Today we are heading back toward Dublin!
Day 6 Itinerary for Thursday, February 25, 2016:
- 6:45 AM: Leave Hotel
- Traveling To:
- Leap Castle
- Phoenix Park
- Hotel: Dunboyne Castle Hotel
This is how the day ACTUALLY unfolded:
We left the hotel very early (thankfully the valet agreed to leave our car out front so we could simply leave in the morning rather than getting someone to fetch it from the illusive valet parking lot) and there was frost and fog covering everything. Because Leap Castle is privately owned, we decided to forgo it and head straight to Glendalough. It turned out to be a great decision! On our way, we stopped at a petrol station to fuel up and get some coffee at Costa Coffee. The coffee was pretty good and the chocolate fingers were very good too. We also had a very low tire so we filled it up with air while we were there!
Glendalough was breathtaking. The lake was like glass reflecting the huge mountains and we didn’t even really encounter people until we reached the monastic site.
After exploring Glendalough, we headed into the mountains on our way to Newgrange (we decided against going to Phoenix Park because we had already visited it twice on our bus tour the first day). We stopped at the Glencree Center for lunch. The food wasn’t great but the coffee was good.
From there we went to Newgrange and did the tour. Our bus diver was an absolute crack up telling us about all the funny things tourists ask such as, “Where are the other undiscovered ruins?” or, “Why did they build this so far from the airport?” HA! Newgrange was surprisingly (for me) awesome. I didn’t have high hopes for it and didn’t even think we’d make it to the site with everything else we had planned, but I’m sure glad we did. Our tour guide was so interesting and even did a bit of the tour in Irish.
On our way to our hotel, we got stuck in serious rush hour traffic, so by the time we got to our hotel we were famished. Some of the locals at the pharmacy told us about a restaurant called La Bucca and it was absolutely lovely!
Our final stop was to a local grocery store where we spent around $100 on chocolate and candy for the kids (and us). Have I mentioned how delicious the chocolate from Ireland is? It’s DELICIOUS!
This hotel was much different from the others as it didn’t have the castle feel to it. It was nice, though, and comfortable.
Tomorrow we leave on a jet plane, saying goodbye to Ireland.