Back from my trip and nestled into my daily routine again, at least for the next two weeks before that is all shaken up,I am finally getting around to sharing some of the details from my trip to Ireland with you. I thought about how I wanted to do this and what I wanted to share with you a lot and decided I was going to have to break what I wanted to say up into smaller sections to give you an overview. If I spent the whole time talking about one thing you would not get a feel for how the entire trip went. Instead of getting bogged down in the nitty gritty this might be more general and brief than I had originally thought but I hope it gives you an idea of the splendor of Ireland and the adventure that I had as well as some ideas of what to see if you to go to Ireland someday.
We flew in to Shannon airport from Chicago so you can imagine the major culture shock. I was convinced that we were the only flight that had ever landed at the airport, utterly quiet except the rolling of suitcases wheels and stamping of passports. We hardly took more than half an hour to disembark, go through customs, use the bathroom and pick up our rental car. Another thing one notices immidiatly is how fresh the air is and how friendly everybody is as well. I wrote in my journal that evening, ” Ireland is green, green, and more green. So many shades of green that I wasn’t sure even exsisted.”
Day 1: We did a lot that first day but also not very much sight seeing. I would simply say that Dingle and Dingle Town is way more of a tourist town than I thought but that being said you should go their. That is where we spent most of our time, in an old farmhouse on the pinnusula. The shops in town are worth a walk through and there are many places to eat. We went to a couple of different places there. The Reel Dingle had amazing, huge portions of fresh fish and chips with lots of options.
We went to Killarney National Park to see the Muckross house and Abbey. If you are into yours and history definitely of on the house tour. I personally am not but as far as tours go it was a good one. If you are more like me and like free styling and exploring things yourself go to the Abbey. It is like an old Castel you just walk through yourself and there are all these passageways and tunnels. I wanted to play a game of hide and seek there. It has an old yew tree in the center. Here are a few pictures from it. Overall, the park itself is just beautiful. We did not walk got here waterfall but I am sure it is beautiful. They also have bikes you can rent and horse drawn carriage rides. The city of Killarney has a lot of offer as well though we spent our day mostly in the National Park.
Day :6 I think. I kind of lost track.
Anyway, if you get a chance you ought to go to Brandon Creek and Mt. It was a quiet place perfect for clearing your head or reading. And their is a beautiful view from the Mt. And you can walk up the hills a little.
Make sure at some point you just drive all around Sleigh Head Dr on the Dingle Pinnusula and stop at the different pull overs. It is so beautiful. We drove it at least three times. We found a coffee shop/pottery store one time which I unfortunately don’t have the name of but it was delicious and they had free WiFi. There are also many beaches along the way to stop and take a look.
We also visited Inch-Strand beach which was kind of a more populated place but beautiful none the less.
On our last day we went up to Galway. Which is a wonderful place with many shops, palces to eat, and street musicians though, I must be honest, I can’t inform you very much in what you ought to do there because I wasn’t paying a while lot of attention to the place itself.
Of course, you have to visit the Cliffs of Moher. I thought people were crazy for standing on the edge but the view is amazing.
Overall, I am not the best at travel posts. For my first time out of the country I could not have asked for a better vacation. Ireland was the hiatus I needed from the fast paced, self centered culture I am used to.
I hope this gives you a least a glimpse into my trip and some ideas for traveling to Ireland and I would be happy to elaborate further or answer any questions you have in the comments below as well.
– Eva M.M.