Castles, Cliffs, and Craic.
As we head out of Northern Island we made our way through Londonderry and then headed down south. I wish we had the time to make it to Donegal but unfortunately we ran out of time . Next time Donegal is on the list with a visit to Murder hole beach. To get to the beach you drive down a dead end road, park off the side of the road and make your way across two fields before coming to this beautiful place.
Oh and as you can see there's also a really cool cave here!
As we made out way south toward Galway, we decided to stop and stretch our legs at Lough Eske Castle. It wasn’t busy and we were able to get a table in their gallery bar for a cocktail. This would be a great castle to stay for the night if you wanted to break up the trip.
If you are an outdoors enthusiast and have the time to make a stop in Sligo, Benbulben is known as county sligo’s table mountain and quite the site to see and/or hike.
If you keep trucking south at the top of Lough Corrib lake sits the beautiful Ashford Castle. If you are in Southern Ireland at any point in your life this is a must-see. We made reservations for tea at 3:30pm and upon arrival immediately felt like royalty arriving through the stone gates of this 800 year old Castle. Escorted by the doorman, Frank, to the Connaught room where we were seated for our tea, delicate finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and home-made jam, not to mention our tasty pastries and cupcakes. As Irelands top hotel and former home to the Guinness family, it was exceptional in every way.
South of County Mayo you can take a pretty coastal drive into the city Doolin where you will find the iconic Cliffs of Moher. I think the biggest mystery to these is cliffs is how to pronounce Moher. For all you inquiring minds it’s “Moe-her”. Many in the north tend to pronounce the “her” like “hair”. Just don’t call it the Cliffs of “More”…. And if you’ve always called it Cliffs of '“More” don’t feel bad because you are definitely not alone in that mistake. No photo can do these cliffs any justice to their actual size so I will just say, a lot of people advised that we “skip this tourist attraction”. Well guess what? I’m a tourist and that’s what I came to Ireland for. I get that so many people want to explore like locals and get off the beaten path and if that’s you, more power to you, but there is nothing wrong with being a tourist and seeing the sites that the tourist come to see. So glad we did not skip this attraction. The beauty of these cliffs is incomparable.