Yesterday was my favorite day so far! We spent the morning on a bus driving through the lush green countryside. I loved getting out of the city and experiencing new parts of the country. It was really cool to be driving down the highway and see an old castle or medieval ruins on the side of the road. Our bus driver was also so friendly and informative- he would tell us the history of the buildings or how the people in that area lived hundreds of years ago.
After a quick stop to see Bunratty Castle, we were on our way to the the Cliffs of Moher!
The Cliffs were absolutely stunning. It was incredible to see them in person. To make it even better, the sun was shining and the sky was clear- a far cry from the dreary, rainy weather we’ve had for the past few days.
After spending an hour or two at the Cliffs (as well as some smaller cliffs off the coast called the Baby Cliffs), we headed to Galway. I absolutely loved Galway- from the winding streets to the live music to the hustle and bustle, it really felt like a little European town out of a fairy tale. I just wish we had more time there- two hours was not enough to eat, shop and explore. Although we did as much as we could in the limited amount of time we had, if I ever come back to Ireland, Galway is definitely on my list as a place to revisit!
After visiting two incredible “touristy” locations on the Emerald Isle, I can see why there’s an entire government-run Irish tourism website called Tourism Ireland. It states, “Tourism Ireland is responsible for marketing the island of Ireland overseas as a holiday and business tourism destination”, and it definitely does just that. The more I see of Ireland, the more I can picture myself returning to not only vacation myself, but encourage others to vacation, as well.
If I had another week in Ireland as a tourist, I would definitely make my way over to the west coast to continue to explore the Cliffs, Galway, and other sights on that side of the island.