What to do in Ireland - well its more what not to do really! And it does rain all the time - although the temperature has gone up to double figures this weekend! The clocks went forward last night so at least you will have more day light hours!
Im assuming your flying in to Dublin?
- St Stephens Green - if weathers good lovely to sit with a coffee book and watch the world go by
- Trinity College - wander through the campus or pop in and see the Book of Kells
- Kilmainham Gaol - fantastic historic jail - they have filmed a lot of movies here plus see where famous Irish Nationalists were incarcerated
- Take a hop on hop off bus tour and you can see all the sights at your leisure
- At night wander around Temple Bar - FULL of tourists but wonderful all the same - try the Porterhouse a microbrewery - try the Oyster beer - mmmmm lovely plus theres usually some traditional music playing.
- Theres lots of lovely restaurants about Temple Bar too to suit all palates
I havent been to Cork in a few years but the city was undergoing a massive face lift as it was to become a city of culture - theres an English Market which l enjoyed a wander through. Its a good place to base yourself also should you wish to visit Blarney Castle (kiss the Blarney stone fame - where you are hung over the edge to kiss this rock!) Theres lovely walks around the Blarney Castle
Kinsale - down road from Cork - it is a wonderful place - absolutely wonderful seafood restaurants - great wee place
Cashel - stop off enroute from Dublin to Cork - see The Rock - l recommend viewing at sunset - wonderful.
Galway - wonderful city - great people great restaurnats. I have a really good friend who lives in Galway and we were down visiting her in July last year - amazing weather. We stayed in Jurys Hotel which has an excellent location just at the bottom of shoppe st. So much to do - next to Jurys is a WONDERFUL fish and chip restaurant called MacDonaghs - the crab claws are to die for. Lots to do wander about people watch. Great base to the west coast of ireland - if you can hire a car its really the only way - drive down through Salt Hill, to Spital and beyond. From here you can drive for around an hour and get to the Clifs of Moher - such an amazing site! Hope you have head for heights and try to ignore the flies!
Donegal - another rugged county with spectacular scenery too
In the North l would recommend Giants Causeway - l MUST do for everyone, Carrick-a-Ree Rope Bridge - then drive around the North Coast - a wonderful drive stop off in wee towns like Ballycastle, Cushendun or Cushendal - great photographic opportunities.
Belfast - where l live - this city really is thriving and on the up - lots of regeneration going on. Wander around the University Area - Queens is a lovely historic building, the student area has lots of cheap eats - try Clements for a coffee and a delicious scone or caramel square! For night life and eating again Dublin Road, Bradbury Place or Shaftesbury Square has all you would need plus near to hostels. Stop off and have a pint in The Crown - old Victorian pub which is owned and run by the National Trust. See City Hall, do a black taxi tour up the Shankill and down the Falls - see the murals. There is a hop on hop off bus tour here also which will take you to the Titanic Quarter and past Stormont Castle.
There l hope that gives you flavour - bring your umbrella mind!!