08 Mar I’ve Never Been to Ireland, But That’s About to Change!
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]eing English you’d think I would have made it over to Ireland in my 24 years on this planet, but sadly that’s not the case.
I put it down to the fact that my Mum is a sun worshipper and her idea of a family holiday was lying on a beach somewhere in the Mediterranean. When I first started backpacking, all I could think about was swapping the cold and rain of the UK for warmth and sunshine. But since then I’ve become really interested in exploring some of the places I’ve missed out on closer to home.
I’ve never been to Ireland, but today that’s about to change when I arrive in Dublin! I’ll be landing in the land of Guinness, beautiful scenery, Leprechauns and Shamrocks for 10 days in Paradise.
I first heard about the tour when I was staying in a hostel in Portugal and I met a group of 6 Aussie boys who were all gappers working in boarding schools in the UK. They become good friends on a Paddywagon tour of Ireland and after the tour was over, they arranged to meet up for holidays in various places in Europe. They said they had so much fun on Paddywagon that I was really inspired to give it a go.
The final bit of encouragement came a couple of weeks ago when I watched comedy movie The Guard, set in County Galway, and I knew I just HAD to pay the Emerald Isle a visit. I’ve always found the Irish to be tremendous fun and great drinkers, and they generally know how to have a good time.
My trip will also coincide with St. Patrick’s Day and whilst I’ve celebrated St. Paddy’s with Irish people in Singapore, Alice Springs, Adelaide and London, I’ve never managed to be in Ireland for it!
Paddywagon’s world famous tours are all about having fun and are aimed at the young and young at heart- that’s me then! The 6-day tour will take me to Belfast, Giants Causeway, Derry, Galway the Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle Peninsula, The Ring of Kerry, the Blarney Stone, and the Guinness Storehouse! I’ll get to explore all of Ireland, both North and South, and see the country’s best attractions. CAN’T WAIT!
Here’s what the 6 day itinerary looks like:
[box]Day 1: Dublin to Belfast
Day 2: Belfast to Derry
Day 3: Derry to Galway
Day 4: Galway to Dingle
Day 5: Dingle to Killarney
Day 6: Killarney to Dublin[/box]
photo by juergen.mangelsdorf on flickr