Day 3 – A Day of Castles and Gravestones

With our day trip booked with Irish Day Tours for €55 each, we headed for the pick up point. Our trip would include a visit to the Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle and Cork; with a few extra stops along the way.

As we approached the Molly Malone statue, we were confronted by a moderate crowd of people. I secretly hoped that there would not be so many people. Bus drivers appeared and starting calling out destinations. The crowd lessened until only about 8 people remained. While we waited, I got a few photos of the close by church.

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Saint Andrews Church

The mist surrounded us. I stared out the windows into the whiteness, occasionally seeing the blur of a building as it rushed past. We were headed for the Rock of Cashel first. Our guide entertained us with stories of Ireland’s past and folktales. The road was bent along the contours of the hills and in the distance we had our first glance of the castle.

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Rock of Cashel from a distance

We wandered through the ruins of the castle. I could almost feel the history, drifting like a thin mist over the castle. I stopped and looked out over the farmlands, taking in the surrounding area and the castle.

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Rock of Cashel
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Inside Rock of Cashel

After about 2 hours, my sister and I decided to return to the bus. Our next destination would be Cork.

We stopped in Cork for about an hour or so. I immediately led my sister to the English Market in Cork city center for lunch. We didn’t walk around too much because we would be coming to Cork in a few days anyway.

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Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle was wonderful. My imagination went wild and transported be to some distant past. Blarney Castle, and the rest of the surrounding gardens, are something worth experiencing. We entered the castle and worked our way to the top. We strolled through the gardens; soaking in the greenery.

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Blarney Castle
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Blarney Castle
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Blarney Castle

This was one of my most memorable experiences in Ireland.

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Blarney House
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Stroll along the forest trail

I would recommend this to everyone considering of visiting Ireland. It may be a very typical tourist destination but it still remains a remarkable place.

Hungry and tired, my sister and I headed back to the bus. Our next stop would be Dublin. We finally arrived in Dublin at around 7 pm. It was a day well spent.

As I lay in bed that night, thinking about the past few days, it felt like we had been in Dublin for much longer. Time always seems to slow down during my travels and I am more than happy to have more hours in my day.

Things to remember:

  • Carry some cash with you, just in case.
  • The Blarney Gardens are VERY big, much bigger that I realized. Make sure to leave enough time to see everything.
  • Get something to eat when there is the opportunity. We both were starving by the time we got back home.
  • Take something to drink!
  • Wear shoes that can get dirty and that can handle walking in mud.
  • A jacket! It gets chilly along the way.

 

Thanks for reading my latest post.

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