Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of today I thought I’d share my Ireland Travel Guide! I visited Ireland back in 2011 with one of my best friends (now Maid of Honor) after graduating high school. It was my first big international trip abroad. This trip made me fall in love with traveling and I definitely caught the travel bug! I can’t wait to one day go back because it’s still one of my favorite places that I’ve ever visited! And if you’re trying to find a country to travel to I highly recommend this beautiful one!
I’m going to break this travel guide into three sections: Dublin, Galway, and Cliffs of Mohr – all places you should definitely visit when going to Ireland!
- Guinness Storehouse – If you’re a beer lover (and even if you’re not) this is definitely a must! Personally, I’m not too fond of Guinness but this was still cool to see. The tour is self guided and you go through 7 floors that have interactive experiences. On the 4th floor you get to learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness! There was an instructor there and when you’re done you get a little certificate that says you’ve crafted the perfect pint of Guinness. You end the tour by going to the top of the building and visiting the Gravity Bar. This is where you get to enjoy your complimentary pint of Guinness while enjoying a 360 view of Dublin!
- Food – Eat some traditional Irish food while you’re there! Irish Stew, Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Breakfast (a must in my book minus the Black Pudding), and some good ol’ Fish & Chips!
- Trinity College/Book of Kells – You can take a guided tour of the grounds of Trinity College and visit the Library containing the Book of Kells. We personally didn’t take a tour, we just walked around the grounds ourselves.
- Temple Bar – To get the authentic Irish Pub experience with live music you have to visit this area of Dublin. Fun Fact: I got to order my first legal drink here at 18 and I felt so proud at the time. We sadly didn’t get to have the experience walking around and hanging out at the pubs at night, but I hear it’s amazing!
- Gaelic Football Match – Attend a Gaelic Football game at Croke Park! The closest sport I can compare this to is rugby, but there are still some differences. The official color of the Dublin team is blue and there was a sea of Blue everywhere you went in Dublin that day. We were out having a drink at a pub and made the migration (with what felt like all of Dublin) over to the stadium. It was so fun because the crowd was doing the teams chant on the walk over and the game was really fun too!
- Quay Street – This street has everything you need: restaurants, shops, and pubs! The atmosphere is always great – day or night. The pubs are really fun and it’s a blast to go pub/club hopping at night. It was such a lively area with live music playing everywhere and everyone was drinking and dancing.
- Wild Atlantic Way – We drove along this scenic route on our way into Galway and I enjoyed every mile.
Cliffs of Moher
If you’re in Ireland you need to make a day trip out to see the Cliffs of Moher. This is easily one of the best sights I have ever seen in my life! These massive cliffs overlook the Atlantic ocean and the view is incredible. You can walk the path along the cliffs and admire the scenery. Just be prepared to wear comfortable shoes and pack a jacket/something warm as it can get windy!
(Don’t ever go past the guarded pathway and close to the edge…young Kenzie was dumb)
I hope you can visit this wonderful country soon and see why I’ve fallen in love with Ireland!