After absolutely falling in love with Scotland it was definitely bitter-sweet to move on, but how can you stay sad for too long in the land of leprechauns and luck?!
We arrived in Dublin in the mid-morning and were heartily welcomed in by the customs officials which was a welcome surprise after dealing with London Immigration. After a quick bus trip into the city we dropped off our luggage in our hostel and went on the hunt for a pub lunch. A delicious roast did not disappoint and we washed it down with an obligatory Guinness before having a quick squiz around the city. All in all Dublin was definitely not a high-point on my trip but not to worry as it was up bright and early for our bus tour!
As I mentioned in my last post, we had booked a great deal through STA Travel to both the Scotland and Ireland Bus Tours. The Irish Leg was through Shamrocker Adventures and we took the 3 Day Southern Rocker tour.
Our first stop was Blarney Castle where we had time to explore the gardens, as well as climb up the castle and of course, kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of the gab. That night we stayed in Killarney, had a great pub dinner, met story-teller 'Pa' (who was a bit full on) and had a lot of fun with our fellow travellers.
Next morning it was off to the Dingle Peninsula which was just picture-perfect. We climbed over cliffs and rocks with our tour guide to see some amazing views and hear stories and legends of the area before heading down the cliffs to a tucked away beach. Our tour guide warned us that if we put our feet in the water then part of our soul would stay there, and we would need to visit again to retrieve it otherwise we would live an unfulfilled life! That night we stayed in Ennis, had a few drinks and popped into a local nightclub with the tour group who was, luckily for us, just a really great bunch.
The next day we headed over to the Cliffs of Moher and I was on the hunt for puffins. I thought I saw a lot of puffins. I did not see any puffins. Puffins aside, the cliffs themselves were breathtakingly stunning and I even found a four leaf clover while walking over them.
The rush was then on to get to Galway as we were running late. We did get there in the end but we weren't able to stay very long and basically all we saw were a few markets, a sand sculpture pig, and a self cleaning public toilet that was both space-aged and terrifying before we had to head back to Dublin on the bus. We spent our last night in Dublin hanging out with the tour group again.
Before flying back to London the next night we had another look around Dublin and took a tour through an old church which houses a collection of accidental mummies. In the tombs unter the church the conditions just happened to be perfect to preserve the bodies of those who were buried in there. One of the bodies is the proud owner of a very shiny finger as it's considered lucky to give it a rub. Of course we did too.