I lucked out and was able to spend a couple days in Ireland after my planned-itinerary throughout Europe and before heading to Africa.
My time was spent with one day in Dublin and one day on the west coast to visit Galway and the Cliffs of Moher.
For my time in Dublin, I was able to accomplish a lot the city had to offer! I covered a lot of ground with a free walking tour to show many of the notable and hidden spots the city has to offer! My personal favorite was walking through Trinity College. After the tour finished in Trinity College, I went through the famed library which holds the Book of Kells. Unfortunately for me, the book was not opened to the famous page, but was still very cool to see!
Trinity Bar is the famous bar area in the city, however this means that the prices are also fairly high. If you are looking for some great Irish pubs and food, go a little bit beyond the Temple Bar area to find some of the places that more locals go instead of the tourist traps.
Finally, my lost stop in Dublin, I did the Guinness Tour – which I highly recommend, even for those who might not love Guinness/beer. While I do love beer, the tour is very informative (in an interesting way!) and interactive! My favorite part of the tour was about the history of their iconic advertising with the different animal mascots they’ve used. At the final part of the tour, you’ll be able to, of course, drink some famous Guinness with a panoramic view of Dublin!
The highlight of Ireland, for me, was getting out of Dublin, though. I think the true Ireland is in the countryside. Even my bus ride that crossed the island was beautiful. Ireland is nicknamed the Emerald Isles for a good reason! It’s weird to think that just miles of green grass could be beautiful, but it very much is!
Upon arriving to the Cliffs of Moher, I was incredibly excited because it’s a place I had wanted to visit for a long time. We lucked out with the weather, being that Ireland is famed for hazy views and cloudy skies. We had no rain and the clouds weren’t too bad. If I could do it again, I’d have spent an entire day at the cliffs. The cliffs have a very long walking trail that links two towns on either side and I would’ve loved to do the entire path. However, with only a few hours, I did as much as I could.
While in Galway, I did a historic walking tour of the city, which pointed out many things that I wouldn’t have ever seen without the tour. I had dinner in Galway, but other than that, I didn’t have much time. So I would’ve skipped Galway unless I had a full day for Galway and a full day for the cliffs.
Although I wasn’t originally planning on a visit to Ireland – I’m very happy I was able to squeeze in a trip between my two routes! Will have to come back one day to do the country justice.