Solo Female Travel in Ireland is a great choice for first time solo female travelers. It’s safe, easy to navigate, English speaking, and freaking gorgeous. Worries about being alone are wasted in Ireland as the Irish will likely be chatting you up before you even take a sip of your first pint! There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained from hiking, exploring cities, and surfing. Yep – you can surf in Ireland!
Know Before You Go
Ireland isn’t the cheapest of destinations, but it can be done on a budget by staying in hostels and cooking a few meals. Thankfully, that’s quite easy to do as hostels can be found throughout the country and many cities have great local markets.
The average cost of a hostel is €20 per night, a cheap meal is €10, and a bus ticket to take you in between major cities is about €20.
Getting Around Ireland
Renting a car is the most popular transportation method for Ireland’s visitors, with the Ring of Kerry being the most popular route. For those of you who are like me and don’t have the funds or the guts to rent one, buses are a great option. I’ve used Bus Eireann and City Link. They each had WiFi and ran on schedule. The drivers of Bus Eireann are super helpful if you need to figure out which stop to get off on. City Link is great for direct routes between Dublin, Galway, and Cork.
There is also a train system, Irish Rail, but I don’t have any first-hand experience with it. Plenty of locals told me they use it and it runs just fine!
Solo Female Travel Safety in Ireland
Ireland is a safe place for us solo traveling ladies. Pickpocketing could occur and common sense always prevails.
What to Wear in Ireland
Packing for Ireland does not have to be a challenge! Expect it to rain every day, pack for it, and be pleasantly surprised when you can peel off the layers to enjoy a warm, sunny afternoon! This Ireland packing list is built for any season you plan on visiting the Emerald Isle!
Where to Go in Ireland
I know there is a lot of hype surrounding Irish road trips, yet after three visits, I haven’t quite summoned the courage to rent a car! Yet, even without a car, I’ve still seen beautiful destinations in Ireland through public transportation, group tours, bike rides, and hitchhiking! Read on for how to see the best of Ireland without a car!
Generally, you’ll find the people of Ireland to be warm and welcoming. But if you commit any of these tourist mistakes, you might find a colder reception. So to see the best of Irish hospitality, read on for what you should absolutely NOT do in Ireland.
If it’s your first trip to Ireland Dublin is likely your first stop, as it should be. There are plenty of fun things to do in Dublin. The Book of Kells and Trinity College’s Long Library are always a must visit. You can also get your drink on at the Guinness storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Teeling Distillery. If literature is more your style, there are plenty of charming bookstores to peruse such as the Winding Stair Bookshop. For nature lovers, you can escape the city on the DART train North or South for stunning walks along the cliffs of Ireland
Escape the bustle of Dublin’s city streets for a cliff walk from Bray to Greystones. Start off with lunch in Bray, walk it off on a beautiful stroll to Greystones, and finish it off with ice cream in Greystones. Then hop on the DART to return to Dublin. Read on to learn how to do this beautiful day trip!
The third largest city in Ireland located on the west side of the country is Galway. It just so happens to be my favorite place ever. When I’m here I’m genuinely happy. There are plenty of things to do in this lively and vibrant city. It’s filled with beautiful music, welcoming people, and delicious food.
Ireland isn’t the cheapest place to visit, but thankfully there are plenty of free things to do in Galway. Sometime when I do free things in other places, I feel as if I’m missing out, but in Galway the free activities get you closer to the city. Read on to discover the most fun and free things to do in Galway.
Pub culture is alive and well in Galway. The pubs in Galway are a great place to meet locals, enjoy a pint, just enjoy the craic! I intended to put together a simple list of my favorite Galway pubs, but it turned out to be a great pub crawl! Read on for your pub crawl details!
Galway makes an excellent base to discover the lush and varied landscape on the west coast of Ireland with these day trips from Galway. Witness the stunning Cliffs of Moher, step back in time on the Aran Islands, and see an Abbey built out of love in Connemara. Read on for the best way day trips from Galway.
Killarney is a small town that sits on the ever popular road trip and cycling route, the Ring of Kerry. Even if you’re not renting a car in Ireland or a keen cyclist, you can still enjoy the beauty of the Killarney National Park and the charm of the town.
Doolin is a small fishing village located in County Clare on the Wild Atlantic Way. It sits in the shadows of the stunning Cliffs of Moher and is known for beautiful traditional music played in its pubs.
The most popular thing to do in Doolin is walk along the coastal route to the Cliffs of Moher, which I highly suggest doing at sunset if you are blessed with nice weather. But Doolin is so much more than the Cliffs of Moher – find out what else to do in Doolin here!
Love a good trad session – then Doolin is the place for you! Doolin is the home of traditional Irish music and the best place to toe tap along is in the pubs. Discover the best artist to seek out and where to hear them in this post.
Where to in Ireland Next?
There’s so much more to see in Ireland than what I’ve had the opportunity to experience and I plan to experience it all. One trip at a time! Tell me, where should I go in Ireland next?