Loved this trip!! Had Dave Gallagher as our host for this trip and the Cliffs of Moher on Oct. 23rd. He was knowledgeable and proud of his country. The tour is very well organized!!
I also took the Wicklow trip through Collins tours and that is also a wonderful day trip. If you're pressed for time go for the Cliffs first. It was breathtaking!!! The Blarney Castle was a bucket list item so glad I did it, but I'd go back to the Cliffs and Wicklow in a heartbeat.
Tip: get some breakfast at the train station and maybe a sandwich for later. You spend precious time eating somewhere instead of shopping or walking the city. Pack a lunch. There is a great shop with Aran sweaters just before you get to the Cliffs. You'll stop at Gus O'Conners for a tasty lunch, but not much time to shop. So next time I'm shopping;-) The shop is two or three doors down from Gus O'Conners. And yes the seafood chowder was great!
As for texting home get the Viber app for free calls and texts. The train has pretty good wifi and the Collins tour bus to had wifi as well. Had to send pictures home right away;-)
I fell in love with Ireland and miss it!! Really enjoyed the Bunratty Castle tour! Jack was hilarious! You'll see this castle on the Cliffs day trip!
Take as many trips as you can while in Ireland. I plan to take the Giant Causeway trip next time.
People were so friendly in Dublin!! As we were purchasing our ticket for the LUAS a woman, Aileen, walks up and asks if we next help. We told her where we wanted to go and she was headed that direction and helped us get to our stop. She gave us a tour of Grafton Street. Fun to see all the performers. If you need stamps and mailbox you'll find one at the mall at St. Stephen's Green. It's near Carroll's. Love, love, love Ireland!!
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