Sláinte, Ireland!

Sláinte, Ireland!

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. 😉

DUBLIN

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

GALWAY

  • 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). 😉

I’ll be sharing bits and pieces of my Irish adventures via blog and Instagram — so be sure to check-in and follow along with me! XoXo

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