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 đŸ˜‰

Driving Through The Highlands!

September 11, 2017

First of all I have to say that I drove all around Scotland and Ireland without crashing us! Driving on the opposite side of the room and car was terrifying for the first few hours, but I eventually got the hang of it. The craziest part are the TINY roads in Scotland where the speed limit is 60 miles an hour for a 1 lane road with oncoming traffic (uh..no thanks) I was such a grandma and drove half that speed because I was so terrified. Driving around (once your used to it) is really beautiful though! We when to Glencoe and saw the munros which was amazing. The air smelled so fresh, I’ll never forget it. We also stopped in Fort William (where some of Outlander is filmed…the best show!) My favourite part of driving around was hitting up Eilean Donan Castle. It is so picturesque and just is perfect for photos I swear. Walking around it is amazing. I wish I lived in a castle… despite the crazy wars, and the lack of electricity, and scarcity of food, I think living in the 1700’s would have been pretty beautiful (lol). It is so neat to see all the history and wonder where my relatives lived in Scotland. Here are some pictures from our drive. It was amazing!