Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Travelling through Ireland

Although I've lived in Dublin for two years, I admit I haven't travelled extensively throughout Ireland as much as it deserves. I have been to the Irish west coast and it's truly stunning. It was pouring, but this is normal, although I would have preferred to stare at those landscapes with the sunshine.

Galway is a very lovely picturesque town and people's warmth confirms the dogma of the Irish friendliness. My friend and I had lunch at a small restaurant, before jumping on the coach for the Aran Islands. Needless to say, it was pouring, and when I got on the boat I was soaked.

On the boat I got sick, and once in the island (we chose Inis Mor, the biggest one), we rushed to the b&b, barely able to see around us, due to the heavy rain. We only had a weekend, and didn't manage to see much. Of course, this is a good reason to go back, maybe around May or June, in the hope of a greater cosmic cooperation.

My ideal trip in Ireland would be travelling through all the west coast. I would go to the first car hire at Cork Airport and then start journeying from Cork, passing by County Kerry, going up to Galway and Aran Islands.

I would stop here a couple of days to have the opportunity to better visit the area and especially the Cliffs of Moher that I missed last time. Just past Galway I would definitely stop in Connemara and in County Mayo, before getting to Donegal, very famous for the unforgettable sceneries and the constant bad weather.

I can't wait to visit the area, get to know the Celtic traditions Dublin is losing and listen as much Irish music played live as I can.


Shannon OD said...

Sorry to hear that the weather was so bad on the Aran Islands...that boat trip must have been pretty terrible :( But I'm glad your not giving up though because if you make it for sun, it's amazingly picturesque. Oh! And your ideal trip sounds just like mine - though I've done a lot of the West Coast I can't wait to go back and spend more time in the small towns :-) It's just such a lovely side of Ireland.

AngelaCorrias said...

Small towns are sweet indeed, and have retained much of their Celtic traditions I so desperately looked for in Ireland. I hope I'll catch good weather next time, I NEED nice pictures ;-P

Perth Hotels said...

I love to go to travel in a small town and go to boat trip.

Stephen Hartshorne said...

Dear Angela,
I loved the West of Ireland:

AngelaCorrias said...

Hi Stephen, I loved it too, although I've only been once and didn't manage to see much. I'll certainly be back in the warm season to enjoy the region!

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