It has been some time since I have updated the site, it has also been sometime since I have had the inspiration to create anything. As a way to try to hop back into it, I figured I would share some beautiful photos of Ireland I had the pleasure of taking on a ten-day trip back in March. Yes, I said March, it has taken me that long to get around to it.
Details of the trip
Using a travel site, that I don’t know of, my boyfriend planned this trip for us. We landed in Dublin where we picked up a car to start our driving trip. We went around to stay in six different places during our stay, but stopped in many more places in between to check out the sights. After Dublin, we went to Kilkenny where we stayed for a single night, then to Cork for two nights, killarney for two nights, limerick for two nights, Galway for two nights, and Kilcoole for a single night before headed off the Dublin to go home again. In between some of these places we stopped to go hiking along a mountain, sightseeing at the cliffs of moher, walk around coole park, and any town we came across that looked cute and had food.
The castle of Kilkenny, and the most perfect lawn you could ever see in person. This was a very popular place for people to bring the dogs and walk the grounds. It was free to enter the castle grounds, the only thing you had to pay for was to walk inside of the castle.
As odd as it may be, this was my favorite spot in the castle, this one long blue hallway. They said, back when the castle still had people living in it, they had picture that hung from floor to ceiling along the entire hall. What a sight that must have been.
There were many beautiful pieces of art on display around the castle. Many of the rooms were filled with the original, or last furnishings it had before the city bought the castle.
One of the worst, and most nightmarish room was the child room, or as I call it, the creepy doll room. You couldn’t go into this room, and it was only lit by the sun coming in from the far window. All pictures had to be taken from the doorway.
Not the best of photo, but still so creepy.
One of the best things we visited in Cork was the Blarney Castle. This is a huge place to roam around, we spent hours there seeing the castle and walking the grounds to see the fairy garden, and the hidden waterfalls, the poison garden, and the lake in the back.
The very first thing you see when entering the castle grounds is this big beauty.
The most confusing part of this path is right by that first opening. It says entrance, as if it is the start of the castle, when in fact it is not, it is like a cave that goes no where. Its sole purpose was to get you to walk through some mud. Being that it was a rainy cold day.
A look at the Castle as we walked along the path up to it.
No, but really there was a murder hole. What it is, is a hole on the second floor with a gate over it, that goes down to the entrance way we walked in. It was for the people of the castle to help protect themselves in case of an invasion that breached the castle. They could open the gate on the floor, and using spears they could murder anyone to come through the main entrance.
After the castle, you come out where the poison garden is. This is the view from the back of the garden leading to the castle.
Another pathway in the castle grounds
A headstone from the pet cemetery. Tullig.
One of the many things I loved about the Blarney Castle, was the foliage. Even though we were there in their off-season, they still had a beautiful variety of flowers there, that were amazing for pictures.
This little guy I met in the Fairy Garden. He was very excited to get his picture taken.
A pathway leading to more of the garden and a cafe to grab lunch.
A fire place out along one of the sides of the castle grounds for sentry posted to keep warm.
out in the country of Limerick is where we found the mountain worth hiking. It is also where we visited the king john castle. We learned of the brutal wars that happened there, and of the plagues and famish the Irish faced while there.
On our hike, we were able to spot the ruins of another castle of in the distance. You can also tell how gloomy it was that day. Rain jackets are a must have in Ireland.
The castle before entering.
Views from the top.
From a nearby Cathedral, hosting some event to show off this large moon.
Art on a building that can be viewed from the cemetery of the Cathedral.
For some unknown reason, I do not have photos from Galway. I will go through my photos again, and my boyfriends photos at a later time and update you later with what I find.
Cliffs of Mohre
If ever in Ireland, you MUST visit this place, and be prepared. The day we traveled here, it was extremely windy, and we did witness one person knocked of their feet by the wind. Also do not wear a skirt no matter how long it is. When I got ready that morning, we didn’t know we were going to stop here, and I am sure you can guess the rest.