Welcome to my on the road in Ireland.
I start to tell you about this trip as a goal that my boyfriend and I dreaming from a long time. Then on a cold February morning, when the gray sky was full of melancholy, we decided to book and go without not so much planned.
With only flight tickets in hand , the first hotel to stay and a route I formulated we embarked on a cold night.
To expect us, at Dublin airport, our rented car on Liligo, that was our real home, and salvation in the days of tours.
During the month of February temperatures in Ireland are rigid, so to have a car in which heat up during visits at points of interest actually makes a difference.
We opted for automatic car (about 60 euro for 7 days) and I must say that apart from the first impact, driving on the left was not a problem at all for my him. The trick is never to lose focus and do not act instinctively.
Dublin – the best places to visit with a walking route
1. Trinity College
I start from Dublin, here you can safely leave your car and walk around easily.
All the points of interest are all very close together, the maximum distance does not exceed 1 km.
The tour starts from the famous Trinity College and its centuries-old library. It seems came out from an Harry Potter movie, right ?!
2. Book of Keels & Trinity College Library
My boyfriend and have walked a long time through the streets of this magical colleges, including scents of ancient books (here is also the Book of Kells, a masterpiece of Irish scribe monks), deep green and bicycles meadows of students whizzing between one classes and the other. It would be a dream to study here.
Where to eat – O’Neill’s Pub
We soon realize that our wandering has lasted a little too much and it’s already lunch time … we will have a nice pint of Guinness to warm up a bit ‘!
We opt for one of the most famous pubs in the city: O’Neill’s Pub, located just in front of one of the symbols of the city of Dublin: the statue of Molly Malone. Homonym unofficial anthem of the city and good luck for tourists.
3. Molly Malone Statue
4. Dublin Castle
With a full belly and a spirit lightened by the beer, we continue to Dublin Castle. The gray sky just do not want to let the blue space, but the colors of this famous manor enrich the skyline of the city even in its most melancholy moments.
5. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The walk continues slow and relaxing, I love the city where you can avoid any type of transfer. Dublin turns easily on foot and in a few minutes we find ourselves faced with another of the places of interest in the city: St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The entrance has a fee bu it t well worth a visit, the interior is really beautiful.
6. Guinness Storehouse
A must if you are in Dublin is a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, you’ll soon discover that in report the water costs less.
The complex, rented by Mr. Guinness for 9000 years to 45sterline (I would say that he was very smart) has been refurbished and is definitely very interactive.
It starts from the story of the ingredients of the famous beer up to “heaven” in the gravity bar where you can enjoy your pint with incredible views of the city.
Where to stay (and eat) – The Beacon Hotel, My Thai Restaurant
After the last cheers of the day, it is time for our dinner and to rest in a warm bed.
Being with the car we decided to move just a little bit out the town, opting for a hotel, The Beacon hotel with great ethnic restaurant (Oriental cuisine is really widespread in Ireland).
We found ourselves in an ultra modern setting with designer pieces, the toilets are designed by acclaimed Philippe Starck. A super fashion hotel!
I leave you also my first vlog made in this magical on the road … and at the next episode to discover Belfast and an amazing UNESCO site.