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. We enjoyed just walking the two mile priory trail around the ruins, along the river, and through the village. You never know what you will find.
We found an old mill that reminded Elijah and I of The Old Mill in Hobbiton of the Shire. For those of you not familiar with Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I highly recommend reading the books or watching the movies before you go to Ireland. We had fun pretending we were actually there. I can check that childhood fantasy off my list now.
Elijah climbed up on an ancient wall to pose for a picture.
Mish found a more modern iconic artifact to pose with. Thanks to cell phones these old phone booths are now just decorations, but they do add to the ambiance.
From Kells Priory, we meandered our way to Waterford, which is world famous for its crystal.