By the time you read this, my husband and I will be exploring the countryside of Ireland! Neither one of us has ever driven on the other side of the road, so hopefully we’re still talking to each other at this point! You can check out my Instagram and Snapchat to follow along on my adventures, and also search the hashtag #sarahsirishvacay on Twitter and Instagram!
While I am away I have an amazing roster of guest bloggers who have graciously agreed to share their travel bucket lists in celebration of me checking off one of my life long dreams…to visit Ireland. Be sure to come back every day for amazing travel-themed posts from Kelly, Andi, Rachel, Alexa and Ginger!
Here’s some highlights of the spots I’ll be visiting on our trip to Ireland. I cannot believe I am finally taking this trip of a lifetime!
– Trinity College Library and The Book of Kells –
“The Library of Trinity College Dublin serves Trinity College and the University of Dublin. It is the largest library in Ireland and, as a legal deposit or “copyright library”, it has rights to receive material published in the Republic of Ireland free of charge; it is also the only Irish library to hold such rights for the United Kingdom. The Library is the permanent home to the famous Book of Kells. ”
– Newgrange –
“Newgrange is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland, located eight kilometers west of Drogheda on the north side of the River Boyne. It was built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.”
– Gap of Dunloe –
“The Gap has long been a popular tourist attraction. The road through it is narrow, winding and is difficult for motor vehicles. A popular form of transport for tourists is the horse-drawn trap, a cart where up to four occupants sit facing each other. There are also riding ponies for hire. The trap and ponies are guided by men from families that live in and around the Gap. These ponymen use a rotation system called the Turn which determines who takes the next customers. The Turn has been in existence since the 1920s and is passed down in the families to the next generation.”
– Skellig Michael –
“Skellig Michael, also called Great Skellig, is the larger of the two Skellig Islands, 11.6 kilometres (7.2 mi) west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. A Gaelic Christian monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th century and remained continuously occupied until it was abandoned in the late 12th century. The remains of the monastery, and most of the island, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
– The Dingle Peninsula –
There are many opportunities to hear traditional Irish music in the town, particularly during the summer tourist season. Dingle has a number of pubs as well as restaurants and cafes. There is also an aquarium, “Oceanworld Aquarium”, in the town, and a number of art and craft shops.”
– Cliffs of Moher –
“The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 390 ft above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and, eight kilometres to the north, reach their maximum height of 702 ft just north of O’Brien’s Tower which is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs that was built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien. From the cliffs, and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south. The cliffs rank amongst the most visited tourist sites in Ireland and receive approximately one million visitors a year.”