The Planning Stage

After several attempts to get to Ireland, we’re finally doing it! A Mom and Daughter trip of epic proportions. Ok, maybe not epic but it will certainly be grand!

We’ve got our flights booked and have booked accommodations for 10 nights thus far. We have decided to try AirBnB versus traditional B&Bs and hotels. Although, we may end up staying in a hotel in Dublin.

Dublin, Meath, Galway, Mayo, Ring of Kerry, Cobh and back to Dublin is the itinerary.

We’ll stay three nights in Meath at a lovely home just minutes from Newgrange. I am super excited to explore ancient Ireland, to visit the Boyne Valley, Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Loughcrew, and especially the Hill of Tara – the ancient seat of the high king, and hoping to connect to the faerie energy and maybe the Tuatha Dé Danann.

Then we’re off to Galway for a night in an authentic, rustic castle. This castle is unlike any commercial-grade castle we viewed online. You’ll have to wait for the pictures to believe it when you see it!

We will spend the majority of our time on the west side of Ireland in County Mayo. It is here where I believe my ancestors hailed from and I want to experience it the way the locals do so we have reserved a traditional cottage in Louisburgh that overlooks the sea. This will be our home base while we travel around visiting sights and popping into pubs to ask “Is Mr. Quinn here?” Wouldn’t it be cool if someone answered, “why yes, he’s right here!” and he turns out to be a relative.

After exploring Mayo, Roscommon and Galway, we’ll head south and it’s here our itinerary ends for the time being. We will be visiting the Cliffs of Moher (did you know the Cliffs of Moher made an appearance in a Harry Potter movie?), the Ring of Kerry, Rock of Cashel and many other sights.

So we still have a few days and nights to plan for, and a car to book, but Mom is on top of it. She enjoys the planning much more than I do and is really good at it, so I’m leaving it in her capable hands.

 

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