Wanted to share some glimpses of our stopover in Ireland on our way to visit my brother Jack in London (those photos coming soon!). We spent several days road-tripping throughout western Ireland, with a lovely bed + breakfast in Galway serving as our home base.
While we were a liiiiiiittle freaked driving on the wrong side of the road, we loved seeing the Irish countryside via car. Looks just how I had imagined it — endless rolling hills and sweet cottages, separating all the sheeps and cows from their neighbors with miles and miles of stone walls. And it was just as green as everyone says. We were after colorful rows of houses and all the castles we could find and Galway County did not disappoint.
We wrapped our time in Ireland with 24 rainy hours in Dublin and lots of Guinness at the Storehouse. Stay tuned for Londontown!
Scenes from Galway
We had an incredible meal at Kai Cafe + Restaurant in Galway. Impeccable service and divine flavors.
Scenes from Galway to Connemara National Park
Callback to our honeymoon and a similar color palette!
Our right-hand drive chariot for the week.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is worth a stop.
We did a quick and cloudy hike up Diamond Dome in Connemara National Park.
Kylemore Abbey is straight out of a fairytale.
Our favorite of all was Ashford Castle, formerly owned by the Guinness family and now a high-end golf course and hotel.
Our roadtrip took us by many a sheep and many a cow, but the baby lambs were always a favorite.
We spotted the Ross Errilly Friary in the distance at golden hour and knew we had to reroute our way to it for sunset. It is the best-preserved Franciscan monastery in the country and so beautiful.
Scenes from Inisheer + the Cliffs of Moher
We took a 45-minute ferry boat ride from Doolin out to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands. It is home to a shipwreck, a lighthouse, and some gorgeous turquoise waters. Only 250 people live on the three-kilometers-long island but it contains over one thousand miles of stone walls.
Our tour of the Cliffs of Moher was equal parts terrifying and gorgeous.
Our last dinner in Galway was at Moran’s Oyster Cottage which is over 250 years old.
Scenes from Dublin
Beautiful St. Stephen’s Green.
We had an excellent lunch at Bakehouse.