Jun 16, 2020

A Week in Ireland: Dublin, Ireland’s Ancient East & The Wild Atlantic Way

I was fortunate enough to travel to Ireland with Bake from Scratch Magazine, Williams Sonoma and Tourism Ireland on a one-week tour of the country.

Sponsored by Bake from Scratch Magazine, Williams Sonoma & Tourism Ireland. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Monday February 3, 2020

Céad Míle Fáilte! For those who don’t speak Gaelic, it translates to “one hundred thousand welcomes”. I was fortunate enough to travel to Ireland with Bake from Scratch Magazine, Williams Sonoma and Tourism Ireland on a one-week tour of the country. In this post, I have focused on some highlights in each area of the island. (While Northern Ireland is actually a part of the United Kingdom, the rest of Ireland is a part of the European Union so be sure to take out Euros not pounds upon arrival.) After flying into Dublin on the East coast, we departed by bus to the southern part of the country, traveling through Wicklow to Cork, and then north to Limerick, Galway, Mayo and then back to Dublin. It’s amazing what we fit into just over a week in a small country like Ireland! While of course we spent much of the trip eating (if you want to eat more sweets than you’ve ever eaten in your life then go on a trip with a bunch of bakers!), we were also fortunate to stay at an assortment of incredible and unique hotels.

Some things that surprised me about Ireland: 

  • I expected the incredible dairy but didn’t expect amazing seafood! I thoroughly enjoyed mussels farmed from Killary Fjord Shellfish, and an abundance of smoked salmon. and scallops from Ballycotton Seafood at Castlemartyr.
  • Seaweed is quite common and utilized in everything from butter to soap!
  • While I thought we would see some rolling, Kelly green fields of sheep – the views were so much more stunning when seen in person.

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