Eight Nights in Ireland

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Eight Nights in Ireland

Kem & Lori traveled to Amsterdam, Scotland, and Ireland last month. If you missed part 1 with their time in Amsterdam, catch up here: Amsterdam in October. You can also catch up on part 2, their stay in Scotland here: Four Nights in Scotland.

Stop #3: 8 Nights in Ireland

On their final night in Scotland, Kem & Lori stayed in Glasgow. The next morning, the group headed to Belfast, the capital and largest city of Ireland.

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Europa Hotel – City Center

Kem and Lori arrived by ferry and started the trip with a full city tour. That night, they stayed at the Europa Hotel in the city center.

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Giants Causeway & Bishop’s Gate Hotel

On their first full day in Ireland, they had a full-day excursion along the Antrim Coast to Giant’s Causeway. This is one of the most famous and stunning sites throughout the United Kingdom. Giants Causeway is made up of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns.

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It is now a World Heritage Site (UNESCO) and a national nature reserve. According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant.

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After a busy and full day, Kem and Lori rested up for one night at the Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry/Londonderry. grainean aileach 2a

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Grianan Aileach, Sliabh Liag, & Miller Park Hotel

The next day was another busy one! The group toured Grianan Aileach in Donegal, a Neolithic hillside fort. The views are the main attraction here!

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The group also toured one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets: Sliabh Liag, home to the highest Sea cliffs in all of Ireland. You can expect outstanding views from this site as well.

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That night, they retired to the Mill Park Hotel in Donegal Town for one night.

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Foxford Woollen Mills & Park House

The next day they headed to the Foxford Woollen Mills. This is Ireland’s oldest working mill and the maker of world-famous woven rugs and scarves for over a century.

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That night, they stayed at the Park House Hotel in Galway for one night.

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Cliffs of Moher & Gleann Fia Country House

For their next day in Ireland, the group headed to the Cliffs of Moher. You have surely seen the stunning photos of these sea cliffs along the Atlantic Ocean! The cliffs are iconic in Ireland and are also recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Words don’t do it justice, but photos almost do!

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After this, Kem and Lori crossed the Shannon to stay two nights at Gleann Fia Country House in Killarney.

Ring of Kerry

Next up, they had a full-day excursion on the Iveragh Peninsula – known to most as the “Ring of Kerry“. It is one of the most scenic places in Ireland, with classic views of the Irish countryside next to the stunning blue waters. It gets its name from the 2,000-year-old walls of the Leacanabuaile Ring Fort. These are shrouded in mystery, making for a very interesting tour!

They stayed for a final night at Gleann Fia in Killarney and the next day they headed to Dublin.

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Dublin & Ashling Hotel

The transfer to Dublin is four hours from Killarney. Upon arrival, they had a great city tour and then checked in for two nights at the Ashling Hotel near the Guinness Brewery.

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In Dublin, the group visited the gorgeous Trinity College. Here they marveled at the amazing Old Library and saw the Book of Kells in person. The Book of Kells contains the original four Gospels of the New Testament.

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They also visited the stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Best Places to Visit in Dublin, Ireland

You don’t want to miss these two very lively areas in Dublin: Temple Bar and Grafton Street.

Temple Bar is an actual bar but it also refers to a lively neighborhood in the heart of the city. It is often described as Dublin’s “bohemian quarter”. It is full of great bars and restaurants, and also one of the best places to hear live Irish folk music.

Grafton Street is one of the busiest shopping streets, not only in Dublin but in all of Europe. Both the Temple Bar area and Grafton Street are great places to do a walking tour.

Don’t miss parts 1 and 2 of Kem and Lori’s trip:

Amsterdam in October

Four Nights in Scotland


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