My family (Justin included) has finally gone back home. A week full of Irish landscapes, eating, and drinking. The western coast of Ireland is absolutely beautiful. We started in Galway and drove up the rugged northwest coast. Then we did the cliché tourist trap, cliffs of Moher (4th pic) along with a less known local spot, Cliffs of Kilkee (1st pic). Not a soul in site and a rainbow decided to add to the beauty. Doolin (2nd pic), the western town we stayed in, is the cutest music village that feels as Irish as you can get. On the way out we stopped by a few castles in Burnratty and Kilkenny.
November is definitely off season here. Most pubs and shops are shut down, which is a double edged sword. No tourists so you feel like a local, but also less to things to enjoy.
I did manage to achieve my second and final goal of the trip: finding the best glass of Guinness. In Doolin there is the most Irish pubby pub I’ve been too. This is where I enjoyed the most creamy, coffeey, fresh Guinness with the best vibe in Ireland.
With all that being said, I think I’m going to leave Ireland earlier than planned. I need to detox and shed some of this weight. So I’m going to take a few days to recharge staying with my lovely irish family once more and decide my next move. .
Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored to its former medieval splendour in 1954, and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art, capturing the mood of those times. ********************************************************🇧🇷 Bunratty Castle é a fortaleza medieval mais completa e autêntica da Irlanda. Construído em 1425, foi restaurado ao seu antigo esplendor medieval em 1954, e agora contém principalmente móveis do século XV e XVI, tapeçarias e obras de arte, capturando o clima daqueles tempos.
Bunratty Castle :(Irish: Caisleán Bhun Raithe, meaning "Castle at the Mouth of the Ratty") is a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. It is located in the centre of Bunratty village (Irish: Bun Ráite), by the N18 road between Limerick and Ennis, near Shannon Town and its airport. The castle and the adjoining folk park are run by Shannon Heritage as tourist attractions. Early History. Robert De Muscegros, a Norman, built the first defensive fortress (an earthen mound with a strong wooden tower on top) in 1250. His lands were later granted to Thomas De Clare who built the first stone castle on the site. About this time Bunratty became a large town of 1,000 inhabitants.
In 1318 Richard De Clare, son of Thomas was killed in a battle between the Irish and the Normans. His followers were routed and the castle and town were completely destroyed. The castle was restored for the King of England but was laid waste in 1332 by the Irish Chieftains of Thomond under the O'Briens and MacNamaras. It lay in ruins for 21 years until it was rebuilt by Sir Thomas Rokeby but was once again attacked by the Irish and the castle remained in Irish hands thereafter.