Road Tripping | Ireland Day 8

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Dublin – Galway

Today was another day of travelling across the country as we left the capital for Galway – our final stop before we crossed the border into Northern Ireland.

En route, we stopped at Athlone, home to Ireland’s oldest pub – Sean’s Bar. From the outside, it didn’t look particularly old, but the interior was small and cosy. It was incredibly busy when we arrived, with little space at the bar or to sit down – although I managed to grab us a table at the front, while Ashley got the cokes in. Sean’s Bar was the only reason we stopped at Athlone, but it was definitely worth it, to say we had been there!

After arriving in Galway and checking in to the hotel, we walked into the city centre (1.5km away). I’m glad we walked, rather than drove as the traffic was so bad, being rush hour. Of all the places we visited, I think I’d say Galway was one of, if not, my favourite city. All the sights were in close proximity; there was a liveliness at all times, without it feeling overly crowded; and it was just very typically Irish. We walked to Eyre Square first of all, which would have been so much lovelier earlier in the day – or on a brighter day. Other points of interest included Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Salmon Weir Bridge along the River Corrib – we didn’t see any fish though!

I’ll be blogging about the hidden gem we visited for dinner, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Today we walked 11.8km.
Where we stayed
Like I said, the hotel was in a good location – within walking distance of the city, without being at the heart of the hustle and bustle. The hotel’s facilities were really good – not that we really took advantage of those. Our room was large and was lovely, with a very comfortable king-sized bed. Breakfast the following morning was extensive – although the decaf coffee was vile!

Love, Lucy xx

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