Ireland Itinerary Part 3

Our final day in Ireland brought us from one coast to the other. We traveled East from Galway to Dublin where we arrived at the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed at. I feel like accommodations are never my favorite part of a trip- my family normally goes with a “just stay to sleep and eat kind of deal.” However, Carton House blew my mind. The grounds were magnificent and we felt like we were staying in an updated version of the mansions here in Newport. It was interesting to see the clash between modern and historic in the hotel. The space itself was huge and it took at least ten minutes to get from the lobby to your room. The hallways were full of artwork and the chic amenities (bar, restaurant, cafe, etc) were perfect for an afternoon snack (and cocktail!)

It was interesting to see the clash between modern and historic in the hotel. The space itself was huge and it took at least ten minutes to get from the lobby to your room. The hallways were full of artwork and the chic amenities (bar, restaurant, cafe, etc) were perfect for an afternoon snack (and cocktail!)

We spent a good portion of the afternoon after our arrival exploring the grounds. Carton House sits on a couple golf courses so there is space to spare. If we had had more time, I wish we could’ve walked some of the nature trails they provide. However, a stroll through the rose gardens did the trick, allowing us to stretch our travel-exhausted bodies.

There wasn’t a huge amount of time for an afternoon at Carton House, especially because we had tickets for the Guiness Brewery. We went right into downtown, waited in line for a bit, then strolled right in.

Guinness felt like an amusement park, with beer. It was really neat to see the process of brewing, but I have to confess, I was a little overwhelmed. It was nice to take things slowly, though and let the crowds pass at their own pace. All the lights and smells really pulled together the production they were putting on.

I loved that there was an option at Guinness to do a flight tasting. We had been drinking pints of Guinness all through Ireland, so it was a neat change. Plus, I had no idea Guiness made more than just stout. Even though our whole family has slightly different preferences, we all really enjoyed our tasting. The environment is fun and the enthusiasm of people around really make the atmosphere enjoyable.

After our Guinness excursion, we went back to Carton house for a delicious dinner and a long rest. We were headed to London the next day and my grandparents were heading home. The hardest part of any trip is saying goodbye, especially because I feel like I can never thank them enough for everything they’ve given us, taking us to all these beautiful places. While the travel might be brief, the memories last.

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