The Emerald Isle in Photos

Earlier this fall I was lucky enough to spend a solid two and half weeks travelling around Ireland. The trip started out in Dublin, where Sam and I spent a week doing as tourists do: drinking pints of Guinness, eating our fill of Irish stew and boxty at pubs, strolling Temple Bar, tracking down deer in Phoenix Park, and visiting places like the Botanical Gardens and Trinity College.

At the end of that first week, my 2 sisters and 2 best friends arrived in Dublin for the start of our Girls’ Road Trip. Sam got booted off the trip because: 1) he’s a boy, and 2) there wasn’t enough room in the car for him, so he ended up visiting Killarney, learning to play Gaelic Games, and watching the big Gaelic Football match instead. (That sounded much better than castle-hopping with a whole bunch of girls, so there were no complaints from him anyway!)

Meanwhile, the girls and I embarked on a 1-week road trip around Ireland that took us to places like Glendalough, Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, Benbulbin, Donegal, and a few other stops along the way before wrapping things up in Belfast. In Belfast, I said goodbye to the girls who continued down to Dublin to catch their flight home, while I spent a few more days with Sam getting to know Belfast and road tripping around Northern Ireland.

Here’s a compilation of photos from that time in Ireland:

Brick buildings and colourful fronts on the shores of the River Liffey.

Brick buildings and colourful fronts on the shores of the River Liffey.

Colourful doors in Dublin.

Colourful doors and climbing ivy in Dublin.

A pint of Guinness a day keeps the doctor away.

A pint of Guinness a day keeps the doctor away. At least, according to my husband.

Audrey goes to Ireland.

A rare portrait of yours truly.

Blue skies in Dublin.

It wasn’t all rain and grey skies in Dublin (though we did get quite a bit of that!)

The Temple Bar in Temple Bar

The Temple Bar in Temple Bar. A little confusing, I know.

Sam and Audrey in Dublin

Sam insisted on rocking the Leprechaun look while he was in Ireland. He grew out the red beard, bought himself a green flat cap, and ran around town putting on funny accents. He didn’t fool any locals – I frankly think the hat gave him away!

The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art. It doesn’t look very modern from the exterior, but looks can be deceiving.

Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, in the proper aim of art. -Oscar Wilde

“Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of art.” Oscar Wilde.

Bright doors in Dublin

Dublin has really pretty doors.

Touring Trinity College in Dublin.

Touring the grounds of Trinity College.

Arnaldo Pomodoro's ‘Sfera con Sfera’ in Trinity College.

Arnaldo Pomodoro’s ‘Sfera con Sfera’, a really cool sculpture in Trinity College that reminds me of The Da Vinci Code.

Oscar Wilde statue in the park.

Oscar Wilde just relaxing at the park.

Trinity College Library, Dublin.

Inside Trinity College Library, which tops the list as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

Deer in Glendalough

That time we saw deer in Glendalough.

Visiting the ruins in Glendalough

The girls looking right at home. I’m not so sure I could deal with the lack of centralized heating.

Ruins of a monastic settlement in Glendalough

Visiting the ruins of a monastic settlement in Glendalough.

Glen of Aherlow

The Glen of Aherlow was like a quilt of green.

Rock of Cashel

Looking up inside the Rock of Cashel.

Hore Abbey, not too far from Rock of Cashel.

The ruins of Hore Abbey are just down the hill from the Rock of Cashel. You have to cross a few fields to get there, but it was worth the walk as there wasn’t another soul around.

 

Sheep in the Irish countryside

You didn’t think we’d drive around Ireland and not encounter any sheep?

A road trip across Ireland

The crew. Sam got booted off our girls’ road trip, but I have a feeling he was kind of relieved seeing as our trip consisted of castles, castles, and more castles.

Driving Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Driving Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Views like these are the reason we kept pulling over every 20 minutes.

Colourful Dingle Harbour, Ireland.

Snapping photos in Dingle Harbour, one of the cutest towns we visited on the trip.

The Cliffs of Moher shrouded in mist and rain.

It was a foggy and rainy day, so I didn’t get any spectacular shots, but that doesn’t make the Cliffs of Moher any less impressive.

Windswept hair at the Cliffs of Moher

Locks-a-flyin’! It gets pretty windy by the Cliffs of Moher.

Northern Ireland coastline

Waves rolling in on a cool autumn day.

Train tracks by Mussenden Temple

Train tracks not far from Mussenden Temple.

Gardens of Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Walking through the gardens of Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House.

Giant's Causeway

The walk towards Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Basalt columns at Giant's Causeway

Basalt columns towering over us.

Girls road trip in Ireland.

One of the few group shots of the whole trip!

Turquoise waters in Northern Ireland.

The water almost looked inviting…then I remembered this is the North Channel. Brrr!

Windswept coast of Northern Ireland.

This photo sums up Ireland for me.

Running across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Running across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

Cute cottage in Bushmills.

A cute little cottage we rented in Bushmills. I could’ve gladly spent the whole week here. It was just a hop and a skip to the water and the views were breathtaking.

Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple was built as a library by Frederick Augustus Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol, in memory of his cousin Frideswide Mussenden.

The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland.

A drive through the Dark Hedges – one of the must-see places in Northern Ireland.

Irish coffee with a shot of whiskey

Even the coffee is served with a shot of whiskey.

Bailey's Coffee

Having my first Bailey’s Coffee.

Pint of Guinness

One last pint of Guinness.

Giant's Causeway Walking Trail

And that’s a wrap!

What are some of your favourite spots in Ireland?

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