I have begged my wife for a road trip for years now, but I didn’t anticipate our Ireland trip to become one. We spent a lot of time on the road. It would have been less time but we struggled with the Irish road signs and lagging GPS.
This created a lot of opportunities for u-turns and even a cranky lunch at McDonald’s. (Yeah, I’ll admit it, we ended up eating at McDonald’s one day. The sandwiches are smaller but they make their McFlurries with an Irish candy bar that was crazy good)
Even with the cranky lunch, both of us were exceedingly patient with the driving and each other. We wouldn’t have had that kind of patience driving back home. It was so obvious we’ve even joked that we are better people in Ireland, and that we’ll try to be our Irish versions as much as possible.
It was tough to get too irritated with driving as every sight along the road was beautiful and serene. Rolling farmlands in every direction. Castle and cathedral ruins were a common sight as well. Here are a few of the stops we made throughout Ireland.
Burgess was fired up about visiting this haunted jail. We couldn’t have arrived at a better time as we arrived at sunset and were the only people remaining in the building other than the actor who portrays the jailer. We wandered the halls and cells, but much to my wife’s chagrin, we didn’t have any otherworldly visitors.
This was one of the places where we were not allowed to take photos inside (see Instagram photos below for some anyway).
Old Castle House
This was one of the bed and breakfasts we stayed. It is in the town of Glin, near Limerick. Esther and her husband are the proprietors, were very sweet and made us an awesome breakfast two days in a row. They also have a river running next to the house and a castle remnants in the front yard.
We ate eggs from the chickens in the backyard, and I imagine we at ham from the pig that was nowhere to be seen in the backyard.
This was another home for one night. I didn’t know what to expect when Burgess said we’d be staying in a castle. It was a castle, but renovated on the inside into a very nice hotel. The grounds had a golf course and areas for horseback riding and archery. It was a two mints on the pillow kind of joint.
Instagram Photos (click for link more details)
More to come…
Other posts from our trip to Ireland:
- Lost in Ireland: Dublin
- Lost in Ireland: Glendalough
- Lost in Ireland: On the Road Part 2
- Lost in Ireland: Ring of Kerry