The morning after is where the Garnish B&B shines. Liz and I sat down to a 3 course breakfast, and enough food to feed an army. The 5 page breakfast menu along with the continental spread of pastries, fruit, cheese, and cereals says it all. After again stuffing our faces, we took a leisurly stroll around the nearby Cork University grounds, before jumping in the car and heading for our final destination in Ireland - Dublin.
We made our way to the conveniently centrally located travelodge hotel we had booked back in Dingle, and arrived with relatively little problem. Once we had parked the car and dumped our gear in our room, we went for a wander into town to see the sights.
Dublin is a city of many sights, of which most you have to pay through the nose for. As it was the end of our trip, and our money was running thin, we decided to enjoy the beauty of the many churches and cathedrals from the outside. We wandered through Trinity College (Dublin's oldest university), then accross the river past the General Post Office (where you can still see bullet holes from the Civil War in 1922). From there we headed back towards the hotel through the Temple Bar area. Rest was on the menu for the evening, as we knew there was a big day ahead of us.
The next morning, we were up early and out the door to head to the whole reason we came to Dublin - the Guiness Factory. The walk there was again a picturesque one, but when we arrived at St. James' gate, the anticipation for the factory tour was at a high. Excitedly, we ran in and joined the (thankfully) short queue. Then, dissapointment struck as we were lumped with the cold hard reality of 15 Euro tickets to a self guided tour, with one pint of the liquid gold our reward in the gravity bar.
Not detered, we carried on through a very interesting tour. My favourite section of the tour, contrary to popular belief, was the history of Guiness advertising. It was amazing to see all the different modes of communication used, as well as seeing how slogans etc. had progressed over the years.
After wandering around the tour for a good few hours, it was time to hit the gravity bar for our free pint. Thanks yet again to Liz's charming ways, to our amazment the first pint was free!! this definately lifted our moods as we took a seat to look out over Dublin and enjoy a pint direct from the factory. While there we managed to get one more free pint (again courtesy of Liz) and then, of course, when it was my shout I was promptly asked for our tokens. The dream of a day of free beer cut short.
From the gravity bar we headed down stairs to the cash bar for a cheeky pint before heading into town for some lunch and a few more beers. We spent the afternoon wandering around the Temple Bar area checking out the local scene and sampling the local wares.
Our last day in Ireland was a successful one. A great day was followed by an early night. The trip was winding up, and tomorrow we would be on British soil once more, making the long journey home to London.