One of the places I've always wanted to visit was Ireland, seeing as it is literally just a 45 minute plane journey, I don't know why I've not just taken the plunge and visited sooner! But I finally booked a trip, bringing one of my best friends along, and crammed in as much as we could in a week, from exploring the local area, to walking for miles around the Wicklow Mountains, spending the day in Dublin and eating cheesecake on the beach in Bettystown (a must if you ask me).
Ireland certainly lived up to all expectations, it's really just stunningly beautiful, I already can't wait to go back. We stayed in a stunning award winning cottage in Ardcath (if you're interested you can book here), arriving at 7.30pm, our lovely host Colm had already lit the fire for us, popped on some traditional Irish music and even baked us up some homemade cake! Walking into the cottage you instantly feel at home, it's cosy, it's welcoming and is just so damn adorable. Only a 4 minute drive to the nearest shop, 45 minutes from Dublin and an hour and a bit from Wicklow. The nearest pub is literally a stones throw away, we only visited once whilst we were there, the last night actually, and it was just lovely, trad music night, lots of welcoming and friendly people and a proper traditional Irish pub, the perfect way to end a great trip!
Ireland is famous for the weather, much like us over here in the UK, but it was glorious sunshine most of the time and even when it did rain, the cottage is just so lovely that staying put inside was not an inconvenience at all! There were a few places I didn't get to see but if you're not sure of what to see and do if you decide to visit, here are my favourites, plus a few extras!
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