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.
Where to Go 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
Howth is a charming seaside fishing village just 30 minutes north of Dublin via DART. Walk the Howth Cliff walk for sweeping views of the ocean and Dublin. Read more for the details!
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.
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!
If pubs aren’t your thing, then try out the cafes. There are almost as many cafes as pubs! I was on the hunt for a good matcha latte and thankfully I found one at a lovely cafe on Galway’s west end. You can find out which cafe that is in this post!
Galway is an excellent place to base yourself for a day trips o the Aran Islands. The Aran Islands give you a real glimpse into rural life. And they’re much easier to get to from Galway than you’d expect!
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.
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?