Time for Day 5! We packed a ton into Day 5, but if you haven’t already checked out my other posts on the trip, you can check them out here:
Day 1: Chicago to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: Galway
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher
P.S. All of my photos are taken either on my iPhone 6 or Nikon DSLR that my mom let me borrow. I didn’t edit any of them – just depends on the lighting from whatever camera I was using. And yes, it is THAT GREEN.
Since the weather was looking to be pretty crappy, we decided it was a great day to do all outdoor activities! Ha. 🙂 We started out the day with our first Irish breakfast at Wayside B&B (which is a great place if you’re ever in the Killarney area), hiked about 5-minutes in the Gap of Dunloe before realizing it would take all afternoon and then headed out to check out the town of Killarney. We found a pretty great parking spot and walked up and down the streets. This was really the only town I ended up getting to do some shopping in, so I picked up a few touristy things for my sister and mom.
After roaming around the town, we headed out to find the Muckross House & Abbey. We accidentally missed the driveway and while riding down the road to turn around, ended up finding some signs for the Torc Waterfall. We parked and decided to hike up in the rain to check out the waterfall. Definitely worth it. 🙂
My jeans (well, jeggings, let’s be honest) were falling down because they were so damn wet.
Once we finished hiking around there, we headed back out to get to Muckross again. It was absolutely pouring most of the time, but we still had an amazing time. We didn’t do the tour of the house (it was expensive and really I was more interested in the abbey) so we roamed around the property for awhile until we found the abbey.
The abbey and cemetery was abandoned and a little creepy (I’m not so good with anything pertaining to death) but once I got over the initial weirdness, I think this was one of my favorite pieces of architecture we saw on the entire trip.
We got our soaked butts back into the car and headed back to our B&B. On our way there, we saw a sign for Ross Castle, so we took a little detour to check it out. It was another place that you had to pay for a tour and since it was pretty much all re-touched (barely any of the building seemed original), we refrained from the tour and just looked around the outside of the castle.
My dad and I were both starting to get cranky, so we headed back to find food. Long story short, we ended up back at Kate Kearney’s Cottage because everything else was closed. We were lucky that one of the bartenders saw us waiting for forever and found us a seat. Apparently Sundays at Kate’s are busy with tons of older Irish people dancing! It was fun to watch, but after not eating all day and being in the rain, we just wanted to sit down. My dad claims we got a seat because the bartender thought I was something special, but I was too busy drinking a cider as fast as possible to notice. 😉 After a nice burger and cider, we headed back to the B&B to take a warm shower and stay in for the night.
Tomorrow I’ll be talking about Day 6 and the Ring of Kerry! Hope you’ll come back to find out more. 🙂