17 September 2020
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When you’re ready to apply, we’ll be there to guide you through your mortgage application and ensure you have all the right documents ready to go. Once you’ve submitted your application our dedicated team will be working hard to give you Mortgage Credit Approval in 72 hours. Find out how to apply over on our website here.
So while your Mortgage application is being processed, what else could you do in 72 hours? As a lot of us are thinking about holidaying in Ireland this year, it’s definitely worth considering where to go and what to visit so we’ve come up with a jam packed 72 hour Staycation guide to help you make the most of your time off!
We’ve pulled out some top tips for you to explore Ireland’s capital in just 72 hours. Starting off in central Dublin you can visit Dublin Castle and Dublin’s oldest medieval cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral. While you’re close by why not drop in and visit Dublinia, where you’ll learn about the Viking and medieval history of the city. You don’t have to be a history buff to get a kick out of visiting one of Ireland’s most famous prisons, Kilmainham Gaol. As the sun starts to set, you might want to have a look at where Ireland’s legendary drink comes from in the Guinness Storehouse.
Another jam packed day moving across the Liffey, we have some incredible museums to immerse yourself in Irish history which includes the Jeanie Johnston Tallship & Famine Experience, the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, and the GPO Witness History Exhibition. If you’re a fan of Irish literature you might want to visit the James Joyce Centre. The Long Room in Trinity College is another enchanting spot as it houses over 200,000 books and while you're on the grounds of the college you can also see a section of the Book of Kells, one of the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts which is regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures. Pop across the road to take a stroll down Grafton Street, the main shopping street where there are endless stores, restaurants, cafés, and street buskers. If you need a break after all the moving around, make sure to stop off for afternoon tea in the Shelbourne or Westbury Hotel for some delicate delights.
On your last day in Dublin get outdoors and visit the Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed park in any European city. Within the park you can book into Dublin Zoo where you’ll be able to see a wide variety of animals from zebras to snakes. Close by, you can take a trip to the National Botanic Gardens, where there are daily guided tours to understand more about the spectacular plant collection and the important work which takes place in the gardens. While you’re that close, you should drop into Glasnevin Cemetery next door where many key Irish figures have been laid to rest from Michael Collins to Éamon de Valera to name but a few. Enjoy an informative and entertaining tour of the grounds where a local guide will take you through the history and stories of some of Ireland’s most prominent historical figures. To end your incredible 72 hour trip to Dublin we suggest making your way to Fade Street, spots like L’Gueuleton, Fade Street Social, The Market Bar or Drury Buildings have an excellent selection of a la carte menus and some exquisite cocktails.
What else can I do in Dublin?
If the weather isn’t playing along don’t fret, there are still a range of museums that we would suggest such as the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland to add alongside the fantastic National Botanic Gardens for a perfect day out in Dublin.
Starting off the 72 hours arriving into Galway main town there is the Galway Cathedral where you will want to see the beautiful paintings and mosaics. Then stroll over to Eyre Square and enjoy the lively atmosphere with live music and a range of restaurants and pubs to visit. Continue your stroll through Shop Street where you will find traditional Irish shops selling the famous Claddagh ring, the ring details hands, heart, and a crown to symbolize friendship, love, and loyalty, a true treasure to bring home from your trip. The Latin Quarter boasts some of the quirkier shops and boutiques along cobbled stone streets where Galway’s culture comes to life. Close by is the iconic Spanish Arch where you can snap a photo of the famous colored housed at the Galway Harbour. Get to know prehistoric and medieval Galway at the Galway City Museum. After your exploring why not take a city bike and afterwards enjoy a walk along the Salthill Promenade and grab a 99 ice cream as you take in Galway Bay.
Galway has some of the most scenic landmarks along the Wild Atlantic Way which makes it perfect for exploring some of the extraordinary landscapes that Ireland is famous for. Its unique position on the west coast also makes it a perfect spot for a daytrip to one of the surrounding areas. A top sight to include in your 72 hour trip are the Cliffs of Moher, making sure to visit the museum in the visitor centre and to climb up to O’Brien’s Tower so you can have a full view of the Aran Islands and mountains in the distance. This is a full day trip so make sure to bring everything you need for your adventure.
For your last day we have the well know Connemara National Park which is over 4,000 acres and includes a range of scenic mountains, grasslands and woodlands and lots of wildlife, great for a hike and connecting with nature.
What else can I do in Galway?
Depending on what you fancy, you could also substitute in a boat trip to the Aran Islands for one of your day trips, as voted one of the world’s top island destinations by National Geographic so we think that says enough in itself!
Why not spend 72 hours in the Kingdom of Kerry where you’ll have no shortage of sights to behold. From the luscious landscape to the wild natural beauty it has to offer, Kerry will take your breath away at every turn. We’d suggest a scenic trip along the Ring of Kerry route which will allow you to take in some of Kerry’s most picturesque views.
Starting in Killarney, you’ll have no shortage of accommodation options to choose from! Be sure to check out Killarney National Park with all its hidden treasures. Enjoy a leisurely stroll while taking in the epic mountain views and crystal clear lakes, take a photo stop at Torc Waterfall, explore the iconic Muckross house and the beautiful walled gardens. Book in for a delicious Kerry dinner in a few of the most well-known restaurants in Killarney such as Bricin, Murphy Brownes or Treyvaud’s.
For the second day of your trip you could book a boat trip to Skellig Michael. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you may already be familiar with this impressive rock mass located off the coast of Kerry. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also now an impressive movie setting for the newer Star Wars films. If you become peckish on your travels make sure to pick up some of the well-known Skelligs Chocolate.
A day trip to Dingle is a must as part of your stay in Kerry where you can enjoy some of the quaint local charm the peninsula has to offer. Jump on a boat and get up close and personal with the local celebrity Funghi the Dolphin. While you’re in Dingle you can also visit to the Dingle Gin Distillery to see where the award winning gin is made or alternatively you can also visit Conor’s Pass or take a roadtrip across Slea Head Drive to take in some glorious views
Donegal is known for its remarkable coastline and one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Slieve League Cliffs, which are nearly double the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, are a must see during your stay in Donegal. On the way towards your next stop in Donegal, take a pit stop at Killybegs Town for some fresh local fish for a different type of dinner.
Donegal also boasts some of the most magnificent beaches in Ireland with Ballymastocker Bay, Portsalon Beach and Maghera Strand to name just a few of the golden sandy beaches to visit. While planning your 72 hour trip make sure to go to the most northerly point of Ireland where you will find Malin Head, great for a hike and to see the coast in all its glory.
With just 72 hours for your trip we also recommend Glenveagh National Park as a day trip for those who are looking for a scenic hike or bicycle ride with wildlife and breathtaking valleys and mountains scenery to accompany you on the adventure.
What else can I do in Donegal?
As there is so much to choose from in Donegal, if you wish to swap out any of the above planned days, Tory Island is a great addition to your 72 hour itinerary in Donegal where you can get to know one of the most remote islands in Ireland which is home to many Irish myths and legends and most commonly known for its rich heritage. This requires a full day trip so remember to pack your bag for the adventure.
Don’t forget safety first!
For all bookings to restaurants, sights, museums and any explorations included within this blog, make sure to book ahead to secure your slot and to follow all Covid-19 guidelines outlined.
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Source: Discover Ireland; www.discoverireland.ie
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