What do you think of when you think of Ireland? I’ve always imagined leperchauns, green literally everywhere, and a pretty historic place. Well, I will say two out of those are correct. While I did not see any mythical creatures on my recent trip to Ireland, I did have a pretty amazing time! If you are going to Ireland for a short trip, be sure to read my three day guide to Ireland!
I think that I can speak for all of us when I say we have heard about Blarney since we were younger. Kissing the Blarney Stone is meant to bring you the gift of gab, banshees are calling out to those who are about to pass on, and following the end of a rainbow will lead to a pot of gold. We arrived from Washington DC into Cork, and got a taxi to our destination of Blarney. We stayed at the Muskerry Arms B&B. It is a quaint little bed and breakfast which is pretty much what my family wanted. It has the best location as well. You can walk right across the park to Blarney Castle, and walk a short distance down the street to the Blarney Woolen Mills.
Our first stop was Blarney Castle. We did not kiss the Blarney Stone, but it is okay! The line was incredibly long, and honestly, your girl is afraid of heights! The gardens are incredibly beautiful, and everything is well maintained! We were lucky enough to have a gorgeous day to compliment it as well. It is about eight euro to enter, and you can stay as long as you want. If anything just go tour the gardens, plus, be sure to check out the Poison Garden!
We made a quick visit to the Blarney Woolen Mills for my grandmother because….you can’t possibly miss a gift shop. Here you can find pretty much anything you want to in terms of gifts to take back from Ireland. Also, there is a really great little chocolate shop right down the street! The pub is really great for live music, and a great place to just grab a drink! I’m not one for a Guinness, but I’ll for sure have a Jameson!
Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle
Since we had a limited amount of time in Ireland, we wanted to see as much as we could. We took a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher and through the Irish country side. To be honest, I wouldn’t suggest the tour that we went on. It wasn’t our best choice, but it was great to see the attractions. Cliffs of Moher didn’t really appeal to me prior to our visit, but it was truly incredible once we arrived. I will warn you, it is a bit of a hike up the hill to get to the cliffs. My grandparents struggled slightly, but it is possible at a slower pace. The views are gorgeous, and if you take the path to the left, it will lead you to a path which allows you to get closer to the edge of the cliffs if you so please. Naturally, we had to do it for the gram!
On the way back to Blarney, we stopped off at Bunratty Castle. It was sadly too late for us to visit the castle itself, but we were able to walk around the folk park. You can find traditional buildings from ancient Ireland here. Also, there was a baby goat, so it was worth it!
Heading to Dublin
On our final day in Ireland, we had to head over to Dublin. We boarded the Irish trains from Cork, and I’m all about a train ride! Rail aren’t a common concept where I live! We had a train full of Cork rugby fans which was actually pretty exciting. As someone who loves sports, it is always fascinating to see fans get excited over a sport they love. Once we arrived, we hopped in taxies and went to our hotel. From there, we took Uber to the Temple Bar area. It was pouring rain, but every bar was still packed out with music blaring. We nestled into a table at Temple Bar and had some lunch, and naturally, Jameson.
We walked to to Grafton Street to get some last minute shopping in. Even though it was relatively late for Sunday, there were still tons of people shopping and enjoying their day. By this time, the rain had stopped, thankfully. Since we had a really early wake up call for our Stena ferry the next day, we all called it a day. I know, really living it up in Dublin, right?
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