Kerrie Juric travels to Ireland and discovers a country of friendly people and natural beauty. Kerrie celebrates St Patrick’s Day in Dublin and then makes her way to Blarney, Galway and Belfast. Kerrie, tells us about her time in Ireland.
We arrived in Dublin the day before St Patrick’s Day, the city was buzzing with pride. I was so excited to be a part of their biggest day of the year. The locals were so friendly and kind. One even offered for us to follow them as we were having difficulty finding our hotel. This had nothing to do with my navigating skills. Ok maybe a little bit.
We made our way to the centre of Dublin where all the festivities were to take place. The Temple Bar was our first stop. The ambiance was fulfilling, with live music playing non-stop and everyone singing along. It was nice to bump into a few fellow Aussie’s too. The street parade was incredible. People everywhere in green and orange filled with pride and joy celebrating their day.
The next day we headed south to Blarney to visit the famous Blarney Castle. Kissing the Blarney Stone was a must-do on my list whilst in Ireland. You climb to the top of the castle, lay down on your back, slide your way down over the edge, then lean out and kiss the stone. It is said that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you gain the gift of eloquence. We then drove from Blarney to Killarney on the route known as the Ring of Kerry. The scenery on this circuit was stunning. The coastline of southwest Ireland is filled with beauty and the Ring of Kerry is a great way to experience it.
Next, we ventured north with Galway in sight but of course not to miss the Cliffs of Moher on the way. On the west coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are one of the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland and one of biggest tourist attractions. The cliffs are over 200 meters in height and stretch nearly 8km. It is simply breath taking.
Continuing north, our next stop was in Northern Ireland at Bushmills where we went to see the Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder of the world. There is a legend that these remarkable stones were built as a walk-way across the sea for an Irish warrior to fight a Scottish giant. However, scientists believe that the interlocking basalt columns are the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Either way, it is truly amazing to see the perfect hexagon formations.
Our last stop before heading back over the Irish Sea was to Belfast. The best way to see it all is to jump on the Hop on – Hop off bus. You can complete a full circuit in only 90 minutes. Get off at the destinations that interest you the most. Drive past all the murals that tell the stories of the political history of Northern Ireland. This capital city has so much history and so many stories to tell. If only walls could talk.
Interested in visiting the Emerald Isle? Contact Kerrie Juric, an International Travel Consultant with Escape Travel based in Nambour, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 653 869.