As someone who has already visited Ireland a few times, I was excited to take my mom with me on a memorable mother-daughter trip. Her grandparents were from County Clare and her lifelong dream has always been to trek to her ancestral home. After a few postponements due to Covid, we finally made it happen.
When we first started talking about our travel plans to Ireland, my mom had a short list of itinerary ‘must haves’: time in the countryside to explore the scenic routes, a trip to the Cliffs of Moher, and an overnight stay in a castle. On my list? A few nights in Scotland. A popular and easy pairing!
It was a sunny, breezy day in October when we departed for the Emerald Isle. The Irish winds that greeted us were far more appropriate weather for the fall season. From Shannon, we departed for Galway where we would spend the first leg of our trip.
Having only spent one day in Galway previously, it was much more relaxing to leisurely stroll around and enjoy the sights and sounds of this stunning city. We enjoyed a traditional dinner with a pint and live entertainment at An Púcán on our first night – a perfect introductory experience for my mom! Three days was more than enough time to explore Galway and the nearby areas of Eyre Square, The Latin Quarter, and the Salthill Promenade.