The first travel weekend, I and seven other Vienna-based students had the opportunity to travel to Ireland for the weekend. We went to see Dublin and some of the countryside and had a great time.
If you ever find yourself going to Ireland my one tip would be to go see the countryside over the city of Dublin. The city, I found was more modern and less charming than I expected. There were a couple interesting things to do in the city, but I wouldn’t have spent more than a day there.
As a group, we signed up for a tour in the port city of Howth through the website viator.com and had the absolute best time. We hiked along the coastline on the cliffs. All throughout the hike there were endless water views, crashing waves, and fields of yellow flowers. It was truly picturesque. Our tour guide led us places we would have never known to go to if we had gone to the town on our own so I highly recommend finding a tour as opposed to planning your own time there.
As we walked through the harbor, our guide told us stories of the Vikings that first came to Ireland, and as the hike continued on through the woods, we heard tales of leprechauns. Every bit of the hike was enjoyable and we even met some people in our tour group who were from Italy and Canada.
When we stopped for lunch, the Italian couple gave us recommendations of things to do, see and eat when we have our excursion in Italy next month, and the girl from Canada gave us insight into other places we hoped to visit and shared her experiences.
Howth was definitely the highlight of the weekend. If I were to ever find myself returning to Ireland, I would love to see more of the smaller towns and countryside.