Traveling to Ireland is a dream. One in which you drink beer whenever you want during the day, explore the magnificent countryside, and learn about Celtic history.
During a short weekend trip to Dublin, I was able to do all three listed above. It was absolutely wonderful and I recommend to go to Ireland if you’re looking to do just this!
Our first day we decided to wander aimlessly around Dublin, which was easy to do because it’s not a very large city. We visited the beautiful old library of Trinity College (a must!), got a few pints of beer in some pubs around the Temple Bar neighborhood, and went to the Queen of Tarts, a lovely little café and patisserie that sells the yummiest pastries. It’s a very cute and cozy hole in the wall so make sure to get there early enough if you don’t want it to be too packed.
The atmosphere at the old library in Trinity College was definitely one of my favorite things. Light poured in from the windows and shone onto the aged and dusty books, revealing many secrets hidden within the untouched pages, demanding to be read. Unfortunately you can’t snoop around since the books are fragile so you can only walk down the hallway and look around.
Our weekend was mostly dedicated to visiting the stunning countryside that you constantly hear about and see photos of. So on Saturday we hoped on a Irish Day Tour bus that took us to the Cliffs of Moher. The good thing about this tour is that it stopped at many locations while we were making our way to the Cliffs, so not only we got to see the main attraction but we also got to experience more of the countryside. Our tour guide was very punctual and funny, but he wasn’t super involved which made the tour all the more enjoyable. Everything was so wonderful until we reached the Cliffs – that was probably the best landscape I had ever seen and was just absolutely splendid.
Our next trip was to the Giant’s Causeway on a very sunny day – we got very lucky with the weather, which made the experience all the more exciting and nice. We stopped at the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on the Causeway coastal route. This was also absolutely stunning. Every place we visited took my breath away and I’m sure if you go there, it’ll take your breath away too, no matter the weather.
Here are the places you must visit when you go to Ireland:
- Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin
- Cliffs of Moher
- Giant’s Causeway
- Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
- Temple Bar neighborhood in Dublin
(and much more)