Go Green in Ireland
Green. The color of money, of environmentalism, of envy. And envy you will after visiting Ireland. Locals clinking their frosty mugs, Irish eyes smiling, legs doing a jig. Ok, maybe it’s not so stereotypical, but in reality – the people of the Emerald Isle are warm and fuzzy like the moss covering coastal rocks.
You’ll want to see it all – from capital Dublin to Cork and Killarney. An Ireland Pass will get you to the land of green, and help you save some green, too.
Start in Dublin, take a take a visit to Trinity College to embrace the great Book of Kells. Crafted on vellum, the pages of this book have held up from 800 A.D. Beautifully decorated pages, colorful, intricate artwork and fonts make this book a sought after attraction.
The Temple Bar might seem like a place to enjoy a pint, when in fact it’s “Dublin’s cultural quarter.” The area has a preserved its medieval street pattern, with narrow, cobblestone streets (you know, the charming kind.) Tourists and locals come for the incredible nightlife. Before you leave, cross the Ha’ Penny Bridge to get to Liffey Street. Today you can cross the bridge freely without having to worry about paying the halfpenny toll that used to be collected.
Stop by the Guinness Brewery for a tour and taste of the famous brew. Dublin’s Heuston station is conveniently located just five minutes from the Brewery. This is ideal, since you won’t want to drive after your visit. From here, reach all points south and west of the city, including more cities of green, myth and glass.
Get to Galway, birthplace of the Claddagh ring, in less than three hours. Waterford, home to the world-famous crystal factory is clearly in your sights in just over two hours. Near Cork, you can’t go home without kissing the Blarney Stone at the castle of the same name. With a little maneuvering (you’ll need to lean out of the castle wall and scale down a bit), the myth goes that upon planting a wet one, you’ll be blessed with a magical eloquence. Whether a bunch of blarney, well, that’s up to you.
Back on the train, peer out your window in search of rainbows and fields of shamrocks. And realize that all of Ireland is a traveler’s pot of gold.