Irealand fly and alot of driving~
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welcome to my Ireland travel blog, To start off my mom and i take a trip every year so we can spend time and enjoy what the world has to offer! this time my mother brought her best friend.
I flew from Salt Lake City, UT to Washington, DC to Dublin, Ireland on Aer Lingus the plane was new and clean and staff was friendly. Upon arriving in Dublin i had mapped out my DK travel guide for where we where going, so arriving at 9 am we prcoeeded to the rental car stop and a few tips GET THE Garmin GPS, it was a life saver and made the drivng through very poorly marked roads alot easier and get the automatic, because YES you are on the other side of car and other side of the narrow road~
After checking in to our hotel in Dublin and geting situated i decided for a detour instead of hitting Dublin lets go see Belfast, northern Ireland since we stopped at a few little towns and eat lunch in Dundalk, then over to Armagh then to Belfast it took about 4 hours and a few times getting lost even with the gps and i'm pretty good with maps, i then proceeded to New Castle on the Irish sea to drive the coast line back to Dublin, by the time i was an hour out the jet lag was kicking in and was wore out plus a little nerve racking driving and the round abouts coming at you backwards... we decided to head out that night to temple bar area for dinner and a few pints of GUINNESS, we ate at little bistro across form temple car and food was great!
2nd day we started south to the waterford crystal factory, were i got to actually make cuts into a bowl. if you are from the USA the dollar is so weak that you can actualy get better prices on same crystal in the states and you don't have to carry it back. we stayed at a little bed an breakfast in Dunmore East, unfortunatly all b&b's seem to put you in the worest room they have even though they have better empty rooms which doesn't make any sense. theres a resuarant called AZZURRO @ THE SHIP and the roasted salmon was phenomenal and hands down the best meals of our trip. next morning they made a traditional Irish breakfast, but i couldn't fight down the blood pudding~
3rd day we drove along the Irish sea takeing greta photo along the way to lismore castle and rock of cashel which was amazing and qaint little town. then over the the must see the Blarney castle and Kiss the blarney stone just outside of cork where we stayed in clonakilty, we had a great experience very warm family owned over looking the bay. we had a dinner in town at local seafood restuarant but food was mediaoker and was exspensive.
4th day we continued southwest out to tip of Mizen Head a must see and very much worth the drive out. great photos to be taken the water is light green in color but still a tad chilly for my likings. we then headed up to the bantry house for lunch, and shopped in great little town of Kenmare then up to Killarney and out to the dingle peninsula we stayed at the Murphy house little B&B that like the first gave us the worest rooms she had and out of 17 rooms 4 where taken and we had 2 of them. mrs murphy was not very accomidating and would not recomend staying there and breakfast sucked as well!
5th day we continued north racing the only storm of the trip to Tralee up to Tarbert little town on the water to catch the ferry across the bay into shannon to save 2 hours of driving, ferry was good, but keep the windows up in the car cause we have waves crashing for the front of the ferry on the cars. still racing the storm we drove up N67 and the atlantic coast to the cliffs of Mohr and was crystal clear for about 40 mins then came the storm, but got great photos, but always windy there. we ended that day in Galway and stayed @ the almara house b&b and was the cleanest most modern, nicest poeple and great cooks! they actually loved what they do. went into the city about 5 min drive walked around and found a great Irish pub with locals singing and drinking alot of guinness as so did i. i was a little hung over that next morning from the beers and driving the whole trip.
6th day we head back towards Dublin stopping at Athlone for lunch and shopping, conitued to Dublin so from Atlantic ocean to Irish sea, we stayed the last night at the Klondarfy castle VERY nice 5 star and went back to the temple bar for pints, that was friday and the area was packed, great thing was Ireland passed NO smoking in pubs so that was a great relief! all in all we drove about 1500 miles and saw most of the counrty plus i got to see northern Ireland and knock off 2 more countries off my list~
7th day we relaxed and caught our flight back state side, till the next adventure~