When Irish Eyes are Smilin'
"Recently went on the Ireland Trip with Tracy and Kim. I really liked the small group and how everything was planned out for you. Tracy and Kim do an awesome job and are so friendly. We had a great group of girls on this trip. I would highly recommend this company and hope to take another trip with them in the future." - Sue S.
Check out the video highlights of our trip to the Emerald Isle. It was an absolute blast!
Croagh Patrick, Ireland's Most Holy Mountain
Seven strangers became a tight knit group of Ireland loving women after 8 days of actively traveling together. We hit the ground running (or hiking should we say?) as one of our first stops was a hike on Croagh Patrick, Ireland's most holy mountain. The weather was rough, the hike was strenuous, but we all ventured out as far as we felt necessary to feel accomplished on this holy hill.
The reward? Our first taste of Guinness at the local pub at the bottom of this sacred spot. We all warmed up together, bragged about our chance to set foot on Croagh Patrick, and clinked our dark foaming glasses in victory.
The Island of Inishmore and Dún Aonghasa
The Island of Inishmore brought more fun activity as we rented bikes and pedaled our way to Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric stone fort overlooking the Atlantic. A little rain, a lot of cattle, and much history to behold. Hold on to your hats ladies! The wind caught us by surprise walking to the ancient cliffside fort.
Dingle Bay Kayaking and Fungie
Among the highlights of the trip (there were many!) was our kayaking excursion in Dingle Bay. It was a day of sunshine, warmer temperatures, smooth waters, and eye-popping viewpoints from the cockpits of our kayaks. It was fun to have the local playful dolphin, Fungie, pop up alongside us as we paddled.
The local pubs drew us in at night as the music spilled out into the streets when the doors were opened. Warm air wafted out at us, calling us to come in and have a pint. Of course, some of us had to try our hand at a few of the local traditional dance moves which received an applause or two and quite a few entertaining bouts of laughter.
Dublin: Castles, Cathedrals, and Pubs
We can't forget our time spent in the "Big Smoke" as well. Dublin has much to offer the history buff and entertainment seeking tourist. We had the opportunity to tour Trinity College, ride topside of a double decker bus, take in the magnificence of Christ Church Cathedral, and enjoy a meal of bangers and mash.
Our morning meals would not have been notable had we not ordered the typical Irish breakfast: baked beans, stewed tomatoes and all!
Wait! We said "notable" breakfasts! Have you ever tried Irish porridge with a side of Bailey's Irish Cream? Another morning breakfast option we all said we could easily become accustomed to!
Our travels took us from Dublin to Westport, the Aran Islands, Doolin, Dingle, Killarney National Park, Sneem, Cashel, and Kildare. We covered a lot of the lush green country of Ireland. We understood, after our days of travel, why this country is known as the Emerald Isle. Green it is! We'll be back Ireland! We'll be back!