Travel Diary: Ireland
Ancient castles, shaggy cattle, warm hearts, and endless green… Ireland was something of a dream.
We stayed any an amazing Airbnb in Dublin – probably my favorite place in the entire trip – that was centrally located, a block from the famed Temple Bar, and right in the thicket of things. We looked through the shops on the cobblestone streets, I purchased an outrageously expense jacket with a fur-lined hood (because I was FREEZING), and discovered pretty quickly how friendly the people of Ireland were.
Day 2… Guinness Time!
I’m not a big Guinness gal. Scratch that – I’m not a big beer girl, at all. But while in Dublin, Ireland, you better suck it up. And turns out, Guinness isn’t all that bad if you get in the spirit of it!
We toured the Guinness Brewery and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at the Gravity Bar on the top of the Brewery. There, you had a lovely view of all of Dublin.
The next day, we hopped on a bus to Galway. We were on a journey to see the famed Cliffs of Moher!
For my dad’s fiftieth birthday, I actually bought him a 1×1 square foot of land in the heart of Ireland… a.k.a. the middle of no where. But after being able to actually see the countryside of Ireland, it feels like I made the right choice. WOW, the Ireland countryside is magnificent. We were on a luxury coach for a few hours, traveling through fairy-tale like towns and farmland that put America’s corn fields to shame. (Sorry, America. Still love you.)
The Cliffs were, as expected, probably one of the most magical things I’ve ever seen in my life. Pictures do it no justice. It was a chilly day, but luckily there wasn’t any rain or fog at the time we got there. It made for a pretty spectacular view.
We also got to see the local cattle, explore the nearby Burren, and eat a quick lunch in Doolin village.
The next day we hopped on another bus – this time, stopping in Cashel, Blarney, and Cork!
First stop… the legendary Cashel Rock. And man… was it COLD. Hand’s down, the coldest day of the entire trip – but also one of the most fun!
Cashel Rock is an ancient ruin atop a little hill in Cashel village. With rain dripping from the open ceilings and wind howling through the stone beams, it was both eerie and strangely beautiful.
Next, we headed to Blarney to kiss the Blarney Stone! The Blarney Stone has an enormous backstory – its said if you kiss it, you’ll have the Gift of Gab! The ability to… chat your way out of any situation. I needed the gift, badly. LOL 😂
To kiss the stone – you have to climb all the way to the top of the castle, lie on your back, hang upside down, and kiss a cold wet stone. Don’t believe me? Look it up! We did it!
The Blarney Stone is on that beam waaaaaaaaaaaaay up there – directly at the top of the next picture!
We also had some Irish Cream in our coffees – shhhhhhhh…
Lastly, we had a short time in Cork. We had to leave early because a downpour came in – but the shops were plentiful, and the vibe was much different than that of Dublin. I would love to stay in cork next time, instead!
It’s not over yet! Next stop… Edinburgh, Scotland!
Stay tuned. ❤️