This trip was a first for both Andy and I. Neither of us had traveled to Ireland before, and we didn’t really know what to expect going into it. We heard it was green, and that there’s a strong affinity for dark beers there (putting Andy in his natural element). We heard there were leprechauns and banshees, stone fences and sheeps galore. All of this sounded great to us, but for some reason, it was never on our bucket list.
It’s a good thing we went anyways.
At this point in our epic journey across the Atlantic, we were getting pretty tired of touristy spots. So we stayed far away from the typical Dublin stops like the Guinness Factory, or the Jameson Factory, or the Waterford Crystal Factory. We still found Dublin to be plenty awesome, and is one of our favorite cities we’ve ever been to.
In and Around the Galway Area
Our lovely Dublin hosts Fabio and Amy mentioned that once we got out of the city, we’d see the real Ireland. “The West is best!”, was the expression they used; and since Amy was born and raised in the west of Ireland but now lived in Dublin, we figured she’d be a good judge. The West coast did not disappoint.
This is the stuff dreams are made of. Irelands only fjords make their way inland, butting up to soaring mountains rising more than 2,500ft straight out of the water. And all around you is nothing but long rangey grasses and sheep, with nary a soul to be seen.
Ireland is everything we heard about and so much more. We’ve got plenty of stories coming your way, but we wanted to put up some pictures real quick just to give you a sample of the awesomeness that is Ireland.
We’ll never forget our trip to the emerald isle, and we can’t wait to go back.
What’s your favorite part of Ireland?