The Rail and Sail!
One of the best ideas we had on this trip! We bought a rail and sail ticket from London to Dublin. Take trains, no problem. Grab a ferry to sail to the coast of Ireland, sounds amazing! We did, however, miss one of our connecting trains then ran around like crazy Americans trying to figure out the rail system in order to catch our boat on time. What is a vacation without a little huss and fuss?
We arrived and immediately hit the Temple Bar area. We had our first pints and dinner at The Old Store House, where there was a live band. There is actually live music in every pub in the Temple Bar area, which is amazing. We spent our night with some Guinness, Seafood Chowder, Irish Cottage Pie, Guinness, and more Guinness. We walked around and hit a few more bars until we passed out for the night.
The next day was one of our favorite days of our trip. A friend told me about a day trip she took from Dublin to see the Cliffs of Moher and it was the best reco ever! We booked a day trip with The Dublin Tour Company.
The tour bus picked the group up at the town center in Dublin around 7am. Coffee was needed. They took us to a little town called Atlone where we grabbed some coffee and a bite for breakfast. We had an amazing bus driver. His name was Paul and he was not only hilarious, but knew everything about Ireland.
We then stopped in Galway, and took a walking tour with a guy named Ray. Another amazing tour guide. We walked across this adorable town and learned about hilarious/crazy Irish history.
Next stop, Doolin. This town was literally named after the guy who protected the land from the underworld. I told ya, hilarious/crazy history. Joe said he had the best Seafood Chowder of his life at Gus O’Connor’s. Definitely check it out.
Finally, we arrived at the Cliffs. It is completely breathtaking. There is a rail you are supposed to stay behind while walking along the cliffs but Joe and I decided to climb over that rail like everyone else (bc we are crazy) and walked along the edge. I don’t encourage this. But seriously, this view:
The bus ride back was long but totally worth it as I got really into my vacation read, Where You’d Go Bernadette. Paul, our tour guide, recommended we stop by The Porterhouse once we got back to Dublin for a pint or two. So we grabbed some beers there on our walk back to our flat (via Airbnb). Unfortunately, we grabbed too many and I, once again, needed drunken food. There was a pizza by the slice place I saw across the street. I immediately needed pizza.
This is St, Patrick, I had to post this because this statue is creepy. You’re welcome.
Then it was time to get our drink on. You may know this about me, but I used to work at a brewery. I worked in the tasting room at Cigar City Brewing for about a year and a half. So I am familiar with brewery tours. The Guinness “Brewery Tour” is insane. It is literally like Disney World for beer lovers. No complaints.
The last stop of the tour is the Gravity Bar, which is a glass room where you can see all of Dublin. They give you one free Guinness, then we bought more. I know everyone says this but it is true, Guinness tastes amazing when you are in Dublin. It is extremely fresh and not as heavy as it usually tastes when you get it here in the states. So we had a few.
We grabbed a cab to The Old Jameson Distillery next. If you look at a map, it really isn’t that far from the Guinness Storehouse. But you have a few beers there and tell me how far you want/can walk.
The Jameson Distillery was cool. They don’t actually distill there anymore but all of the old equipment is still there and the tour walks you through the whole distilling process. They talk about different types of whiskies and 5 lucky people on the tour get to become certified whisky tasters. Joe was chosen and now the certificate hangs on our fridge. I recommend ordering a whiskey sour at the bar. It is a true whiskey sour made with egg whites and everything, extremely delicious. I don’t like to cheat on gin, but when i do, it’s with whiskey.
Fun fact: if you walk the streets of Dublin, you will notice that most doors are all different colors. Our tour guide told us that is because most Irishmen need to know where to stumble home at the end of the night, therefore, crazy colored doors. Love it.
And that was it! One couple, three countries, too many drinks, and some amazing memories. Till next time Europe!