British Isles Cruise | Dublin & the Irish Coastline

Hey friends, thanks so much for the love on our Fall home tour yesterday! Funny enough, I had lots of questions about my loafers! But I’m not surprised, they’re equally comfy and chic! The leather is buttery soft and the insole has nice cushion, and you’d never know they’re under $100. (They look uber-luxe in person, find them here.)

Today I’m continuing the recaps from our British Isles cruise with Princess, and it’s all about Ireland. We had nine full days of ports on the 12-day trip, so there was a lot to see! Usually, my Trip Reports are comprehensive guides of where we stayed, and what we did and ate…but these are pretty much what we did in a day! Or in some instances, what we ate in a day. #darnyouscones

Dublin, Ireland

My family has strong Irish roots, so I was most excited about all our Ireland stops, especially Dublin. The city center is small and totally walkable, with pubs on every corner, overflowing window boxes, and lots of color. We wandered the streets with little agenda, people-watched on park benches, and snacked at every opportunity.


Trinity College and The Long Room | Temple Bar street | St. Patricks Cathedral | Anne’s Lane | Murphy’s Ice Cream

Trench Coat | Jeans | Loafers

Sweater | Jeans | Loafers | Trench | Crossbody Bag | Hoop Earrings

Trench | Jeans | Loafers |  Crossbody Bag | Hoop Earrings

Sugarplum Travel Tip: Skip the long lines at Trinity University, and buy your ticket online the day of your visit!


Belfast, Ireland

We decided to forgo the city of Belfast in lieu of exploring the nearby coastline and countryside. Our group of six found the nicest, quintessential Irish man who agreed to shuttle us up and down the coast, stopping wherever we wanted!

We met him at the Titanic Hotel and meandered our way down the coast to Giants Causeway, and back! We saw sheep, rainbows, colorful cottages, and even an ice cream truck that served the best soft serve!!

One of the funniest moments of the trip happened when our driver, Garry, first approached us and said, ‘Are you looking for the car for sex?’ We all stared blank-faced at each other…until we realized sex is the Irish pronunciation for six. You know we wore that  joke out!

Sugarplum Travel Tip: Hotel concierges are great resources for securing drivers-for-hire, and you’re more likely to be paired with someone honest and reliable. Case in point, we’d hired someone we found online, but they totally no-showed us! The concierge at the Titanic Hotel found us another driver in no time, and it was totally affordable (especially divided by sex, er, six!). 

Striped Top | Jeans | Hat | Sneakers | Socks

Striped Rainjacket | Jeans | Slip-On Quilted Sneakers

After traveling everywhere from Ireland to Russia together, our little Princess Cruises group feels like family. My Princess family! I can’t believe my lucky stars I’ve been able to see the world on such a luxurious ship, and with such amazing people.

One of the coolest parts about cruising, is everyone can do their own thing, at their own pace, during the day, and then meet up for dinner on the ship every evening. Mr. SP and I spent some days on our own, but most were spent with one or more of the other couples…it’s just so fun traveling with friends!

Christy | Cassie | Ashley

My biggest tip for traveling through Ireland is layers!! And plan for every possible weather condition, and all in the same day! We had warm and sunny, and freezing rain, all in the span of eight hours!

Ireland is definitely on my list for a return trip. Have you been? What are your fave spots?

[See more of British Isles Cruise]
Travel Diary | Week One
Travel Diary | Week Two
Charming Coastal Towns of the British Isles
Cruise Style | What to Wear Evenings on the Ship

*See more of our cruise experiences here. All photos taken with this Sony camera or my iPhone 7-plus.


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  1. Kristin wrote:

    We spent the last two weeks of September in Ireland. We started in Dublin, went to Rock of Cashel, Kinsale, Dingle, Galway, Aran Islands, Westport, Portrush, and Belfast and places between. It was beautiful, and definitely damp and chilly. We enjoyed what you’ve shared from your trip (Giant’s Causeway!!). We got to hear lots of great music in Dingle, in pubs, the local music shop, and a church concert. LOVED the drive around the Slea Head Peninsula. The Rock of Cashel was beautiful. Dun Aengus on Inishmore in the Aran Islands was definitely worth a visit. We enjoyed Belfast. It was a very welcoming city, even though our first impression was seeing the peace walls, hearing more about the Troubles, and learning about the very real concerns over what Brexit will mean for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Posted 10.18.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      That sounds like an incredible trip!! I hope we’re able to return someday and see so much more! I was a monsoon of rain right when we arrived at Giant’s Causeway, so we weren’t able to hike down to it…I was so bummed!

      Posted 10.18.18 Reply
      • Kristin wrote:

        That is a bummer, but that’s Ireland! It started to rain just as we were leaving, and I felt sorry for the people who were just arriving.

        Posted 10.18.18 Reply
  2. Patricia wrote:

    I’m putting this trip on our bucket list as we seem to have gone everywhere but Ireland and Scotland. I’m wondering how many pairs of shoes (both walking and dressy) did you pack? I want my feet happy AND looking stylish but don’t want a separate suitcase just for shoes! And comfort trumps looks any day for me…

    Posted 10.18.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I definitely took more than I would have if I weren’t capturing images for the blog!! But with so many different activities and weather situations, I did bring quite a few! Flats for day, rainboots for rainy days, sneakers for working out, heels for evenings, flip flops for the spa/pool!

      Posted 10.18.18 Reply
  3. Sandy wrote:

    Amazing places-you deserve it! Can’t imagine needing a book off the top shelf @ Trinity!

    Posted 10.18.18 Reply
  4. Sandy wrote:

    Amazing places, you deserve it! Can’t imagine needing a book off the top shelf @ Trinity!

    Posted 10.18.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      LOL!! I begged to be let in the balcony, but it’s for private groups only! #boo

      Posted 10.18.18 Reply
  5. Karla wrote:

    Hi Cassie! What color are your loafers? They have 2 brownish colors on-line.


    Posted 10.18.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Mine are the ‘tan brown leather’…such a great neutral!

      Posted 10.18.18 Reply
  6. SSB wrote:

    You guys always take seriously the best pictures of your travels! Because of your photos, I have a list I keep on my phone of places I want to travel to someday! Gorgeous!

    Posted 10.18.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much, Shana! I’m so glad the pics and posts have inspired your wanderlust!! xo. C

      Posted 10.18.18 Reply
  7. Jeanie wrote:

    Love the pictures!!
    But the link to the shoes is showing a different style loafer than what’s on your feet 😬

    Posted 10.18.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Yes, my exact ones are sold out…so I linked a very similar pair that I also have and love!

      Posted 10.18.18 Reply
  8. caitlin wrote:

    i’d be interested in seeing what your husband wears/packs for trips like this. do you have anything like that?

    Posted 10.19.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I don’t have anything organized, but hopefully seeing him in each of these pics gives you an idea of what he wears and packs!

      Posted 10.19.18 Reply
  9. Celyn wrote:

    beautiful photos! really wanting to go to Ireland!

    Posted 10.24.18 Reply
  10. Ann wrote:

    Any tips on where to stay in Dublin?

    Posted 10.25.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I wish I did, but we were only there for the day and didn’t have the chance to spend the night! Hopefully we’ll be back one day!

      Posted 10.25.18 Reply