Saturday, 31 August 2013

5 Counties in 24 Hours

Hubby and I went off for a night away and stayed in Richmond House in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. It was like a mini Downton Abbey and I really liked it a lot. But that's only a small part of the weekend.

Day 1:
LÉ Aoife
So our starting point was Waterford and we got to see a biker festival in the town, as well as a tour of the LÉ Aoife naval vessel, these were two things that we had no idea we were going to do we just came across them by accident. 

Biker Festival
We got to to Richmond House after that, and the place was magnificent, it has a warm relaxed atmosphere. The surrounding gardens were beautiful and you can even have a game of croquet as you relax. The house is known for it's exceptional food but because we were on the go the whole time we didn't get the chance to eat there, but heard loads of people complimenting the food while we were there.

Yougal, Sea Festival
That evening we then took a tip to Yougal in Co. Cork, once again we came across something not planned....Their sea festival, with their very own Elvis impersonator ha ha. It was very family orientated and know that if Lillibug was with us she would have delved right in for a bit of dancing so hoping to bring her next year to it.

(Can you tell I'm married to a movie buff?) Yougal

So back to the hotel for some well earned sleep in the most comfortable bed..........

Day 2:
Mount Melleray Abbey
We went first to see Mount Melleray Abbey which is home to a community of Cistercian (Trappist) Monks, the abbey was bigger than I expected and the drive to has gorgeous surroundings...

The Vee Gap
On the road again and we decided to take the Vee gap from Waterford to Tipperary which has the most stunning panoramic views.
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
We ended up stopping for a light lunch in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and a little walk to stretch the legs, we've had two days of beautiful sunshine so needed to top up on the suncream.

Kilkenny Castle

We were on our way home when I suggested we take a detour and go to Kilkenny. We went to my favourite place which is Kilkenny Castle. It's a stunning castle with stunning walks around it.

New Ross
We finally ended up in New Ross, Co. Wexford (nearly home now). New JFK memorials have been put up where JFK visited and gave a speech (every time I bring it up my dad likes to tell me that he was there!). The Dunbrody Famine ship stunningly resides on the quay and is so educational and fun to visit.

So that's it, I may have gone overboard on the pictures but I do get click happy when I am the tourist :-)

The counties visited were:
1. Waterford.
2. Cork.
3. Tipperary.
4. Kilkenny.
5. Wexford.

It was a great 24 hours of exploration and can't wait till Lillibug is old enough for the heavy travelling like this. By the time I had reached 5 years of age I had visited every county in the Republic of Ireland and had a little map that I would tick them off on, so would love for Lillibug to do the same but she isn't as fond of travelling in the car as I am so we will have to wait and see.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a lovely time! You'll have to let me know when ye are headed my direction ;)

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    1. It was awesome and so unexpected which usually makes for the best times. Of course i will let you know if we are ever up your way any excuse to meet again ;)

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  2. Sounds like you had a blast! I have got to see more of our little Island whenever I do return home! :) xx

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    1. So much to offer and with the summer we had this year it was just amazing to go on a little adventure xx

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