Dublin Journals

Touring Ireland Land of the Celts

A September 2000 trip to Dublin by Queen Maeve

Quote: This was my second coach tour with the Globus company. A fabulous way to see the country, with a knowledgable guide, and professional driver. No luggage worries... or concerns about getting lost. Like traveling with friends.. sure beats going alone.

Touring Ireland Land of the Celts

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Overview

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The Irish countryside is beautiful. Some of my roots are from Ireland... so I enjoyed sniffing the air for any scent of my ancestors. Just walking the streets where they might have walked. I had done considerable reading about the great famine prior to my trip, and was fascinated by visiting towns that were mentioned in the literature. I highly recommend 'The Great Famine'. Gives a great historical perspective on the politics surrounding the famine, and also of the tensions that have existed between Ireland and Great Britain for 400 years. The cliffs of Moher are breath-taking, but don't step over the flagstones. A german woman fell 700 feet to her death last year. I loved Glendalough, a m...Read More

Jurys Inn Custom House

Hotel | "Jury's Customs House and others around the country"

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Not that nice of a hotel. The only reason I would recommend it is due to location. It is walking distance to where you want to be. There was construction going on outside the hotel till 10:00PM. JACKHAMMERS!!! The rooms were adequate, but not exceptional. Globus is not going to be using this hotel after this year they said.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Jurys Inn Custom House
CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY
Dublin, Ireland
353 1 6075000

Blarney Castle/Blarney Stone

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Attraction | "Kissing the Blarney Stone"

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There was a small very motivated group of us on the tour who were determined to kiss the blarney stone. As our bus pulled into the parking lot at the nearby Blarney Woolen Mills, there were numerous other buses disgorging hoards of tourists. We popped off the bus and took off for the castle at a half run. Luckily when we got up there, there was only a short line. Getting to where the stone is requires climbing up a narrow, winding, stone stairway. Older people can do it, if in good health, but if you're easily winded or unstable, I'd settle for "kissing the stone by proxy (ie. kiss someone else who just kissed it). There isn't much time to loiter, as there are alot of people trying to get to the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2000

Blarney Castle/Blarney Stone
Blarney Village Near the River Martin
Cork, Ireland
+353 21 438 5252