A dream trip to Ireland

Going to Ireland

Nastia Shafranova lives in Kiev, she is an IT recruiter and every 2 months she goes somewhere. This year she has already managed to visit Prague, Minsk, Odessa, Thailand, South Africa, Portugal, Azores (San Miguel Island), Croatia and Ireland – about the latter Anastasia tells 34travel.

The trip to Ireland occurred to us spontaneously and unplanned, which in the end we are very happy. In fact, the reason for going to Ireland was the desire to see and hear Chemical Brothers live for the first time in Kiev at a music festival. But not only the music motivated us to visit this unusual country, our love for Halloween also played its role.

How do I get a visa?

To get a visa to Ireland (and not only) you have to prepare in advance, which we didn’t do and were very nervous whether we would get an answer from the embassy in Moscow in time. If you are not in Moscow, then I advise you to collect a package of documents at least a month, not a couple of weeks, as we did, as the embassy takes time to review the visa from 10 working days (5 days documents go to the Embassy + at least 5 days to consider them). But if you do hand over the documents, as we did, in a rush, it makes sense to call and write to the embassy to expedite the decision on the visa.

If you have a current UK visa, you can fly to Ireland as long as you’ve traveled to the UK before and have a stamp of visit to that country.

The good news if you are in Ukraine: there is an Irish consulate in Kiev and you do not need to go directly to Moscow for a visa, moreover, during the review period you can surrender not a passport, but only a photocopy of pages and fly somewhere else in the meantime. The cost of an Irish visa: single entry – € 60, multi-visa – € 100.

We bought tickets in July through the Orbitz website for the end of October – beginning of November. We flew there from Kiev via Paris (Air France) and back via Amsterdam (KLM) and home. If we were flying in May 2019, of course we would fly on Ryanair, as there will be direct flights from Kiev to Dublin, besides it is much cheaper.

Upon arrival at the airport, we found a car that we had previously booked through the RentalCars service and drove to our hotel in Dublin.

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It depends on what you want to get and exactly where you’re going. So, if your plans include just Dublin, then any time of year will do for this city, as it’s full of great pubs where you can spend many, many, many fun evenings. But if your goal is to travel around Ireland and you want to visit as many places as possible in a small amount of time, I don’t recommend going in the fall and winter. We didn’t have time to see everything we originally wanted to because it was already dark at 5pm… and we could only drive towards home.

Since the concert that originally caused us to go to Ireland was in the middle of our trip, it was decided to spend three days in Dublin and three more days traveling around Ireland.

“In Dublin, you can always find a cozy little café or pub where you want to warm up with a cup of coffee or a glass of beer.”

Dublin is a city in which we immediately felt comfortable. Here you can always find a cozy little café or a pub where you want to warm up with a cup of coffee or a glass of beer. It is not overcrowded with tourists, street musicians always delight you with a good voice, and showmen with a great sense of humor. It’s a city that’s pleasant to wander through and where you can meet a leprechaun and Oscar Wilde.

Places I fell in love with or my masthead to visit in Dublin:

St Stephen’s Green, a very cozy and green old park where you’ll find a great playground and a small lake with lots of feathered residents.

Iveagh Gardens (Clonmel Street, off Harcourt Street) is another park, quite green and cozy, but the most notable thing about this park is the waterfall. Unfortunately, it wasn’t working during our visit, but if I were in Dublin again, I would definitely try my luck again.

St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay – I’m not a big fan of all sorts of cathedrals and temples in principle, but this is one of those where you could easily spend an hour or two. First of all, it’s a very beautiful place, and second, here you can learn a lot of interesting facts about Irish history, such as who St. Patrick was and Jonathan Swift’s role in Irish history, and you can also look at his tomb right inside the cathedral. So plan to stay here for at least an hour and a half.

Dublin Castle (Dublin Castle, Dame St) is a beautiful place which will be interesting to see for history and architecture lovers, but not only. Unfortunately, we didn’t get inside the castle, but you can obviously feel like a king or queen there.

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Polpenny Bridge – if you like beautiful bridges, this is the place to go.

Dublin’s Little Museum (15 St Stephen’s Green) – a museum where you’ll learn a lot of unusual and interesting facts about Dublin and its residents. For example, you can be told about who Bram Stoker was and what might have motivated him to write a book about Dracula.

The Guiness Beer Museum (St James’s Gate, Ushers) is a place worth visiting to see all the nuances of beer making, taste it, and learn the history of how the Guinness empire came to be. Trust me, it’s quite a sight to behold. It’s better to get your ticket online in advance to save time.

Places we didn’t make it to, but we’ll be sure to check them out on our next trip:

The Book of Celts (The University of Dublin Trinity College, College Green), a book written by monks and over 1200 years old, is now in the Trinity College library. I recommend getting a ticket to the museum in advance, as we didn’t get to see the book just because we hadn’t thought it through.

The Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery (Bow St, Smithfield Village) – Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of a whiskey fan, but we never made it to this museum. I don’t think it’s much inferior to the Guiness Museum.

Our first stop was the place, which on Google maps is labeled as Ballinastoe Car Park (I recommend searching for this name directly on Google maps). We actually didn’t know about this observation point, but when we saw the beautiful view through the car window and the opportunity to stop, we took a break and were surprised, to say the least. From the mountain we had a view of Lake Tay. It’s hard to convey the beauty you see when you stand high above the lake and watch the reflection of the sky in it.

After Lake Tay, we drove to Glendaloch, a valley where in addition to the beautiful nature you can find a medieval monastery that was founded as far back as the 6th century. The monastery is for the amateur, but it was interesting for us to look at. Near the monastery there’s Glendalough Upper Lake, where the ducks graze and wait for some kind person to share a piece of bread with them.

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After contemplating the monastery and the ducks in the lake, our next destination was a small but very cozy and pretty town of Kilkenny. Here we found the Castle of Kilkenny (XII century) and St. Mary’s Cathedral (XIX century) and we wanted to visit the Cathedral of St. Canis (XIII century) but didn’t have time to do it. Overall impressions of the city were very positive, although we were there for a very short time. The town is very nice, with lots of little stores, cafes, with attractions, which are located close to each other, and a beautiful park near the castle.

After Kilkenny we tried very hard to get to Cashel Rock, but unfortunately we arrived when it got a little dark, in addition, it was impossible to get closer to it, because the museum was already closed. So plan your trip taking into account the working hours of the museums and the sun. And in general, the place is very interesting and I would like to go back to normally walk on this very rock. A few words about it: the rock is also called the rock of St. Patrick, as Patrick lived here in the V century. The rock has also served at various times as a residence for kings and churchmen of Ireland.

The last point of the trip on this day was the town of Killarney. This is where the famous Ring of Kerry route begins. Near the town is Killarney National Park – the largest nature reserve in Ireland, which was included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO, and it also borders with lakes, which have glacial origin. Within the park, in addition to nature, you can find the Macross House Manor Museum (19th century) and Ross Castle (15th century).

On the morning of the second day we woke up cheerful and happy and hit the road, but, as usual, on the way we saw something beautiful and decided to stop. It was Inch Beach. Here we stood for a while, got a taste of the Irish rain, watched the waves and drove on.

After the wet beach, we drove around the Dingle Peninsula for a bit and made our way to Dunquin Pier, a place where the ocean, the mountains, and the greenery around it merge together. By the way, there was grass near the pier that reached almost to the knee – like a very soft carpet in which you sink a little.

The next stop on the day were the cliffs Moher . This is such a cliff height of 120 meters, which is located above the Atlantic Ocean. Since we drove long enough and came to the cliffs only at 16.00 and at 17.00 is no longer visible, we had only one hour to enjoy this natural wonder and enjoy the sunset. But it was worth it 100%. In general, you can easily come here for a walk for a day or at least for half a day, there is everything you need: beautiful nature, cafes, stores and even a room for meditation. In the evening we arrived in Galway and went out to celebrate Halloween.

“We stood around for a while, got a taste of the Irish rain, watched the waves and drove on.”

A dream trip to Ireland

trip to ireland

A journey through Ireland with kilkenny, St. Patrick and elements of improvisation. Program and itinerary for the Emerald Isle trip.

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Author: Alexey Kurkin .

Ireland … Land of the tastiest beer (sorry, Germany, accept, Czech Republic), the best whiskey (Au revoir, Scotland) and potatoes (Batsyka will approve). That is how Russian frequenters of numerous “Irish pubs” imagine the homeland of leprechauns. It’s hard to argue with them. And there’s no need to hide it, I was like that myself recently. But there is a turning point in everyone’s life, and mine happened not so long ago, on St. Patrick’s Day, over another mug of Kilkenny in some bar in the center of Moscow. I, having only vague ideas about this magical country at my disposal, suddenly wanted to visit it. I confess, at first my aspirations were confined to walking around the “Real Irish Pubs”, because even the most exact copy somewhere on the Arbat can’t compare to the original…

I decided to find out more about the new object of my pipe dreams and I did not notice how an idle “I should go” turned into a mania! Searching the Internet, I learned that there are more ancient castles than playgrounds in any provincial Russian town. Not to mention the climate and nature of this emerald island.

Without realizing it myself, I made a surprisingly clear travel plan for Ireland. After landing in Dublin, I will take the ubiquitous Uber to the pre-booked hotel, but not to go to bed after a long flight. I’ll throw my things in the room without even unpacking them and go for a walk around this ancient and majestic thousand-year-old city. I’ll take a detour to Dublin Castle in a few hours, pray to St. Patrick that there are no important ceremonies and that the castle is open to the public, and, if he hears my prayers, I will duck under the shade of those ancient walls. Though these walls were not built by John himself at the beginning of the thirteenth century, the spirit of antiquity will soak me. Emptied of medieval grandeur, I will simply have to stop at the first pub I see on the way back: if it wasn’t for the Kilkenny, I wouldn’t have even thought of this trip, so it’s not a tribute to alcoholism, but to the signs of Destiny!

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The next day I, as someone for whom “vacation” and “sea” are synonymous, will take the train to the beaches of Balbriggan . Not only is it one of the closest resorts to Dublin, but it is also very beautiful. I’m sure I’ll see many abandoned castles and beautiful landscapes from the train window. I feel this trip, the swimming in the Irish Sea and the return trip will wear me out, and I will return to the hotel tired and happy.

And then, only deep into the island, only at random! Let Destiny, who had brought me to Ireland, decide where I should go! Away from the sea, away from the megapolis. As Garik Sukachev sang, “By train from Moscow I’ll leave, I’ll leave for the nikudes!” Only with local, so to speak, flavor. To agree to the first excursion that comes along, to take pictures not only of architectural monuments, but also of the unique nature and just enjoy your rest!

I don’t know how many days this will last. Given my financial situation, not long. But for me every minute under the Irish sky, side by side with the gnomes, trolls and fairies, is worth much more than a week on a stuffy Sochi beach or, moreover, on a dacha outside Moscow. May the four-leaf clover help me breathe in the fresh Irish air, just once! Grand!

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