The Emerald Isle – 3rd & 4th day

We had no time to spare and were off on more adventures the next morning. Our mornings began really early around 5 or 6 with a quick breakfast in our villa. We ended up going to a local grocery store and figured breakfast would be easy to make with eggs, ham, and cheese between some bread! Simple ingredients, but they were delicious and wonderfully fresh!

I love castles, who doesn’t, right? We visited two different castles on the 3rd and 4th days that took up most of the day. On the first day, we visited Blarney Castle and Gardens. This castle has a famous ‘Blarney Stone’ that is meant to be kissed for good luck. Many line up at the top of the Castle to kiss the bottom of this stone. The grounds of the castle were beautiful and easily took up several hours of exploration! We then headed to the city of Cork and visited the English Market. The second day, we visited Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. This was a special castle in that it was mainly intact with representations of what it may have looked like at some point. It was attached to a folk park that had a little village and other houses representing the time during the Castle’s period. Lastly, we were able to squeeze in a hike in Sheepshead way that offered breathtaking views!

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We started out at Blarney Castle
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It was intact from the outside
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It’s astounding to see up close like this!
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The interior was captivating as well
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There was a fireplace still intact even though the floor fell away!
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Really cool to explore all over!
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The views from the top showed beautiful fields
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The skeleton of the castle that is left over gives a good image of what castles were like.
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We then started exploring the grounds and came across various things
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There was a fern garden on the grounds as well
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The steps were intricate on the way down!
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There was a beautiful waterfall mixed in with the fern garden
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There was also a cave located on the grounds
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We were actually able to go inside and explore! Pictures inside didn’t turn out great due to how dark it was.
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This was a picture from the other side of the castle grounds. Extremely impressive!
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Beautiful gardens and stone walls throughout
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More beautiful gardens
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Absolutely lovely to walk around!
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More waterfalls spread throughout!
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There were walkways built among gardens
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Lovely walk through trellis
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We just had to take a picture inside of it
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The wishing steps were fun and one of the last attractions to see!
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The drive to Cork was interesting full of colorful houses! Even though it was raining, we were able to get some good pictures!
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The English Market had a lot of fresh produce, meats, seafood, and locally produced goods.
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Such cute cobble stone alleys that led us to a pub and then we headed home.
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Bunratty Castle was impressive!
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The setting was done well to really depict the right times!
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This was the great hall.
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This was a common area.
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The staircases in the castles were difficult to climb.
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The rooms were surprisingly small!
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This appears to be a King’s chamber.
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The grounds had a delicious dessert shop that had homemade desserts that were to die for along with tea! A must reprieve after all of the castle exploring.
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Interesting period dated homes throughout the grounds!
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On our drive back out towards Sheepshead way, we couldn’t help from taking pictures of interesting buildings.
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As we began our hike through Sheepshead way, the weather and views were amazing!
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It started to drizzle a little bit while we were spotting some sheep!
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And then it began to rain much harder as we were deep into our hike with nothing around, but sheep to keep us company!
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There were these adorable little lambs feet away from us!
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And more gorgeous scenery.
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And a final close up of the cutest lamb!