Well-known and savored all around the world, Irish coffee’s origins can be traced back to a small town called Foynes, in the west of Ireland. With a population of 500 seemingly frozen in time (and size) for decades, the County Limerick community brought to the world more innovation than you might believe: a revolutionary start in air travel and a uniquely Irish treat. And, as with everything in Ireland, weather played a key role.
Whether you’re on a tight budget or just trying to stretch your travel funds as far as possible, there are plenty of ways to save money while in Northern Ireland. Here are some ideas for free things to do in Belfast.
Ireland’s third largest city and the 2014 Irish City of Culture remains largely off-the-beaten-track for most travelers, but with its unique culture and famous castles, spending one day in Limerick makes a worthwhile addition to any west coast itinerary. At just 2 hours by train from Galway and 3 hours from Dublin, it’s possible to visit Limerick on a day trip, but to make the most of your trip, plan to stopover and give yourself time to soak up the atmosphere as well as the sights.
A convenient day-trip from Dublin and a lovely pit-stop while en-route to the Ring of Kerry, the charms of Ireland’s second city can be condensed into a whistle-stop tour, even though you’ll wish you had longer. But, we have some tips for how to take in the highlights with just one day in Cork.
Ireland’s most famous road trip loops around southwest Ireland’s most dramatic landscapes and those looking for a unique way to admire the scenery will find ample opportunities for outdoor activities along the Ring of Kerry.
As the vibrant cultural hub of Ireland’s West Coast, Galway is a lively destination at any time of year, but there’s no doubt that the coastal town is at its best in the sunny season. This is the time to enjoy a walking tour of the city, take a cruise along the River Corrib or visit nearby attractions like the Cliffs of Moher or The Burren, but there are plenty of other summer things to do in Galway too.