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Inis Mór Island: A Day Trip to the Aran Islands from Galway

Inis Mór Island: A Day Trip to the Aran Islands from Galway

Inis Mór, or Inishmore, is the largest of the Aran Islands, a group of Islands off the Galway Coast in Ireland.  Famous for their woolly Aran sweaters, I hadn’t realised just how beautiful Inishmore Island would be.  I visited Inishmore on a day trip from Galway as part of my Shamrocker Adventures 5-day tour around Ireland, and Inishmore is well worth exploring, either by spending the night or by taking a day trip to the Aran Islands from Galway.  Here…

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Visiting the Cliffs of Moher from Galway

Visiting the Cliffs of Moher from Galway

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular and most famous sights.  Towering above the sea, the dramatic cliffs are an essential stop on any Ireland trip itinerary and make a great day trip from Galway.  Although it is possible to visit the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin, I’d suggest at least spending a night or two on the east coast of Ireland so you can enjoy the area and take a more leisurely visit to the cliffs…

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Blarney Castle Tour & Kissing the Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle Tour & Kissing the Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle in Ireland is famous for the Blarney Stone legend, and visitors flock to the castle to stand in line and kiss the blarney stone.  However, there is much more to Blarney Castle then I expected, so take your time here and explore Blarney Castle Gardens too.  I visited Blarney Castle as part of my Shamrocker Adventures 5-day tour around Ireland, but you can also visit Blarney Castle from Dublin on a day tour or spend some more time in…

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Where to Stay While Backpacking in Dublin: Gardiner House Hostel Review

Where to Stay While Backpacking in Dublin: Gardiner House Hostel Review

Dublin is a wonderful city, and unsurprisingly very popular with visitors from all over the world.  However, Dublin can also be very expensive, especially during the summer holidays and at weekends.  Finding a cheap hostel in Dublin isn’t easy, and finding a good cheap hostel if you’re backpacking in Dublin is even harder!  I was searching for where to stay in Dublin on a budget, somewhere clean, central and good value, and I found the Gardiner House hostel – read…

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Ireland Backpacker Tours: Shamrocker Adventures 5 Day Ireland Tour

Ireland Backpacker Tours: Shamrocker Adventures 5 Day Ireland Tour

Most of the time, I travel on my own.  I spent two years backpacking in South America, Mexico and Central America, so I have no problem travelling solo – in fact, I love it!  However, on my recent trip to Ireland, I only had a few days to try and fit in as much as possible, so I decided to take a 5 day tour of Ireland with Shamrocker Irish Adventures.  Shamrocker Adventures arrange escorted coach tours of Ireland for…

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