I love how you never risk having a case of the Mondays while on vacation! In fact, you get to do things like choose to sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast…just because! This is exactly what we did before heading to Blarney Castle. Since we didn’t arrive at the opening time, I knew we would likely miss out on kissing the Blarney stone. We jumped in line, but after 20-30 minutes of barely moving, we bailed. I guess I’ll have to go back to secure the gift of eloquence…or whatever the stone gives. I just couldn’t justify spending our entire day in line. However, I still really enjoyed the grounds around the castle. The gardens were so beautiful! And, we saw our first leprechaun!
Blarney Castle was built in 1446, but it is actually the third castle to be built on this site. It was so much taller than I expected!
‘Someone’ thought this counted as kissing the Blarney Stone…
Stop #2 was Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farm near Killarney. The house was completed in 1843. It sits in the Killarney National Park, so the scenery around the house is really amazing. Queen Victoria even visited this home in 1861.
It was SO windy, so we only spent a little bit of time in the extensive gardens. I thought my mom would enjoy the traditional working farms, so we visited them, too. Other than seeing some really adorable piglets, I was not impressed.
Our drive to Kenmare was a bit terrifying, but it also offered incredible views! The “Ladies View” was particularly spectacular!
We stayed at the Park Hotel Kenmare, which was one of my favorites of the trip! It’s been in business since 1897, and it was oozing with charm! The town was tiny, but like most of these little towns, it was colorful and full of little shops. We also had a really delicious dinner at Mulcahy’s Wild Garlic Restaurant in town.
A room with a view is a lovely way to end a Monday…