I’ve gotten tons of questions around this trip, so I figured I’d share a little more about how this trip came to be — where I’ll be going, what I’ll be doing, where I’ll be staying, and more.
How did you decide on Ireland?
That’s an easy question — I have wanted to go to Ireland basically since the day I saw the film, P.S I Love You. Although I was experiencing the Irish culture and world through a cinematic television screen, my curiosity and excitement for what I could experience first-hand grew immensely.
Apart from the fact that Ireland is a must-see and visit destination altogether, I have grown to admire and enjoy the Irish culture; the music, the language, the personality, the art, basically everything there is to know, learn, and love about this country — not to mention the endless supply of Guinness. 😉
Why are you going to Ireland? How long will you be there?
I. love. Irish. accents. And they’re the most friendly people — huge Scandanavian country fan.
What places are you visiting?
My favorite question to answer. See my full destinations and planned itinerary below for the deets. 😉
I’ll be spending my first three days and last two days in Dublin making new Irish friends and exploring all that Dublin has to offer:
- Temple Bar
- Guinness Storehouse
- Old Jameson Distillery
- Dublin Castle
- Trinity College & Library
- St Patrick’s Cathedral
- Church Cathedral – i.e Nick and Kaitlyn’s date on The Bachelorette 😉
- Grafton Street
- Ha’penny Bridge
- Magical Hill of Tara – the ancient capital and once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Can’t wait to hear all about this mystical place famous for its fairy folk and a wishing tree!
- Tullamore Dew Whiskey Museum to learn how Uisce Batha, the ‘Water of Life’, is made and get a real taste of Ireland.
- Ireland’s West Coast and on to Galway Bay, AKA the ‘City of Tribes’.
- Pub crawl inclusive of all of the best Galway pubs — including the one starred in the Galway Girl music video. 😉
INIS MÓR / CONNEMARA
- Taking a ferry across the Atlantic to spend a whole day on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands — for biking, picnics, and all the Irish outdoor activities.
- Most definitely chat and mingle with the locals over a pint of Guinness (i.e fluent in Irish Gaelic and known to be super friendly).
- Stop at Kylemore Abbey then off to Connemara instead.
- All this obviously calls for a pint and some shenanigans downtown Galway.
GALWAY TO ENNIS
- Lunar landscape of the Burren.
- Stop in the surfing town of Lahinch for lunch before heading to the Cliffs of Moher –
- Ending the night in Ennis, County Clare; the renowned home of Irish music (MY FAVE). The pubs are filled with locals playing ‘trad’ music so I will be happily joining the Irish shenanigans.
ENNIS TO KILLARNEY
- I’ll be traveling the stunning Slea Head Drive down to Dingle Peninsula and spend the day exploring the dramatic Irish coastline. IKR?
- Heading to the party town of Killarney for the night.
- Killarney National Park to see Ross Castle — built in the 15th century, and coming back to join the locals in a Kerry ‘Dishco’ to basically dance and party all night long.
- Ending the Killarney adventures at Blarney Castle to get the legendary ‘gift of the gab’ (great eloquence or skill at flattery). 😉