Saturday, 11 April 2015

Discover IRELAND: Kilkenny and Waterford


Lonely Planet has listed Ireland as one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2015.  

I've been to the country a couple of times but have only ever spent weekends. This time around, the Mr. and I decided to take advantage of the Easter bank holidays to take a longer break and explore Ireland by car. 

From London, we drove roughly four hours to Holyhead in Anglesey, Wales, to take the Irish Ferries to Dublin, which was our first stop. Follow me on Instagram for some in-the-moment shots en route to various parts of Ireland.

From Dublin, we drove down south to Waterford to visit some family. On the way, we made an unplanned stop at Kilkenny upon seeing the entrance of one castle along the road, which inspired us to drive into town to take some photos of Kilkenny Castle.







Above is Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny, the medieval capital of Ireland. It was built in 1195 and completed in 1213. One of its notable inhabitants was Lady Margaret, the Irish noblewoman daughter of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond. Born in the castle, she was the wife of Sir William Boleyn, and the paternal grandmother of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England, and Queen of England from 1533 to 1536.













I always ask the Mr to capture my aura, but that's not one of his very many talents. I think he nailed it though in this photo. The trick is to take it from a distance with a majestic sight in the background. Well done to him! :)


Waterford, Ireland is home to Waterford Crystal which belongs to the same luxury goods company as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton. As it was an overnight stay, we weren't able to book a guided tour in the factories. I love collecting crystal and it would have been such a wonderful experience. If you're in the area and have the time, click HERE to find out more about tour bookings.



Waterford is also home to the Mr's father's side of the family. From the kitchen, a stunning view of the coastline can be seen. After dinner, we went for a spin and ended up at Ballydowane Cove, one of the many dotted around the city.





On my Instagram account, I posted that much as I love tropical beaches (having spent my childhood in a coastal town in the Philippines), there's something soul-reviving with wintry ones that leave my occasional hedonism out of the picture. I also love that most beaches in Ireland are deserted. Every now and then, you'll bump into someone walking their dogs, running, or just breathing in the sea mist.



Down the path in the previous photo, we were greeted by the tranquility of the ocean. It was surprisingly warmer by the sea than inland.








The beauty of this country lies in its rich medieval history, unspoilt nature, and stunning coastline that are easily accessible but haven't been turned into tourist traps. At least not yet.


2015 is the year of the Wild Atlantic Way: Ireland's answer to California's Pacific Coast Highway and Australia's Great Ocean Road. The 2500km scenic drive snakes through much of the West, and is the world's longest defined coastal route. Next post, I'll take you to the roads, mountains, shores, and cliffs of the West Coast. You'll also be in for some live Irish country music for a treat!


See yah!




5 comments:

  1. I know exactly what you mean by tourist traps so I'm sure this was very refreshing for you living in London. I've worked in Belfast and spent one night but didn't get to see much other than the Titanic Quarter. Ireland has never been a place on my list to be fair but your (very professional) photos are very enticing - I guess that's the Canon, ha ha, although I recall you always took great photos. I hate driving long distance, including as a passenger so I'd probably take the plane but then I know you are more limited with where you can go when you get there. Hope you're well anyway my lovely xx

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  2. Wow totally gorgeous! I can see why Ireland is on the list of countries to visit! Being from Canada the trip can be quite expensive, but I will get there someday, hopefully soon! You are right your Mr. did take a great photo of you and the background is perfect! The crystal tour sounds like it would have been neat and I hope you get back there to see it! :) Your pictures are so gorgeous and I love to see the beautiful scenery and the history of a place I have never been too! So jealous! :)

    Rebecca
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  3. Yes, well done for your Mr. taking a brilliant shot of you with the phenomenal background. I think I wouldn't mind spending time in this particular part of Ireland. I love history, so this was a good post. Thanks. Through your photos it looks to be worthy of a 'top five' list of favourite places to visit. Enjoy the rest of your week. <3 xx
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  4. This castle looks magnificent! I want to visit it as well one day.

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  5. Just so gorgeous, love Ireland :) Though, I am partial to Scotland too ;) xx

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