Ireland – Day 5

Today we are heading south and west toward the Cliffs of Moher!

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Day 5 Itinerary for Wednesday, February 24, 2016:

  • 5:30 AM: Leave hotel
  • 8:30 AM: Visit Adare
    • Desmond Castle
    • St. Nicholas Chapel
    • Adare Manor Hotel
    • St. Nicholas Old Graveyard
    • George Stacpoole Books
  • 12:30 PM: Dingle/Dolphin Boat Tour
  • 3:30 PM: Cliffs of Moher/O’Brien’s Tower
  • Hotel: Dromoland Castle Hotel

This is how the day ACTUALLY unfolded:

It was super cold when we left our hotel around 5:45 AM. We even had frost on the windows that Nolan scraped off with our room key! From our hotel we drove for quite some time to get to Adare. I had Adare built up in my mind to be a couldn’t miss town full of thatched cottages, old buildings, and tons of history. Though it didn’t meet my expectations, it was still a fun town to visit. We had breakfast at a little cafe where a sweet group of women met and chatted at the table next to ours. Very quaint. The food wasn’t terribly impressive, nor was the coffee, but the atmosphere was nice.

After we ate, we walked around a bit through the town looking for the places listed above. Come to find out, it was much harder than I anticipated seeing as how there weren’t sidewalks that went everywhere and the bookstore didn’t even exist! A nice local man instructed us to head to Limmerick to find a bookstore, so we jumped back in the car and headed that way.

Though there were many bookstores in Limerick, there was also a great deal of traffic and the parking was a bit far from any of them. We knew that we had so much more to do that day so we decided to just head toward the Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs are very beautiful, very large, and very majestic. Both Harry Potter and the Princess Bride had scenes filmed there so my husband and I were equally intrigued. The only problem was we got there too early in the day and though it was beautiful and sunny, this made the pictures of the cliffs very dark. I would recommend going around 3:00 if possible in order to actually get a good view and photo. The gift shop at the Cliffs is really fantastic. We ended up getting the rest of our souvenirs here and we even were able to mail our kids postcards!

We then left the Cliffs and drove around the Burren which was fascinating. I found it intriguing at how vast the change was in the landscape and I was very glad we decided to do this rather than drive several hours to go on the dolphin tour (though I do hear the dolphin is rather fun).

We ate dinner at a restaurant in Ennistymon which was okay, the view, however, was spectacular. I was able to take some photos of a waterfall that was right outside our window.

Our last stop of the day was our hotel which was CRAZY POSH. The Dromoland Castle Hotel is one of the nicest places I’ve ever stayed. It’s one of those, mandatory valet, I’ll take your bags, robe and fuzzy slippers kind of places and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We ordered a beautiful piece of chocolate cake and ice cream (that cost more than our dinner, mind you) and enjoyed every last bite in our robes and slippers while watching a movie on television.

Tomorrow we head back toward Dublin and see some beautiful sites!

~Thankfully Exhausted

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