October 5, 2009

Quote of the Post: "Some buses look pretty from outside, may scare you, when you are actually in." - Quote about Dublin Ghost Bus Tour - Sachin Gupta

Before coming to Ireland, I decided to visit world's oldest unique Dublin ghost bus tour. It was in my 'to visit' list after majestic Cliffs of Moher. I combined this tour with the Dublin Hop on - Hop off bus tour to save some euros. Ghost bus is the eye-catcher to all pedestrians all around. It is decorated suitably inside and out with dark and curtained window.
Let's make you all uncomfortable because you are entering the world of Dracula written by great Irish novelist Bram Stoker. As you enter the double-decker bus, You will be welcomed with ghost music and haunted tunes with mild light.
Before bus started, a skeleton pop out near the stairs of upper deck of the bus. The one who was nearest, screamed. Its good to have screamers to enjoy with the dark romance of the city of gaslight ghosts and chilling legends.
Our bus started, and a man comes with a rat that rounds over our face, that was our guide. It really on our skin goosebumps and some of us screamed again. It was a wizard feeling, though I know it was not a original rat.
Through the route, the guide told us about the origins of Dracula, Bram Stoker, and some famous Irish scary stories along with some quiz. During the tour we have two stops, where we saw body snatching at St Kevin's Graveyard and most haunted 40 steps.
St. Audoen's church and the 40 steps: This is one of Dublin's best kept secrets, few people get to pass through the ancient gates of this most haunted place. It is the place where the apparition of the "green lady" has been reported for generations. Though some people reported and claimed some strange images in their cameras as well.

During the end of the tour, lights go out completely and guide narrate another gruesome story. and then.. then.. a sprinkle of water, shivers our whole body with goosebumps.

Note: This tour is neither for children under 14 years and nor for nervous breakdown people.

Have a look to another adventurous Cyprus undersea walk experience.
Ireland West Coast Tour - Cliffs of Moher
Quote of the Post - "The one day tour that covers majestic mountains chatting with seashores, greener landscapes touching the blue sky, Burren karst area alongside Atlantic ocean, fauna and flora, historical castles, tranquil rivers, and through-out the tour eye-soothing views. What could be better than this." - Quote about Cliffs of Moher tour, Ireland - Sachin Kumar Gupta

Limerick, Cliffs Of Moher and Burren Tour From Dublin : Outstanding Natural Beauty
Cliff of Mohers, This place was in my 'to visit' list, when I was planning to visit Ireland. You can book this tour either by extremeireland.ie site or through cliffsofmoher.com. I booked this tour online just 2 days back and secured my slot. The place is more impressive than you see over this site.

I reached the Suffolk Street Tourist office at the Dublin city center, from where the tour departs at 6:50 am. We found a funny guide-driver. Throughout the tour he keep telling Irish stories, Ireland history, and more about the tour places. The place was in the list of contenders for the New Seven Wonders of the world. We were also lucky due to the fact that we got the sun grace as well in the month of September in Ireland for such a long time :)

In the way we had our irish tea, breakfast, snacks and juice. We saw the Mel Gibson's Brave Heart battlefields. We pass through the Obama's grandmother village, where everyone is relative of Obama now, they used to say like that, as our guide told us.
Limerick City: Our first stop was King John's castle and then travel through the streets of this historic city on our way to Co Clare. We had a chance to see the Limrick city stadium in the way. The golf fields here are known as the most difficult zig-zag tracks.

Cliffs of Moher: We walked along these famous majestic landmarks. It is stretch for 8 KM and upto 220 meters in height above the Atlantic Ocean.
O Brien's Tower: This is the tower, from where we can have 360 degree views. The panoramic views to Golfs field to the city, Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop head to one end.
Doolin Village: While returning from COM, it started pelting and the environment was breezing. Then we proceed to scenic charming Doolin village for our lunch after an exhilarating walk.

The Burren Code: After lunch we moved towards the karst region of the Burren. We stroll the amazing flora and fauna that grows in this special ecosystem and nowhere else in Ireland.
Corcomroe Abbey: This monastry was founded in a remote village in the late 12th century.
Galway Bay: Alongside Galway bay, we have our group photo stop at Dunguaire castle in Kinvara. As the sun was setting, we departed back to Dublin city center.

I would say, This traveller friendly trip is not to be missed, if you are coming to Ireland for holiday.
Have a look to "North Coast and Malahide Castle" tour in Ireland.

October 2, 2009

Quote of the Post: "Castle surrounded by pretty gardens and wonderful views from the Howth summit is the speciality of the tour." - Sachin Kumar Gupta
It was a mixed cloudy sunny day. It was not a planned visit. I was planning to visit the Dublin city as holding Dublin city VIP Pass, but in the meantime I changed my mind and asked the driver for the Dublin North coast and castle tour. As the bus for north coast and Malahide castle will depart within 10 mins.

Before visiting the Malahide castle our bus roamed around the city center with live comentary. In the way we saw some georgian designed houses and many historical and famous person's buildings.

Guided tour of Malahide Castle: It was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and is an interesting mix of architectural styles. The house is furnished with beautiful furniture together with an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings, mainly from the National Gallery. It shows the lavish lifestyle of olden times. The whole area is surrounded by parkland and pretty gardens. The surrounding parks used for sports grounds, including a cricket pitch and several football grounds, golf course, tennis courts, and for modern children's playground.
Note: This tour includes the Malahide Castle entrance fee.

Coastal drive to the fisihng village of Howth: Then our bus moved to the seaside village - Howth, a fishing and yatching port. Following the Howth railway station, we reached the summit point known as Howth head, a huge rocky mass block, was our next stop. The panaromic views of Dublin bay and Wicklow mountains can be seen from here. The view is renowned as one of the world's great seascapes. A tiny island known as Irelands Eye can also be seen from here and just a boat trip away from here. I remember! I make all travellers wait for a while. Thanks God! I got another route back to the bus before the lady guide who went to search me.

North Bull Island: While returning back to the Dublin city center, we have glimpse of 5 KM long Bull Island. The island connects to Dublin city by a wooden road bridge. It is now a nature reserved and bird sanctuary area.

The whole tour was approx 3 - 3:30 hrs.

Tour Fee: Adult 25 Euros; Student/Senior 22 Euros; Child 12 Euros.
Daily 10 am and 2 pm.

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