere to pull in and get out and look. This is one of those places. Though there are many old cottages in the area, this one always stands out to me perched looking out over the river. It makes you wonder what life was like here once. And is a great spot for photographers.

Where is the cottage? It’s just a few minute’s drive from Maams cross. Take a left turn at Peacocks hotel (coming from Galway City) and drive for a few minutes. The cottage will be on your right.

7. Screebe Cottage – Unusual things to do in Connemara

 

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Another photographer’s dream. Screebe cottage by the side of the lake is yet another postcard location in Connemara.

Where is Screebe Cottage: It’s just six miles south of Maam Cross. But I can’t give any better directions than that, unfortunately!

8. Lough Inagh – Famous fishing Lake in the Inagh Valley

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Lough Inagh is a famous fishing lake in the Inagh Valley in Connemara. Not only popular with fishermen, but tourists and photographers flock here to enjoy the beautiful views of the lake, with the backdrop of the heather-covered mountains.

Where is Lough Inagh: Take the R344 on the right after Recess when heading from Galway to Clifden. The lake will be on your left. You can’t miss it!

9. Sky Road Drive – Connemara’s most popular drive

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The Sky Road Drive is an incredibly scenic drive along the west coast of Galway. It starts and finishes in Clifden after looping around by the coast. Take this drive for some jaw-dropping views of the coast, and the nearby Islands.

For more, see my post: Sky Road Drive | Scenic Drive in Connemara Galway Ireland

Where is The Sky Road Drive: The route starts in Clifden and makes its way out along the coast. It splits into 2, the upper and lower sky road so you can choose which you want to take. I recommend the upper!

10. Clifden Castle – Beautiful Ruins along the Sky Road Drive in Connemara

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Clifden Castle is a beautiful old 19th-century ruin, just outside Clifden. You can walk down and around the castle, and even right inside. Although, do so at your own risk. Walk around the garden and get a feel for what life was like here when it belonged to John D’arcy – the founder of Clifden Town.

For more about this: Clifden Castle | Beautiful Castle ruins in Clifden Galway | Hidden Gem

Where is Clifden Castle: Not far into the Sky Road route you’ll come to a small carpark on the left side of the road, near the Hillside Lodge. You won’t miss it because there is a stone archway at the entrance. As you have probably guessed, walking through the stone archway will bring you down the path to the castle.

11. Killary Fjord – Ireland’s only true Fjord

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Killary Fjord/Harbour is Ireland’s only Fjord. You can look right down the water all the way towards the Atlantic from Leenaun village. It starts right up at Aasleagh, just under the falls. On a summer’s day, it is just beautiful, and you can follow the road right up alongside the Fjord. If you visit, be sure to stop off at the famous “Misunderstood Heron” for a bite to eat!

Where is Killary Fjord:  The Fjord starts in Aasleagh but you’ll have fantastic views from Leenane. Or drive alongside it on the N59

Towns in Connemara:

Connemara has countless towns from Spidal to Oughterard to Clifden. But if you ask me, there are some towns I really recommend you visit.

12. Spiddal – a charming beach town just outside Galway City

Spiddal is probably one of the most popular Connemara towns. There are 2 main reasons why people flock here – firstly the beach, and secondly the craft village.

Spiddal beach is the perfect place for a dip or to catch sunset. Because of its location, it’s a lot quieter than Salthill prom, but you can still take a scenic walk along the coast from the beach right up to the harbor and beyond.

The craft village accommodates multiple Irish businesses. From basket makers to glass craft, jewelry and so much more. A stop-off here is always worth it, and no doubt you’ll leave with a souvenir or two!

Where is Spiddal: This town is just 25 minutes drive from Galway City. To get there simply drive west out of Galway towards Salthill and keep going. You’ll pass Barna first and then Spiddal. You’ll also be driving past the beautiful coastline on the way.

13. Roundstone Village – Places to visit in Connemara, Galway

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Roundstone is for sure a postcard village. It’s picture-perfect, a row of coloured buildings along the busy harbor. Because of this, it is popular with artists and many famous artists have painted the spot.  The village is also known for its summer festival and traditional music nights. As you can imagine, it’s a firm favourite with tourists.

Where is Roundstone:  Roundstone village takes an hour and a half to drive from the city. As you can probably guess, you follow the N59 but just before Clifden you take a left turn for the village.

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14. Gurteen Bay – beautiful unspoiled beaches in Connemara

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Gurteen Bay is just outside Roundstone village and is the most peaceful beach I’ve ever been to. I once visited in the evening and there was no one else there. Because of it being sheltered by the headland, it was so quiet and not a breeze in the air, so you could soak in the sounds of the waves. The sand is almost pure white and so fine, and is made up of old crushed foraminifera shells. So it’s a great and safe place for swimming.

Where is Gurteen Bay: It is a 6 minutes drive from Roundstone on the R341. There is a sign for “Port na feadoige” and “Gurteen Graveyward” .. morbid!

15. Dog’s Bay – Beautiful Beaches in Connemara Galway

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Where is Dogs Bay: It is a 6 minutes drive from Roundstone on the R341. Take the left turn just before the Atlantic View House BnB

16. Furbogh beach near Spiddal in Connemara

I know Galway has countless beautiful beaches and Furbogh beaches is definitely one of those. The first time I ever saw it I was just driving by, caught a glimpse of the beach out of the corner of my eye and veered in off the road to stop. There is plenty of parking space, where you can open your windows and enjoy the sea breeze and views from your car, or you can take a walk down the steps for a barefoot stroll on the sand. Another great location for sunset.

Where is Furbogh Beach: Driving between Barna and Spiddal you’ll come across the beach. You can’t miss it. There is a long carpark and Pádraicíns Seafood Bar & Restaurant is at the end

17. Moyrus Beach

Moyrus Beach is a calm and quiet beach in Southern Connemara, but as you’ll see above, it is really something.

18. Glassilaun Beach

This crazy beach is in Northern Connemara

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19. Diamond Hill & Connemara National Park – Things to do in Connemara National Park

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Diamond hill is one of the 12 bens mountains and is located within Connemara National park. You can climb the mountain in a couple of hours and soak in the panoramic views of Connemara, the park and the coastline while you rest at the top. It’s located in the popular town of Letterfrack and if you’re wondering if it’s difficult to climb, I’ve done it which shows just how doable it is. For more check out my post :

Diamond Hill Hike Amazing Hike in Galway Ireland 

Where is Diamond Hill: The easiest way to access the hill is through the National Park car park in Letterfrack

20. Mam ean – Hike and Pilgrimage walk in Connemara

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Mam ean is a fantastic walk through a pass in the Maumturk mountains, linking the Maum and Inagh Valleys. It is technically a pilgrimage. You’ll find a small chapel and alter along the route which mass takes place every St Patricks day. Years ago, this would have been a site for secret mass when Catholicism was outlawed in Ireland.

As you hike the route you’ll be blown away by the surrounding scenery of the surrounding valley, the 12 Bens mountain range and on a good clear day, you may see the whole way out to the sea.

Where is maam Ean: There is a few ways to get to this place. Both, by taking a turn off the N59 at or after Maams Cross in Connemara.

21. Western Way Hike

This is an intense hike, starting at Oughterard and going all the way through Mayo and on to Sligo. From start to finish it’s over 200 km, so it’s not for the faint of heart. But I like to do a bit in Connemara where you will have amazing views of the 12 Bens.

To see more of the scenery, check out my Youtube short:

22. Galway Wind Way

Galway Wind Way is a wind farm just outside Oughterard town. It has plenty of trails through the woods. Some of which have stunning panoramic views of the area, which was carved out by the last ice age.  Galway Wind Way is a great place for a Sunday family walk. For more information see:

Galway Wind Way in Galway Wind Park | Walks in Galway

Where is Galway Wind Way: Heading from Galway City, take a left turn in Oughterard before the bridge. Continue straight out and you’ll come to Galway Wind Way on your left. You’ll know you’re on the right track when you see the windmills!

23. All or any of the 12 Bens

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The 12 Bens is a Mountain Range in Connemara, which includes Diamond Hill, Mam Ean, Benbaun, Derryclare and 8 other mountains. It’s 22 peaks in total. While you can climb any one of the mountains, you can do the whole thing which is a serious hike. The full 12 Bens hike is 30 km in total and if you’re quick walker, will get it done in one day.

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24. Rosscahill Woods – Woodland and Lake in Galway

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Rosscahill woods surrounds Ross Lake and is part of the old Ross Estate. It outside Oughterard and is the perfect place for a walk or a family day out. There are a few trails to choose from, from the main gravel path that loops through the woods, to the narrow woodland trails that branch off and snake their way along the edge of the lake and between the trees.

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Where is Rosscahill Woods? Just off the N59 between Oughterard and Moycullen

25. Derroura Woods and Mountain Biking Trails

Experience special views of Connemara or get your adrenaline going with the mountain bike trails of Derroura. For walking, you can stick to the main woodland trail but there are 16km of trails in total with steep and challenging paths, with some of the most beautiful views of Connemara.

Where is Derroura in Connemara: Along the N59 between Oughterard and Maams Cross. The entrance is across from Lough Bofin.

Connemara Accomodation:

If you need somewhere to stay along your travels, be sure to check out Airbnb – which is my go-to for affordable accommodation. Alternatively, treat yourself. You can book into:

  • Connemara Coast Hotel
  • Connemara Lake Hotel
  • The Twelve Hotel
  • Screebe Hotel

 

Things to do in Connemara

So this just some of the best things to do in Connemara Galway. It’s by no means a complete list but it will surely keep you busy on your trip! And will satisfy your craving for beautiful Irish Scenery.

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In addition to the above, check these out for more information on the places mentioned:

Diamond Hill Hike | Amazing Hike in Galway Ireland

Brigit’s Garden | Fun family activity in Galway Ireland

Sky Road Drive | Scenic Drive in Connemara Galway Ireland

Clifden Castle | Beautiful Castle ruins in Clifden Galway | Hidden Gem

Galway Wind Way in Galway Wind Park | Walks in Galway

Rosscahill Woods | Quiet and peaceful woodland in Galway

For some other places to visit in Galway:

The Most Instagrammable Places in Galway City | Best Places to Photograph

Cool Places to Eat in Galway

The Best Ice Cream in Galway City

Visiting Menlo Castle | A Hidden Gem near Galway City Centre

 

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Can you Travel Ireland on the Cheap? Ireland is expensive. I’m Irish-born and raised so I can say that honestly. How expensive? Well to give ya some perspective, Ireland was voted the 13th most expensive country in the world. For such a small country, that’s an impressive score.

So yeah, that expensive. But that doesn’t mean you should skip it. Do not skip it! Ireland is a small island packed with contagious culture, a lively atmosphere and craic – and of course, the rolling green hills and beautiful countryside it’s known for.  So yea, you should definitely visit!

 

How to Travel Ireland on the Cheap – Budget-Friendly Tips for Visiting Ireland 

So can you travel Ireland on the cheap? Of course! By planning your trip to Ireland the right way, you can definitely travel here on a budget. Lucky for you, I’ve been traveling this country for years and I have the best tips to travel Ireland Cheap.

Let’s break this into easy-to-digest sections, cuz I have a lot to share with you.

 

1. Getting to Ireland – Booking your flight to Ireland Budget Friendly

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While I don’t have to worry so much about getting to Ireland myself, there are so many universal tips you can use for getting a flight to Ireland without breaking your budget. Let’s go with these proven winners:

  • Use an incognito window or VPN: I think we all know now, that your browser will save your previous searches. This can result in horrifying flight prices. Use Incognito windows or a VPN to get around this
  • Use budget airlines and shop around different airports to get the best deals
  • If you are flying to Ireland from Europe, Ryanair is your best bet, with regular offers where you can get flights for as little as €10
  • Use flight search-engine sites like Skyscanner to find great deals

 

2. Don’t spend too much time in the cities – cities are EXPENSIVE 

Spending a week in Dublin is going to be expensive, there’s no two ways about that. But instead, spend a couple of days in the cities and then get out and see the rest of Ireland.

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Speaking of cities, check out: Why Galway is Better than Dublin | Galway City Vs Dublin City 

 

3. Transport – Getting around Ireland on the Cheap

Public transport in Ireland costs a bomb. To put this into perspective, I’ve taken flights from Dublin to mainland Europe which have cost less than a bus from Galway to Dublin. But you can still get around Ireland Cheaply. You know, I’m really not trying to put you off, but Ireland is the 9th most expensive country in Europe for transport.

 

Rent a Car – the best way to travel Ireland

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If you ask me (which you must be if you’re here!), renting a car is the best way to see Ireland and will also save you money.

You can rent a car in Ireland from ~€14 per day. You do have to add fuel costs on too but if you ask me, there is no question. Not only do you avoid the expensive bus and train fares, but you also have the freedom to visit anywhere in the country you like.

The thing about Ireland is, a lot of the special attractions are found at the end of a narrow windy lane. And you won’t be able to get public transport to these places. Public transport is generally limited to to the cities, and big expensive tourist traps. But you can get there in a car.

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To help you with renting a car, try out some sites like:

 

Trains and Buses – Travelling Ireland by Train or bus

Trains and buses can be pricey and the routes are limited. But I have some simple tips

  • Book your train online at Irishrail.ie . When booking online, prices are cheaper.
  • For bus tickets, if you’re using city buses, ask if there is a day pass. Many buses have a pass you can use unlimited times that day for the one price. Rather than paying every time you get on and off. In cities like Dublin and Galway, this can be great for traveling on a budget as you might be hopping on and off the bus all day.

 

4. Accommodation – Where to Stay in Ireland on a Budget

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Airbnb – a great way to travel Ireland on a budget

While I do love a hotel stay and not having to lift a finger, Airbnbs are much more affordable. You can also find some really quirky and fun Airbnbs all over Ireland that will make your trip that extra bit special.

As well as saving money on your stay, you’ll have the facilities to wash your own clothes and of course cook, helping you save that mula for that guided tour or attraction you want to go see.

Food  & Cooking from your Airbnb – easy way to save some money traveling 

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The second benefit of self-catering accommodation for your stay in Ireland, is having access to a kitchen. You’ll be able to make most of your meals, saving a tonne of money eating out. Eating out in Ireland, especially the cities, is expensive.

Just for perspective: For me and my boyfriend to eat out for our three meals in one day, would be a minimum of €80-90. And that’s just for basic one-course meals. 

Having your breakfast in your Airbnb, and preparing a lunch you can take with you, means you’ll only have to eat out once in the day. And this won’t break the bank.

Supermarkets in Ireland – Which grocery store is the best for those on a budget?

Knowing the best supermarkets to pick up your groceries can actually save you so much money. In general, the European supermarkets are much more affordable. Below are some supermarkets you’ll find in every major town in Ireland, ranked from cheapest to most expensive:

Aldi —-> Lidl —-> Tesco —-> Dunnes Stores —-> Supervalue (I’d avoid Dunnes and SuperValue when food shopping on a budget)

 

Hotels – Where to stay in Ireland on a Budget

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If you do want to stay in a hotel, I get it. I love a hotel stay.  You can still travel Ireland Cheap and stay at a hotel.

Choose chain hotels like IBIS, Jurys Inn, Travel Lodge. These are always much more affordable

Food – breakfast is usually included when booking a hotel. Make the most of this. For breakfast, fill up! A lot of times it will be a continental breakfast with hot food included. Don’t be shy, have a big breakfast, that way you might even be able to skip lunch or have a small snack instead of a full lunch. Once or twice I have sneaked some “pain au Chocolat” in my backpack to have as a snack while I’m out and about after breakfast

If breakfast is not included, add it to your stay – usually, it only costs ~9 euro to add breakfast, which is generally a lot more affordable than eating breakfast out. I’d opt-in and as I said above, pig out!

 

Camp on your stay to Ireland to Travel on the Cheap

Now this will depend on the time of the year you are visiting Ireland, but one great way to save on accommodation is camping. If you’re visiting in the spring or summer, campsites across the country are cheap, and can really add to your stay. Or if you can brave it, go wild camping! 

 

Hostels – A Super Affordable way to Visit Ireland 

Of course, we couldn’t talk about budget travel without mentioning hostels. You’ll find at least one hostel in the major Irish towns and you’ll be spoilt for choice in the cities. Hostels are perfect for traveling Ireland on a budget because:

  • We all know hostels are super cheap. Much more affordable than hotels, BnB’s and Airbnbs
  • It’s also great for those wanting to make friends while visiting Ireland
  • There’s a variety of rooms and you’ll meet people from all over the world
  • They’re safe
  • Most hostels include breakfast and have cooking facilities

 

5. Getting food on the go in Ireland – Eating in Ireland on a budget 

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Another thing that will eat into your budget (see what I did there?!) when traveling Ireland, is where you go to grab a meal. Restaurants are always going to be the most expensive way to eat, but there are other options.

 

Supermarkets – How to visit Ireland on a Budget

Pop into one of the supermarkets before and grab some bits for a meal on the go. In Tesco, there is the famous “meal deal” – which is a sandwich/wrap, drink, crips/chocolate bar for less than €5. I always grab a big €1 baguette, some cheese, and a few other things to eat on the go when I’m going on a road trip.

Fruit is another good option as it doesn’t have to be kept hot or cold.

 

Deli – Budget-Friendly Food in Ireland

If you’re on the go and didn’t bring a lunch with you, stop off at a deli which you will find in pretty much every Spar, Centra and petrol stations. Now it’s not going to be as impressive as what the word “deli” may seem. For me when I hear deli I just think of a French Delicatessen full of artisan sandwiches, cheeses and exotic meats. Don’t expect that! 

Nope Ireland does it a bit differently. You can pick up some hot food and it will be pretty damn cheap. Try the Irish favourite – the chicken fillet roll which would rarely be any more than €3-4 and will fill you up. If you want to feel a bit healthier, you can always opt for a salad bowl instead. But you’ll have lots of options.

 

Restaurants – Avoid at all costs! Not really – the Early Bird Catches the Cheapest Dinner

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Restaurants are going to be the least budget-friendly way to eat while you’re visiting Ireland but there are still some ways to do this on a budget.

  • A lot of restaurants offer Early Bird menus. Look for restaurants offering an early bird special. That way you can eat dinner at a reduced price.
  • Check out the prices before going inside. Most restaurants will have a menu outside so be sure to check a few places before choosing. I always do this, and you’d be surprised how much the price of the same dish can depend on the restaurant.
  • Tipping isn’t a big thing in Ireland. Of course, if you really enjoy the service go for it. But it’s handy to know, that in Ireland tipping is not really expected. Especially outside of Dublin.

 

6. Alcohol – How to drink in Ireland when Travelling on the Cheap?

visit kilkenny, cathedral, ireland, travelI know it’s the running theme here, but alcohol in Ireland is expensive. This is pretty surprising given that alcohol is what we’re known for! In 2019, Joe.ie published an article noting that the average pint in Ireland is a whopping €4.94 to give you an idea. This is why in Ireland we do “Pre drinks”.

Get yourself to the off-license and have some drinks in your Airbnb/hotel/hostel room before hitting the city streets. By having a couple of drinks before going out, you’ll only have to fork out for one or two drinks in the pubs. I don’t know if this is a thing all over the world or just here. How it normally works here is you get twisted drunk before even going out, then in the pubs, you are too busy talking off everyone’s ears to buy a drink.

If you’re only heading out for 1 or 2 drinks, you’ll be fine but if you’re out for a big night on the town, pre-drinks are a must for traveling Ireland on a budget. You can grab 500MI bottles of beer in the off-license for half the price of a pint.

 

7. Stay Away from Tourist Traps – Look for Free attractions on your visit to Ireland

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I’m not gona lie, I love the big tourist attractions but I also love looking for free attractions. and this is the key to visiting Ireland without spending a tonne of money. Luckily, there are SO many great things to see in Ireland without spending a penny.

Ireland isn’t the paid attractions, it’s so much more. It’s driving down windy narrow roads, turning a corner and being faced with rolling hills of green fields. The driving by the beautiful beaches and crazy-looking coastlines. It’s walking through the beautiful streets of Galway, Cobh, and Kinsale (just to name a few places). All of which are free to do. Not only are they free, but these are also the parts of Ireland that you’ll remember most, will warm your heart and make you feel at home. 

Speaking of beautiful streets of Galway, click for my “The Most Instagrammable Places in Galway City“.

 

8. Don’t buy souvenirs- Budgeting for Your Trip to Ireland

The best way to remember a trip for me is the pictures and videos I have to look back on. I regularly look back at pictures of my trips. I can safely say I RARELY seek out anything I bought on the trip. So rather than spending money on Aran Jumpers (which cost a bomb) or wool blankets, just take extra photos of the places you visit.

If you do want to take something, sneak a coaster from your favourite pub you visit! 

 

9. Finally – Don’t travel alone when traveling Ireland on the Cheap

As you can imagine, splitting hostel or hotel costs as well as the car rental fee will make it a whole lot more affordable to visit Ireland.

 

FAQ for traveling Ireland on a budget:

How much should I budget for a trip to Ireland? According to Champion Traveler, a 7-day trip to Ireland is going to set you back $2,014 if you’re a couple. 

What is the cheapest month to travel to IrelandThe cheapest months are always going to be off-peak times. This is generally January 1st – April 1st and September – December (except Christmas). BUT it’s good to remember, a lot of attractions close up in Ireland for off-peak times. Some towns rely solely on tourism so once peak season is over, a lot of things close. 

 

Planning a trip to Ireland on a Budget

So yes, to conclude guys, you most definitely CAN travel Ireland Cheap, you’ll be glad to know! If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, I hope this helps 🙂 If you’ve any other tips or you found this helpful, let me know below! 

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I’ll include links to SO MANY free attractions below.

Some free attractions include hikes like Diamond Hill, and Croagh Patrick.

Visit ruins like Clifden Castle and Menlo Castle.

Instead of the popular but expensive Cliffs of Moher (which you can still travel on a budget), try Slieve League Cliffs. in Donegal which are free.

Other free attractions here:

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When you think of Cliffs in Ireland, I bet the Cliffs of Moher are what comes to mind. But I have to tell you that the Slieve League Cliffs in Donegal are equally as impressive. They are located much further north, in Donegal near Ardara and Donegal town. Although not a clean sheer drop like the cliffs of Moher, these vast cliffs expand out into the Atlantic towards the horizon and are actually taller, at a whopping 601 m above sea level.

Fanad lighthouse is arguably one of Ireland‘s most impressive lighthouses and this is partly due to it’s location. Fanad head lighthouse is perched on the rocky North coast of the Fanad Peninsula of Donegal. The site is very popular with tourists, who enjoy the guided tours and even the opportunity to stay the night at this unique location. But the whole Fanad Peninsula is packed with things to do and see. From views of Lough Swilly, world famous beaches and Ireland‘s famous coastline. If you keep reading, I’ll bring you through some of the Fanad Peninsula’s best attractions, finishing at the Lighthouse.

What will solo travel do for you? You may blossom, grow comfortable in your own skin, have your confidence soar and really open up your eyes to the world. Or you might become more independent and say goodbye to comfort zones. But when it comes to solo female travel, us girls can sometimes have to be a bit more careful of the destinations we choose. While it’s nice to believe us women can travel where ever we like without feeling wary, it may not always be the case. That being said, I am fully confident in saying that Galway is a great place for solo female travellers, and that Galway is probably the best place in Ireland for women traveling alone. Why? I thought you’d never ask! Here are 9 reasons why Galway is great for female solo travel in Ireland.

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