A land of legends, castles, Pierce Brosnan and gorgeous fields. While you could walk through the beautiful land like Holly from the movie PS I Love You and hope to bump into your own version of Gerard Butler (the real guy is taken, ladies) another great way to explore this beautiful country is by taking a car out for a spin.
No deadlines. No restrictions. You follow your own rules. Here’s a six-day itinerary for the beauty that is Ireland!
Day 1 – Experience Titanic in Belfast
Ireland is divided in two parts – Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Begin your trip by taking the flight to Belfast, largest city in Northern Ireland. Now did you know that the world famous ship, Titanic was actually assembled in Belfast. Titanic Belfast is a building shaped like a ship’s bow comprising of 9 galleries over 4 floors.
I was quite moved by the inside stories of the workers who built her and the passengers who travelled on her. The heartbreak that you would have felt for Rose and Jack will suddenly fall flat. Belfast’s diverse charms and hidden secrets in the by-lanes intrigued me. Graffiti, museums, old mills et al added to the varied culture the city carries with itself.
Day 2- Take The Causeway Coastal Route
Next morning, depart for the Causeway Coastal Route. Stretching over 120 miles, this is rated as one of the world’s top five road trips. Along the journey, see the coastal villages of Glenarm, Carnlough, Cushendall and Cushendun. Unmissable attractions include the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, Old Bushmills Distillery and the world famous Giant’s Causeway. Needless to say, I left a part of me at each of these places.
To tap into your adventurous streak, definitely walk on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The Giant’s Causeway is an awe-inspiring landscape. It was formed 60 million ago.
Day 3 – Arrive at The Stroke City
After those pit stops, arrive at Londonderry/Derry. Even the name reflects the conflict the city has been facing. Half the people call it as Londonderry and the other half address it as just Derry. And the sensible ones just call it the Stroke City. A guided Walking Tour of the 17th Century City Walls is definitely a must-do. Built between 1613 and 1618 by the Honourable the Irish Society; these original Walls are almost perfectly preserved even today.
Day 4 – Take a Train to Dublin
Trinity College, Book of Kells, Guiness Storehouse, St Patrick Cathedral, Temple Bar are the iconic places of Dublin. Trinity college is Ireland’s university on the world stage and the library there just can’t be missed. It is clearly one of the best in the world. The library is restores the famous – Book of Kells.
Founded in 1191, St Patricks Catedral is the largest church in Ireland and one of Dublin’s two Church of Ireland cathedrals. The Temple bar street has some of the best bars to get a glimpse of the nightlife in Ireland.
Day 5 – Head to Dromoland Castle
Make your way to the 16th century! On you way, make a pitstop at Rock of Cashel. A spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone and a graveyard at the back, Rock of Cashel is a perfect set to shoot a Hollywood horror movie.
Dromoland Castle is palatial in every sense from the entrance to the huge golf course to the beautiful lake with ducks sitting by the side to a small temple in the woods and the lovely architecture. My princess-themed room had furniture with pastel shades and Cindrella mirrors around the wall. Dromoland Castle is one of Ireland’s finest castle hotels that can trace its ownership back through history to Gaelic Irish families of royal heritage.
Day 6- The Cliffs of Moher
With a heavy heart, I bid goodbye to Dromoland. On our way back to Dublin, we stopped by at the Cliffs of Moher.
The magnificent Cliffs of Moher tops the list of places to see and things to do in Ireland, and is Ireland’s most visited tourist attraction. What a spectacular sight! The cliffs areas high as 214m ranging for about 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare.
Day 6 – Attend The Irish House Party
A traditional Irish music and dance show at its very best performed by all Ireland champion musicians, dancers and entertaining presenters. Consistently voted as one of the best Irish music shows in Dublin, The Irish House Party is Dublin’s unmissable music and dance experience. This is one of the best ways to end your trip.
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