Welcome back to part four of my Ireland travel blog. This is the second to last post in the mini travel blog series, but I will continue to give you Irish entertainment blogs for these next couple of days. I hope you enjoy these posts and that they’ll get you in the St. Patrick’s Day mood. In this evening addition, I’m going to talk about the last four places my family visited before we returned home. These towns include Kinsale, Bantry, Blarney, and Kilfeacle.
7. Kinsale- This was a town we went to while we stayed in Bantry. It’s a colorful and artistic looking town with its bright colored buildings. They had a fantastic café there, The Lemon Leaf Cafe. It was nice and quaint with wonderful hospitality and food. The best thing we ordered there was the cheesecake. I’ll explain why it was so delicious on a separate Irish food blog. One of the best stops we had was at the small pub, The McCarthy’s Irish Pub. It was one of my Dad’s favorites because it was a pub with our namesake. It was cool to be there. While there, we even visited the Desmond Castle. We only did a small walk-through tour, but we got to learn some cool things like the wrecking of a ship in the bay, how it was a Customs House, and how at one time it was turned into a naval prison.
8. Bantry- The town of Bantry is a town that is right on the bay. This bay, of course, is known as Bantry Bay. The Airbnb we stayed at was neat. It was like a log cabin with two loft rooms where the beds were, and it had another small bed area under one of the stairs. The house was high on a hill overlooking the bay and some mountains were straight across from it. We stayed in Bantry the longest so the nights there were absolutely beautiful. Especially the sun sets. Oh, I should tell you that the sun sets late in the evening there. Like around ten to eleven pm. So, once you get over jet lag you’ll be staying up late, so you might want to find things to do in town or where ever you’re staying. I suggest books, playing board games, or even card games.
I also loved the beach that was near the Airbnb. It was a stone beach, so it was a load of fun to skips the rocks across the bay. A little tip about pebble/stone beaches, even though it’s warm you still might want to wear sneakers or water shoes to keep your footing. Trust me, it was slightly tricky to move over some rocks with flip-flops. The town was a wonderful place to walk around too. While we were in Bantry I just happened to be turning 23 and got to celebrate my birthday in a different country! What a birthday right? For my birthday my Mom and sister set us up with a horseback riding group there. Whether it’s your birthday or not I suggest you do it. It’s a fantastic way to learn about the nature of Ireland while seeing it on horseback. To be quite honest I can’t quite remember the stables we went to. The next place I went to for my birthday was the Bantry House and Garden. The Bantry House and Garden is a huge estate that you can tour around. There’s even a B&B and tea room on the estate as well. You can even have a wedding held there.
9. Blarney/Kilfeacle- Okay it’s a bit obvious what we did in Blarney. We went to the castle to go kiss the Blarney stone. We didn’t stay too long to explore the grounds since we were trying to get to our next Airbnb rather quickly. We didn’t know why we were rushing until later. We mostly stayed in the long line to go up to the stone and read a few facts about the stone in the process. To kiss the stone, you actually have to hold on to a guardrail and have a spotter slid you down and back up to kiss the stone. If you’re afraid of heights I recommend you just explore the grounds of the castle because kissing the stone is quite scary. If there were no guard rails and spotters to safely lower you down and back up you’d fall straight through the hole and to your death. So definitely don’t do it if you fear heights. Not to worry though it is still safe to do. If it wasn’t they’d probably block the hole off forever. That’s all for part four I’ll tell you about Kilfeacle in my last blog post. ‘til next time.