Ireland Roadtrip: Galway to the Cliffs of Moher

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When I put together my dream travel list Ireland was always right there at the top. C’mon, I can’t be the only one who dreamed of jumping on a plane destined for Dublin. I’ve always wanted to see those rolling hills, settled pints, and friendly people. There is just something about Ireland that’s pure magic.

We arrived in Dublin ahead of schedule (thank you Aer Lingus) before 5am and were in our rental car within 20 minutes. Thanks to Hertz, we had a fabulous car for our adventure. I mean, how often do you get to drive a Jaguar! Our mission: get on the road as quickly as possible to avoid Dublin traffic and get used to driving on the left side of the road before everyone woke up for the day. While it was definitely an ambitious start to our trip, our first time driving in Ireland was a 2.5 hour trek across the country!

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The g Hotel in Galway

You wouldn’t have expected to find such a modern and chic hotel near the country, but we had booked a room at The g Hotel in Galway and it was such a surprise. With stylish decor and a convenient location, it was everything we needed for our first night.

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Downtown Galway

Galway was everything that I thought it would be and more. We spent the day walking around shopping and visiting pubs. Everyone had told me that you always meet the nicest people in Ireland and they were right. We stopped at our first bar just before the Dublin vs Mayo game and I learned so much from the locals!

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Beautiful Irish Weather

We were expecting consistent fog and rain, but it I couldn’t have been more wrong. While I packed like cats and dogs were going to fall from the sky, honestly it only rain for about 10 minutes over the first few days.

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Tiny roads and large tour buses! 

It was actually surprising that driving on the left wasn’t as difficult to get used to as the seeing the large tour buses fit onto these roads with us! It was a very “Harry Potter on the Knight’s Bus” experience.

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Hertz Rental Car

Thanks to a wonderful upgrade from Hertz, we were definitely driving around in style. This car was a fabulous ride and the lane assist was a welcome bonus! I would recommend renting with Hertz anytime you have somewhere to be (and the drop off was quick too)!

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Quick Stopover in Doolin, County Clare

After receiving an Instagram recommendation, we decided to swing through Doolin for a few minutes. Such a wonderful town with the kindest people.

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Country Irish Style: Target Skirt, Marshalls Ankle Boots, Old Navy Scarf and Shirt

My travel style is simple and comfortable. You’ll see me in a lot of stripes, cotton, and denim. This new shirt and scarf from Old Navy made it into the rotation several times throughout this trip.

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Cliffs of Moher 

By far, one of the things that I was most looking forward to was seeing the Cliffs of Moher. I’d spent a lot of time dreaming of what they’d look like up close and worrying that the view could be concealed by rain. As it turned out, we had a beautifully sunny day and seeing the cliffs up close was fantastic. The views were so dramatically stunning that they hardly looked real. I got as close as I dared, but you better believe that I was not one of the people standing off the edge to get the best photo!

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