Ireland… The land of the most pleasant people! They are so friendly, maybe it’s the whiskey, but still.. And I can tell you one thing, it’s true when they say that they don’t eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day!!
My friend and I did a tour to Ireland the week of St. Patrick’s Day. We went with CIE who were fabulous! Everything was well organized. We chose the Irish Adventure package which goes around the entire country, North and South.
Day 1, We met our group and did a walking tour of Dublin. After that, we went to Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells, which is one of the oldest manuscripts out there (800 AD) and was created by celtic monks. The library at Trinity College is stunning!!
Day 2, we traveled by bus through some gorgeous sceneries and eventually made it to the House of Waterford Crystal. Watching them make pieces was pretty cool. Had a guided tour through the city.
Day 3, we went to Cobh, my favorite part of Ireland, it’s so beautiful here!! Also, it was Titanics last port of call. We then went to Blarney Castle. Incredible sight to see and no, I did not kiss the stone!
Day 4, we drove Irelands most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, then right to Killarney where we had some drinks and enjoyed the evening. It was St. Patrick’s Day and we could not find corned beef on any menus anywhere! That’s because they don’t eat it! It’s an American thing.. Our whole tour group was baffled and we didn’t know what to eat so we ate the best burgers I think any of us had ever had!! Their beef is delicious!
Day 5, Cliffs of Moher.. A view I can’t even explain. You have to physically see it, pictures don’t do it justice.. We then headed up to Galway.
Day 6, we watched trained sheepdogs rounding up some mountain sheep. It was actually very interesting!! Then did an ancient city tour through Derry.
Day 7, a visit to the Giant’s Causeway which has huge columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Then up to Belfast and saw where the titanic was built! That was amazing to see since I am infatuated with titanic stories.
We then eventually made our way back to Dublin and the tour ended. This was such a great way to fully cover all of Ireland in one shot. Highly recommend them!! CIE..