So, a lot of things didn’t go quite right on our trip to Ireland. First, Greg had to miss the trip completely so he could fly home to be with family after the loss of his grandma. Then, Megan’s plane to the UK was delayed hours and hours. Once in Dublin, we woke up to a broken shower. Then, both the Old Library at Trinity College and Dublin Castle were closed. And finally, our flight back to Southampton was delayed three hours due to fog.
A pessimist would’ve had a bad time (and okay, sometimes I can be a bit of a pessimist), but Megan and I had so much fun! We made a list of things we wanted to see and places we wanted to eat and drink at and were able to cross just about all of them off. We drank our share of Irish whiskey, cider and beer. We met a fun group of tourists who, oops, we forgot to say goodbye to, and we learned more about Ireland than I ever thought we would. In fact, I learned more about Ireland in one day than I have about any other country I’ve been to so far. Our trip to Ireland was incredible. And I can’t wait to go back to explore more with Greg!
Here’s what we did:
Wednesday, December 28th
- Woke up hours before dawn to catch the second flight out of Southampton. We got there ridiculously early, so we had plenty of time to “relax & shop” before it was time to board.
- Landed in Dublin around 9am. We couldn’t check in to our Airbnb until 2pm, so we did a bit of exploring with our bags. We stopped into a cute little bakery for a late breakfast, checked out St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and went on a tour of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery.
- With bellies full of whiskey, we decided the best thing to do next would be to find some food!
- Megan was desperate to try some fish and chips, so we made our way to The Bleeding Horse, which was just down the street from our Airbnb and had a sign boasting a Jameson bacon cheeseburger and fish and chips. The Bleeding Horse was a lot of fun! Megan and I made our way back there a few more times before we flew back home.
- After dinner, we caught a cab to the Guinness Storehouse. I was thinking it’d be a brewery, but it’s really more of a museum. A museum with A LOT of stairs. We climbed them all, and were rewarded for the effort with a free pint of Guinness at the top. Not being a fan of dark beer, it was the first Guinness for me. And you know, it actually wasn’t terrible! Pretty smooth!
- We were tired, and decided to make our way back to our Airbnb, only to find four people there replacing a broken futon! So, we excused ourselves to go buy some snacks for our stay(2 bags of chips and 2 bottles of wine which we consumed all of that night…), and then stopped back at the Bleeding Horse for another pint.
- We spent the rest of the night warming ourselves by the radiator, drinking wine, and catching up. Pretty good end to our first day in Dublin.
Thursday, December 29th
- After a bit of a late start (thanks to the whiskey, beer and wine), we made our way into the heart of Dublin to do some site-seeing.
- We strolled through St. Stephen’s Green and then hit up Trinity College, stopping for a quick pint at McDaid’s Pub. Trinity College was beautiful, but I still wish we could have gone into the library. Next time!
- Next, We made our way over the river to the Dublin Writer’s Museum and then searched out the original Jameson distillery.
- We headed over to Dublin Castle next, but by the time we got there, it was closed to visitors. So, we circled back and made our way to the Temple Bar area.
- After dinner at an Italian restaurant (we were craving noodles and bread), we stopped by Temple Bar Pub for one last pint and live music.
Friday, December 30th
- We got up bright and early to catch a tour bus to the Cliffs of Moher!!!!
- We were complete tourists and took a PaddyWagon Tour but I’m so glad we did. We both wanted to explore more of Ireland than just Dublin, and the tour was the perfect solution. The tour made five other stops besides the Cliffs of Moher, including a stop for an Irish lunch. I think it was highly worth the money we spent!
- The Cliffs of Moher were absolutely breathtaking. They are some 7,000 feet above the water, and have been the backdrop to many a movie scene, including Megan’s favorite chick flick, Leap Year, and the greatest movie ever made, The Princess Bride.
- It was incredibly windy up on top of the cliffs, and our tour guide said gusts can, and have, pushed tourists off. The fall to the bottom takes a whopping 8 seconds, “just long enough to post that cliff selfie on facebook and say goodbye to your friends and family back home.”
Saturday, December 31st
- We said goodbye to Dublin, and made our way back to Southampton to celebrate the new year.
Another post about Megan’s stay in England will be coming soon!