Misty Irish Drives

September 18, 2017

I was very excited to drive through the countryside of Ireland and see all the castles and green. We stopped at so many castles we eventually had to pass some because we didn’t think we would reach our hostel before they left for the night! I really enjoyed Blarney Castle. We didn’t get to kiss the stone (which is a little gross when I think about it lol) because the line was and hour and a half wait! But the grounds were beautiful! We drove to Killarney and drove around the Ring of Kerry. We were really excited to see the Skellig Islands because it is where they filmed part of Star Wars. Of course it was so misty that day we couldn’t see anything!!!! We were a bit dissapointed but it made for some fun photos. We both really liked Staigue Fort. You could climb right onto the top of it and walk all the way around. It was a little terrifying to think about falling off, but it was so beautiful! We also stopped at a really cool beach that had interesting patterns in the sand. I definitely want to go back and spend more time there and drive further north. Looking back on these photos makes we want to go now!

Dublin Walks

September 15, 2017

A goal for my life is to travel to a new place every year, and this year it was Ireland. I was very excited to see Ireland because I absolutely love lush, green landscapes and Ireland did not disappoint in that regard. We spent a bit of time in Dublin before we rented a car and drove around the Irish countryside. Getting to our hotel in Dublin was a bit crazy, our bus took an hour and I was SO carsick, then when we got to our hotel they told us it was an extra 20 Euro to check in early…!!! The man behind the desk must have seen how sick and tired I looked because he waived the fee and let us get into our room early which was SO needed. We ended up taking a couple hour nap in the middle of the day because we were so exhausted! Then we found online a little map that led us around all the major points of Dublin that you should see so we did the walk which took us a few hours. It was really lovely to see all the old churches and buildings. The vibe was so different from Edinburgh so we were expecting something completely different, but it was still great. The weather treated us well so we didn’t get rained on which was nice! This was one of the few trips I have taken where we didn’t really plan much ahead of time and sort of winged it. It was really nice to just go at our own pace and not feel rushed for anything. I need to do this more often! I wanted to sneak in seeing Riverdance but unfortunately it didn’t really work out. We did get to go into a pub called O’Neills which had live traditional music and dancing which I was SO excited about. We got there very early and got a seat right near the stage so we could be close. I highly recommend it! Here are some photos from our time in Dublin!

Isle of Skye

September 13, 2017

This has to be one of my favourite places in the world. I have been here 3 times and each time it just gets better. The Isle of Skye is absolutely BREATHTAKING! It has so much to see and it just feels so home-y. Joel and I were saying we could retire there and have a little sheep farm which I would be so down with. We stayed at the Skye-Walker Hostel which I highly recommend. This was the 2nd time I stayed there. Although we had a terrible sleep because someone snored like I have never experienced before in my life (honestly it was like a wild animal was in the bed next to us!) the hostel itself is super cozy, friendly and very clean! The bathroom is so clean which is my biggest test on wether or not I’d return to a place. It is also sort of off the main road people drive so there is a lot of privacy and a great pub down the road that has great food and local beer which is never a bad thing! We drove to Dunvegan Castle which is AMAZING. You have to bite the bullet and pay for the gardens and castle because it is so worth it. The gardens are amazing and all I dreamed my garden will be one day. We then drove to Coral Beach and looked for seashells. The walk was amazing down to the water and I honestly sat up on a hill and just looked out at the ocean for 30 minutes. I have never been so at peace in my life, it was amazing. We also stopped Kilt Rock which is a beautiful waterfall of the side of the cliff that goes down into the ocean. We ended up stopping in Portree for dinner and just wandered through the little town it was very cute! Everything was closed by the time we got there but we got to see all the coloured buildings which was fun. For our second night we stayed in a hostel called Skye Backpackers. This hostel was nice, although the bathrooms were so tiny! It has a beautiful view of the Skye Bridge which was worth it though! Both times we crossed the bridge I sang the Skye Boat Song because it just fit so well. Here are some photos from Skye! If you have a chance to go, DO IT! Or come visit us when we retire there 😉