Ireland

6 Days in Ireland | Day 4

Our 4th day in Ireland was a busy one. We hoped to visit Blarney Castle, Birr Castle, the Rock of Cashel and Carbury Castle. Of course we had to start our day off right with a hearty breakfast. 

Black & white pudding is often served with breakfast in Ireland and looks a lot like little pucks on your plate. Black pudding in made from a type of blood sausage and white is much the same just minus the blood. They are an acquired taste for some. The jury is still out on this one.

Black & white pudding is often served with breakfast in Ireland and looks a lot like little pucks on your plate. Black pudding in made from a type of blood sausage and white is much the same just minus the blood. They are an acquired taste for some. The jury is still out on this one.

After an amazing breakfast we hit the road and headed for Blarney Castle.

Our next stop was the Rock of Cashel, formally known as St. Patrick’s Rock and also known as Cashel of the Kings. Located on a hill above town, it is immediately noticeable and very easy to get to.

With us being less then an hours drive from Dublin we set off. We managed to find an inn in the heart of downtown Dublin, putting everything we wanted to see over the next day within walking distance. However, after a long day of driving we decided the only thing we wanted to see was dinner and a couple pints.

6 Days in Ireland | Day 3

Our third day started with a light breakfast and then a very short trip to the Cliffs of Moher. Our B&B was just a couple miles away.

The Cliffs where everything we hoped for. The view was spectacular. 

Our next stop of the Ross Castle, however we were not permitted to take photos inside the castle. 

From there we drove through the Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. Its 179km-long, circular route takes in rugged and verdant coastal landscapes and rural seaside villages.

We ended our journey in a beautiful town called Clonakilty. Clonakilty, sometimes shortened to Clon, is a town in County Cork, Ireland and looks just like what you would imagine a traditional Irish town to look like. Our sightseeing kept us out late again, which meant dinner would be hard to find. So we settled on homemade hamburgers and chips. After an evening walk around town, we called it a night.

6 Days in Ireland | Day 2

We woke fairly early on our second day. Our room faced a very popular (and loud) nesting area for Rooks, a large crow like bird that is found almost everywhere in Ireland. In the photo below you can see 7 nests to the right of the chimmney. 

Our first full Irish breakfast which also came with tea, coffee and endless toast.

Our first full Irish breakfast which also came with tea, coffee and endless toast.

Our first stop of the day was to be Donegal Castle, however we where completely sidetracked when we both spotted a huge mansion on a hill from the road.

Downhill House

Downhill House

Know as Downhill house, this we easily one of our favourite places. We realized later finding it was a complete accident as we had planned to go a completely different way. Downhill House was a mansion built in the late 18th century for Frederick, 4th Earl of Bristol and Lord Bishop of Derry. Most of the building was destroyed by fire in 1851 before being rebuilt in the 1870s. It fell into disrepair after the Second World War.

 

In addition to the mansion ruins, there was a temple at the sea cliffs with an incredible view.

After our surprise stop we headed on to Donegal Castle, County Donegal in Ulster.

Our next stop was Silgo Abbey, founded in the 13th century by Maurice Fitzgerald.

We also visited Boyle Abbey, founded in 1142. 

Before heading towards the Cliffs of Moher we stopped at Roscommon Castle, a dramatic and imposing 13th Century Norman Castle. A massive, fortress like castle that looks as though it was about 6 stories high. The castle was captured and re-captured several times through-out history before be burned in 1690 and then left to decay. It now sits next to a park and children's playground and is free to visit.

Heading towards the Cliff of Moher (and our next B&B) we come across this impressive place. We could have easily stayed longer to take more photos but we didn't want to keep our B&B hosts waiting up for us. The sun was really started to set at this point and we still hadn't grabbed any dinner. We found through out our trip that many places stopped serving dinner after 8pm.

We arrived at our B&B just in time to see the sun setting at the cliffs.