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Posts about "holidays"
With not long to go before a trip there, you can imagine my surprise and panic upon finding the terse message that 'This location has now closed' on the page for a YHA hostel in Greenhead we were booked in at.
Our final day in Ireland and we chose to walk the lovely coastline between Greystones and Bray, just outside Dublin.
The day after visiting Blarney Castle, we decided to explore the delights of Cork town. In the previous day and a half we'd managed to see little bar sitting in some pubs and visiting the tourist information centre, so this seemed a good idea.
It was in Iceland that I first realised I never wanted to do a coach tour holiday. As we drove round in our hire car, we'd be overtaken by manically speeding coaches which would arrive, thrust 60 people through the door of an attraction. The tourists would then swarm through the place, before being herded back out again about half an hour later.
Trawling through the leaflets in Dublin's tourist information office, we found one likely candidate in the form of Howth. Hey, it had a cutely illustrated map, the promise of some walks around the headland and it has the tagline "Howth is Magic!" There could be no other place to go!
Guinness - a pint of the black stuff. So well known it's even in the spell checker on my PC. And when you're in Ireland, you can't escape the stuff. It's everywhere.
The IMMA is housed in the buildings of the former Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and is a based in rooms around a large courtyard. It all looks rather large and impressive, and my initial thought was how were we going to do this place justice in the time we had available. Okay, it didn't look as hefty as Tate Britain or the National Gallery in London, but it looked rather large.
Holidays. They always seem to involve rushing about. And it starts with rushing to the airport. Then rushing to security. Then rushing through the gate because security have held everyone up so long that your flight is on final call. Oh and there's an elderly woman pushing a pram in the way.
The £29 is the maximum price you'll pay for sail/rail to Ireland, and you can do it from pretty much anywhere in the UK - there are similar cheap offers for other ferry crossings to Ireland.