Our final days in Ireland (and our trip!) were magical. It rained the entire time, but that only helped add onto the Ireland experience!
Our first day, we drove south to see the Cliffs of Moher. It was extremely cold and windy! The wind was rattling the car before we even got out of it. Great day to be standing on cliffs, ha!
Despite the weather, it was really an amazing sight to see. I couldn’t get over the sheer size of the cliffs! We tried to walk along the pathway, but it had flooded from the rain. We saw several people climb over the barrier, but with the wind we decided it just wasn’t worth the risk!
We got back on the road and came across some signs for the Aillwee Cave. We hadn’t heard of it, but a cave sounded like a great place to be when it was cold and windy outside! The tour was great! The caves were found by a farmer who followed his dog into a hole. He then kept it a secret for 30 years! It was really dark down there, so I didn’t get any great photos.
They also had a birds of prey show, so we decided to check that out and were blown away!
We tried to (unsuccessfully) go back to the Cliffs of Moher to see if it was less windy after the show, but had no such luck, so we decided to head back to Galway. Along the way, our GPS decided to take us on some narrow side roads! We had to pull over for a truck and got our entire car covered in mud!
On the drive back, I couldn’t help but take some shots of the scenery. So amazing! I am obsessed with the rock walls and rolling grass hills!
We stumbled upon a castle on our journey back and pulled over to take a look. The inside was closed, but it was still a sight to see!
After getting back, we ate at Tom Sheridans in Galway. I had the best Gin and Tonic there!
The next day, we set out to do part of the Connemara loop. Our first stop was the Kylemore Abbey. Wow! What a sight to drive up to! I loved walking around the grounds and learning about its rich history.
After soaking in the past of the Kylemore, we continued on the loop. Our hosts told us of an amazing hike in the Connemara National Park, which was something we had wanted to do anyway!
We set off on the hike and followed the signs to the top (which was also the hardest level of difficulty). The hike was breathtaking! The green grass never stopped amazing me.
As we climbed, we found that the view just kept on getting better! Every time we turned around we were both left speechless. We reached a boarded path and my heart melted. It was unlike anything I’ve ever hiked before!
We kept on climbing up and noticed that the rocky steps were getting steeper. We were also hiking into the fog, which meant it was getting wetter and more slippery! We reached a sign that said the path turned into a one way (It looped up and around the top), but once you decided to do it, you couldn’t just turn around or it messed with the flow of traffic. We decided to go for it.
At one point, we were using hands and feet to climb the steps and trying to guess which stones were the path and which were just…stones! It was so worth it though. We were completely surrounded by fog at the top.
It was getting late, so we started the drive back to Galway. Of course, it wouldn’t be an Ireland trip without stopping to snap some photos of the sheep on the road!
After an exhaustingly fantastic day, we ended our night with tea and cookies and great conversation with our hosts. It was a seriously magical trip.
The next day, we made the drive back across Ireland to catch our flight home. Our trip back to SF was pretty uneventful. We used most of the time to catch up on sleep and reminisce. It’s been 4 months since our trip and I’m constantly having moments where I long to go back!
*Bonus: Mae mae was so excited when we got home! (And me too of course!) She didn’t know how to contain her emotions!