Jody Piotter and Carri Kersten, travel specialists in our Oshkosh Travel Agency and Manitowoc Travel Agency have been traveling on an escorted tour of Ireland with Brendan Vacations and have these day-by-day highlights they’ve been sharing on Facebook!
Ireland – Day 1
1st day in Ireland…Yeah!! Did a city tour of Dublin, went to Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells, happy hour at the hotel- compliments of Brendan Vacations and on to the Temple Bar area for an evening of music and Guinness. First impressions of Ireland? The friendliest people we’ve ever met while traveling through Europe.
Ireland – Day 2
Visited the Waterford Crystal Factory today….marvelous… and yes, I left some wonderful pieces behind for our Fox World Travel customers. We arrived in Cork and the sites during our bus ride were wonderful. Much like Wisconsin but MUCH greener and lots of sheep. We are going to check out the downtown area and find a nice pub with some Irish music. Tomorrow is a big day as we have to kiss a Blarney Stone….stay tuned.
Ireland – Day 3
From Jody: The day started with the Jameson Distillery…this still doesn’t make me a whiskey fan but it was a lot of fun. After this adventure it was off to a visit of the Blarney Castle which was exciting …150 step climb inside the castle walls led us to the area that we could hang upside down and kiss the Blarney Stone. This… is a “must do”. I ended the day participating in the Jaunting Car excursion through the Killarney National Park. A Jaunting car is a horse drawn carriage ride with an Irish guide and I must say that I truly felt like I was on Ireland. My head, of course, did not hit the pillow without visiting the local pub for a Smithwick’s, singing and dancing. This is the friendliest country I have ever been too.
From Carri: Kissed the Blarney Stone! First we toured the Jameson Distillery and participated in the whiskey tasting. Then off to Blarney to climb the 150+ steps up to the top of castle, lay down, hang upside down and kiss the stone. I should now have the gift of eloquence. We’ll see about that.
Ireland – Day 4 and 5
From Jody: Oh My Gosh!!! These last two days have been FABULOUS! The scenery of Ireland has shown it’s true colors, most of which is GREEN; however we went to the Cliff’s of Moher today and it was breathtaking. You walk up this paved path not knowing what’s on the other side and once you reach the crest your breath is ta…ken away. You are standing on top of an enormous cliff with the waters of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the cliffs. If I came home tomorrow, the trip would have been worth it BUT I have 6 more days to go…Yeah. We also went to a sheep farm, had homemade scones and watched the process of grooming a sheep of it’s wool. This has been a GREAT day and I can’t wait until tomorrow. If Ireland wasn’t on your “bucket list” it needs to be added. More updates tomorrow as we have a free day in Galway.
From Carri: Cliffs of Moher today – absolutely stunning! This afternoon we visited a local farm for afternoon tea and scones along with a sheep shearing demo (nothing new for me) and I got to bottle feed a new lamb. Tomorrow’s agenda? A segway tour of Galway. Wish me luck!
Ireland – Day 6
From Jody: I took a city tour of Galway and drove my own segway and it was a blast. The city is very old and quaint with side streets for shopping, waterfalls and the beautiful ocean water of Galway Bay. You could participate in an optional tour of the Aran Islands; however we decided to stay put and learn about the sites of the city. The weather has been as expected- a little bit of rain, a little bit of sunshine and a little bit of wind. Enjoying the ever changing topography as we head to Northern Ireland on Saturday.
From Carri: The segway tour was a blast! I think I need one of those things for home. We were zipping around the busy streets of Galway in no time. We are now up in Northern Ireland. Toured the Belleek factory today where they make fine pottery. Yes, I bought a few things for home. The scenery up here is even more beautiful than that of southern Ireland. Forty shades of green.
Ireland – Day 7
Toured the Belleek Pottery building today. This is where they make the famous Belleek fine china and yes, I’m having some items shipped to my home. This is a piece of Ireland that I will have forever and can pass on to my family.
Topography….Johnny Cash wrote a song “Forty Shades of Green” as a result of his visit to Ireland. Need I say more? The scenery continues to take my breath away as we head North. We are spending 2 nights in Letterkenney with a tour tomorrow of the Glenveagh National Park. I continue to meet the friendliest people.
Ireland – Day 8
From Jody: Today was a visit to Glenveagh National Park which was fabulous despite all the rain. We did some walking on the trails, took many photos of the incredible rhododendrons with their vibrant shades of fuchsia and orange. Walked up the stairs of the Glenvaugh Castle and took many shots of the lakes and cliffs. It was a short day and we were back at the hotel by 2:00. Very nice to have some free time to walk the streets of Letterkenny and to take in a few winks of “shut eye”. Tomorrow is the Giant’s Causeway. So far the scenery of Northern Ireland has exceeded my expectations.
From Carri: Visited Glenveagh National Park today and toured the castle that overlooks the lake. We hiked the trails and gardens – in the wind and rain. It was beautiful despite the weather. Tomorrow we change our Euros into pounds as we cross the border and visit Giants Causeway. Looking forward to it!
Ireland – Day 9/10
We visited Giants Causeway – the highlight of my Ireland trip. Now I know why some call this the Eighth Wonder of the World. Spent the day in Belfast, another very interesting city. Back to Dublin tomorrow for the last leg of our journey.
More to come…
Are you interested in an escorted or independent vacation to Ireland? Jody and Carri would be happy to assist in helping you plan this exciting bucket list opportunity!
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