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    Day 13 - Dingle to Dublin

    October 15, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Went for a walk around the Dingle harbour to the castle ruins and lighthouse. We were in the bay of Fungi looking for the dolphine Fungi that lives in these waters. Clint seen him. We proceeded on treking back to Dublin in the Wolfmobile and stopped on route to a little traditional pub called the Railway hotel owned by Mick O'Neil. He let us in for a quick drink and look at his pub. Lovely little pub full of memorabiliea. We stopped in Adare for lunch and walked through the gardens and at the thached houses. Traveling on to Dublin the weather progressivly got worse as the huricane Ophelia was heading for IReland and due to make landfall the next morning near county Cork. We got back to Jury's Inn by 6.30pm. Great trip.Read more

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    Day 12 Dingle

    October 14, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Spent the morning shopping in Dingle. Grabbed a picnic lunch, stopped at a jewellery place and went up to Slea Head and walked up around the coast road, Had a baleys hot chocholate. Had picnic lunch in the van as it wa incredable gusty becaue of Hurricane Ophilia. After this we headed up to the cliffs to watch the swell and waves breaking over the rocks on the very most South western point of Ireland. We seen the sleeping giant and the tree (three) sisters. The afternoon we went to the old church, ring fort and another old church that had a very ancient sun stone and ancient language carved on the stone. Headed back to Dingle.Read more

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    Day 11 - To Dingle

    October 13, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

    We left Portmagee today and it was raining and very windy. Shite weather again. We went down to the Skellig Chocholate factory. Nice chocholate.Because we couldn't go out to the Skellig islands (we couldn't even see it from the main land as it was so rainy) we stopped in at the Skellig musem to see what it was all about. This was very interesting. The monks started on the island 600 ad and stayed ther for some 1200 years. Over this time they built a monistary and 3 lots of giant steps leading to the monistary. They abandoned the island and it is unsure why. In the late 1800s there was a light house built on the island and it was fueled by peat. A family lived on the island to run it but by the early 1900s the lighthouse became automated. A plane in WW1 clpped the top of the island and crashed into the see loosing all life on board the plane.
    We had a look at the peat bogs.
    We spent most of the day in the bus today as the weather was so bad. We came to dingle and checked into the Dingle Hotel for the next two nights. The afternoon was spent learing folk dancing which was really fun before heading out to dinner. The rain had stopped and the wind died down by 10pm.
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    Day 10 Portmagee and Red deer

    October 12, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    The weather is shite! Stayed at Portmagee for the evening. This is were we would have caught the boat out to the Skelling islands but the seas were too big and the weather is crap. There is a huricane comeing across the atlantic and is bringing terrible weather with it. We did stopped and have a look at some beaches along the way and took a trip up into the forest to see the red deer. This was good.Read more

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    Day 9 - Guagan Barra Forrest,

    October 11, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The day started very windy and wild with terrential rain but after having a great breakfast we headed off up into the Guagan Barra Forrest for a walk. This forest reminded me of the Star Wars movie where you see the Ewoks or something that you would expect to find a fairy or two in. By the time we were getting to the end of the walk, the weather cleared just like that and it turned into a beautiful day. We left Guagen Barra and headed down into the penninsula. Stopped at a pub called McCartheys and had lunch. After lunch we headed down to the cable car over to the island and waited while a few of the group went across. Nice penninsular. Onwards we went to a stone circle and to get to it we had to tramp through the paddocks that had become spongy and boggy becuase of the recent rains. Heallys pass was the last location we looked at on route to our evening B&B and we did a long hike up the mountain to see the views. Spectacular.Read more

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    Day 8 - Wolfhound - Cashel, Blarney

    October 10, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Caught the Wolfhound tour today. 3 Aussies and 9 Americans. Left Dublin and headed off to Dunamase Castle. A fortress that Lord Strongbow ended up the charge of. Impenatrable. From here we headed to the rock of Cashel and the Hoare Abbey. A beautiful little abbey near Cashel castle. We had lunch at a forgotten Abbey in the middle of a paddock on route to Blarney. Instead of going to the Castle at 20 euro each, Clint and I went to the pub. Clint had a Murphy's stout here. It is Guiness'e rival in Ireland. The weather started coming in pourly and when we were arriving to our accomodation the weather turned nasty. Raining and Windy. Gougane Barra Hotel is out in hte middle of nowhere. It has been in the family for 6 generations. Lovely place and lovely food.Read more

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    Day 8 - Hill of Tara and back to Dublin

    October 9, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Headed off this morning to the Hill of Tara. Always wanted to see this after reading about it being the old pagan site were they did sacrifices for many years and also were it was the ceramonial place for the Kings of Ireland. The King that held the seat of Tara was the high king of Ireland. This site predates Christ but was still utilised over the centuries and modified until Christianty came along even and built a church on the site. We had a drizzly day today but cleared up after we took the car back in Dublin. Stayed at the Harding hotel tonight. This has been the most luxurious accomodation we have stayed in though I think Dewhamill B&B was by far the best digs we had and the Paramount was pretty good in comparison to the Harding also. Commencing our tour tomorrow. Spent the afternoon in Dublin walking around Temple Bar. Got a couple of souviniers and had a pint of Killkenny for me an Irish pub with the live Irish music playing. Great.Read more

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    Day 7 - Battle of the Boyne

    October 9, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Today we left Bettystown after a crappy nights sleep at Reddans Bar and Grill B&B. Headed to the Battle of the Boyne location at Oldbridge in Meath. This was an interesting site and it was suprising to know this was where the biggest battle in Ireland and English history took place. The old Oldbrige house is a beautiful renovated estate that has the gardens as they were originally. Worth a look.
    From here we headed off to a old ruin that was an early roman cistercian order called Mellifont Abbey. They were constructed in 1142. It was the first roman catholic order in Ireland and this is where Catholiithism was first started in Ireland. We then travelled onto Monasterboice to the site of the earliest know christians in ireland. This is long before Roman Catholics days in Ireland and is thought to date back to the first century AD 521.
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    Day 6 - Travelling to Bettystown

    October 7, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Made a late start to the day as we stayed chatting to Margret and Patrick who owned the B&B at Dewhamill. Had a delicious Irish Breaky which kept us full most of the day. We headed to Carlingford which is an old medieval town that is thriving with eateries, pubs, hairdresses etc. Stopped for a cuppa and a very light lunch before we headed off to Bettystown. The day was mostly drizzly but only cold when the wind was blowing at Carlingford. We had to fill up with fuel for the first time since leaving Dublin here. (40 Euro).Read more

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    Day 5 Dewhamill, Northern Ireland B&B

    October 7, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Day started off with a fantastic breaky at Dewhamill B&B. This was a lovely B&B and we highly recommend it. From here we headed off to the Dark Hedges were they shot the last seen of season 2 of the Game of Thrones. From here we went to the Giants Causeway and then onto Bushmills Disillary. Both the Causeway and Bushmills were worth a visit. We stayed a second night at Dewhamill and dinner at the Elk.Read more

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