Saturday, 29 March 2014

EMERALD ISLE...

… THE GREENEST MILE, YOU DID BEGUILE.


Breezing at the Cliffs of Moher

This one week trip was everything and more that I had hoped for - stimulating, surprising, relaxing and invigorating. My travel soul mate and I were very, VERY lucky with the weather (otherwise - truth be told - it is not a worthwhile destination. Because with the slightest bad weather/mist/fog, one will not be able to witness the scenery most importantly/or do anything exciting really)(no wonder the locals spend their existence in pubs drinking!). We thanked the sun and clear blue sky every day, happy to have hit the jackpot (#hittingthesunpot)! Irish people were always friendly, helpful and jolly for the most. This experience to me was emotional more than anything. Maybe because of a mix of the wondrous sights every day, and the point in my life where I have come to accomplish many things in a short amount of time (new flat, new job…). All the same, I remind myself, and everyone, that sometimes in life all you need is:  

Book a plane ticket, 
secure a car and a good map, 
and drive endlessly wherever the wind may take you. 

JUST LIVE FOR THE MOMENT. FIND THE WAY TO YOUR WILL, AND JUST DO IT.


Read more for + 1536 KM ON THE ROAD DIARY. Fasten your seat belts, it's one fast ride…


Quick recap (to the sound of Celtic music)

DAY I
Dublin to Galway - from East to West. Night in the town - Guinness:  ✓ 

DAY II
Morning visit of Dunguaire castle before drive through The Burren, vast land of green. Stop at Poulnabrone Dolmen. Discovered County Clare by coast, heading towards the Cliffs of Moher, one of the highlights of the trip. Spectacular views of the North Atlantic Ocean. The most incredible sunset near Quilty, burning pastel sky, and bedtime in small Kilkee.

DAY III
Drive to Kilrush for the quick ferry, 30-40 minutes later arrived at Tarbert, now in County Kerry. Pass through Tralee towards Dingle village where we explore its Peninsula. Seafood lunch at the Boat Yard by the pier before the Slea Head adventure. Late night arrival at Ballinskelligs in the Iveragh Peninsula (initially wanted to take the boat to Skellig Rocks, unfortunately it was closed). 

DAY IV
Morning ride to Valentia Island and Portmagee, waiting for the sun to come up. Afternoon on the Ring of Kerry, passed by Waterville, Lamb's Head, Caherdaniel and Castlecove before heading inland for the Killarney National Park. Pause at Gap of Dunloe. After visiting Ross Castle, dinner in Killarney town at Bricin restaurant. Night drive to Kinsale in the County of CorkGuinness:  ✓ 

DAY V
Morning visit to the Old Head of Kinsale; old lighthouse and 360 view over St George's Channel. Seafood lunch in Kinsale at Fishy Fishy café. Drive back north, through Cork, stopped at Cahir Castle and Rock of Cashel - the one time where we had grey sky, and it was perfect. Just right for the gloomy vision and pictures of both Irish heritage. Drive straight up to Glendalough, secret little valley.

DAY VI
Morning exploring the ancient ruins of Glendalough, before taking in the last bit of countryside nature by drive through the Wicklow National Park. Quick pause at Sally Gap. Back to Dublin to spend the last night in the capital city, weekend before St Patrick's craze. One last Irish meal at The Church, historical church turned into a bar-restaurant. Ended our long journey dancing at The George club (highly recommend it). Guinness:  

DAY VII: Flight back to London...

...next time, North of Ireland! 




[All photos were taken with Sony NEX-5n. None are edited, certain only cropped. The photos are exactly as they were captured on the moment.]



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