25.11.2006 -17 °C
Well what can I say about Ireland except I can't wait to come back! The people are friendly (sometimes too much), the drinks good and the scenery ain't half bad either. I explored Ireland on a 6 day Paddywagon All Ireland Tour. I chose to do this so that I could see as much as Ireland as possible in a short amount of time.
The tour began in Dublin and we drove to Belfast on the first day. We stopped at Slaine Castle, Drogheda,and Monasterboice on the way to Belfast. We also did the iconic Black Cab Tour in Belfast which was so interesting. It was also the first night at an Irish pub with a little get to know your group evening - it was a good night but there were better to come.
Day two took us from Belfast to Derry. We drove along the North Irish coast stopping at the Giants Causeway along the way. We did a walking tour of derry and headed off the infamous Paeder O'Donnels in Derry for a night of Guiness, Cider and Irish Music.
Day three took us from Derry to Galway (the university town). We travelled through County Sligho and Donegal, visited Yates Country, Glencastle and finally arrived in Galway. We headed out to the legendary Kings Head Pub, scoured town for a bottle shop, then headed out to GPO - a local nightclub where it seemed everyone was about 12! We experienced our first Irish bar fights- blood and all and had one hell of a night
Day four took us from Galway to a small irish town of Anascaul. We drove through Dingle and the Sleagh Head Coast before arriving at our destination in Anascaul- the Randy Leprechaun, which certainly lived up to its name. We had the pub to ourselves - a town of 100 people has 8 pubs so go figure! They also offered us 3 shots for 10 euros which was to good to refuse and after about twenty's when the night gets a bit hazy. The night ended up for most in the bathroom and we woke up to find a drunk local who had climbed through our window and slept on our floor- a top night but a crap morning let me tell you
Day five took us from Anascaul to Killarney. We drove along coastal Ireland to Kerry and took a ferry in our bus to Killarney. Most of us were still a bit crook from the night before but it didnt stop us from heading out again this time to the Granary for a few quite drinks and some dancing.
Day six took us from Killarney back to Dublin via Blarney Castle, Tipperary and the Rock of Cashel. That was the end of the tour and we all headed off back to our respective hostels and decided to meet up later that night. We went out for dinner/drinks then crusied Temple Bar before calling it a night.
I spent the next day checking out Dublin and doing some shopping before heading to bed at a reasonable time for an early flight to Scotland tomorrow