Did you know that you can fit Ireland into Texas 8 times? Ireland is a very small isle and this has it perks. It means you can travel to many iconic places for a good price and a short journey. I’ve listed a few below which definitely deserve a visit!
Dublin is the Capital city of the Republic of Ireland and it is a perfect destination on your Irish adventure. It is home to museums, universities and of course many, many pubs. You can take a walk around the grounds at Dublin Castle, or through Trinity College’s famous library. In the warm weather, a stroll around St. Stephen’s green is a must followed by a drink in the famous Temple Bar. If you’re a fan, Dublin is home to the Guinness Storehouse where you can book yourself a tour for under €20 (Don’t forget to exchange your pounds to euro’s!!).
If you’re interested in Irish history you can’t miss visiting the General Post Office where the 1916 rebellion began, located on O’Connell street (the main street in the city). In this area you will also find a popular shopping area with a great atmosphere and if you’re lucky, some good street performers.
One way you can travel to Dublin is on the Dublin Coach M1 Express Service in just under 2 hours for €20 return. You can also travel by car, train or flight so do the research and find the best deal, you won’t regret it!
Galway is located in the West of Ireland and is known as the cultural heart of Ireland with its many festivals, celebrations and events. Much like Dublin and the rest of Ireland you will find many pubs, but Galway is known to be one of the best places to visit for traditional music, and this always guarantees a good night!
To better the experience, think about taking a day trip tour to one of the many iconic attractions close to Galway. My favorite being the famous Cliffs of Moher to take in the beautiful sights of Ireland’s unique coast line.
There are many ways to get to Galway, but the most budget friendly is by bus. You would need to get the bus down to Dublin from Belfast for €10 and then hop on another bus to Galway for €20. This would take around 5 hours but after your research you may find its worth it!
For something a bit closer to Belfast, Donegal is the perfect escape from city life. Located in the remote North-West of Ireland, Donegal is in its own world isolated by country roads and a gorgeous coast line. If you want a pretty view, you have to visit the Inishowen Peninsula where you will find the most north-western point on the isle which is one of the best vantage points in Ireland to view the Northern Lights!
If you like nature Donegal’s Glenveagh National Park is definitely worth a visit! Home to lakes, waterfalls, and woodlands all located in the heart of the Derryveagh mountains with even a 19th century castle to visit! This is the perfect place to get away from the city life Belfast provides, and at a reasonable journey time!
Donegal is one of the largest counties in Ireland and so there is a lot of choice when deciding which part to visit. To reach Donegal you can by travel by train, bus or car. Lots of students decide to take a drive across the boarder as it around 2 hours away!