GalwayyJune 19, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C
Went to a whisky distillery.
Went to a whisky distillery.
Leider war das Schloss nicht für Besucher geöffnet - halt absolute Nebensaison.
Charleville Castle is a Gothic-style castle located in County Offaly, Ireland, bordering the town of Tullamore, near the River Clodiagh. It is considered one of the finest of its type in the country.
OK, getting the hang of this posting thing, so I will correct my previous little blurb--we ended up with an empty seat between us, of which I took full advantage for about an hour of the 6-hour flight.😀
Our first day has been good. Arriving to dreary, overcast skies, we picked up our little rental car and headed 15 mins away for our first castle, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, enjoying rain-free skies and cool weather. This castle gives a very authentic glimpse into life in a medieval castle and village. From there we drove 1.5 hrs to our first castle stay, Kinnitty Castle. No rain today (yay!), so we took a walk through the castle's forest and have decided to have an early dinner and get some sleep (3 hrs of plane "sleeping" for Bruce and 1 hr for me over the last 32 hrs is catching up with us and we've got places to go and castles to see!) and aside from the lousiest sandwich we've ever had (can't recommend the tea room at Bunratty) and the flat tire we got on our way into Kinnitty's grounds (thankful it didn't happen on the road, and thankful for renter's insurance, although they could only put the spare on until we get to a larger town, but at least we can keep going!), we are very happy with our first day in Ireland😊 Good night!Read more
We started off the day today with a beautiful day blue sky and a visit to the Tullamore Distillery, one of Jon's favorite whiskeys. As we've toured many distilleries, nothing out of the ordinary per say, but a must stop. Next we hit the road and found a local graveyard to explore. Found a marker with the name Lawton, as so many names changed in immigration, could this be where Lawson originated? Next up came the Charlesville Castle. It is currently be renovated, but that's what Jon like about it. You could still see it in a state of some ruin. Antonio was our guide and still learning English, but did a great job. At the entrance to the castle was a 900 year old Oak, pretty amazing. I had forgotten from my time in England that things either don't open or close early on Sundays. Finding food for dinner became a challenge. We finally moved onto Althone, where Jon's ancestors were baptised and found it to be a very booming city. We came upon Murphy's Law (pub) and got pizza and a beer. I noticed a man at the bar that in my opinion resembled Jon so I asked him his name. Low and behold it was Thomas Curley. What are the chances? A distant relative only God knows, but it was nice talking to him. Found a last minute B&B to stay at so turned in for the day.Read more
What a day. It has officially been at least 48 hours since I've slept. I'm not even going to talk about the stressful flight, we made it to Ireland! There's already so many stories, like the rental car dude, driving on the wrong side of the road, and getting lost multiple times in Dublin. We started at the Guinness factory and did the tour of how it's made, ending at the Gravity Bar with our free pints and a 360° view of the city. From there we made our way to our AirBnB in Birr. Since arriving in Birr we've all been pretty delirious but managed to stay awake until 10:30. We brought our bags in and took a walk around the cute little town. We saw the outside of Birr Castle, got fish and chips (It's national fish and chips day, they were half off), and wandered for a bit before returning to the beautiful house we're staying in. We talked about plans for tomorrow and the rest of our time and are now ready for bed. I would honestly go into more details but I cannot tell you the last time I've been this tired. So enjoy some pictures instead!
Sidenote: it crossed my mind this morning that I didn't clarify something about out the Guinness storehouse yesterday. I definitely did not finish my beer, nor did Becky or Sarah. It matters though cuz I am the one driving so I really just sipped on it for about 5 minutes and left it there.Read more
Pup gefunden und niedergelassen. Für Speis und Trank ist gesorgt.
Die Bilder sprechen für sich, so muss ich nicht sagen was es zu essen und zu trinken gab.
Nach dem Essen gab es noch Live Musik und das an einem Dienstagabend.
Nach einer zweiten Runde Jameson und ein, zwei Ständchen wurde die Zeche bezahlt und es ging zurück zum B&B.Read more
Nach den rund sechs Kilometer zum Charleville Castle (hin & zurück) ging es erst mal zum Mittagessen in die Destillerie Tullamore. Hier wurde traditionell Fish & Chips gespeist bevor es im Anschluss zur Whiskey Verkostung ging.
Leider nix verstanden aber der Whisky 🥃 war lecker.
Ein wenig Streetfotografie aus Tullamore.
Tullamore (irisch Tulach Mhór „Großer Hügel“) ist eine Stadt in der Grafschaft Offaly in der Republik Irland.
Tullamore hat 11.375 Einwohner (Stand: 2011), befindet sich in den irischen Midlands und ist die Hauptstadt der Grafschaft Offaly. Es ist das wirtschaftliche und industrielle Zentrum der Region. Bekannt ist der Ort international insbesondere durch die Whiskeymarke Tullamore Dew. (Wikipedia)Read more
Bei wunderbaren Wetter haben wir heute morgen kurzfristig umdisponiert und besuchen die Distillery in Tullamore. Na Ja, und Kilbegaan liegt ja gleich daneben 😉🥃. Wird wohl ein von Disziplin geprägter Tag... 😂😂😂
Das erste Ziel war Tullamore. Die Strecke ins Landesinnere war eher mäßig, aber wir hatten ja ein Ziel. In Tullamore selbst steht die eigentliche Distillery am Ortseingang. Das Vistors Center hingegen mitten in der Stadt. Das ganze wirkte sehr künstlich. Von Tradition war nichts zu spüren. Eigentlich schade!
Anders hingegen im 16 Km entfernten Kilbegaan. Tradition überall wo hin du schaust. Hier wird auch der Peated Singel Malt Connemara hergestellt.
Leider war Disziplin angesagt, so das wir uns mit einem Irish Coffee im Innenhof begnügten.
Auch heute hatten wir natürlich zum Ziel noch ein paar Kilometer auf dem Wild Atlantic Way zu fahren. So ging’s also erst zurück nach Galway und von hier wieder weiter Richtung Connemara Naturschutzgebiet. Übernachtet wird in Clifden.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Uíbh Fhailí, Uibh Fhaili, County Offaly