Up until last June 2016 I’ve never heard of Trim, Ireland. I knew about Ireland, who hasn’t, but not Trim. I knew a little of Trim Castle because of the movie Braveheart, but that was my extent of that castle. I wouldn’t have known that if it weren’t for my husband telling me.
So When my husband suggested going to Ireland for our first overseas trip I was nervous, but willing. We only had ten days to do and see everything we wanted to. We quickly found out that wasn’t nearly enough time. That only gave us one afternoon to walk up and down one street in Trim and take the tour of Trim Castle. It was also important to us to find a place to worship on Sunday and we ended up finding a nice little church in Trim– Living Hope Church— which welcomed us with open arms and we spent a Sunday morning at the church service there.
Here we are a little over a year late July 2017 and my husband, youngest daughter and I are in Ireland for five weeks. Four out of those five weeks we stayed in a cute little house in Trim, right across the street from Trim Castle.
We quickly found out there is more to Trim then meets the eye. We had the chance to walk all around Trim, look in the different stores, get lunch at Spar and a cute sandwich shop on one of the corners (Harvest Home Bakery). We had some iced coffees at Costa which is kind a European version of Starbucks. We did our food shopping at Super Value, and each Sunday morning we attended Church at Living Hope Church.
An important part to our life back home in the US is going to our local church and worshiping God. Living Hope quickly became our home away from home to worship and fellowship. We made a number of new friends at Living Hope. Without a doubt Trim, Ireland is one of the nicest, friendliest places I have ever been to. The people in this town are friendly and make you feel like you are at home.
We also had the chance to walk around Trim Castle and walk to the ruins just beyond the Castle on the “river walk“. What a site that was to see! I absolutely love getting to explore ruins. Whether they be Cathedrals, Priories or Castles I love it!
Another nice thing about staying in Trim for my family and I is the location. We love to drive to different places so staying in Trim was ideal for us. Within a very close drive we visited Bective Abbey, Monstairboyce, Slane Castle, Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns, and more! (Check out my video blogs to see more about these sites) It allowed us to drive to Dublin, Belfast, Wicklow Mountains, Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, and tons of other places. We even drove to Dingle. We spent a week in Dingle and drove to places like the cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry and other places. Then we came back to Trim for another three weeks and did more exploring.
Staying in Trim also allowed us to visit St Nicholas in Dublin where my great, great grandparents (McCann) were married. That was something very special to see. Even if it was only the outside since that Church was closed on the day we went.
I absolutely love Trim! I would highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting Ireland. Whether it’s your first time, second or even fifth. It’s a great place to stay and it has everything you need. There are many things to see in Trim and in the surrounding County Meath, and it’s easy enough to drive to Dublin or Belfast or almost anywhere on the island. Also if your looking to stay in a small house I would recommend the one we stayed in. It was perfect for my husband, our youngest daughter and myself. Being able to look out our front window and bedroom window and seeing Trim Castle was always very cool to see. (If you need a larger house in Meath, last year we stayed in Nobber, which isn’t far from Trim– this house sleeps a lot more people, this year we wanted to stay in a less rural setting where we could walk to places during the day–which is one of the reasons we chose Trim.)
All in all I think it’s safe to say we had a great time staying in Trim (even with all the rain) and visiting as many places we possibly could.