Traveler Spotlight: Kylie and Jeff Plummer Honeymoon Trip to Ireland, March 2013
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 | By Hilary
Okay, we’ll admit it: we’re hopeless romantics here at Tenon Tours. So when Kylie and Jeff Plummer came to us asking for help with their honeymoon in Ireland, we lost our cool and our inner school girls came out. Read on to see what this awesome couple’s Ireland self-drive tour was like: what they loved, what maybe they didn’t love so much, and what their advice is for other travelers looking to book their Irish honeymoon!
Why did you pick Ireland?
My husband and I both identify strongly with our Irish heritage and have always wanted to visit Ireland. We thought now would be the perfect time to go.
Tell us your love story, please.
Jeff and I got married on March 9th in Lewes, Delaware. We have been dating for around 4 years but I chased him for 10!
Where were the top 3 places to visit on your wish list?
The Giant’s Causeway, the Guinness Storehouse, and the Dingle Peninsula. They definitely beat our expectations. The Giant’s Causeway was incredible, so beautiful and impressive. The Storehouse was awesome – very interesting. The Dingle Peninsula was gorgeous. We loved everything about it.
Why did you choose Tenon Tours?
We didn’t want to plan a trip abroad to Ireland by ourselves, it was just too much to handle, especially on top of planning our wedding. Tenon made it so easy and stress-free for us to plan our honeymoon
Anything to add about your personal Ireland Travel Specialist?
Stephanie was the best! She spent so much time drawing up several different itineraries for us and helping us pick the best option that would allow us to see everything we wanted to see within our budget. She was very knowledgeable and seemed to genuinely care about making this a trip of a lifetime for us. She also saved my butt when I confused our departure date and missed our flight! Stephanie and her supervisor quickly got us on the next available flight and called ahead to the hotel to explain what happened. We never would have made it without them!
Any advice about the weather in Ireland?
Make sure you wear layers. There were times when I was freezing and grateful for my long-johns, and other times where I was glad I could take off my coat and sweatshirt to cool off. The weather can change very quickly and you want to make sure you’re prepared.
Tell us about any new friends you may have met.
We met so many great people everywhere we went and everybody was so nice! For me, I loved how so many of the people we met had marriage advice or Irish marriage customs to share. That really added to our honeymoon. One of the funniest was at the folk park next to Bunratty. We were chatting with two of the ladies who were making bread over the fire. They made Jeff cover his ears while they imparted their own marital wisdom. They handed me the very large rolling pin they were using to roll out the dough for the bread and informed me that it is tradition for an Irish wife to receive a rolling pin as a wedding present and that is the reason why Irish men are such well-behaved and chivalrous gentlemen!
What are some favorite Irish souvenirs you brought home?
I was thrilled when we found handcrafted items like ornaments and barrettes and were able to actually talk to the woman who knitted them! We also got a lot of great books to read. Our absolute favorite though, is the Bunratty Mead we brought home. The word honeymoon comes from the ancient Irish tradition of newlyweds drinking honey mead every night for a month, as it was considered good for fertility and virility. Not only was it delicious, but appropriate for newlyweds on their Irish honeymoon!
Were there any unplanned parts of your trip that wound up turning into one of your favorite travel stories?
While driving on the Dingle Peninsula we had no plans and ended up finding a great Celtic Museum (you have to go there if you are in Dingle!) as well as several historic sites just off the road. We also stopped at Ailwee Caves on a whim on the way to Bunratty and I ended up holding a barn owl! They also have the most delicious homemade cheeses.
What would you say you did that you could add to a romantic things to do in Ireland list?
We both really enjoyed the medieval feast on St. Patrick’s Day in Bunratty, especially due to the honey mead toasts that were made to the newlyweds! We really liked that we were partaking in that particular Irish tradition on our honeymoon. Ireland is a romantic place in general, simply because of how beautiful and wild and old it is. We loved it!
Tell us about driving on the “wrong” side of the road?
My husband did the driving and he said that it was very stressful. It wouldn’t have been so bad if the steering wheel was still on the same side! He said that he had a hard time figuring out where the car was on the road. The worst was how narrow the roads could be with hedges or rock walls on either side. None of the roads were straight, so at times a truck would come around the bend and you could swear it was in your lane!
Any extra advice or stories?
Take a lot of pictures and video! Jeff had a Scooby Doo moment when he found a secret passage in Ashford Castle! The Ashford Castle is one of our favorite places we have ever been. The staff was absolutely amazing, the castle and grounds were gorgeous, and the food delicious. There was also a lot to see and do on the grounds. We were able to enjoy a day riding our bikes around the grounds and especially seeing everything related to movies filmed in Ireland, like The Quiet Man, which is one of our favorite movies!