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I found your page because I'm thinking of going to County Clare in Ireland maybe this October. What's your favorite bar or neighborhood to go out for drinks?
There's lots of good places to go in County Clare,Ireland for drinks. It really depends on you and your preferences... If you'd like to see the real Irish culture I would recommend going to Bunratty Village to see the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and finish off your day in Durty Nelly's bar and restaurant where there's traditional Irish music and the craic every night... If you'd like a bit of a busier town then go to Ennis which is the biggest town in Clare and has lots of bars to choose from. You could even go on a pub crawl to them all ?... For more scenery and drinks in would go back to the west of Clare where you have Doolin, Spanish Point, Kilkee, Quilty ect. There small towns with pretty much one or two bars but you'll get the true feel of Clare with all the scenery there and you'll get the perfect Irish bar experience?
What were the 3 things I liked the most during my trip to Belfast ?
The people were so friendly and as a lone traveller feeling welcome is a huge thing. ↵I also loved the nightlife and life music everywhere. ↵↵I also rented a car and drove the north coast seeing things such as the giants causeway amounts other places. It’s very easy to do this from Belfast
7-day itinerary if you're going to Ireland
- Day 1: Dublin: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College - Dublin 1st tourist attraction is Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate. Get a self-guided tour so you can get to know how they brew their stouts and get a pint of dark beers at the end of the tour. They get to drink it on a rooftop bar with a lofty circular view of the city. - Day 2: Rock of Cashel & Blarney Castle. Rock of Cashel sits on top of a big green hill next to the town of Cashel. You'll learn about the history of it there. After that, you should hit Cahir Castle. It's 15 minutes south of the Rock of Cashel and the tours last about an hour. - Day 3: Cork. The English Market is famous and you should definitely take a look at it. Eat lunch there and get a few souvenirs if you're into that. - Day 4: Killarney National Park. Killarney National Park is Ireland’s oldest National Park and it was formed in 1932 when Senator Arthur Vincent and his family entrusted Muckross House & Estate into the care of the Irish State. - Day 5: Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs are famous. There are so high and so beautiful. They can be incorporated into a trip to the Burren but I've heard many saying a few hour hike along the coast to the Cliffs from Doolin is well worth it. - Day 6: Galway. I'd highly recommend Galway City. Very close to Dublin and considerably smaller, you'll find amazing restaurants (I'd have never known that Irish restaurants could be that good). During the day, walk out along the sea to Salthill, go through Shop Street and get food from any restaurants. At night, there are plenty of bars which vary from modern to traditional, where one can sip a beer and listen to traditional Irish music. Of course, everything is cheaper than in the capital (duh!). - Day 7: Dublin, National Botanic Gardens. Enjoy the last day of your trip in Dublin. Many pubs, restaurants will wait for a last meal / pint. You should pay a visit to the National Botanic Gardens, it's worth a trip.
A few tips to explore Ireland on budget
- Ryanair / Aer Lingus are the airlines you should consider if you're traveling to Ireland. As usual when taking plane tickets, book a while in advance, - Man granny and mammy style b and b's are the best for accomodations. They usually serve breakfast and sometimes dinner and booze for unbeatable prices. - Book train tickets in advance, if possible online as you'll be saving a lot. - Don't go to pubs / restaurants for every meal. The food there is great but can be fairly expensive. - Walk or cycle when getting around any Irish cities. - Use their public transports. It's pretty good and they have cheap bus and rail passes. - Never pay for 'traditional' cabaret shows as there are plenty of those that are free in many local bars.
Are there National Parks in Ireland? Which one would you recommend?
Of course there are several! The most famous one being Connemara National Park. It's famous for its native Connemara Ponies and its wild countryside, surrounded by the Twelve Bens mountain range. Three of the Twelve Bens - Benbaun, Bencullagh and Benbrack - are in the limits of the National Park, crossed by a vast network of hiking and climbing trails.
I fell in love with this Irish Landscape
The Cliffs are famous. There are so high and so beautiful. They can be incorporated into a trip to the Burren but I've heard many saying a few hour hike along the coast to the Cliffs from Doolin is well worth it.
Why you should explore Galway, Ireland
I'd highly recommend Galway City. Very close to Dublin and considerably smaller, you'll find amazing restaurants (I'd have never known that Irish restaurants could be that good). During the day, walk out along the sea to Salthill, go through Shop Street and get food from any restaurants. At night, there are plenty of bars which vary from modern to traditional, where one can sip a beer and listen to traditional Irish music. Of course, everything is cheaper than in the capital (duh!)
The friendliest country in Europe
I'm French so I had the opportunity to travel in Europe. I often come back to Paris for the holiday season to meet my friends and family. One year, I decided to make a detour in Dublin because I have a few friends there who have moved from the US to work there. Since that year, I always come to Ireland once a year. Even for a short weekend. Even if I don't meet my friends (who have left since then). Why? you won't find any other people so eager to get to know you, help you out or offer you a drink than Irish people. That's blowing my mind! It's not only in Dublin. Even in the rural areas, you can stop anyone in the streets asking for a direction, they won't only indicate you where to go, some of them will literally walk you to your destination (that happened to me; it seems creepy but it's not! I'm not scared to get myself a beer at a local pub, alone. I know I'll meet Irish who'll make me feel like home. So yeah, Ireland is amazing!