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  • Day183

    Muckross Abby

    September 26, 2015 in Ireland

    Now the pictures do NOT do it justice!
    Muckross Abbey is one of the major ecclesiastical sites in Killarney. It was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it became the burial place for prominent County Kerry poets O'Donoghue, Ó Rathaille and Ó Súilleabháin.
    The abby although damaged and ruined as a result of many damages over the years from raids and attcks on the friary still holds so much history! The long corridors and open windows are stunning and the whole Abby is centered around a larg tree that has been growing in therw for hundreds of years!
    One of the things that interested me was a tomb stone dating back three centuries and with my mothers maiden name! Have i a little Irish in my after all???
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  • Day183

    Muckross Park,

    September 26, 2015 in Ireland

    After adventuring through the Killarney National park we made our way down to Muckross Park, still inside the Killarney National Park however way to far to walk if you want to include all of the sites in one day, so we took the bus down the road into Muckross Park which had peaceful surrounding when walking to the next site!!
    It really felt like somthing out of a childrens book, walking down the woodland trail hoping not to get lost! At least there are no bears in Ireland thank god!!Read more

  • Day183

    Ross Castle

    September 26, 2015 in Ireland

    In the Killarney National Park is a small castle "Ross Castle" which dates back to the  15th century and was owned by one of the ODonoghue Ross chieftains who were essentially wealthy farm owners.
    It was easy to take a step back in time and feel how they lived and even more how the Irish laws were in that time, at one point in the 18th century people were taxed for having roofs on the houses!! A ROOF TAX!! Along with window and candle tax! Some people found the price to much as did the owners ofthe castle at this time and burnt down the only wooden roof which housed the living and dinning quarters! Leaving it open to the elements and eventually turned to ruins! Only when the last known owner in the early 90's passed it along to the heritage center did it get restored fully and is now on display!Read more

  • Day183

    Killarney National Park, Ireland

    September 26, 2015 in Ireland

    On our walk through Killarney National park the deer roam free! And by chance i was lucky enough to see on up close, yes i was freaked out! But it was so worth it!
    We walked the trails through the park passing horse and carriage rides which i seemed to have missed at the front gate! Damn!! However the walk was much more exciting, and relaxing, when your not worried about a huge deer going to attack you! ( no it didn't happen.but i had my fears!!)Read more

  • Day183

    St Mary's Cathedral

    September 26, 2015 in Ireland

    Today we set of on an adventure around Killarney!
    On our way to the National park I came accross this absolutely beautiful cathedral, i stepped inside in complete awe of the simply yet spiritual building!
    And no the photos don't do it justice!

  • Day147

    Sky Garden

    August 21, 2015 in Ireland

    Today we set off to The Sky Gardens in Liss Ard Estate Skibbereen!
    The sky garden was original a place of relaxation, were rich nobal people would go and lie on the rock bed in the middle of the lowered ground.
    When laying down there i felt so relaxed! With nothing but the ground around you and the sky above!!
    Of corse we then climbed to the top of the grass ledge and rolled down!

  • Day2

    Culzean Castle

    August 15, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    Today we visited the Culzean Castle! Owned and run by Clan Kennedy and is the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa. Dating back to the 12th century in Scotland. The clan that i can trace my heritage back to!
    The Castle is apparently home to at least seven ghosts including a piper and a servant girl.
    It was amazing to walk through the castle, and more importantly find painting, and documents that that deplict my ancestors, and there way of life!Read more

  • Day2

    Culzean Castle and Country Park

    August 15, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    The early bird gets the worm!
    Well we woke up nice and early and caught the first bus down to Culzean-Castle-and-Country-Park, it was a 45min hike down the forest path until we came across exactly what we were looking for!

  • Day1

    Ayr, United Kingdom

    August 14, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    After a long day of trips and sigthseeing we headed into town to find a nice place to eat and stumbled across the "The West Kirk" restaurant, its a bar and restaurant in an old church!
    The food was amazing! Huge and filling and the drinks went down even better! Two pints of berry cider and i was well ready for bed!

  • Day1

    AYR GLASGOW!!

    August 14, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    After a full day of sight seeing in Glasgow we took the hour train ride out to Ayr, to check into our Bed and Breakfast for the night! After we had got unpacked and had a tiny rest we set off to explore just what was around the neighborhood! And lucky for us just down the road was the beach! Obviously nothing a warm blooded aussie would swim in, and as you can tell we wernt coping to well with the cold weather as it was! But it was just as beautiful to look at! We then rugged ourselves up as we walked around the town ready to find a nice place to eat and unwind with a cold pint or two!Read more

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