The Great Outdoors
In the north of the republic is the wild and windswept county of Donegal which features wonderful beaches and many unspoilt wildernesses, but pack some waterproofs as Donegal’s location on the Atlantic coast means it has a tendency to be rather wet. There are some wonderful villages with fantastic authentic pubs in County Cork (with fantastic Guinness on tap) and County Kerry is fantastic for hill walking and trekking.
In The City
Dublin is Ireland’s capital and is a friendly, lively and youthful city. During the so called ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic boom of the nineties and early noughties, many thousands of young people flocked to Dublin in search of jobs, money and good times. Although many of them may have left, the city still has a young feel to it.
Dublin is a great place for a pub crawl. The main nightspot is Temple Bar, but you can easily avoid this is if loud music and over boisterous merry makers aren’t your thing. Most pubs are friendly and inviting and the Guinness on tap is invariably very good. With no real major landmarks to speak of, a good idea is to hop on one of the many tourist buses and you will get a great feel for the city. You can stop off at points of interest along the way and get back on when you want. Tickets are mostly valid for a full day.
The Guinness Storehouse
One of the highlights of a visit to Dublin is the Guinness Storehouse. Located in the St James Gate Brewery, it really is a fantastically well done and sleek visitor attraction. Tickets are €13.50 for adults or €34 for a family ticket with concessions for senior citizens, children and students.
It’s easy to see why this is Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction. It’s a massive project on numerous floors and you can spend hours here seeing the whole process from how the black stuff is made to educational videos on how the barrels are constructed. Once you have experienced the attraction, you can enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness in the rooftop bar which enjoys a wonderful 360 degree vista of the city. Thoroughly recommended.