Ryanair managed to get all of us (Adam, Elle and Bec) to Dublin with no trouble. We made the most of our three days in the city, on our first day joining a walking tour around landmarks including Trinity College and Temple Bar (the latter had recently been voted one of the most overrated tourist traps in the world, and we agreed). We also took a tour of the old Kilmainham Gaol, which played a key role in Irish history, housing political prisoners up until as recently as the 1920s. Unfortunately the weather was not that kind to us, and the wind and rain made being outside quite unpleasant… luckily Dublin’s pubs were all warm and inviting so we spent plenty of time enjoying pints of Guinness and staying out of the weather.
Seeking to escape the city, and hoards of tourists, we arranged another hire car and zipped off to Galway in the west of Ireland. We found it to be a much nicer city with a lot more to offer. We arrived on a weekend so the old Latin quarter was full with people and some interesting buskers…one in particular took Bec’s fancy. We hit up some pubs one evening for Guinness and dinner, and listened to some Irish folk music. It’s a lovely city and we enjoyed spending time there.
Galway was also our base to explore the wild Atlantic coast. We racked up several more miles exploring the impressive Cliffs of Moher, almost blowing away in the hurricane like winds. The view across the cliffs and onto the ocean was very nice and we managed to make it back to the car for lunch just before the rain reached us. We spent one last day driving the Connemara loop, a peninsula with a lot of natural attractions including beaches, Ireland’s only fjord, steep grassy hillsides and lakes, as well as an old abbey.
After some shopping, we farewelled Bec and spent one more night in a Dublin airport motel before putting our faith in Ryanair once more for our flight to Oslo.