Postcard from Ireland : May 18, 2013

Don’t miss the postcards from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4!

Oh how I wish we had another day in Dingle!  While we saw all the “must see” attractions, I would have dearly loved another day to slowly wander the town and enjoy a pub or two.

But time was not on my side and we had reservations for the evening at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. 

Before I continue, I want to make one thing clear…  The amount of driving I am doing between stops and attractions of this trip is not what I recommend for families traveling in Ireland.  Do as I say, not as I do: Spend more time doing and less time driving.

Because we came onto the Dingle Peninsula from Killarney, we missed the dramatic entrance the Connor Pass provides.  So we departed the peninsula by that route.

Dramatic view from Connor Pass on the Dingle Peninsula

Dramatic view from Connor Pass on the Dingle Peninsula

We weren’t far down the mountain before I had to stop and get photos and video of the thick clouds as they moved over the mountain, forming and rolling as they reached the summit, completely blocking the highest points from view.

Thick clouds form over the mountains on the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Thick clouds form over the mountains on the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

We drove straight through to Adare, often called the most charming village in Ireland.  Before finding our hotel, we stopped for tea at what may be the most charming tea shop in Ireland: the Olde World Tea Room at Adare’s Old Creamery.

Olde World Tea Room at Adare's Old Creamery

Olde World Tea Room at Adare’s Old Creamery

Our tea and treats were divine.  But I’m going to keep in mind that, with 24 hour notice, you can reserve a complete afternoon tea.

Tea Tray at the Olde World Tea Room in Adare

Tea tray waiting for warmed scones

After a short stroll along Adare’s streets, we made our way to our hotel, Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, just outside the village.  As we entered our room, I stopped in my tracks.  While I knew it would be nice, I was unprepared for the sheer size and “grand-ness” that waited inside the door.

Main bedroom at Fitzgerald's Woodland's House Hotel in Adare

Main bedroom/ sitting room

Main bedroom at Fitzgerald's Woodland's House Hotel in Adare

More of the main bedroom/ sitting room

Twin beds in attached room at Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel, Adare

Attached bedroom for the kids

Such a stunning room!  After a bit of relaxating, we were off for our evening activity- Traditional Irish Night at Bunratty Castle.  Filled with music, dance and storytelling, the evening was filled with fun and laughter- and traditional Irish food!

Dancers at Traditional Irish Night at Bunratty Castle

Dancers at Traditional Irish Night at Bunratty Castle

Our drive back to the hotel was filled with adventure.  I’m pretty sure the faeries were having a joke on me as the signs I was following weren’t leading where I thought they should.  Those charming Irish roads- narrow, winding and lined with hedgerows- take on an entirely different feeling in the dark!

 

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