There are so many great reasons for visiting Dublin, my personal reasons are – it’s fantastic value for money, it’s easy and quick to get to (from Scotland anyway.) The friendly locals, the amazing cuisine and the quirky culture. Those are just a few of my top reasons for packing my bag and hopping on a plane to this amazing city!
Whenever I can get away from work and take a few days off, I never tend to sit around the house doing nothing. I like to use my money on travelling as much as I can rather than going on club nights out. Not that I have anything against this, it’s just the way I have always been!
From Scotland, travelling to Dublin is easy and convenient. With multiple affordable flights travelling from Glasgow Int to Dublin City, a short trip to this vibrant city can make for a great way to spend your weekend!
I count myself lucky as I have had the pleasure of visiting Dublin many times as I have a lot of family that live here, however I have never quite seen it from a tourists point of view. Just a lot of large and loud Chinese family dinners! So needless to say, when Lewis and I booked our visit, I was very excited!
After a less than 2 hour flight we arrived at the Dublin airport and jumped in an airport to city transport bus. Here we got off near our hotel which was in St Stephen’s Green.
If you’re looking for a good, safe and affordable area to stay during your visit then I would recommend looking at St Stephen’s Green! It’s local and convenient and within walking distance to most major attractions.
After checking in to our hotel we went for a long walk around St Stephen’s Green Park as it was so close to the hotel. The park is adjacent to one of Dublin’s main shopping streets, Grafton Street. It is often informally called Stephen’s Green and the park itself is beautiful with beautiful masses of space for everyone to enjoy. It’s a great place to have a picnic, go for a stroll or play games. For a park right in the middle of the city, it’s a bit of an oasis, quiet and peaceful and perfect to enjoy a book or a breather.
Next on our plan we were both really keen to visit one of Dublin’s oldest libraries, we had only seen this stunning library in pictures and it really reminded me of something from a Disney film!
When we arrived at Trinity College where The Book of Kell’s is situated, we were stunned to find a a huge queue… now you’d think with all the travelling that we had done and all the queues we have waited in, we would have learnt to book online already!! We decided that the queue was just too long and that we would come back tomorrow at an earlier time to try and beat the bulk of the lunch time queue!
Onto Dublin Cathedral and Castle – the queues at both of these places were a lot less time consuming and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting both the cathedral and the castle.
Not only is the architecture for both of these attractions amazing but they both encompass very different building styles within each other; the treasures you find inside are simply unique. If time allows you to, I would highly recommend paying a visit to both of these places!
After an early flight and a lot of walking and photo taking, we decided to have a little break and went in search of a coffee shop. It was then that we came across the very well known “Queen of Tarts” cafe.
This place is amazing, and you don’t need me to tell you that – on the outside of the cafe and around the front door are tens of award winning plaques.
The inside of the cafe is very small and only has around 10 small tables, but this makes it cosy and homely. However this all means it can be hard to find a table and we felt that we were under pressure to finish our cakes quickly so that others could be seated!
Putting that aside, the cakes that we ordered where from a small selection home made that day and where given in very generous portions (I LOVE BIG PORTIONS). The cakes were of amazing quality and baked to perfection. The staff were friendly and welcoming and I couldn’t recommend this little cafe more for a pit stop or a breakfast or light lunch. YUM.
Next on our list was Temple Bar – this is an buzzing and exciting area of Dublin that is very well known and loved amongst tourists and locals.
It’s busy and it’s touristy but it’s full of bars, restaurants and places of interest that any visitor would enjoy! The bars are brimming with people and live music, there’s so much to eat, drink, see and do for everybody! With it being relatively early and the two of us beginning to lag in energy, we decided to have a quick stroll around Temple Bar, find a restaurant and make a reservation before heading back to the hotel for a quick nap and freshen up before heading back to Temple Bar for a proper drink and some live music later in the evening.
After a great cat nap, we both woke up feeling refreshed and very hungry! Dinner time was a fantastic affair inside a beautifully decorated and lively restaurant called, The Blackboard Bistro. Here we both ate off the specials menu and we weren’t disappointed. The food was delicious, fresh and beautifully plated. The atmosphere was great and the service excellent!
Following a delicious dinner we then made our way back towards Temple Bar for some live music and drinks!
We ended up in a large bar with three floors and a great crowd of people! We quickly found a table near the stage, ready to hear some of the traditional live music and opted for the very typical Guinness dry stout! This was just a tad too strong and bitter for me, so I can’t say that I enjoyed my beverage but it was great to say I had Guinness in a bar on Temple Bar with hundreds of rowdy locals!
For me that’s one of the best things about Dublin and Ireland in general. The majority of people are extremely friendly and go out of their way to treat you like family – much like the Scots. We spent the rest of our evening listening to great music and hopping around several pubs making new friends!
P.s. I don’t have a travel video log made up for our recent trip in Dublin because (this still pains me to write) the SD card from my camcorder corrupted and deleted every single video. I am still a little devastated!