Our trip to England, Scotland, & Ireland (part 4 of 4): IRELAND

And finally, Ireland! We spent 5 nights/6 days in Ireland. First we visited Dublin, then the Irish countryside.

Gaelic for “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”
Dublin
It was raining in the morning during our first day in Dublin, so we took a guided bus tour of the city.
Looking at the city.
Many of the buildings in Dublin were covered in pretty ivy.
I’ve never seen so many churches! They were everywhere!
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The Irish President’s home, believed to be the inspiration for The White House.
The Ha’ Penny Bridge, named so because it originally cost a half penny to cross.

Of course, we had to find a fun playground for the kids to burn some energy.
Squirrel loved these round swings!
In the “shopping area”, Grafton Street.
After we left Dublin, we headed into the country. Our first stop: Blarney Castle, home of the Blarney stone.
We had to climb these crazy scary perilous steps to get to the top.
Kissing the Blarney stone. It was pretty scary! There were only 2 little bars between me and a 6-story drop, and I’m pretty sure I could have slipped through them if I fell. These are the kinds of attractions that would never be allowed in the US due to safety concerns.
View from the top of Blarney Castle.
Next, we went to the coast, a tiny cute little village named Cobh (pronounced Cove).
Quite possibly the prettiest church ever.
The kids liked watching the sailboats in the bay.

We stayed the night in Killarney, at a bed & breakfast. We had this cottage all to ourselves!
We went on a bus tour of the famous Ring of Kerry, known for it’s magnificent views.

Then that’s it! Our trip was over, and we headed for home.

It was an action-packed, and at times exhausting trip. Hopefully the kids will actually remember some of it!

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