Solo Female Travel in Ireland – A Guide
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.
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!
Ireland is a safe place for us solo traveling ladies. Pickpocketing could occur and common sense always prevails.
Where to Go
If it’s your first trip to Ireland, Dublin is likely your first stop, as it should be. You can visit the Guinness storehouse, have a whiskey tasting or two, and learn about Ireland’s literary history! While it’s worthwhile to spend a few days exploring Dublin, I suggest heading west to Galway. It’s my favorite city and I just want everyone to fall in love with it! It’s smaller than Dublin and has a bit more of a local feel! Cork is the second largest city and is a great spot for foodies and those that want to kiss the Blarney Stone.
The vibrant city on the west coast of Ireland has my heart. Here you can listen to music in the streets, wander along Galway Bay, or relax in a cozy pub. It’s easy to spend a few days soaking up the lively atmosphere in Galway without spending a fortune!
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 day trips to other locations such as the Cliffs of Mohr, Connemara, Cong, and the Aran Islands. I love escaping the city for the quiet of the Aran Islands and thankfully, they’re pretty easy to get to on a day trip from Galway.
Killarney is a great jump off point for the Ring of Kerry. It’s easy to do a portion of it on a bike ride through Killarney National Park!
There are plenty of other places I’d love to explore in Ireland. I’d love to go to Howth as a day trip from Dublin, Kenmare, Westport, and Clifden. I’d also like to go to a few festivals in Galway and revisit the Cliffs. But I know for sure that the next time, I’m going to get up the courage to rent a car!
Where would be your first destination in Ireland?