October 2017
  • Day4

    Day 4 Traveling to Magherafelt N Ireland

    October 5, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    The day started magnificently with a beautiful morning. We headed off to Trim Castle located in the town of Trim. This castle was used in the Braveheart movie. The castle was constructed in the early 1100's. From here we headed up to Kells. Here we seen the celtic cross and some old cathedrals. We had lunch here in a little cafe and headed up to our accomodation for the next two evenings. The accomodation is Dewhamill B&B. Lovely place and our room overlooks the lake. Highly recommend it. For dinner we headed to the Elk.Read more

  • Day4

    Day 3 Dublin to Bru na boinne

    October 5, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Started the day at St Patricks Cathedral. There had beem a church on that site sice 800's. The new church on that site was constructed in 1191 and has many crypts inside it like the author of Gullivers travels, Harry Swift.
    We checked out of the Paramount Hotel today and jumped on the hop on hop off bus and travelled around to the old jail were we got off and walked a little ways to the Budget car hire place and we picked up a little car. From here we navigated out of Dublin taking a few wrong turns tring to get used to the Map.me app that is an offline app that proven to be very useful and it is a free app. We made our way to Bru na boinne which was around an hour up the road. A little longer as we took a couple of wrong turns and ended up on the M1 rather than the M50. We got there.
    We pulled into the visitor centre and when on a tour. Lucky for us today they were doing tours for free. Bonus! We got on the bus and went up to Bru na boinne or Knorth site were we walked around the site and found out about the Neolithic people that were at the site building these carnes between C.3000 - 2000BC. The carns were used to bury their dead in them, that much they know. Other than what they have discovered from excavating the sites they know very little else as information had not been passed down through the generations. Interesting place and quiet amazing how they managed to engineer such sturctures that the roof does not leak even to this day. They were constructed around the time pyrimids in Eygpt were constructed.
    We checked into Newgrange Lodge for the night and went to Slane Castle for dinner. Dinner was excellent and a great recommendation from the Lodgings.
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  • Day3

    Dublin Day 2

    October 4, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Spent the day exploring. Headed off to the Guinness Factory for a tour. Spent a few hours there. going through the distillary building. Great tour. From here we caught the hop on hop off bus and traveled around for a bit on it. We got of at Trinity College as we wanted to look at the old harp and the book of kells. The place was packed with people but mostly uni students and it was like a mad house so we didn't hang around. From here we walked up the road a bit and came across Molly Malones statue. Onwards from here we headed to Dublin castle which has the State rooms open for viewing. Very interesting place and they even went to details about the make up that the woman would wear that contained lead. Needless to say they did not live long as they died from lead posioning. They had lead in the white powder that was used to colour the hair white to. The price of vanity and status. From the castle we went up past St Patricks church to Teillings Distillary were we did a wisky tourn. This was good to and Clint got to have my share of the wisky so he had a double helping. The road we travelled along to get to and from the distillary was fantastic. Its a place I would enjoy living in i reckon. For dinner we went up to Dublin's oldest pub, the Brazen Head. It was established in 1198. We had the Irish Stew which was delicious and we struggled to eat it all. Weather was lovely today. No rain and the temp was around 11 degrees.Read more

  • Day1

    Dublin

    October 2, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Arrived in Dublin at lunch time. Flight was pretty good from Dubai but it was good to get off the plane after traveling 30 hours from Townsville with connecting flights. The weaterr was sunny and 11 degrees when we arrived but it was pretty windy,. We had purchased a Dublin 3 day pass before we left so we activated it at the airport by catching a connecting bus to the city at Oconnell bridge at Temple Bar not far from our hotel.
    We are staying 2 nights at the Paramount Hotel in Temple Bar.
    The afternoon was spent checking into our accomodation and wondering around the liffy looking around a bit. We headed over to Dublinina which was located at the rear of the old Christ Church Cathedral. This was actually a great way to start as we found out about Dublin's early history and how it was founded by the Vikings. The Cathedral was on the way out from the Viking ehibition. A beatuful old church that had rooms below it dating back to 12 century.
    After leaving the Cathedral, we heeaded down and along the liffy just for a look and tried to find Jamiesons distillary even though it is closed for renos at the moment we thought we might find it. We were unsuccessful as Clin't map didn't have it shown on it so we will try again tomorrow. We were getting hungry so decided to head back to a place called the larder. Lovely little place that we stopped into before heading off to the hotel (we coulldn't find the entrance to hotel and Clint needed to go to a loo). I needed a cuppa tea and we needed to get our bearings. This is the place we went back to for dinner. It is a lovely little place and the food is good as well as the people very friendly. We had dinner there and the chicken wings were amazing as well as the steak very tasty and headed back to the hotel as we were starting to get a bit spent from traveling.
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