Luck O' the Irish!

We took a trip that has been at the top of my list for years: Ireland! Read on for our detailed itinerary through Killarney, Galway, and Dublin.




I've had a goal since I was younger and took a Eurotrip in high school: travel to one new place, near or far, every year. I have done a great job sticking to that goal and I don't plan on ever stopping. Andrew and I have decided that price-wise, international travel is acceptable every other year. In between, we'll do some closer or domestic trips. After Turks and Caicos, we took a trip to Texas to visit my family and then finally, it was time for Ireland!


I am Irish, although not 100%, and I love everything about their country and culture. The greenery, the untouched beauty of the country, the accent, the BEER! Yes, I am a beer girl through and through so I was excited to have "Mother's Milk" (Guinness) from the homeland.


We left for this trip on April 1, 2018. Not only was that Easter Sunday, but it was of course also April Fool's Day. I'm not a nervous flyer but the irony of the day certainly didn't escape me!


Bunny ears for Easter Sunday departure!

Killarney


When planning this trip, we planned to fly both in and out of Dublin. In between, we rented a car and drove the southern coast from Dublin to Galway and basically circled back to end our trip in Dublin again. We took a redeye and landed in Dublin at 8am. Although we were exhausted, we sucked it up so we could get to Killarney ASAP. The drive from Dublin to Killarney was about 3 hours and poor Andrew was the only one who drove because being on the other side of the road, our car insurance only covered one driver!


The quaint streets of County Cork on our way to Killarney.

We broke up the drive by stopping in County Cork for some breakfast. We found a cute little cafe where I actually got a breakfast burrito that was delicious! I have to be honest...I am a very picky eater and the one problem I encounter when traveling is food. We definitely ate a lot of fried food until we got to Dublin where the cuisine is varied and delicious.


Finally, we made it to Killarney National Park, where we stopped before checking into our B&B. I have never seen a land so green and lush in my life! There were beautiful pathways, overgrown seating areas, and Ross Castle which was just spectacular to see in person.





Ross Castle, Killarney National Park, Killarney


We took a tremendous walk that ended up being a couple of miles in length and then we headed to our B&B to check in. We booked our B&Bs for Killarney and Galway through B&B Ireland and had a great experience with them overall. The hostess of our Killarney B&B was so kind and although the room was interesting {with a sink in the middle of the bedroom, not the bathroom} we had a nice stay. Due to jet lag, the night we spent in Killarney turned into a 12-hour slumber! I have never slept that long but once we did, we had no signs of jet lag for the rest of the trip.


The next morning, we checked out and hit the road. The skies gave way to beautiful sunny weather and a rainbow for our drive!


The luck of the Irish brought us a beautiful rainbow for our journey!

We were officially headed to...

Galway


We drove from Killarney to Galway with a stop in Hag's Head for the Cliffs of Moher first! I had followed an Ireland travel group on Facebook for tips and I am SO glad I did. This group recommended that instead of going through the main entrance to the Cliffs, we drive to Hag's head and pay 2 Euro to park in the lot at a yellow house. I thought it slightly sketchy at first but it was worth a shot. We did in fact park at this yellow house after slightly losing our way. It was a short ten minute walk up a hill to the cliffs and once we got up there...WOW!








Our trip to the Cliffs was complete with rain and mist {what would a trip to Ireland be without it right??}, dangerously close steps to the edge, rock piling, and a beautiful Irish horse!


After leaving the Cliffs, we drove the rest of the way to Galway, a city I was SO excited to experience.




We checked into the Rock Hill Lodge, another B&B we booked on the website and it was even better than the first one! Not to mention, a quick walk into the center of Galway City. The ENERGY in this city is incredible. I can see why so many people, especially college students, live here. The restaurants and bars are fun and lively and the whole city is right on the water.




We did a lot of exploring on this first day and really just took in the sights as we wandered around.

The beautiful Galway cathedral.
You may recognize these famous wings from the larger version in Nashville, TN!

Salthill


During our time in Galway, a friend who lived in the area reached out and told us to go to Salthill, right next to Galway. We had never heard of this and if we had left Galway without checking this little town out, we would have deeply regretted it! This gem is right around the corner from Galway but it is an entirely different world! Right on the water, this town had so much to offer including great restaurants, breweries, and O'Connor's pub, a famous Irish bar.




The famous O'Connor's Pub.

We ended our Galway/Salthill trip with a fabulous Italian dinner and beer at a local Gastropub and the next morning, we journeyed to our final destination!


Dublin


We were up early the next morning to drop our rental car in Galway and take the train to Dublin. I am a huge fan of the train after taking it up to Boston for three years while Andrew and I were in a long-distance relationship. This train, however, was an even better experience than I've had in the past! We boarded the train and had assigned seats from booking the tickets online. There was a Starbucks in the station so being 'those Americans' we jumped at the opportunity for a cold brew! Once we got on the train, the trolley came around, giving me serious Harry Potter vibes! The train was a little over two hours across the country from Galway to Dublin. We got off in Dublin and took a cab to our hotel, Jury's Inn Christchurch. Our first stop of course had to be The Temple Bar!



While in Dublin, we did a lot that I don't necessarily have photos of but I will list some of our stops here:

  • Elephant and Castle (BEST buffalo wings)

  • Gogarty's Pub (amazing vibe & live fiddlers)

  • Temple Bar

  • Queen of Tarts for breakfast/brunch

  • Trinity College

  • Guinness Storehouse

  • Jameson Distillery

  • Grafton Street Laduree

  • Stag's Head Pub

As mentioned above, we went to both Guinness and Jameson and if you have time, I highly recommend doing both! They are two very different experiences that we enjoyed equally as much.







The Whiskey Shakers tour is the one we chose to do and would choose it again over any other. This is the hands-on experience where you are physically making and tasting the cocktails!



The Gravity Bar at Guinness was the top floor bar with a 360 degree view of the city!


We graduated the 'pouring' course and became Guinness masters!

Our trip ended with Guinness which we thought was very appropriate! We were sad to leave this beautiful country and in the future, will definitely be back!

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