Abroad, Explore with Kyle!, Ireland

Irresistible Ireland

Welcome to the home of lush green fields, medieval castles, and a lot of painted sheep! Unfortunately, Gretel was not with me on this trip but I was able to study in Ireland for a few months! I hear you are saying to yourself “since I am part Irish I want to visit my old homeland, where do I start?” Well sit down my friend, grab a pint of beer, and let’s go explore Ireland!

Once you are in the land of green just make sure you aren’t asking anyone for a ride to get around town, let’s just say that doesn’t mean what you think it means! “May I have a lift” is much better to say, but why you are getting into a stranger’s car beats me. Let’s go to our first stop!

#5 DUBLIN

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Why of course you are going to be making your way to Dublin, you can’t go to Ireland without seeing such a place! It’s not a rocky road as you may think. Most of the streets are paved as there are only a few cobblestone streets. Now that you are in Dublin it’s time for some sightseeing! The Temple Bar area, Grafton Street, and Christ Church are going to be your first go to areas.

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Besides drinking and shopping also try to stop by the Dublin Zoo (one of my favorite zoos of all time), Trinity College, and the bank with no windows.

There is actually an Irish joke that states that once you put your money into this bank it won’t see the light of day ever again!

Don’t worry about finding something to do at night either as pubs that play live music and serve good beer are not hard to find!

#4 ROCK OF CASHEL

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I guess it’s not really a rock but more of a hill top that includes three ancient buildings that are in pretty good shape! A round tower, Cormac’s chapel, and a cathedral all overlook the town of Cashel and I would even recommend spending some time in the museum where you can see some pretty cool artifacts!

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When I went there was some construction being done but it’s awesome how active they are in preserving the buildings. Every new corner held something for me to explore and I was never disappointed. At the bottom of the Rock in the town of Cashel that has some shops and cafes to go visit, as well as some other sights to see!

Around the corner of the Rock there is also a hiking trail, but unfortunately I was a part of a tour group at the time and was not about to fully explore, so I will leave that up to you!

#3 BLARNEY CASTLE & GARDENS

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“Uh Kyle, don’t you mean the Blarney stone?” Only partially! It turns out that there is an entire park for you to explore! There is the castle which is pretty cool to explore and to make your way up to the Blarney stone. Be prepared for tight spaces and stairs, but is well worth it!

Besides the castle there a lot of walkways to explore the park as well as my favorite: The Poison Garden.

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Have your own adventure here and tell me what was your favorite part! To get a good idea before you head on over please click here to check out the website to see what garden you would like to investigate. Honestly I wish I had more time here to explore the whole park because I was left with a feeling that I only half on the area.

#2 FORE ABBEY

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Besides this building being awesome to walk around make sure to check out the whole area! This site is not easily accessible so you may want to try to find a tour or rent a car. I was able to see the Fore grounds on a school field trip so I kind of lucked out. This building was a place of prayer where people lived.

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If the featured picture or the picture right and above doesn’t make you want to travel here then maybe the seven wonders of Fore will!

This magical place includes a tree that will not burn, water that refuses to boil, and a river that stubbornly goes against gravity!  Like what? I’m surprised this place wasn’t more popular, but I guess I will add this in as a hidden treasure!

#1 KILKENNY

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I liked this place so much I named my cat after it. Kilkenny is definitely a small town that in some areas gives you that medieval feeling, especially with the small alleyways, the stone buildings and walkways, and the castle!DSCN0931.JPG

This is also the place to be if you are into beer or like going on tours as the old Smithwick’s factory is right in town!

They do not produce the beer here anymore as the production has grown, but it was a well done tour overall. You also get a free beer at the end of the tour!

This is my top 5 list of places you have to see when you travel to Ireland! It wasn’t on the list (since I forgot my camera that day) but I would check out Galway and the Cliffs of Moher! Make sure you do not go during a foggy day as you won’t be able to see the cliffs at all, and yes I know that from personal experience. Also carry cash for parking as I think it is per person, not per car.

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Sláinte!

-K

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