Ireland Days 9-10: Waterford, Kilkenny & Dublin

And we’re at the final post! What can I say, I’m a rambler. I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures and commentary! If you haven’t read them, here’s what I’ve written so far:
Day 1: Chicago to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: Galway
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher
Day 5: Killarney + Torc Waterfall + Muckross Abbey
Day 6: Ring of Kerry
Day 7: Blarney Castle
Day 8: Rock of Cashel + B&B Mixup

The last two days were the most stressful, in my opinion. At this point, my dad and I had spent the last 8 days literally within inches of each other 24/7. There was definitely a bit of tension and readiness to go home (and sleep in a comfortable bed!) Let me tell you what we did!

We got up on Thursday morning and had breakfast with a couple from the Netherlands which was really fun. They were just starting their journey, so it was fun to tell them about a few things we thought they should try to see. After breakfast, we packed up our things and headed south a bit to Waterford to see the Waterford Crystal Factory.

Selfie

Selfie

Thursday was filled with three big cities – my dad’s favorite things. We got into Waterford and tried to follow the signs to the crystal factory. We finally found parking and headed in for the tour. Unfortunately everything was insanely expensive so we didn’t end up buying anything, but the tour was really fun!

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

We found out that they are extremely eco-friendly and recycle almost everything. If a piece of crystal gets messed up, it goes all the way back to the beginning, gets smashed and put right back in to start over.

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford

After the tour, we headed back north to Kilkenny to check out the castle. Kilkenny ended up being bigger and more confusing than either of us had expected. We got lost and finally found a parking lot and ended up walking to the castle. Unfortunately you can’t take pictures inside the castle, but here are a few from the outside.

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle

After the castle, we wandered around Kilkenny a bit, got some lunch and then headed back to get to Dublin.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny

Once in Dublin, we dropped off our rental car at Hertz and took the shuttle back to the airport. From there, we hopped on another shuttle to our hotel. Once checked in, I headed downstairs and sat in the lobby by myself for a bit. After a bit of a break, both of us went to the restaurant and ate dinner (EXPENSIVE) and then went to bed.

Clayton Hotel

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That’s how many miles we put on the car!

Clayton Hotel

Clayton Hotel

The next day was back to the airport and left Ireland! 🙁 I wrote all about this in my weekend recap a few Friday’s back, so if you want to hear about the flight, check that out here!

And those are my Ireland recaps! I hope you enjoyed. I’m thinking about writing about Ireland outfits and things I learned, but if you have anything specific you’d like to hear about, let me know! 

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7 comments

  1. Megan says:

    I’ve enjoyed all of your re-cap posts! Ireland looks so beautiful & I definitely need to visit someday. September seems like a good time of year to go maybe? I am loving that mirror from the crystal factory! I can only imagine how expensive it was (if it was for sale?), haha. That’s a ton of miles too! Did you pretty much cover all of Ireland?

    • Jessie says:

      Thanks, Megan! 🙂 You should definitely go. September was nice because it wasn’t too cold or too hot, but there wasn’t as many tourists as there is during the summer. The mirror was for sale and it was probably ridiculous. Seeings as a wine glass was like $70 for one haha. I couldn’t even buy anything there because it was all well over my price range! We did cover a lot of land, but didn’t go north at all. That’s basically an entirely different “country” (they use a different money system and everything) so I hope to go back there someday and strictly go north!

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