Ireland Travel Guides for Backpackers

Emerald Isle: A Dublin, Ireland Travel Guide

“Man, look at that view!” Fresh out of high school at the end of June 2015, we were excited to embark upon an adventure, unlike anything we’ve experienced before. Many of my peers were bright-eyed eighteen-year-olds and had never even been to New York, let alone outside of the country.  A senior trip is annually coordinated by faculty at my high school and the destinations for 2015 were: Ireland, Wales, the United Kingdom, and France.  Being of Irish and English heritage (from my father’s side of the family), the idea of setting foot where my ancestors might have been was […]
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Best things to do in Galway and its surroundings

Ireland has a lot more to offer than what I could have ever imagined. It became my country of adoption for 6 years. I finished my studies near Galway, and probably spent the best year of my life there! So to me, it feels a bit like home. If you want to know the best spots to visit in Ireland during your stay, it’s a very difficult choice for me! Galway is definitely a great place to start, especially if you are a nature lover like me! I definitely recommend staying for more than a week, in order to fully enjoy […]
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The best healthy-ish brunch places in Dublin

Dubliners love gathering for some delicious food and catching up with “the lads” (a.k.a. a bunch of mates) on the weekend, especially after a night out the day before. So almost every cafe in the city has a brunch menu available. After having tried many places with my friends I came up with my personal list of the spots that have tasty and healthy options and reasonable prices at the same time. Some of these cafés are also vegan-friendly so if you opt for a plant-based diet you will definitely have a few spots to choose from when visiting Ireland […]
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Top Destinations near Dublin for the Castle Lover

If you only have a few days in Dublin, I would highly recommend taking in the surrounding area. The Republic of Ireland is the place to be if you love castle hunting and viewing beautiful architecture. With only a couple of days, you can get your fill by travelling within a ninety-minute radius from Dublin. I’m not one of those travellers who like to stay in one place for long, so even though my trips are short I like to move and see as much as I can. The bus system in Ireland is good, but because I had limited […]
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6 Best Dessert Cafe and Restaurant in Dublin, Ireland

When we go travel, our top bucket list apart of the tourist spot must be the cheap place to eat. However, this does not apply to travellers too, but also for a student like me. You ought to know that Dublin, Ireland is a very vibrant and multicultural city. You can find a lot of restaurants that sell other foods than Irish cuisine such as Chinese foods and the Middle Eastern. It doesn’t matter where are you from, in this article, I will share to you a few recommended places to satisfy your taste bud (since some of us could […]
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Belfast, North-Ireland: what to do & eat vegan?

When you think of a European city trip, Belfast probably isn’t the first city coming to mind. Let me prove you wrong: Belfast is a beautiful city full of culture, history, things to do, nightlife, and amazing food. Here’s a list of must-see things to see and do as well as the best places to eat vegan food in Belfast. I guarantee, after reading this, you will want to book your ticket to North-Ireland straight away. Must do in Belfast Explore the history of Belfast @ The Belfast City Hall As North-Ireland might not always be sunny or cheap, the […]
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Where To Go for drinks in Dublin?

As I love this city and I’ve lived here long enough I want to tell yours where to go for a drink? I want to say that yesterday I discovered a very good spot for cocktails. I and my friend saw that place Alfies and decided to try it as we didn’t have a lot of money. We walked in and the host was smiling and asked how was our day and we were impressed, then we walked upstairs to get cocktails and the staff was making jokes and so funny which made us enjoy time even better. ALFIES I […]
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Ireland: Glendalough & The Wicklow Mountains

If you are planning a trip to Dublin, Ireland, it would be worth your while to look into touring Glendalough & The Wicklow Mountains. Dublin is essentially just like any other city, which can catch some travelers off guard. When most people think about Ireland, they picture the green, rolling hills and sheep wandering down the country roads. When your plane touches down in Dublin, there won’t be many hills or animals to see. The city is a cultural experience in itself, but being enclosed within the buildings can make you feel like you’re missing out on the stereotypical Ireland […]
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Top 5 Things To Do In Ireland

Travels of a Thirsty Scholar Ireland is famous for its art, natural beauty, and creation of what many consider the finest whiskey and beer in all the world– so grab a drink, a great book, and check out these amazing places that have inspired some of the greatest literature in the modern age. 5. Guinness Brewery – Dublin Dublin is difficult to narrow down to one excursion. Ireland’s biggest city has a long list of amazing sites and experiences to seek out on foot between pubs, many of which you can fit in over a weekend break from your studies, but after […]
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Ireland: Explore with The Waterford Greenway

County Waterford is located in the “Sunny South East’ of Ireland. It’s famous for its beautiful beaches, Viking heritage and rich historical background. In the summer of 2017, they added to its long list of reasons to visit, with the opening of the new Waterford Greenway. It is a magnificent 46km off-road cycling and walking trail, on an old railway line. It stretches all the way from Waterford City to the beautiful seaside town of Dungarvan. The Greenway is a great way to discover Waterford, here are some more reasons to start your journey along the Greenway and beyond. Breath […]
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Getting your Nature Fix in Dubin

If you have ever thought of traveling to Dublin or even if you’re exploring there now, I hope that you’re already familiar with some of the well-known spots in town. Places like Grafton Street, Temple Bar, the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle are all well-traveled and rightly so. They embody much of the city life that has made Dublin famous worldwide for history and culture, perfecting the art of drinking and live music shows every night of the week. Dublin is an amazing city to get to know and I’ll never have enough time to explore this town. What too […]
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Welcome to Dublin, the heart of the Emerald Isle

Baile Átha Cliath, commonly known as Dublin, is the capital of the Republic of Ireland as well as the most populated and richest city of the Emerald Isle. Economically speaking, Dublin has seen considerable development in the last two decades that made this marvellous city become the heart of the whole country. And if you are thinking about moving to a place where joy and culture are well mixed together, Dublin is certainly the perfect city for you! So join me on an adventure to the discovery of some of the facets of Dublin. PHOENIX PARK, where the limitless meets […]
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Budget Travel Guide: 5 Free Things to Do in Dublin

Can You Explore Dublin on a Budget? If you’ve ever visited Dublin, you know that it’s one of the most exciting cities in Europe-and it’s also one of the most expensive! As a grad student living in Ireland’s capital, I’ve had to learn how to have fun on a tight student budget. It can seem like a major challenge at times. Going out to eat is a luxury, I often have to walk instead of taking the bus (and forget about shelling out money for a cab), and heading to the pub for a pint or two can easily leave you […]
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Discover the Cliffs of Moher in beautiful Ireland

What a View! I traveled to the Cliffs of Moher and found them absolutely breathtaking! Stunning! Picturesque! Intimidating, calming, beautiful. These Cliffs are utterly amazing. They stand 702ft tall and are located on the Atlantic Coast of Ireland. According to the Visitor Center, the Cliffs are one of the most visited spots in Ireland receiving up to 1 million visitors a year. Ok, so some history, I’ll tell you a little bit about what I learned at the Visitor’s Center.  The Cliffs are named after an old promontory fort called Mothar or Moher, which once stood on the Hag’s Head […]
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Dublin: Enjoy Great Beer and Live Music in Ireland's Capital

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a city rich with history and culture. From the architectural marvels to the bustling little pubs and shops around every corner, Dublin is a divers and happening city. There is so much to explore and see in Dublin that the little time I spent there was not enough to cover it all, but it was more than enough time to understand and appreciate the historical significance of this alluring city. Where to Stay Upon arrival in the early morning to the airport, my family and I rented a car and drove to our hotel. […]
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Northern Ireland – Belfast and The Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland – Belfast and The Giant's Causeway There's something about Ireland that makes everyone just fell in love with it! Maybe it's the music, the culture or just the incredible landscapes with the most amazing colors you can ever find. The truth is you can't help but believe there's something magical involved. If you feel like visiting this amazing country, Northern Ireland is a must! So, I'm gonna share with you a two day tour at Belfast and The Giant's Causeway. How to get there? As a solo traveler, my choices were to rent a car or book a […]
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Ireland best spot for a family day: Cork and Fota Wildlife

Getting around Cork If you've already seen Dublin and tasted the sweet-bitter-Guinness like urban life meaning Temple Bar, visited the list of museums (pubs) and listened for a 100 times the Molly Malone song, only then you're ready to leave Dublin for a new adventure. You need a bit of fresh air this time, so look no further than Cork where an oasis of the wildlife is waiting for you and I'm not talking about the city it's self. No, there's a region there about 20 min away from Cork called Fota Wildlife, huge shelter for animals allover the world […]
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Magical Sligo on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Just returned from a wonderful weekend getaway on the shores of Lough Gill in Co. Sligo, and having visited Sligo in the past was surprised and blown away by the stunningly beautiful scenery of the Lough Gill area. The weekend began with typical Irish downpours and it seemed with the incessant rain the beautiful Sligo landscape of Ireland's famous Wild Atlantic Way would remain shrouded in cloud. Rainy Knocknarea mountain Cabin in the Woods We headed to our lakeside cabin, to recover from a wet morning at Strandhill for a restorative cup of tea. I feared the […]
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Dublin, my life between a Guinness and Whisky

Every time I think about Dublin it makes me feel happy and excited. First things first. Before you arrive at your destination, you may want to plan ahead what are the places that you would like to visit, restaurants, bars, etc. Once we arrived in Ireland, we were picked up and driven home. We were so tired, and we didn't get to sleep that much because of the time difference. Ireland is 6 hours ahead of Panama. When we got home, we left our bags, and we went to the restaurants that are close to Howth Yacht Club. They are good […]
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TOP 5 places to visit in South Ireland

When you're planning a trip to Ireland then I really recommend you to rent a car because it gives you so much freedom. Of course I was super scared during the first day while driving in left-handed traffic but actually you gonna get used to it pretty fast. Second day wasn't that scary anymore, third day I felt like I've been driving in left-handed traffic my whole life, so nothing to be too scared of it. But I definitely recommend to think while driving because else you might easily find yourself driving on the right side of the road. Car gave us […]
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Dublin: the best spots

Dublin, also known as the Big Smoke is one of my favorite place on Earth for several reasons: live music, cobblestone streets, pubs and Irish people with their lovely Irish accent. I have lived in Dublin for a year while I was studying for my final year of Bachelor's degree at University College Dublin and if I had to choose a place to settle, it would probably be there. This city is unique. Even though the place is the capital of the Republic of Ireland, it feels like a small city. In this article, I would like to introduce you […]
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Top activities in Ireland during summer!

Dublin at night. Photo via Flickr. Ireland is fast becoming a place to visit. I only relocated here to live with my husband in 2012 but since then, I noticed the surge of tourists visiting this country especially during the “nicer” months of summer. Even my husband who’s living here close to 10 years now tells me that it wasn’t like this when he first got here! Visiting Dublin regardless of the season is still nice. The only problem is that you need to get ready for the chilly gust of wind and rain should you […]
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Northern Ireland – A newly discovered destination

A few years ago nobody would even think of going to Northern Ireland for a visit. Today things have changed and we are glad they did. Northern Ireland is today a very interesting destination, with many interesting things to see. First of all, if you are considering going there, don´t underestimate it. Yes, it is a small country, but it is worth staying for a couple of days. If you really want to experience everything you are entitled to, rent a car and do it at your own pace! Belfast From being the centre of political conflicts until the end […]
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Dublin: Irish city of wonders

Sweny's Joycean Pharmacy What can you find in an old pharmacy? One day I was staring at the display on the front window of a quirky spot on 1 Lincoln Place. There were books in front of the shop, a retro looking bench and fancy hats at the display. It wasn’t the first time when I was marvelling at the window, but that was the first time when I got the courage and stepped inside. As I quickly realised, I found myself in a time-machine where time stopped in the year 1847. It was the pharmacy that was described in […]
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