In honor of March being the host of one of my all time FAVORITE holidays aka St. Patrick's Day, I thought it would be nice to recap a road trip I took around Southern Ireland three summers ago when I was studying in London. It was an absolute blast and jam packed with fun. So if you're looking for a unique way to experience Ireland, this trip is for you!
We got off our ferry around 6:00 AM and I have to say, arrive to Ireland via boat was the COOLEST experience EVER! Ugh. It gave me chills to finally be in Ireland. I have so many personal connections to Ireland because my family is from there. We docked and unloaded all our stuff off the ferry and then walked to the meeting point for our tour. I absolutely fell in love with Dublin at this point. It was indescribable. I loved all the amazing street art-- it was something I definitely did not expect!
We headed south west and stopped by the Rock of Cashel. It's a large castle that has a lot to do with Irish history and it was so incredible to see something this old, just on the side of the road! I wish we would have had more time to explore. There was a lot of construction going on, because they were trying to restore it at the time.
Cashel is also a town in Tipperary that we walked around. This is located in the Golden Vale, which is a super rural area of Ireland. We walked around and looked at the little cottages...which are basically MY DREAM HOUSE. There was also a statue that is very famous called, "Cashel Dancers". We were challenged to try to recreate it...I think we did a pretty good job!
Next, we were heading to the main attraction-- Blarney Castle! I think I was so exhausted from the traveling and getting no sleep on the ferry, that it really seemed like a dream to me. But still, I was SO excited to kiss the Blarney Stone! The Castle was SO old, way older than I originally thought. It was so crazy to be in something that was built in 1446. It blew my mind.
I also didn't realize how HUGE the grounds of the castle were. There was so much to see. There is a poison garden, a coach house and a restaurant all on site. My favorite part had to be the view from the top though!
Finally, it was my time to shine. I could not believe I was about to kiss the Blarney Stone. This was something I had heard my Grandma tell me about as a kid, but I never thought I would ever actually be able to go. It was thrilling.
We ate lunch at Blarney Mill, the restaurant on the site of the Blarney Castle, but it wasn't very good, I definitely would not suggest getting food here. We finished up this leg of the trip in Killarney. This town is in County Kerry and is on the rise in popularity with tourists. I found it to be the cutest, quaintest, little storybook town. It's also a party town! So if you're looking for a late night, this is for you!
We spent the rest of the evening wandering around Killarney, taking photos and popping into shops here and there. We so exhausted from our 12 hour travel bus + ferry ride, where we got little to no sleep, that we found the Irish version of Johnny Rockets, called Eddie Rockets, and we ate crappy American food to ease our weary souls. Unfortunately, we had NO energy at all so we headed back to our hostile instead of going out to the pubs that night. To be honest, it was worth it. Sometimes, you need to listen to your body and not push yourself.