Ireland and Scotland... A family Adventure!
This trip had us stay in 9 different lodgings, we were in a fancy hotel on a lake, a crappy air bnb, a lovely bed and breakfast, a seaside cottage, a guesthouse, a tower in a University, a quaint inn, a chain hotel (for a night), and finally a castle! I wasn't ready to come home... though I really really missed my bed. It turns out that I love my mattress more than any other mattress in the land!
Day #1: Landing in Shannon Ireland, through Ennis to Miltown Malbay
|We wandered around Ennis a bit on our way north and ran into a restored abbey that stole our hearts...|
|I LOVE THE BURREN (and its crazy rock walls!!!!) |
Tiny baby wildflowers everywhere... next time we are spending all day here!
|My honey took us on an adventure that resulted with me a tiny bit stuck at the top of a wall....|
|Poulnabrune Dolmen... my first real life Dolmen.... it wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be |
(i.e. there was no time travel)...
|The day ended with an epic hike along the Cliffs of Moher... we found an alternate parking lot that kept us away from the hoards of tourists and made the hike delightful!|
|We scampered up to O'Connor's Pass on our way around the Dingle Peninsula... a fun driving day that included the best Rhubarb Crisp I have ever eaten with an Irish Coffee (no photo, it is in my belly!)|
|And then we landed at our Schwanky hotel, the Lake Hotel in Killarney, where we had a hot tub in our room that over looked a 12th century castle... this was our view... it was a good stay! (and we should have a knitting retreat here!)|
|Even though we live in the land of waterfalls... we still bike and hike to see them!|
|This ancient tree growing in the Cloister at MuckRoss Abbey clearly has some stories to tell...|
|This drive took us right past Timoleague Friary, which was a completely intriguing abbey ruin.|
|This sign was outside the Fishy Fishy.... kinda tickled our funny bone!|
(There we had THE BEST FISH STEW... and I didn't take a photo of it, cause I'm not a food blogger : )! )
|After really good coffee and crepes in Kinsale my honey took me to Hedgehog Fibres for a tour... that was awesome! |
(and I got yarn!)
|And then we drove north to Maynouth, and stopped by the Rock of Cashel... we wandered around the restored castle for a bit, but really fell in love with the decrepit abbey in the valley below!|
|Fringe Festival was on while we were in Edinburgh... which made wandering around quite amusing!|
|We escaped the rain for a few hours and had high tea at the Signet Library.... YUM!|
|The rooflines in Edinburgh were phenomenal... I needed more time in this city!|
|Eileen Donan Castle... Scotland's most photographed castle... gorgeous but crawling with tourists, so we took a photo (like a tourist and drove on!)|
|A tiny village on Loch Carron called Plockton, with Palm Trees and seal watching and rain and really good beer!|
|At Loch Ness... have you seen my Nessie?|
Day #14: Giant's Causeway
|A day full of hiking... and fish and chips (and more ice cream)!|
|Sheep on the way back...|
I am intrigued and definitely want to go back to the west coast of Ireland and go north from Shannon to Donegal (and go to the Aran Islands which we couldn't make it to this trip.) And I am definitely going to Edinburgh Yarn Fest in 2018! I want to be in that city when it is filthy with knitters!