Summer months, especially living in rainy Ireland, tend to be a ‘blink and you miss it’ time of year. Often times, it’s May or September that are the most generous for summer sunshine. That’s why, I’m not quite ready to let go of summer yet! I have a few mini trips on my list of places to visit in Ireland over the next while. I’m gonna share them here with you and hopefully provide you with a bit of inspiration.
No matter where you live, it’s easy to take your country for granted and think about all the exciting places you could explore, if only you’d live somewhere more exotic. I like to play a little game sometimes and put myself into the mindset of a tourist. If these places were a plane ride away, they’d definitely be on my vision board.
1. Game of Thrones Filming Locations, Northern Ireland
If you’ve seen my Twitter feed or my YouTube channel, you’ll know I’m completely obsessed with Game of Thrones. A lot of the filming takes place in Northern Ireland which is about a 5 hour car journey from Galway. I plan to visit the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, Downhill Strand and many more. When I’m there I’ll likely visit Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which aren’t filming locations but stunning places to visit nonetheless.
This place looks straight out of a fairy tale. There’s a bloody castle in the middle of a lake! The park also includes a marina, a lakeside cafe and a magical forest bridge. A perfect day trip.
3. Cobh, Cork
South of Ireland is a long car journey away but I always love visiting. It has a lovely vibe and a lot warmer climate. Cobh port looks insanely picturesque and a place that’s been on my list for quite a while!
Clifden is one of my favourite places, not just because it’s super scenic, but also because it’s the first trip we took with Kenny as a couple. The views from Sky Road feel almost too beautiful to be true. Quay House has the most gorgeous decor and I’ve had my eye on it for a while as a place to stay when I need a break next.
Have you ever seen a prettier sight than this? When I first thought about living in Ireland, I always had Kerry in my head. Ultimately, Galway ended up being my destiny, but I will always have a soft spot for Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is quite vast and I’ve already seen Dingle, but I’ve never done the Slea Head Drive or Dunquin Pier.
I could go on, but realistically, it will take me about a year to get around to all these!
This look has been shot in the lovely Galway Docks Marina. I was really hoping to get down onto the pier, but sadly it’s inaccessible to the general public. In my previous post I talk about My Favourite Things to do in Galway on Weekdays and visiting the Docks could easily be added to the list!
I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what’s on your list of places to visit, either in Ireland or wherever you’re based!