In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, one of my favorite holidays, let’s take an imaginary trip to Ireland! You all know Katie & I love to travel, from Israel to Scotland to Zanzibar, we are obsessed with seeing the world…and we like to bring you along. Are you ready to go to Ireland?
A few years ago I had the pleasure of spending St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland and it was nothing short of amazing! I had no set expectations when I went to Ireland, just wanted to have a good time on a fun holiday but I walked away with so much more than that. If you’re considering traveling to Ireland here are some must sees for your trip:
- Cliffs of Moher: Also known as the Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride. The Cliffs are in the Shannon region (upper west coast) & they are surreal. We rented a car in Dublin & drove cross country to see the Cliffs, it was one of the most scenic drives I’ve ever taken. There are a ton of beautiful villages along the way, quaint little towns (we recommend Galway, it’s awesome!), breathtaking castle ruins. When you get to the Cliffs of Moher you can hike to the top, see gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, even set foot in an hold cliffside castle. So great!
- The Book of Kells: Don’t know what the Book of Kells is? Watch this awesome animated film & find out! The Book of Kells is a beautiful, hand drawn Bible compiled over several years & it’s reknown for its intricate illustrations. The Book is held at Trinity College in downtown Dublin, a gorgeous campus with the most beautiful library I’ve ever seen. Trinity College also happens to be where Oscar Wilde went to school — swoon! Those of you that know me know I’m a tad bit obsessed with Oscar Wilde, so in my time in Ireland I not only went to Trinity College, I went to see his statue and his home. I didn’t stop there, when I went to Paris I went to see his tomb, but that’s a whole other post!
- Guiness Factory: When in Rome right?! The Guiness Factory is right across from the Jameson Whiskey Distellery, those Irishmen know how to do it right! For just a few euros you can take a tour of the factory & have samples at the end of delicious, rich Guiness. I don’t know if it was being where the beer is made or what but Guiness tasted even better in Ireland. Thank goodness beer is vegetarian! Plus, Guiness is good for you, at least in Ireland it is.
- Temple Bar: Since we’re talking drinks I might as well send you to Temple Bar, the bar district of Dublin. This area is full of tiny pubs, hundreds of years old. You will also find a variety of shops and restaurants in the Temple Bar area, perfect for a morning or night stroll, your call!
- Queen of Tarts: What kind of food blogger would I be if I didn’t send you to a killer place to eat? I fell in love with Queen of Tarts & you will too. The Queen is really close to city hall and the Bank of Ireland (pictured below on St. Patrick’s Day) & serves breakfast, lunch & pastries all day long. The pastries was what got me in the door but their food is what kept me going back, it was fresh, savory, unforgettable.
Lastly, if you ever have the opportunity to go to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day book your ticket immediately, you won’t regret it! Actually, even if it’s not St. Patrick’s Day go to Ireland, it’s incredible. The country is gorgeous, there is a ton to do, great places to eat & the Irish are warm, friendly people. I can’t wait to go back to Ireland!
How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Have you been to Ireland?