We booked a trip to Ireland on a whim this Spring. The idea came up after a long dinner of oysters and martinis ... Mike and I both decided we should take cob building classes and why not take a trip to Ireland to do so!?! (more about these in another upcoming post!)
We started our trip driving down to the Cork and close to the Southern coast of Ireland (where our first cob building class was held). Starting off in 100% tourist land, we hit Blarney Castle on our way in and also visited the city of Cobb (spoiler alert - houses there aren't really built from cob!).
After Cork, we skimmed the tip of the Ring of Kerry and overnighted in Killarney. It was a stero-typical lively Irish town, with lots of pubs and live music. We wish had more time to explore the Ring of Kerry, but our agenda was rigorous. So we were able to visit the Muckross estate that morning (the farm is the best part) and then head on up the coast to Galway.
At two points in our stay we ended up along the West coast, close the 'Wild Atlantic Way,' in both Galway and Donnegal. Galway was another charming town with great bars and music. We stopped at the Cliffs of Moher on a foggy morning - so beautiful and majestic!
Donnegal was wonderful, small Irish towns scattered along the coast. It's not nearly as touristy as Killarney/Glaway (which we love!) We stayed in an AirBnB thatched roof cottage which was delightful. The countryside in Donnegal was breathtaking, we highly recommend doing the hike at Sleive League as well as visiting St. John's point for the sunset. Our second cob class was nearby which made the location totally ideal!
Northern Ireland really had a different feel from the rest of the country - it's crazy how in crossing an imaginary border the countryside will change so dramatically. It was amazing in it's own way. We didn't visit Belfast, and instead stayed in the countryside near Ballycastle. The AirBnB we stayed in was so cute and enchanting - and they had a mini horse!
The sights in Northern Ireland were breathtaking - Giants Causeway, The Dark Hedges, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and so many sites where GOT was filmed. As well as so many walking trails you could meander on where sheep had free range! This was my favorite part, the sheep are so fun to see and the baby lambs are too adorable for words!
I'll leave you with a video recap of our trip - really wishing we could visit again someday!