Ireland has always been a place I have wanted to visit so buying flights to Dublin for my boyfriends birthday seemed like the perfect excuse! We only had three days there but made the most of it!
We spent the majority of the weekend exploring, eating and shopping, which was perfect. On our first day we took a trip to the Guinness Storehouse, a must see for anyone going to visit Dublin! As much as I wanted to love it, Guinness just isn’t for me but I still had a great time going around the factory, learning how Guinness is made and even got to pour my own pint!
After the tour, Michael paid for us to get a horse and cart back into the centre of town, which was amazing! Definitely something you don’t get to do in Glasgow. The town looked beautiful with all the Christmas lights and festive shop displays, especially Brown Thomas where I had to fight the urge to buy everything in the store! I was in my element. Christmas for me starts the 1st of November so I got so excited when the decorations finally starting popping up everywhere.One of the main highlights from the weekend was the food. On our first night we found the perfect eating spot just across from the famous Temple Bar. The restaurant was called The Old Mill and was just what we were looking for. The weather had been dry but absolutely freezing so some good Irish grub was much needed. I honestly don’t think I have ever been so full from one dish. I opted for the cottage pie which came with the most amazing gravy I have ever tasted while Michael went for the fish and chips. We ended up returning the following night and, as much as I wanted to have the cottage pie again, I decided to mix it up and go for the bangers and mash and oh myyy. Amazing. The portion sizes are huge and for just ten Euros per meal it was super affordable too!
On our second day we had a lovely relaxed morning in the hotel jacuzzi before heading down to Dublin Zoo. Again the weather was freezing but it managed to stay dry until our last day so we were pretty lucky! One of my favourite things about Dublin was the buzzing atmosphere, with busy shoppers filling the high streets and the pubs always full to the brim.
Dublin is the ideal place if you are looking for a weekend away in the city. I already want to start planning my next trip! Hopefully one day I will get the chance to explore Ireland properly but for now Dublin was the perfect way to start.