Later in the day we went to the Guinness Storehouse.
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We also went on a whiskey tour while in Dublin. There is a very interesting whiskey history in Ireland and I would highly recommend going on a tour to learn more. Ireland used to be a powerhouse and then the industry almost completely disappeared with prohibition in the States as well as a resistance to new technology. Most people are familiar with Jameson which has continued to be a very popular brand but many whiskeys are now from Scotland or North America. Luckily Irish whiskey is making its way back and we had an excellent experience at the Teeling Distillery learning and tasting their whiskey.
Most people have heard of the Cliffs of Moher which are located on the west coast near Galway.
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It is absolutely breathtaking and a must see. Be aware, it is a trek and it is a totally open ridge which means you want to have the right shoes for it.
Most people hike a small section of the cliffs and head back but Gin and I are pretty adventurous and determined and walked all the way to the end. It took us about 3 hours round trip, but that did also include stopping to take plenty of pictures.
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My favorite part of our trip was our day trip through Killarney National Park. Killarney as a city is pretty touristy and more expensive than other cities in Ireland but if you get away from the downtown area and into the national park, it is a totally different experience. The park is huge with mountains the size of the Rockies. We took a tour going through the park which normally is not my style but this tour was wonderful. I highly recommend it.
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It was called the Gap of Dunloe Tour and it consists of a boat ride through the waterways and a hike through the mountains. It had the most beautiful views I have ever seen and cannot stress how important it is not to miss this hike while in Ireland. One of the things I loved most about travel through Ireland was that we had the chance to talk to so many individuals and learn more about the country and culture.
One of my favorite spots for this was when we stopped for a night in Kilkenny.
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The bar was a small hole in the wall in the city center that could easily be missed and was appropriately named Hole in the Wall. It was a very small bar able to fit about eight people max and lends itself to the perfect setting for meeting new people and having conversation.
Check it out! You are commenting using your WordPress. Near the island of Clare, Queen Grace O'Malley will almost order you away, as she did her husband, and your motor with all its wings out will roll through the grand scenery of the western coast—now down by the ocean and then far up amidst the sombre mountains—Kylemore Castle and quaint Galway, Leap Castle—ghost-haunted—and moated Ffranckfort, Holy Cross and the Rock of Cashel—will pass in stately array and be succeeded by a glimpse of army life at Buttevant, and a dinner at Doneraile Court, where you will hear of the only woman Free Mason.
Killarney will follow with its music and legends, and Cork and Fermoy, and so on and into the County of Wexford, where you will rush through the lanes and byways and will scare many old ladies—driving as many donkeys—almost into Kingdom Come.
You will be welcomed at Bannow House and entertained in that quaintest of all earthly dwellings, "Tintern Abbey," which was a ruin when the family moved into it more than three centuries ago. You will visit the buried city of Bannow and pass on to where Moore watched the "Meeting of the Waters.
At Jigginstown House you will be reminded of the cowardice of a king, and as you bid farewell to Ireland you will lay a wreath on the grave of Daniel O'Connell,—all this and much more if you are so minded.