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Tagged With: Road Trip

Where’s Bilbo Baggins?

We worked up quite an appetite walking around Muckross House and Gardens, so we decided to head into Killarney for some dinner. I happened to see a sign on the way into town advertising a Lord of the Rings themed pub. Being a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan, I could not pass it up. I was … Continue reading »

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Off to Kilarney!

Twice now we have passed up a chance to see Blarney Castle with its famous stone. According to Rick Steves and others, Blarney Castle is really more of a tourist trap than historic site, so once again we are going to pass it by.¬† If anyone has been there, please let us know what you … Continue reading »

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Back to Kinsale

Kinsale in County Cork is about as quaint picturesque Ireland as you can get. We visited this small seaport town ten years ago and fell in love with its colorful buildings, great food, beautiful harbor, and quaint shops. It is a great place to go for a relaxing vacation by the sea. Many Irish and … Continue reading »

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The Most Haunted House in Ireland

On the end of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford sits a desolate old mansion that locals say is haunted by the Devil. Loftus Hall, formerly Redmond Hall, has a long and turbulent past. We had not even heard of it, so were not planning on visiting. Elijah, however, learned of it from researching haunted … Continue reading »

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The Rock

If you say you’re going to The Rock in California, everyone would assume you’re going to Alcatraz¬† in San Francisco Bay, but in Ireland its the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, this hilltop ruin is immersed in legend and history. Irish myths tell … Continue reading »

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The Oldest City in Ireland

Long before it was known for crystal, Waterford was an important port city in south east Ireland. To be honest, we really had no interest in going to the famous Waterford Crystal factory. Even though it is internationally renowned we decided to pass it up. Maybe other family travelers can comment about it. An important … Continue reading »

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We Found the Shire!

Parts of the Irish countryside look like they’re illustrations for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Places like Kells Priory are as quintessential Ireland as you can get. Amazingly, many of these Irish ruins and historical points are free and, better yet, off the beaten path. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy an inexpensive family adventure. … Continue reading »

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Our Second Day and Second Castle

Kilkenny Castle is the ancestral home of Richard de Clare, aka Strongbow. You can’t visit Ireland without learning a little Irish history. Today, we learnt about Strongbow, not the cider but the man. The legendary Strongbow is a controversial figure in Irish history. To some he is a mighty hero and to others he is … Continue reading »

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Our First Irish Castle

Our family travels brought us to Trim, Ireland. Now that we were rested and fed, we were eager to explore Ireland. We were sad to leave Crannmor Country Guest House, but excited to explore Ireland. We said goodby to Marc and Ann and all of the farm animals and headed out on country roads for … Continue reading »

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First Stop: Trim

Day one of our Irish road trip! Family traveling in other countries is our passion! We love exploring new places as a family and we were very eager to get our adventure started. So, even after all the flying we headed for Trim. Trim is a small town in the Boyne Valley in County Meath … Continue reading »

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