Tuesday, June 7, 2011


The trip to Ireland was fun but quick. Not having enough time anywhere seems to be a problem as there just simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Dublin was busy, fun, and expensive- not totally what I was expecting. Ireland offered many activities and unfortunately we had limited time to choose our activities.
Taking the “hop on hop off” tour bus was a great option for us in Dublin. It offered opportunities for us to see as much as possible while being able to extensively visit areas of our choice (as well as get a quick history lesson along the way). We got to hear the explanation of the well-known Georgian style houses and their famous colored and architectural beautiful doors.

We also got to see the Dublin Castle. A couple of us decided to pay the small fee to go inside; I wasn’t disappointed. The rooms were so immaculate! We got to see parts of the original castle walls and the only entrance through those walls that they had many years ago (not pictured).

A Guinness tour was also on our to-do list. I would recommend this place to almost anyone. Everything from the design of the building to the way in which they presented all of the information was beautifully designed. And of course, a “free” pint of Guinness with a view overlooking Dublin is always a plus (free with entry fee).

A few of us also did the tour of the Kilmainham Gaol (jail) as well. The tour was short but really very interesting, even shocking at times.

We didn’t do a pub crawl in Dublin. Our hostel was located right in the Temple Bar area, a perfect place to experience the Dublin night life on our own.

After Dublin was our trip to Galway, Ireland! This was especially short as well. We did a day trip that consisted of climbing a hill to get a good look at the Irish countryside and then seeing The Cliffs of Moher. I was really excited about the Cliffs of Moher and while the pictures might be somewhat enjoyable the only way to truly understand the presence of these cliffs is to actually be there. If I haven’t given you enough reasons to take a Scotland/Ireland trip you can add this one to your list.

I really would have liked one more day in Galway, it’s so completely different from Dublin. A little less busy, but still has the great shops and nightlife.

Wales was an even quicker trip. More just like a drive back to Scotland from Ireland with some stops along the way….
Yes...that is the name of the town.


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