One of the great things about going to university in Ireland and in Dublin particularly is the ease with which you can visit many great places around the country. Dublin is a great location from which to travel to the rest of Ireland; major cities such as Cork, Galway and Belfast are only 2-3 hours away by bus or train. Last weekend I travelled with some friends to Galway to visit another friend we have who lives there. There are plenty of buses that go from Dublin city centre for 20 euros return, making it a cheap option to get away from the city with a few friends. Galway is a great place to visit for the weekend, as there is plenty to see and do. Some highlights include:
- Galway city: It is lovely to spend the afternoon strolling along the rambling cobbled streets which host a great variety of cafes, boutiques, bars and clubs. Tourist activities such as Galway museum, the Spanish Arch and Galway Cathedral will keep you busy. Grab coffee from Griffin’s, good pub grub in the Cellar bar, a tasty pizza in Fat Freddies, great live music in the Kings Head, and a dance in Electric nightclub (with the mandatory Supermacs after the night out!)
- Salthill: If the weather is nice, then Salthill is a must see on any trip to Galway. A beautiful long beach with a promenade makes a lovely walk with a cup of tea or hot chocolate in hand.
- West Coast: If you have enough time, Galway is a great place from which to explore the beautiful west coast of Ireland. There are day trips that run from Galway to locations such as the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara for around 25 euros.
It is definitely a really fun trip that has something for everyone, so happy travels!