I visited Ireland not long ago for a long weekend, and the entire trip was just beyond enchanting. Never in my life have I been to a place on this earth with such gorgeous landscapes and green rolling hills. The views I saw on that trip, both at the Cliffs of Moher and merely driving through the Irish countryside, will stick with me for a lifetime.
For the duration of my stay in Ireland, I chose an accommodation in Dublin. Dublin has a very energetic and fun atmosphere, and it was very easy to take transporation from Dublin to visit other areas. I chose to take a day trip with friends away from dublin to the Cliffs of Moher and also stop in the town of Galway.
The Cliffs of Moher were absolutely breathtaking. You can walk along these muddy paths right along the edge of the cliffs that overlook the green terrain and rough waters down below. The views from every side and area of these cliffs were different and so cool in their own way. I was lucky to visit the cliffs on a nice day, but even still the wind alongside the edge of the cliffs was pretty strong. Not strong enough to knock anyone off the edge luckily, but I still had to hold on pretty tight to my hat.
From the cliffs we passed by this amazing golf course. Crazy right? In my opinion it almost looks like the classic windows background screen.
Galway was a charming small town filled with lots of locals and a plethora of street musicians. Little shops and cafes were all over the place and the Christmas markets were beautiful. After wandering the shops for a while we enjoyed spending some time in a small bakery. I had the best apple cinnamon cupcake of my life!
Unfortunately my day touring Dublin was quite rainy, but we still made the most of our time there. The town was urban yet historic and very charming. I loved the different architecture in Dublin, and the different shopping areas and department stores had beautiful holiday decorations and window displays. My two favorite areas in Dublin were St. Stephen’s Green Park and Grafton Street. Grafton street had a bunch of great shops and it ends right near the park, and right along the outside fence of St. Stephen’s Green was a long stretch of Christmas market stands.
Towards the end of our afternoon in Dublin we visited the Guinness Storehouse. The storehouse had some really cool merchandise, and the top floor of the building had a 360 degree stunning view of Dublin. From the top bar, we used our ticket vouchers and got to have a taste of the ‘perfect pint’ of Guinness.
If you’re interested in the night life of Dublin, it appeared that everywhere you turned in Dublin was a cool historic Pub. A lot of the pubs have live bands playing in them, which is a really neat atmosphere that you do not always find in the United States. If you don’t have a ton of time in Dublin, I would suggest visiting the Temple Bar area and The Brazen Head. Temple Bar is one of the most vibrant spots, very lively with amazing bands. The Brazen Head is the oldest pub in Ireland, and the atmosphere is very rustic and inviting.