As We Travel » Ireland http://www.aswetravel.com Traveling Tips, Destinations, Videos & Travel Blog Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:45:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Dublin On A Budget http://www.aswetravel.com/dublin-on-a-budget/ http://www.aswetravel.com/dublin-on-a-budget/#comments Thu, 01 Nov 2012 04:00:23 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=38294 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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There are many destinations that will burn a hole in your wallet and make you cringe just from the thought of what you just paid for your dinner. Fortunately, there are also heaps of budget friendly destinations, even in Europe – and Ireland is one of them. We found Dublin to be easy to get […]

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There are many destinations that will burn a hole in your wallet and make you cringe just from the thought of what you just paid for your dinner.

Fortunately, there are also heaps of budget friendly destinations, even in Europe – and Ireland is one of them.

We found Dublin to be easy to get around on a budget, as there is a lot of everything there: bars, restaurants, attractions, hotels etc. which means that there will always be some great budget choices.

There are also a lot of budget airlines that fly there so getting a cheap ticket won’t be much of a problem either – we got a flight there for just €10 each..!

Here is a brief guide on how to do Dublin on a budget…

Free Attractions

There are quite a few free or very cheap attractions in Dublin that are worth seeing.

Trinity College - First, you must visit the Trinity College, a beautiful University dating back to 1592. Walking around the temple grounds is free, and you can step inside the beautiful main entrance for a closer look.

If you do feel like you can afford to pay a bit extra, for €9 you can visit the famous Book of Kells at the university’s incredible library.

General Post Office - Not that you’ve ever been interested in post offices, trust us when we say this is different. The general post office is one of the most significant places in Irish history.

It was used as a fort by Irish rebel troops when fighting the British for independence, and stands as an icon for the failed 1916 Easter Rising.

The building has since been restored, but you can still see bullet holes in the walls.

Other free attractions: St Patrick’s Cathedral, North Bull Island.

Eat Cheap Like a Celebrity

There are a lot of cheap lunch deals to be found in Dublin, but our favorite stop was the famous Fish n Chip shop “Leo Burdock”.

While you’re munching on the huge portion of Fish n Chips, check out their “Hall of Fame” hanging on the wall with the names of all celebrities who have passed through their doors; U2, Naomi Campbell, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Cruise and Snoop Dogg (or now Snoop Lion) to name but a few..!

A tip is to visit one of the many markets, like the “Crashes Into” farmers market which has turned into a food vendor market with lots of cheap eats, perfect for lunch.

Other cheap eats: Gallagher’s Boxty House (huge Irish pancakes), Eddie’s Rocket (burgers in 50’s inspired restaurant)

Beers and Bars

Bars are an important part of Irish culture, and while today there is an Irish bar in just about every city on earth, there is nothing that comes even close to the real deal.

But before you sing along and dance to traditional Irish live music with a Guinness beer in one hand – get a better understanding of the favorite beer at the Guinness Storehouse.

For €16, it’s not a cheap attraction, but it’s not difficult to see why it’s the most popular one of all. At the brewery you will learn the history and cooking secrets to the beer, and get a free tasting by the end of the tour.

Finish the evening with a bar crawl. You don’t need to join a group, just head out with your friends and go from bar to bar, pub quiz to live band to poem competition.

Bars: Brogan’s Bar, Stag’s Head, Brazen Head are three of hundreds of good bars.

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Surfing in Ireland – Guide To The Best Spots http://www.aswetravel.com/surfing-in-ireland-guide/ http://www.aswetravel.com/surfing-in-ireland-guide/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=27918 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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When it is time to choose a surfing destination, the mind often wanders to faraway lands, often in the distant southern hemisphere. However, you don’t actually need to travel that far in Europe to enjoy great surfing conditions, not even in places that feel a world away from surfing. Here are 3 of Ireland’s best […]

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When it is time to choose a surfing destination, the mind often wanders to faraway lands, often in the distant southern hemisphere.

However, you don’t actually need to travel that far in Europe to enjoy great surfing conditions, not even in places that feel a world away from surfing.

Here are 3 of Ireland’s best surfing destinations, which, depending on where you live in Europe, could be just under an hour away by plane.

1 – Bundoran

The best surfing in Ireland can be found in and around the north western coast – after all, last year’s Eurosurf competition was held in the area, and for very good reasons.

Bundoran is the country’s prime surfing sport – at Bundoran’s beaches, waves are consistent, offshore wind conditions are excellent, and the swell height is almost always over a metre high.

The average sea temperature stands at 10°C, so you would need a full-body wetsuit to last more than a few minutes!

Bundoran is a laid-back town geared towards surfers, where those looking to take lessons can choose from a surf academy and a considerable number of schools offering everything from beginner lessons to improver weekend courses.

If you want to stay in Bundoran during your surfing trip you can reduce your accommodation expenses by taking advantage of the many surf lodges in town that offer discounted “surf and stay” packages.

2 – Easkey

Located in the north west of Ireland, the village of Easkey is blessed with some dramatic geological features, and is a stunning place to stop for any reason, but particularly popular for surfing in Ireland.

Easkey is also unique in that it has two reef breaks: Easkey Right and Easkey Left, just under a mile apart from each other.

The waves break over the rocks at both, providing surfers with a swift sea surf. Nonetheless, most people agree that Easkey Right is more challenging.

Easkey’s fully exposed beaches and continuous offshore winds create the perfect conditions for a demanding yet rewarding surfing practice.

Swell heights easily reach 2 metres (7 feet), and heights of 3 metres (10 feet) are not unusual.

The Irish Surfing Association recently chose Easkey as its permanent base, so if you happen to be in town, pop into their premises and check the many events they organise throughout the year, they also offer surfing instructor courses, typically during the spring months.

3 – Inishowen

Close to the border with Northern Ireland lies the peninsula of Inishowen. Since the peninsula is encircled by the Atlantic Ocean, the existence of appealing surfing spots is guaranteed.

Buncrana, the largest town in the peninsula, is home to a fully insured surfing school that makes the most of Inishowen’s superbly consistent waves.

Buncrana’s main beach is Lisfannon beach, a 3 mile-long stretch of sand which has blue flag status.

Twenty miles to the west of Buncrana you will find Culdaff beach, a favourite among surfers and other water sports lovers.

Here you can expect wave periods of up to 16 seconds, and an average swell height of 1,5 metres (5 feet) – these conditions make of Culdaff an ideal beach for beginners looking to go surfing in Ireland.

Before you decide on where to go surfing in Ireland, remember that having comprehensive insurance during your surfing adventure is as important as choosing a location – shop around for an insurance provider that guarantees medical cover, board damage and personal liability.

This article was written by Get Cover Travel Insurance – an experienced Irish based travel insurance company.

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Dublin, Ireland – Europe #1 [VIDEO] http://www.aswetravel.com/dublin-ireland-travel-video/ http://www.aswetravel.com/dublin-ireland-travel-video/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 06:00:28 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=22432 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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So after ONLY 6 weeks to prepare for every part of the Europe Train Challenge, we finally arrived in city #1 = Dublin. Dublin was such a wonderful city, full of colorfully bright doors, pubs & friendly people. This was the first time both of us were in front of the camera together, so it […]

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So after ONLY 6 weeks to prepare for every part of the Europe Train Challenge, we finally arrived in city #1 = Dublin.

Dublin was such a wonderful city, full of colorfully bright doors, pubs & friendly people. This was the first time both of us were in front of the camera together, so it really was a throw-yourself-in-the-deep-end kind of experience.

The more you do something the more it starts to flow, and that is the same with this Challenge.

To read more about our time in Dublin, make sure you check out:

We hope you enjoy our first video, and stay tuned for more videos in the next few weeks.

(Our Dublin Episode was Sponsored by InterRail & The Times – Camden Hostel)

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Things To Do In Dublin – Mini Guide http://www.aswetravel.com/things-to-do-in-dublin-mini-guide/ http://www.aswetravel.com/things-to-do-in-dublin-mini-guide/#comments Sun, 22 May 2011 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=19029 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Dublin has the best of both a small town and cosmopolitan city: It has the great easy going people you can only find in small towns, but the variety of nightlife you only find in big cosmopolitan cities. You can easily spend a week here strolling around, talking to people and enjoying the ‘happenings’ in town – […]

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Dublin has the best of both a small town and cosmopolitan city: It has the great easy going people you can only find in small towns, but the variety of nightlife you only find in big cosmopolitan cities.

You can easily spend a week here strolling around, talking to people and enjoying the ‘happenings’ in town – which seems to be every day.

There are heaps of things to do in Dublin, both for those who enjoy pub culture as well as literature and history.

Getting Around:

Dublin is a fairly small city, which makes it perfect for sightseeing. You rarely need to take the bus or “luas” (tram), but they do run frequently and are cheap if you’re lazy ;)

Things To Do:

  • Visit The Medieval Part of The City:

The medieval part of Dublin dates back to 11th century, and is a nice part of town.

Bring a picnic or buy some takeaway food, join the locals down in St Patricks park and watch time fly by on the clock of the beautiful St Patricks church.

Christchurch cathedral is also located in the medieval part of Dublin, it’s a really old cathedral, founded in 1030 it is one of the oldest buildings in Dublin. It costs 7 Euro to go inside, but there are free concerts quite often which are worth a visit.

  • Walk The Golden Mile

Pub crawl is very popular in Dublin, but you don’t have to do it with an organised tourist group. Locals do it every weekend along the Golden Mile.

The real name of the street is “Victoria Street”, but it has been nicknamed “The Golden Mile” because there are countless of bars along the street, and it has become somewhat of a local tradition to try to drink at every pub in one night.

Few people have ever made it to the end of the Golden Mile: will you?

  • Get To the Bottom Of The Stout and Whiskey History:

Alcohol is an important part of Irish culture, and the tour of the Guinness Storehouse is the most popular thing to do in Dublin. If you’re a big fan of beer or Guinness this is definitely worth a visit, and for the 15 Euro entry you get a free Guinness to enjoy with the best view of Dublin.

Jamesons Distillery which produces the Irish Whiskey also has tours for visitors, and they cost around 13 Euro.

However, those who aren’t very interested in beer and Guinness often don’t think it’s worth the entry fee. We didn’t go there ourselves for that reason, but thought it would be good to mention it since it’s so popular.

  • Visit Trinity College

50% of the population in Dublin are under 25 years, in other words, there are a lot of students in this city, and Trinity College is the most sought after place to study.

This is for a good reason, as this college educated some of the most famous Irish people ever – Samuel Beckett (winner of the Nobel Prize) and Jonathan Swift for example.

It’s a beautiful college with amazing buildings, and the old library (where you’ll find the book of Kells) and a sports arena where they often have games.

Because there are so many young people living here many of the things to do in Dublin are perfect for a younger crowd.

Places to Eat:

- Leo Burdock Fish and Chips – oldest place in dublin. They serve big portions with the thickest french fries. Outside their door is a long list of hundreds of celebrities who have all bought fish n chips from there – be one of them!

- Eddies Rocket – This restaurant have a really cool interior designs a la 50’s style, with a juke box and everything – who doesn’t want to have their burger in the 50’s?!

- Gallagher’s Boxty House – This place sells Irish traditional food. Their Irish style pancakes with filling are awesome, around 16 Euro.

- Lolly and CooksA visit to George’s Arcade is a fun thing in itself. You’ll find stalls selling lots of fun things like hand painted converse shoes, and, best of all – the best cupcakes ever. Lolly and Cooks is a little stall there which specializes in cupcakes. They cost about 2,5 pounds each (box of 6 for 12 pounds) and come in all colors and flavors.

- Walk Inn Noodle Bar –  Many pubs and restaurants will blow your food budget, but this little take away show sells noodles for 4.50 and spring rolls for 2.50.

Places to Drink:

  • Fitzsimmons Sport Bar – The Irish are as crazy about sport as the British, this place gets packed with sports fanatics and a great atmosphere whenever there is a game on.
  • Stags Head – this is the oldest pub in Dublin, which is worth a visit for that reason only. It was featured in Guinness 250th anniversary ad
  • Shebeen Chic – quirky pub with live music, great people and fun interior and things hanging on the wall to look at.

Budget Shopping:

With all its pubs Dublin can easily blow your budget, so it’s good to know where to get the cheaper things in the city.

  • Cheap Clothing: If you need some cheap clothes Penny’s is where you should be headed. It has really nice clothes for a good deal.
  • Cheap Beer: If you want to bring some beer to the hostel, Londis is the place which has the cheapest beers.
  • Various Things (hygiene, umbrellas, food): Camden Casket is a shop selling everything you need and don’t need. Toiletries, drinks, candy, underwear, can food etc. It’s all found here, and often for a quarter of the price.

Where to Sleep:

Times Hostel at Camden Place offers some great accommodation in a perfect location.

The rooms are cosy and clean with private bathrooms, and there is a big kitchen with all tools you need to cook your own food.

The staff are very friendly and easy going, you can ask them about anything and they’ll try their best to help you out (plus free calls!).

The best thing about the hostel however, are all the events they have during the week; pancake mondays, pub crawls, pool competitions, ice cream days etc.

Hope you have a great time visiting Dublin!

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Our Impressions Of Dublin, Ireland http://www.aswetravel.com/our-impressions-of-dublin-ireland/ http://www.aswetravel.com/our-impressions-of-dublin-ireland/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=19025 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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After having spent a few days in Dublin last week during the 2011 Europe Train Challenge, we left with many memories and impressions of the city. Here is a quick round up of our thoughts and what we learned and loved about Dublin: A Stranger Is A Friend You Haven’t Talked To Yet In Dublin, we […]

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After having spent a few days in Dublin last week during the 2011 Europe Train Challenge, we left with many memories and impressions of the city. Here is a quick round up of our thoughts and what we learned and loved about Dublin:

A Stranger Is A Friend You Haven’t Talked To Yet

In Dublin, we found the locals very talkative and easy going. If you stand next to someone at a bus stop you can be sure to know their life story 10 minutes later, which when we mentioned this to a local girl she completely agreed.

Apparently (according to a guy we met in London), the Irish people have a rumor of being rude and weird. We did not find that true at all, but we suspect that their rumor might have something to do with Britts and Irish in particular.

The Pubs And The Golden Mile

I’ve never been in a city with so many pubs! We saw more pubs in this city than there were shops.

Nobody knows how many pubs there are here, but it would definitely take you years before you’ve visited them all. Our friend Anna who has been living in Dublin for over two years still hasn’t been to all of them, despite going out practically every night.

The Golden Mile is a nickname given to Great Victoria Street, which is a long street jam packed with pubs. It’s called the Golden Mile because few ever make it to the end of the street – people try for years to drink at every pub on the street in one night, but few are able to finish. Besides, if anyone were to finish the Golden Mile, they would most likely end up needing Intervention Support due to alcoholism.

Let’s face it, if you can finish the Golden Mile, you obviously know your way around a bottle.

In Ireland, pubs are the meeting point. While in other cities you go to cafes with friends, here you go to pubs.

Alcohol in itself is a big part of Irish culture. This is where Guinness Stout, Irish Whiskey and Irish coffee are from. In Dublin you will find the brewery as well as the store house for both Guinness and Jamesons Whiskey, and if you want you can take a tour there.

Of course, they Irish put a dash of whiskey in their coffee too – and to be honest, I think it was a good idea.

The Best, the Oldest and the Traditional

Oldest sea food restaurant, oldest pub, oldest fish n chip place, oldest church… Being the oldest or best in something is a big hit here, and the Dubliners are very proud of their heritage.

Dublin is also home to world famous writers and poets: Jonathan Swift, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde were all from Dublin. The historic library, Trinity College (where many famous writers studied) are great places to visit in Dublin to get some insight of the Irish literary.

Compared to other places, you can also find a lot of food and drink that is “traditionally Irish”, which is great fun for the traveler.

And best of all, it’s not a tourist act, it actually what the Irish people eat and drink as well.

The Colorful Doors

The first thing I noticed when arriving in Dublin were the bright colorful doors on every house, and the traditional architecture on the buildings.

There are two theories of where the colorful doors come from:

  1. When Queen Victoria died, everyone was told to paint their doors black in mourning. In revolt, the Irish did the opposite and painted their doors in bright beautiful colors.
  2. The women painted their doors in different colors so that their drunken men wouldn’t miss it and walk into the wrong house.

In my opinion, it could be either one!

The Irish Music

Irish music has a long history and is very important to the Irish people. The songs are like stories, and the music has a very special touch to it with violins.

Irish music is plays at nearly every pub in town every night of the week, and really enhances the experience of the pub.

Have you been to Dublin? What do you remember, like or dislike about the city?

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