Discovering The Irish Charm
"Guinness served up in Ireland does taste that much better than a Guinness served up anywhere else in the world!"
WATCH as the GlobalGemz Team Explore the Gemz of Ireland ..
Temple Bar, Dublin.
In June of this year, we visited Ireland for the first time, which may be correctly referred to as ‘criminal’ given it is under a thirty-minute plane journey away from our base in the UK. We get the impression those who have not been Ireland often underestimate the beauty of this country, and we would have included ourselves in this statement prior to the summer. Our experience began in the capital, widely renowned for its friendly welcoming people, and Dublin did not disappoint. An early flight meant we arrived in time for breakfast, for which our waitress greeted us with typically endearing Irish spirit and hospitality. We'd suggest strolling around the centre of the city with no real plan, but armed with a camera in hand, is actually quite a good place to start. Streets lined with traditional Irish pubs in the Temple Bar area are not only a great photo opportunity, but also a chance to absorb some of the lively energy that makes Dublin, Dublin. This is also where you’ll realise that the rumours are true…Guinness served up in Ireland does taste that much better than a Guinness served up anywhere else in the world!
The Cliffs Of Moher
Both inside and outside of the capital there are plenty of gemz to unearth in this fantastic country and we will leave a list of a recommended few at the end. One of our favourite personal spots has to be the valley of two lakes in Glendalough, just over an hours drive from Dublin. If you enjoy walking trails whilst being surrounded by sensational picturesque views then this location is for you…Irish landscape at its most beautiful I would confidently say. Away from the tranquillity of the countryside and for a chance to really mix with the locals in traditional Irish settings, head over to the city of Galway on the west coast of the island. The city allows you the opportunity to experience varied sights such as the impressive NUI Galway university quad building as well as some very cool street art in the more ‘hip’ areas. Galway is also a great base to travel from if you intend to visit (which you 100% should) The Cliffs of Moher, arguably Ireland’s most epic landmark! Less than an hour and thirty minutes drive away through winding country roads, the journey in itself is perfect build-up to the ridiculous views awaiting at the cliffs.
The Coast of Howth Head
Ireland really is a beautiful country with a loveable unique spirit that radiates from its people. We would suggest hiring a car as the easiest way to get around with the added bonus of being able to take in the magnificent scenery along the way. The downside is, much like the UK, even during the summer months there are no guarantees that you will feel the warmth of the sun or even stay dry for that matter! This, however, should not put you off visiting an amazing country and the opportunity to unearth some real gemz for yourself.
- Cliffs of Moher
- Temple Bar, Dublin
- Valley of Two Lakes
- Wild Atlantic Way
- Ring of Kerry
- Rock of Cashel
NUI National University Of Ireland
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