Kerry brings back memories of when I was small, when the drive used to take six hours and the rain would hammer down on the window and all I could see were my fathers eyes in the rear view mirror. It was always happy, always quiet, so much green. I tried to make friends with cows and definitely made friends with dogs and my mother gave me the worst fringe possible. I like those memories but the seem so long ago now.
So I decided I wanted to be back there, back in the memories, so I went. Here are some photos that I took on a two day driving adventure.
I walked around Dingle town in the evenings, I didn’t want to go to a pub so I just listened to music and walked around.
I walked up a street and a memory hit me. We’d just been in a pub and my mother, sister and I were going back to the house, when an old man stopped us and was speaking Irish to my mother. I was small so I wasn’t paying attention and messing with my sister, wondering when my mum would stop chatting so we could go. That’s it, one small snippet of a day. It’s now the most touristy bit of Dingle with more shamrocks than a field but it’s so nice to have a memory come back after over a decade of being away.I don’t have the memories of this place, just the photos. Somehow the photos make me feel like I remember being there but I don’t know if thats true. Photos are tricky like that.This is the first time in a long time I didn’t take just the touristy shots of a place. This is what I want to take more of. This feels better, this feels like it used to. I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane. Kerry is the perfect place to make memories so go and make them.
Dun Laoghaire, the place where my 14 year old self would spend most of my time and too much money on white hot chocolates. The sea front is always a busy spot, on a weekend, the pier will be packed with people but it’s also one of the three locations where you can catch a boat trip with Dublin cruises. There are many different options to choose from from Dun Laoghaire to Howth, from Howth to the City Centre and many other variants, if you want to get full details check out their website! I went on the Howth to the Dun Laoghaire tour, it takes about an hour and has a commentary on Dublin bay and the Islands off Dublin, it’s really interesting information that gives you a greater understanding of our coastline. If you are more into the cruise side of boating there is a bar downstairs to enjoy a beverage! The trip from Howth to Dun Laoghaire cost €22. I really enjoyed this boating excursion, although I do enjoy any boat adventure. The sea is my favourite part of Dublin, the coastline is so beautiful that seeing it from a different perspective is gorgeous. This trip in the height of summer would be perfect but if you happen to go on a typical Irish day, it is still beautiful.
The weekend has arrived, you want to move but also eat great food. I recommend the Greystones to Bray walk, this is an easy long walk that is a great way to spend a day shaking off the past week and then treating yourself afterwards in a great restaurant.This coastal walk is gorgeous, from the Dublin coast you can see Bray but the Greystones cliffs are hidden so it’s really nice to see a different side of Wicklow. You follow the dart line all the way to Bray and it really is a walk for all ages, I saw every age group on this path so it’s fun for the whole family.Once you are finished your long walk you deserve a treat! So even though you have to walk along the Bray promenade and your feet may be a bit tired, walking the extra way to Dockland N°8 is a must! Just be warned you might have to wait a little bit but there is a pub next door to rest your feet and grab a drink. Once again, as my test, I chose the eggs Benedict and it was oh so delicious, with perfect eggs and spiced ham, I also liked the wings and they have sweet baked goods that are always a must after a good two hour walk! I had such a nice day getting out in the fresh air and then having really yummy food! I definitely recommend you do both of these things on one of your days off. It’s a great combination, so enjoy!
Do you want to go to an attraction that makes your knees buckle and is way too cramped? Than St Canice’s round tower is for you! It costs €3 to go up and can only hold 12 people at a time. There is a commentary as you ascend the tower, with history and quippy comments. It quite funny!
Be warned this is definitely not something everyone can do. The stairs are steep and it’s very much single file, you have to time it right so there aren’t lots of people on the stairs as there isn’t much room on each floor.
The views from the top are worth it though, there is a 360 degree view of Kilkenny and if you go on a sunny day it will be beautiful! There is a combined ticket with the cathedral for €6. There’s not much else to say on this but I do think you should try it at least once. It’s fun when you at safely outside on some flat ground. Give it a try!
I get the pleasure of going to Kilkenny because my friend is from there and we do something new every time I am down. This time was somewhere we’d both wanted to do for a while, the Dunmore Caves. A beautiful and interesting site, it was a pleasure to go and see it. Like with most OPW sites, entry to the caves is €4 but come just before the hour because that is when the guided tour starts. There is also a video and information in the visitors centre to enjoy before the guided tour so allow time for that.The cave has an amazing history, of vikings and a massacre. Not only is there a really interesting story to the cave but the formations are really impressive and each chamber is geologically beautiful! It’s a small site but impressive none the less. The tour lasts an hour and is so interesting, I would definitely do it again. For more information check here. Is it really only accessible by car, here are the coordinates N52.7341, W7.2477.
I spent a weekend driving around Mayo and it was amazing. Unfortunately I had car trouble and I couldn’t finish my trip so I have more to see. This is my first post of amazing stops along the Wild Atlantic Way. Mayo is completely gorgeous, you might only think about Mayo for Croagh Patrick or Céide Fields but there is such amazing drives and stops along the way that you can’t go to the west and not see them.
My sister alerted me to this place in north Mayo before I went so I decided to go on google maps and track it down, there are hidden gems in Mayo so sometimes you have to look at a map and find out where it is and what the official name of it is. So this location sounds a bit scary, they are fast eroding cliffs that has a blow hole in the earth. I found that the look out points were pretty useless, it is a new construction around the blowhole as it is very dangerous, so I understand why there are there but you can’t actually see down that well. It’s still a really cool attraction though. Further up the field is where it gets fun, terrifying but fun!
You see the blowhole may have a lot of barriers but further up the field you get to the cliffs, which have zero barriers. I recommend you take it slow, if you are with people, don’t joke or mess around close to the edge because seriously, these cliffs are big and the waves are scary and generally makes your butt shake. Saying that oh my they are completely beautiful! I mean look at this sea stack, don’t you love a good sea stack! The cliffs are beautiful, the views are stunning and if it’s a sunny warm day I recommend you come here with a picnic and soak up the sun!
Céide Fields are a very well known tourist attraction in Mayo, it is an archaeological site in the north of Mayo. Take note that there are zero bits of information outside but there are free guided tours. It is €4 in and it has an exhibition inside the building. I recommend you go in and take a tour, walk around, the area is gorgeous and don’t forget to cross the road and see the viewing point opposite Céide Fields. There is plenty of parking but maybe in Summer time it will get a lot busier.
Ballycroy National Park Trail
I was driving along and came across a car park in the middle of nowhere. As I got out of the car I saw that there is a 2km boardwalk in the national park, it goes along the edge of the water and offers some stunning scenery! I love that you can see the raised bog, it’s a great combination and makes the area really interesting. The whole view is beautiful! Check it out and see for yourself!
An Bhinn Bhui
I had been here before but it was raining and I was wearing converse so the experience wasn’t as good as it could have been. This is another place that I had to get out my map and figure out where it was. It’s on an unnamed road in northern Mayo. These cliffs are so beautiful. It was gorgeous when I went, sunny and warm, walking around I had such a nice time. I definitely recommend you go get lost and try and find this place.
Just before I had one serious oil leak all over the country I decided I would go to Achill Island and go to one specific location. Keem Beach. At the end of a small winding road, this small little beach is at the very end of Achill Island. It was baltic. I mean the coldest wind I have ever felt! I love this beach, it is small but idilic. When I was there there was a man on the hill herding sheep with this dog. It is such a charming place. I would have stayed longer if it wasn’t so cold! I would say that this beach is packed in summer!
So there it is! I am not done with Mayo yet but for now here is my favourite spots in Mayo that you have to check out! Have you been to Mayo? Do you want to go now?