11 days in Europe: Ireland

Over Thanksgiving, my mom and I went on an incredible 11-day trip to Europe! Over the last few weeks, I’ve posted trip recaps for each country we traveled to – IcelandEngland and Spain. Our last stop was Ireland!

Day 1

We arrived in Dublin on Thanksgiving! It was a little strange to be in another country on an American holiday, but every time we heard someone else with an American accent, we exchanged Happy Thanksgiving wishes.

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Jameson Distillery

My mom loves Jameson, so it was only fitting that we went to the distillery and took a tour! I’m not a whiskey fan myself, but I enjoyed the tour! The tour guide was entertaining and I learned a lot about whiskey.

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The Brazen Head

For Thanksgiving lunch, we had Beef & Guinness Stew at The Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub. It was adorable – each room is small and cozy, complete with a fireplace.

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We loved the atmosphere that we went back for after-dinner drinks and trad music.

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Day 2

West Coast of Ireland Tour

On Friday, we took a tour from Dublin to Galway to see the west coast of Ireland. Since I took this tour in 2016 and did a detailed Ireland itinerary last year, I’m posting mainly pictures in this recap! You can read a more detailed Ireland itinerary here, here and here.

Dunguaire Castle

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Kilfenora High Crosses

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Poulnabrone Dolmen

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Cliffs of Moher

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Ballyryan

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Galway

We ended the day back in Galway. After shopping a bit (who knew Black Friday was also a thing in Europe?!), we wandered through yet another Christmas market. For a pint (or two) of Guinness, we went to Tig Cóilí, aka my favorite pub in Galway. It was just as fun as I remembered it!

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Day 3

We were supposed to go on another tour on Saturday, but…. we loved Galway too much to leave. We ended up spending a lazy morning wandering Galway before heading back via train to Dublin.

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Before we left Galway, we had a true Irish Breakfast (complete with Irish Coffee and Guinness, obviously) at The King’s Head.

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When we arrived back in Dublin, we wandered Grafton Street a bit before grabbing dinner at The Hairy Lemon. It was funny to see so much American memorabilia lining the walls, even a Cubs hat!

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Lodging

We didn’t stay in AirBNBs in Ireland since we were only staying one night in each city. Instead, we opted for hotels.

  • The Harding Hotel, Dublin: The hotel was a great location, but the beds weren’t very comfortable.
  • The Residence HotelGalway: This was a really cool hotel! The location was great and the beds were comfy, but it was just a tad loud since we were right above a pub.
  • Hilton Dublin HotelDublin: Nothing special about this hotel, but it was only a 10 minute ride to the airport so it was perfect for our Sunday morning flight.

Final Thoughts

The trip was absolutely incredible! It was great to end in Ireland, a place I was already familiar with, but to be able to share that with my mom was great 🙂

Here’s our recap video from the entire trip!


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/245683112″>Europe Trip 2017</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/katbirk”>Kat Birkenbeuel</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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