Location: Dublin, Ireland
Sadly, Dublin was the last stop of our trip, which means this is the last post relating to my trip to Ireland. I liked Dublin, don’t get me wrong, but it was nothing compared to Galway. It’s funny that I live in New York City, because I really prefer smaller, more town-like cities. Anyway, I’m happy we went to Dublin overall, but specifically because of these three things:
Okay, so for someone who isn’t the world’s biggest fan of beer, I really enjoy going to breweries. They’re a really fun way to spend an afternoon! Guinness was the coolest one I’ve been to, I think. You wind your way up an interactive museum that’s actually shaped like the Guinness pint glass. Aside from learning all of the regular facts about hops, brewing and packaging, you get access to the Guinness Tasting Room where you learn the proper way to drink the beer. The tour ends on top of the “glass” building, in a bar that has a 360 view of the city. Such a beautiful view.
Okay. This was totally the bread and butter of our time in Dublin. This Wild Rover daytrip came highly recommended, and now here I am passing on that recommendation. We were scooped up in Dublin city before the sun even rose and driven up to Northern Ireland. It’s amazing how the hostility still exists – you hear about it, but when we entered the UK it became so real. In Belfast, we went to the docks where Titanic was built. Standing there today is a memorial/museum, which we got to explore.
We also went to Giant’s Causeway, where about four different people told us the story of the Scottish-Irish giants’ rivalry which caused the causeway. Even though it was really another act of geology and science (who knew there were so many visible ones in Ireland?), it was really amazing to see.
Our last stop was to the Carrick Rope Bridge which once you cross it, you get to see the outline of the Scottish Isles. The rope bridge was awesome, but definitely not as scary as the Cliffs of Mohr. That is going to hard to pass!
It was definitely a day, but I can’t think of any other way to experience all of that at once than in a trip like this!
Like we’ve previously discussed, my favorite part about traveling is wandering around like a local. The Temple Bar area of Dublin is adorably quaint and easy to navigate – filled with shops and places to eat. Sadly, about 90-percent of the Dublin shopping mirrors what we have here in New York. The only Irish item I bought myself was a wool scarf on our trip to Cliffs of Mohr. I didn’t know this, but Dublin is big on donuts. We had them from two different places and they were both delicious!
Our hotel, The Castle Hotel, wasn’t in the best area of the city, but we were still able to walk everywhere. The best part – aside from it’s Hogwarts-like staircases – was that there was live music in the vaults under the hotel every night. After our long days, we loved changing into something more comfortable and heading down there to listen to Irish diddies with a bottle of wine.
Lodging: Castle Hotel, anywhere close to River Liffey, as it’s the center of the city and truly walkable.
Shopping: Henry Street, Moore Street, Grafton Street