Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!

It seems appropriate today to post a few photographs from my trips to Ireland. I have been visiting this beautiful country regularly since 2009. I usually go in May or August, to make the most of bank holidays. I have not yet explored Dublin properly, because there is always something else waiting to be discovered. Ireland is still a bit of a hidden gem even for its inhabitants and has got stunning beaches, mountains and cliffs to rival many more famous – and possibly overrated – destinations. It also has unpredictable weather, which makes our weather here in England pleasant and calm in comparison. In my opinion it only adds to Ireland’s charm. The country is doing its best to accommodate the growing number of visitors and the tourist facilities are constantly improving. Even small towns and villages are well signposted and have some sort of tourist information. Ten years ago it was impossible to eat in the restaurants outside of rigid lunch or dinner hours. Thankfully this is no longer the case, as the businesses have recognized the obvious need of providing people with food all day long.

Ireland is not a cheap destination – I was terrified when I saw that an ordinary bottle of water at a petrol station cost 3 euro. A very simple meal of fish & chips with a pint of Guinness will set you back £20 and I am talking country pubs, not Dublin. I recommend staying at B&B’s, which, especially in the countryside, are very spacious – large bedrooms, large bathrooms etc. It is worth mentioning  that it is not possible to buy any alcohol before 10:30 am after 10:00 pm.  One of local curiosities, I suppose.

So far I have been to Ring of Kerry & Dingle, The Burren, Connemara, Wicklow Mountains, Donegal as well as Cobh, Enniscorthy, New Ross, Killarney…  The upcoming trip in May remains a mystery, nothing has been booked yet in terms of accommodation. I am nevertheless very excited because I know we will go somewhere new and undoubtedly picturesque.

Below, a visual summary of my visits to Ireland 2009 – 2018, including Northern Ireland, which is worth a separate trip and is now getting more and more popular due to the Game of Thrones phenomenon.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

 

 

shamrock

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