Last summer I got the chance to visit a place that has been at the top of my bucket list for quite some time now. I may have spent a little under 3 days there, but it was enough for Ireland to completely steal my heart, make me feel so at home and wish I never left.
One of the first things we did when we landed in Dublin was race to our hotel, change and head straight to the Guinness Factory. For people who have never been to Dublin, the Guinness factory is the perfect place to start – not only is it SUPER affordable, but you get a free pint of Guinness, you don’t have any time limits, and if you get a chance to try the Guinness stew you are in for a DAMN GOOD treat.
One of my favourite things about the factory was that there was so many different ways to experience the beer. During the time that I spent there I got a chance to pour my own pint of Guinness, I learned how to DRINK A GUINNESS (which I’ll be honest, I never knew by changing the way that you sip something could change your ENTIRE experience of the drink) and we got a chance to visit the sky bar which gave us a beautiful view of Dublin.
Once we finished up at the Guinness Factory we decided that instead of finding a cab to get into the heart of Dublin we would just walk – we were travellers on a budget after all, and were all completely in agreement that spending money on food was more important than our feet hurting from the amount of walking we did. A couple hours later,
Our next day in Ireland was a long one, we decided that we needed to see another city, and being in one of the central hubs of Ireland, with no car, it was super easy to find day tours, that were very affordable. The tour company we used that I VERY HIGHLY recommend was called Lally Tours, I’ll have the exact tour we did linked here. There were so many options of tours that we could do, day tours, two day tours, even week tours. We wanted to see the Cliffs of Moher and Galway and they provided a tour exactly for that. The best part of the company we booked with was if you’re traveling on a tight timeline like us, and wanted to cram as much sightseeing possible into a day, you had the flexibility to change the times you could depart and arrive! We left Dublin at 6am, and arrived back around 11pm.
Our first stop on our tour was a place called The The Aillwee Cave, this was about an hour out of Galway on our way to the Cliffs of Moher. One of the main reasons why I’ve always been so drawn to Ireland is, whenever I thought of Ireland, all I thought was “its green all over, just a lot of green and gloomy.” & let me tell you I was exactly right! The best part about this stop was not even the cave itself, but the surrounding areas.
Cliffs of Moher were one of those rare places you experience in your life. Stepping out onto the Cliffs and breathing in nothing but the freshest air, and seeing nothing but ocean for miles and miles in front of you, was a view I had yet to experience. It was the feeling of feeling completely minuscule and insignificant in this HUGE world, but so completely infinite, all at the same time.
The last and final stop on this day tour was Galway. Galway was one of the most unique cities I have ever been to, filled with little cobble stone streets, buskers playing on almost every street corner and bars lined up for your choosing, it was hard not to fall in love with the laid back vibes, and care free nature of this city. We decided on a small bar, and honestly I had one of the best beers (it was called a Galway Hooker, try it, trust me!) and pizza combinations of my life. After a couple hours of walking around and stumbling into a cafe, we found ourself back on the bus and back to Dublin.
Ireland quickly became one of my favourite places in the world. I can’t wait for the day I get to go back.
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