I've been obsessed with Ireland since high school and I discovered more than the Greeks and Romans had large, sweeping mythologies. I've been an Irish Gaelic hobbyist on and off since I Duolingo started offering it (other languages have sidetracked me, though). If I had to get brutally honest, my dream vacation would be a Game of Thrones style thrill ride through the Pre-Norman Celtic Golden Age (but let's be honest, I'd be one of the minor characters that dies).
Someone on Air BnB has to be offering a cliff-side cottage, right??
This would be a self-guided tour sort of deal, with an out of the way base of operations to chill after a long day's drive. A little cottage would be perfect, with plenty of walking paths around to take in the scenery (it has a view, that is essential).
Most of the trip would be spent looking at pretty historical sites all over the country. There's Newgrange, older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids in Egypt. According to the mythology, it's the home of Ireland's god of youth and love, Aengus Og. What us humans can see, though, is a big tomb, whose entrance lines up with the sun's position on the Winter Solstice. Then there's dolmens, fairy mounds, castles (both running and ruins), and so. much. more!
Trinity College library. It's GLORIOUS!
An essential part of any Irish trip is Dublin. That goes without saying. There's Trinity College, for one (see the pretty library above), pub crawling, and live music. There's a night life there, especially in the Temple Bar District.
Obviously, the specific details will need to be ironed out, and so many things need to be paid for, but until then...
I can't resist a good Disney reference...
This is only one destination of many though! Anybody actually been there? Any tips? What about your ideal vacation spots and plans? I need suggestions to add to my master list.
Brie Tart writes fantasies in which she draws the mythical from the mundane. She spends the rest of her time dabbling in languages and prepping for her next adventure.