I've long been a fan of the Globe Trekker travel series. Each one has its own trekker, apparently chosen for just that journey, with a great sense of adventure and humor, a willingness to go off the beaten path and take adventure (and misadventure) as it comes.
As I begin to make my own plans for my personal trek to Ireland, it was a no brainer to turn first to Globe Trekker. I plan to view many other similar videos, read various books (and down a few pints in contemplation), because my approach to travel is to do my research first, then leave the guides behind and throw myself into the adventure. This Trek's travel guide, Ian Wright, is a terrific intro to an Irish journey. He has the brogue, the humor, the silly grin, the willingness to bumble, wince, earn blisters, down pints, down more pints, get lost, grumble at endless rain, and make friends with locals to show us not how tourists get by, but how the Irish live.
Beginning his journey on the Antrim coast in Northern Ireland, he then explores Belfast. The Irish pubs are all you would wish them to be. He sports his first creamy Guinness moustache in a 150-year old pub (and I make note to find this idyllic place for my first truly Irish Guinness), slurping down oysters on the shell with lemon alongside. Next, he hitchhikes and rides trains along the coast south, to Dublin, then Cobh and Kerry. The eye glories in the Irish landscape of bogs and endless green, mountains wrapped in mist, stony cliffs dropping straight into the sea. Ian visits the Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of gab... and comes up speechless. He visits Celtic ruins and makes pilgrimages and enjoys boat rides to more islands, fishes with an Irish fisherman for mackerel, and dances a jig with Irish maidens.
And drinks more Guinness. If this travelogue is at all accurate, this beautiful island has nothing else to drink from coast to coast but Guinness.
I'm packing my bags.
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Also known as the Emerald Isle, for it's lush green landscapes, Ireland is the land of a thousand welcomes. Although it has been ripped apart by years of political conflict, it is renowned for its hospitality and is proud of its strong spirit of a good time. Ian Wright begins his travels at the spectacular Antrim coast in Northern Ireland. He then travels to Belfast before crossing the border and heading to Dublin, the capital of the republic. Passing through Cobh and Kerry, he then sails on to the Aran Islands, hikes in Conemara and Donegal and finally ends his journey on the wild and remote Tory Islands. Along the way... · Explore Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney stone · Join thousands of pilgrims in the footsteps of St Patrick to climb Croagh Patrick · Wander through the landscapes of Kerry, where the scenery is dotted with Celtic ruins · Live it up in Dublin - the republics largest cosmopolitan city · Meet the famous king of Tory Island who makes it his duty to welcome visitors off the boat as they arrive