Ireland has been home to many greats such as Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde, but the country offers more than just books, though the literary influence is still felt. With incredible scenery and some of the friendliest people in the world, this is definitely an amazing place to call home for many. At times, however, it can be difficult to decide what to do on a weekend. Don’t stress though, because we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together our top five things to do in Ireland on a Saturday.
1. Start your day with eating a full Irish breakfastWhether you’re trying to cure your hangover or if you’re just looking to start your day with a treat; nothing quite beats a full Irish breakfast. The beautiful combination of flavours would bring anyone close to tears – especially after a big night out. Usually incorporating some form of eggs (fried, scrambled or boiled), sausages, fried tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, beans, bacon, and hash browns, the full Irish and a pot of tea or coffee is a favourite breakfast combo of the nation.
One of the most famous full Irish breakfasts in Dublin can be found at a cozy café called Matt the Rashers. If you come in at the wrong time though, you’ll definitely be queuing. But trust me, it’s worth it. Homey, delightful and filled with smiling and friendly faces, Matt the Rashers is the ideal way to kick off any morning.
2. Take a long walk in Glendalough
For those of you who don’t know, Glendalough is a beautiful valley located close to Laragh village. It’s filled with many historic sites, several good walks, and wildlife and nature. Most people would agree that the best thing about Glendalough is the walking trails. There are nine walking trails in total and the walks vary from a short half hour stroll to a long four hour hillwalk. The valley is filled with amazing wildlife habitats – native oak woodland, lakes, rivers and cliffs. You also might be able to spot some sika deer, feral goats, badgers, peregrine falcons, ravens and pine martens. After your walk, you can go down to the food stalls and buy yourself a well deserved 99.
3. Eat the best burrito in Dublin
I’ve eaten a lot of burritos in my life, but nothing compares to what I had at Boojum. When you drive by this place, your mouth immediately starts to water, forcing you to impulsively pull over and, before you know it, you find yourself diving face-first into the burrito of your dreams. There are shops located in Belfast, Dublin and Galway, which means that you won’t have to travel too far to get your hands on one of these bad boys.
One of the best things about Boojum is all the choices that are given to you. There are different toppings, fillings, salsas and a choice between burritos, tacos, burrito in a bowl, salads and nachos means you could eat something completely different with your every visit.
4. Have a romantic dinner at an Italian restaurant
If you’re looking for an intimate, traditional Italian restaurant with authentic food and a classy atmosphere, look no further than Il Vicoletto. Beautiful, timeless starters such as bruschetta which is made out of homemade bread and topped with fresh cherry tomatoes and wine, as well as baked aubergine in a seasoned tomato sauce, main dishes like the linguine pasta with superb clams, cherry tomatoes, topped with white wine, can be found in the menu. There are also memorable desserts that range from the chef’s own delicious tiramisu to the slow-cooked panna cotta cream which are so delicious that you’ll definitely be tempted to eat your desserts first.
5. Finish off your day with a cocktail from VCC
VCC, or Vintage Cocktail Club, is the perfect intimate gathering place for an after work catch up, a late night party or even a first date. The cocktail bar is quite difficult to find as it is hidden away behind a barely marked black door, but once you find it, just knock on the inconspicuous door and you will be escorted into the shadowy speakeasy.
The higher end, vintage inspired cocktail bar has an impressive menu and serves not only cocktails but everything from punch bowls to strong shots and modern inventions such as the beer cocktail. The level of service and standards overall are amazing and the atmosphere is rather intimate, which makes the transition from everyday stress to relaxation quite easy.
So there you have it! The 5 things to do this Saturday. Now go and enjoy your weekend!