Ireland is a truly magical place
A bucket list item of mine, as well as our daughter, was to visit Ireland.
We had a 6 day period of time between house sits in the UK in October. Our goal had been to find some sits in Ireland, Scotland and Wales while in the UK but unfortunately there were less sits available in these areas.
Normally you’d have your travel all figured out before you head out but us, nope. We like to live on the edge. We planned our little trip to Ireland just a week prior traveling.
As a family we all sat down together to choose where to go for these 6 days and figured out that we could go to both Ireland and Scotland for a couple days each and just pack in as much time as possible.
I went on www.RyanAir.com and found super CHEAP FLIGHTS $158.45 USD. RyanAir is awesome if you don’t mine the way they make you stand in line and load the planes.
The flight out of Manchester was stupid ridiculous in my opinion. There’s gotta be a better way for them to not have everyone stand in a 3 story stairwell for 30 minutes while they drag their asses. Just have us all wait in line upstairs and then, when you are ready to actually load passengers onto the plane, send us down the stairs.
The last day of our house sit in Sheffield England, we finished cleaning, said goodbye to Bella and Terry (puppy and cat) and took the bus from our front door to the train station.
There is a great train system in the UK and there was a straight shot from Sheffield to Manchester Airport. You can look up www.NationalRailway.com (and even call them for any help you ever need for figuring out how to get everywhere) or use www.Trainline.com which is where I book everything in the UK for all our travel outside of regular buses.
I know I’m whining about it but can I just say that the Manchester Airport is my least favorite of all airports we’ve been to so far? Coming and going from here is a real pain. Our bags are checked and unpacked every single time we have come and gone from here. It’s ridiculous. All our liquids are in the right bags and in the correct sizes. We have NO weapons. Nothing crazy yet all four of us have had our bags held to be inspected by security each time.
We landed in Dublin about an hour later and headed, by bus, near our Hostel, KINLAY HOUSE. We had about a 15 minute walk with all of our luggage and crap (we were getting pretty sick of carrying around so much stuff). We got there in the afternoon and were DELIGHTED by the location, staff and ambiance of the place. See our Review of Kinlay House. This was the 2nd Hostel we’ve stayed at since starting our world travels September 1st 2016.
That first day we did a Sandeman’s New Europe “FREE” walking tour of the city which covered a lot of territory and information. The weather held out for the most part. Our Guide was great and they work 100% off of tips so while the tour is considered “Free”, it’s really not. How can you not tip, per person, at least 5 Euros/Pounds/Dollars?
After the 2 1/2hr tour we headed back to our Hostel to get ready to go to HOOLEY NIGHT AT JOHNNIE FOX’S PUB – read my review. It was just one of the most memorable experiences ever and we will never forget this night.
Before we had left for dinner that night we had asked the front desk about a tour to the Cliffs of Moher – on the other side of the country. There was a tour by Dublin Tours that left the next morning at 7pm. It cost us about $250 to book it but we went for it. We headed home and went straight to sleep as we were pooped and had a long day.
The next day we went to the meeting spot to get on the tour bus at 6:45am.
You can read my Full review of the Cliffs of Moher but I just need to tell you that this was the most fantastic place we’ve ever been up until now. The views. The imagery. The feeling of being in a place so amazing and breathtaking was just a feeling I can’t describe. We all loved it and highly recommend a tour there if you can. You could just head there on your own but we learned so much along the way about the irish people, Fairie trees, rocks on the mountains and the various clans and so much more with a guide.
We got back around 9pm, got some food to eat and went to sleep in our Hostel. We had a very early morning flight the next Morning for Edinburgh Scotland.
One day we hope to go back to Ireland and spend a lot more time there. We loved Dublin and the people. The scenery was just something you have to see for yourself but I hope you enjoy all our pictures and videos.
Let me know if you have any questions at all about our adventures in Ireland. Make sure you CLICK on all the links above to see our pictures and videos of each trip and review like our kids on stage at Johnnie Fox’s Pub.