Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Whether you’re Irish or not, you’ve most likely celebrated St. Patrick’s day at some point in your life by drinking a few pints (and/or pitchers) of Guinness, maybe a few shots of Jameson, eating corned beef & cabbage, and touting your greenest attire around town. And like most of us in the States that celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, you’ve never been to Ireland and just assume that all native Irish wake up on March 18th as hung over and miserable as you. Well, we at Dylans are here to tell you that there’s more to do than get blackout drunk on this great holiday and being the travel experts that we are, we’re taking you to Ireland today through the magic of word to show you what we’re talking about. Our mode of transportation? A Lagan turbo diesel “caravan” as they call it across the pond.
After a 7 hour, non stop flight from Philly international airport to Dublin, you’ll need to head over to Celtic Campervans to rent a Lagan and get moving.
First stop, Armagh in Northern Ireland aka The City of St. Patrick (seems fitting) and then head up to the Tepee Valley Campsite to park the Lagan motor home. This small Irish town is home to one of the country’s largest St. Paddy’s Day parades held at Shambles Yard. Here, you’ll find a market filled with everything from locally grown and prepared foods to jewelry to clothing. Today, you can expect to see thousands of people out on the streets and of course, lots of live Irish music. Soak that scene up (which is very family friendly, by the way), and then make your way to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. St. Patrick himself founded this historic church in 445AD. Look at you, culture on St. Patrick’s Day? Who would have thought?
Your second option will be to travel to County Clare, Ireland’s hub of “trad” or traditional Irish music and only minutes away from perhaps the country’s most frequently visited natural attraction, the Cliffs of Moher. Overlooking the Atlantic coast, the cliffs offer some of the most stunning views you could ever fathom and may help explain why St. Patrick decided to return to Ireland after being enslaved there for much of his teenage years. Grab some photos, and then take a ride into Ennis, park the Lagan (so as to be responsible) and grab a drink at Brogans Bar, one of the oldest family run bars in the city.
Finally, think about taking a ride to Cork, home of the Blarney Castle. This attraction was constructed over 600 years ago and is extremely rich with Irish culture. Several gardens, trails, waterways and changing seasonal scenery make this place a must-see when visiting Ireland…especially when you have an RV to stay in so you can be mobile! After you’ve seen everything the Blarney has to offer get to the Franciscan Well Brewery. This craft brewery was built in 1998 on the site of a monastery that dates all the way back to around the year 1200. See? Even the bars have history! Franciscan Well is known for their lagers and stouts so stay a while and enjoy some of their classic brews.
While you’re in Ireland and seeing how the natives celebrate, you may change the way you partake in St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Enjoy responsibly, and remember, if you’ve had too much, sleep it off in the Lagan before you start it up!
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