We’re on our way back from Ireland and, wow, what a trip! In only a few short days, Ireland jumped up to the top of our favorite travel destinations and it’s one we’ll definitely be back to. As a bonus, the locals are among the nicest people we’ve ever encountered in our travels.
So even if Ireland wasn’t at the top of your list for travel destinations, read this post and maybe you’ll bump it up a few spots too.
Cliffs of Moher
As you can see from the image at the top of the post, the Cliffs of Moher are one of the world’s most impressive sights! Rising up hundreds of feet from the west coast of Ireland, these rocky outcroppings are home to thousands of birds and some of the strongest winds we’ve felt in a while.
We’d recommend arriving early before the tour buses do, so you can get plenty of pictures without anyone else there. Also, make sure you follow the marked signs and use caution when taking pictures. Those strong winds and narrow paths can be quite dangerous while trying to capture the perfect selfie.
This quaint coastal town was cozy and welcoming. It is incredibly walkable and at almost every turn you can find a view of the river.
Check out our Must Eat section for some of our favorite restaurants in Galway.
Walk the Grounds of Trinity College
Trinity College is located in the center of Dublin, but parts of its campus feel a world away from the tourist-packed scene in the nearby Temple Bar area. We’d recommend skipping the over-priced, crowded, Book of Kells experience and simply wander around campus instead.
Experience 1: Making Scones and Irish Bread with Galway Local
This was our first time using the experience feature of Airbnb and it exceeded our expectations. We were welcomed into a traditional Irish home where we baked scones and brown bread, drank tea and got to learn more about the local area.
For around $35 per person we were able to bake and experience this unique morning of baking and got to take home enough scones to last us the entire week! Yum!
Experience 2: Walking the Guinness Estate
We treked up to St. Annes Park on the outskirts of Dublin, formerly home to a 300+ acre estate owned by the sons of the founder of Guinness Brewery.
While the mansion is no longer there, many of the “Follies” they built and the beauty of of the grounds remains. At the very least, come up here for a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dublin.
We highly recommend this tour hosted by Dublin local Gerard who is the sole person allowed by the city to provide a walking tour.
Fish and Chips and Fish Chowder. Being that Ireland is an island it is essential that you try the fish. It will be hard to find a restaurant that doesn’t offer at least 3 different fish items on the menu. Meagan ate fish for almost the entire week!
Dela: Farm to table eats in an ecclectic and cozy setting off the beaten path in Galway!
Left Bank Bistro (Athlone): Modern and incredibly tasty bites. This hip spot is two doors down from Seans (see below) with an open kitchen concept and interesting daily specials made from scratch!
Guinness (of course!) The Guinness here just tastes better, so much so that it’s pretty much a completely different beer than the one you get in the United States. Each pint is perfectly poured and the top layer of foam is like a treat for your taste buds. If you come to Ireland and don’t get a Guinness then you are seriously doing things all wrong!
Sean’s Bar (Athlone). This is the oldest bar in Ireland (It’s in the Guinness Book of World Records so it must be legit!) It has a comfortable atmosphere with a warming fire in the front of the bar and a modern beer garden in the back when weather permits.
Add Ireland to Your Travel Destinations List!
Hopefully, we convinced you that Ireland should be bumped up a few spots (at least) on your travel destinations list! It certainly surprised us and we’re already excited to come back at some point in the not-to-distant future.
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