The grass is definitely greener in Ireland! (Literally)
This past weekend I explored Dublin, Galway, and the Cliffs of Moher and they all could not have been more beautiful! I loved that I not only was able to see so much of Dublin, but was able to see other parts of Ireland too. On one of my days here, I took a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway and I loved looking out my window to see everywhere in between. Interested? Here is how my weekend went:
No matter what time of day my flight is, I am always tired when I hit the ground. But you know what? You just have to hit the ground running! After I checked into my Airbnb, my friend and I headed to the Teeling's Whiskey Distillery Tour!
Teeling's Whiskey Distillery Tour
When in Dublin, many people opt for the slightly more popular Jameson tour, but one of my friends recommended that we go here and I am so glad she did. Teeling's is a relatively new, family owned whiskey distillery. We met up with our small group and our guide, Emily, who walked us through the distillery. I got to see how the whiskey was made and I loved that she was able to tell us some of the history behind the making of whiskey! Our little tour was followed by a whiskey tasting, which was super fun! Here we got to try a sample of their small batch whiskey and a cocktail. We started with the whiskey sample, and I'll admit it, I'm not the biggest fan of whiskey. I really wanted to like it, because when in Rome (or Ireland) right? I did really like the whiskey cocktail, though! It was made with early gray tea and different citrus liquors, so it tasted almost like an Arnold Palmer!
Guinness Storehouse Tour
We followed our whiskey tour with a tour of the Guinness Storehouse! I did a lot of research about what to do in Dublin before my trip and I a lot of people said that the tour wasn't the best, but you had to do it since you were in Dublin. I would have to agree because it was not exactly a tour. There was no guide to tell you what was what and it was more of a museum. It is also SO big. There is so much to look at and if you read everything completely, you would have to be in there for hours! You end the tour pretty tired, but have the ultimate award of a free (well included in the price of your ticket) pint of Guinness waiting for you in the Gravity Bar. The Gravity Bar has window walls that allow you to see all of Dublin while you enjoy your Guinness. This was for sure the best part!
St. Patrick's Cathedral
It is funny because when I was in 5th grade, my Grandma took me on a trip to Paris with my cousin. This was one of my first times in Europe and my first trip without my parents. I remember getting back from this trip and telling my parents that my Grandma took me to "a lot of really old churches" unenthusiastically. Now that I am older I LOVE looking at old churches! They are so beautiful and I love all of their architecture. It is so cool to travel to different cities and see the differences in the architecture. My Airbnb was so close to St. Patrick's Cathedral and it was so much fun to walk to and admire.
Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher & Galway
My friend and I took a day trip with Wild Rover Tours and I would recommend it because we had the best experience! It was 45 euros and we got to go to both the cliffs and Galway. I was looking into going with other companies and their tours were 40 euros, but just to the cliffs! Galway was 100% worth the extra 5 euros (and maybe a trip back someday)! Our guide J.P was so insightful and this tour made for such a fun day!
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher were one of the places that I wanted to go to the most during study abroad and I am so happy that I was finally able to go! Everywhere I turned was something beautiful and I didn't realize how much I missed the ocean until I was there. Maybe it's because I grew up in New England, but the ocean just makes me so happy! I loved hiking along the cliffs and watching the seagulls swirl in the wind. It was SO muddy, so keep that in mind if you are headed to the cliffs soon! My friend wore white Converse, and let me tell you, this was not the right shoe choice for the day. I was definitely missing my Bean Boots on a day like today! Also, in order to get some great pictures, be prepared to get down on the grass and get a little dirty!
You will see me back here some day! I was only in Galway for two hours, but it was enough time for me to swoon over this cute little Irish city. I could not wait to go to Galway (cue Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran now)! Galway has a different vibe then Dublin, definitely more seaport town like I am used to in New England. I spent my time in Galway cozied up in a warm pub with a steaming bowl of soup, catching up with my friend (and I confess, some gelato after). It was perfect! As we pulled up to Galway, our guide described it as a historic sea town with street musicians on every corner and students hanging out in every pub. He was right! Galway felt so comfortable to me and I can't wait to go back some day!
After we left Galway, we headed back to Dublin. Our tour made for a long day, but we had one more thing left on our Dublin bucket list that we had to check off before we left the next day. When we got off of our bus, we went right to the Temple Bar for a drink at the famous establishment. Even though I was exhausted from the long day, Temple Bar was so much fun and the perfect end to an amazing trip in Ireland!
What do you think? Headed to Ireland soon? Leave me a comment below!