We knew we didn’t have much time in Dublin, so we decided to do a hop-on hop-off bus the first day. We walked around the area we were staying in and I couldn’t help feeling a little homesick. The cold air in the city reminded me of San Francisco!
We decided to walk to Trinity College and start our tour there. The first thing I noticed were the words ‘look right’ written on every sidewalk corner (so the tourists looked the right way and weren’t hit by cars). I was so grateful for those! We walked around the campus, but were unable to enter the library to view the historic books. The line was a 2 hour wait! Oh well, just another excuse to come back!
We hopped on the bus and decided our next stop would be the Guinness factory. This was such an amazing place! Best part? Free pint of Guinness at the top!
Satisfied, we hopped back on the bus and rode around the city some more. We were disappointed to find out that there was a 2 hour wait for most sights. Someone told us later that it was a bank holiday in Ireland, which is why the lines were so crazy!
We spent our evening relaxing at a pub and planning out our next few days. We were renting a car the next day and driving across the country to Galway. We decided to call it an early night.
The next morning, we woke up early and made our way to the rental car place. We ran into some trouble getting there though, because all the buses to the airport were full! The bank holiday meant that everyone was heading to the airport for flights. We saw a taxi pull over to let a passenger out and snagged it just in time!
We rented our car and were very surprised that NO ONE metioned the fact that we should drive on the left of the road. Ha! I hope tourists do their research before arriving there!
Danny was nervous about driving on the left, so I made up a song to help him to remember. At first it was a joke, but it actually ended up being great because it didn’t sound like I was nagging, ha!
We made a stop at our very first castle on our way to Galway… Trim Castle! This was the castle that parts of Braveheart were shot at! It was so amazing, although if I’m honest, I had a grand vision of a giant castle before we got there and was surprised to see it was little (compared to the castles that are always featured in movies, etc).
We took a tour of the inside and I was surprised at how large it seemed from the inside! I could have easily gotten lost in there. The view from the top was pretty amazing!
We noticed a bridge and field from the top of the castle and made our way over there. It was such an amazing sight at the bridge. I found myself speechless several times at the brilliant greens and blues of the scenery!
It started to rain, so we continued on our journey to Galway where we were greeted by the sweetest couple ever! If anyone needs a place to stay in Galway, message me and I’ll recommend them! When we arrived in Galway, all we knew was that we had 2 days to do touristy stuff. By the end of the night, we had our days planned out and were already planning a return trip!
Up Next: Cliffs of Moher and the Connemara Loop