Today, we made the decision to tour Dublin via open-top tour bus. This proved to be the right choice owing to a combination of peak season tourist visitors and restricted parking opportunities in this extremely busy city.

By good fortune the tour bus was able to collect us from and return us to our hotel notwithstanding location some 30 mins out of town.

Specific sites covered by the bus included Trinity College (respository for the Book of Kells), Nassau St.,St. Stephen’s Green, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, Museum of Modern Art, National Museum and Parnell Square.

We availed of two main stops:

1. Trinity College and Book of Kells. Tours of the College are provided by undergraduates and of good standard. Agenda included the history, architecture and various statues. We finished the tour in the Book of Kells visitor centre which was well presented albeit we had to wait in line to enter owing to the sheer volume of visitors.

2. Guinness. Storehouse (Brewery). This was noisy and must have been close to its maximum visitor number potential. Be that as it may, the self-guided tour afforded a good insight into the history of the brewery and the brewing process with option to inbibe the famous stout. The top floor afforded stunning views over Dublin and because of that was crowded to capacity-not a place for solitude!

The image below is of a statue
of the famous Molly Mallone taken during the bus tour.

We are staying at the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley which is a large, modern hotel on edge of town and close to the airport. This offers internet access and proved well suited to our needs.

This is the final day of our two week tour of Scotland and Ireland. Fond farewells tomorrow at the airport.
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