Travel Guide: Ireland

Now that the Bachelor's final rose has been given out (I hope? I don't get cable!), we can now focus on the next best thing... St. Patrick's Day! I visited Ireland in 2013 with about ten other Canadian girls for a very stereotypical Irish vacation. I fell in love with the country's charm and the spirit and warmth of the locals. Check out my travel guide for this jovial country below:

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Explore

Literary Dublin: Browse books, letters and literary masterpieces in the Georgian mansion housing the Dublin Writers Museum. Wander Trinity College's stunning old library which is home to the book of Kells. 

Brú na Bóinne: Predating Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, Brú na Bóinne is a mind shattering geological example of prehistoric humans. 

Giant's Causeway: Situated between Belfast and the walled city of Derry, the Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO protected wonder.

Galway City: Drive along the long and winding coast to find some of Ireland's most outstanding scenic drives.

Cliffs of Moher: The vertical Cliffs of Moher in County Clare soar to a dramatic height of 203m. On a clear day the views are magnificent, with the Aran Islands surfacing the waters of Galway Bay. 

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Guinness all around  

Guinness all around  

Eat 

Delicious Dublin Tour: If you're anything like me and want to dive into the local culinary scene, you should definitely do this tour! 

Farmgate Cork Cafe: Voted one of the best restaurants in Ireland. This restaurant creates some of the best local dishes that Ireland has to offer.

The Brewers House: This gastropub is nestled in the village of Donaghmore. Locals love it for its quaint and casual environment while serving Irish favourites. 

The Woollen Mills: Voted as the best restaurant in Dublin, this restaurant is located in one of the most iconic buildings in the city. The Woollen Mills is quintessentially Irish. 

The Fumbally: Perfect spot for breakfast and lunch. Ingredients are all organic, sustainable and ethical. 

Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne

Stay

Ashford Castle: Overlooking Lough Corrib, on vast acres of green space, this five-star property occupies a 13th-century castle. Very close to Headford town centre and central Galway.

Harveys Point: Located on the shoreline of Lake Eske, the luxury hotel and restaurant are close to both Donegal town centre and Murvagh beach. 

Kellys Hotel Dublin: This trendy, brick-fronted boutique hotel sits on a vibrant street corner in the city centre's south side. It's a quick stumble home from the Temple Bar nightlife spot. The bar with no name is also located here which serves some of Dublin's best cocktails.

The River Lee Hotel: Set on the banks of the River Lee, this modern property is a quick walk from Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral and Cork Opera House. 

Mount Juliet Hotel Kilkenny: Full of heritage, this property is one of the most luxurious country estates in Ireland. 

Shop

Charlie Bryne Bookshop: Located in the heart of Galway City, the shop has been voted the best independent bookstore in Ireland. It holds more than 10,000 literary titles. 

Ardkeen Quality Food Store: This fine food store houses Ireland's best ingredients. It's been voted the best gourmet food store in the country.  

The Irish Design Shop: This is the go-to spot for unique gifts. It sells a variety of one of a kind treasures that you can't find in major department stores. 

The Powerscourt Centre: Inside this beautiful building, you will find authentic Irish boutiques.

Brown Thomas Dublin: Essentially Selfridges' hip sister. This store not only has the big brands, but also Irish goods that will be perfectly unique when you wear the them back home.