Hey, all! Sorry for not posting in two weeks but we've been away on our honeymoon in Ireland! It was such an incredible trip and we can't wait to go back again some day. We drove around the country- making stops in Dublin, Connemara, Galway, and Cork among other places. I know this is slightly off topic for a New England based blog, but I just can't pass up the opportunity to share some photos with you. Plus, Ireland (like New England) used to be ruled by England too so our countries are basically cousins, right? (It's a stretch, I know). I hope you enjoy some of my favorite landscape images of the trip!
We started our honeymoon off in Dublin. This picture is from Saint Patrick's Cathedral which is just as beautiful outside as inside. Definitely worth the visit! Some other highlights from Dublin included watching Gaelic football in a traditional pub, walking around St. Stephen's Green and the rest of the city, listening to buskers (street performers) in Temple Bar and touring the Guinness Factory.
Our next stop was on the western coast of Ireland in County Galway in Connemara. We stayed at Ballyhanich Castle which is an old castle that's been converted to a hotel resort. This hotel and the grounds were absolutely stunning. The grounds feature gorgeous walking trails along Ballyhanich Lake, trout fisheries, horse riding and even clay shooting. The hotel and rooms themselves were also stunning and done up in a very English country style. These pictures are from the walking trails along the lake. Also, you can't tell me that fairies don't live in these forests.
The next stop on our honeymoon was Galway city. This picture is from the pedestrian streets in the Latin Quarter. You can see buskers performing here as well- I loved all the Irish street music! Some other highlights from our time in Galway included walking the Latin Quarter, watching a great Irish band play at The Quays bar, taking a bus tour around the city and Galway Bay, and visiting the Claddagh (one of the first fishing villages in Ireland).
The number one site on our list when we decided to go to Ireland on our honeymoon was The Cliffs of Moher. They did not disappoint! It's hard to tell the scale of the cliffs in pictures but they're quite massive. According to The Cliff's website, the rocks of the cliffs were formed over 300 million years ago and stand some 650 feet above the see at the highest point. The craziest part about viewing the cliffs was that you could walk all the way up to the edge of the cliffs with no barrier. It was a bit scary with all the wind!
Next up was Cork city! We got here late in the day since we'd spent the day at The Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle. The next day was spent walking around the city and visiting the sites. This picture was shot along the River Lee. Some favorite parts from our time in Cork included ringing the Shandon Bells at St. Anne's Church, touring the butter museum, walking the city, stopping at The English Market, and seeing St. Fin Barre's Cathedral.
No trip to Ireland would be complete without visiting a few castles, right? We were so lucky on this trip because it only rained one day we were there! Of course, it was the day we went to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. It was really quite the experience- going up tight, stone stairways to get out to the parapets up top and then laying down & leaning back over the edge to kiss the stone. But now I've got the gift of gab apparently so it was worth it! The same day we also made a trip to Cahir Castle which is one of the best preserved castles in Ireland.
Overall, we had such a lovely honeymoon and loved every place we visited in Ireland! We also walked over 50 miles over 8 days which I'm pretty impressed with. If you're ever planning a trip to Ireland- you won't be disappointed!