On to Ireland!
The second part of our European adventure brought us down to Dublin, which was a short drive away from our hotel in Barna, a small harbor town outside of Galway. We chose Galway as our hub city because it was a smaller town, nestled away on the coast. Amazingly enough, we arrived just in time for race week, but more on that later.
Barna is a small city and there isn’t much around, but the Twelve Co. where we stayed was wonderful and served ice cold Balmers so overall we couldn’t complain. Plus, it was a five minute walk to the water which I love.
One of the biggest attractions on our Ireland list was the Cliffs of Moher. It was a bit of a drive from Galway, but the route up the coast was spectacular. I had never seen so many cows in my life.
The Cliffs themselves are breathtaking (and slightly nerving) and we had so much fun walking the trails and watching the waves crash. The kids really enjoyed having open space to explore and I liked that the farther down the trail you got, the less crowded it became. One thing I have to say for many of the ‘tourist attractions’ on our trip is that the crowds did get a bit crazy sometimes.
After a few hours at the Cliffs of Moher, we headed over to Mountain View Stables where we had reserved horses for a trail ride. For two hours we trotted through some of the most beautiful countryside I had ever seen. I could easily move there, hands down. The horses were sturdy and calm the entire ride, which was great seeing as it was my cousin Aubrey’s first time riding.
If you’re looking to visit Ireland, I would highly suggest sticking to the north-west. The views really were like nothing I had seen before. And while it was a bit of traveling, our first day in Ireland was pleasantly relaxing- especially considering what we had in store the following day.