Today I climbed a castle and kissed the Blarney Stone! #Ireland2018
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"“Gazing Into History”
On a normal road near Gortin, you could easily drive past this large patch of forest & see nothing of interest. Thousands drive pass each year never realising what lies hidden in the centre of this small forest. Nothing can be seen from any angle on the outside other than tall pine trees and dense woodland.
This is what lies completely hidden from the public for all these years! It was once a popular outdoor museum called the “Ulster History Park”. First opened in 1990 it was geniously constructed to include a monk's round tower, 2 castles, mills & various houses, standing stone circles, wedge/portal tombs, an artificial lake & island dwelling all to show visitors what life here in Ireland was like thousands of years ago.
I remember visiting this amazing park as a child & some of my most memorable family moments are from here. Sadly it declined & closed its doors over a decade ago. Nothing was ever touched & all remains just as it was on the very day it closed. Since then Mother Nature has started to slowly re-consume the entire park. It looks absolutely stunning now that it's all overgrown & actually looks like you are gazing back in time, witnessing how ancient Ireland once looked. In my opinion it is now a small Lost Kingdom. I hope my photo does some justice towards this park getting reopened someday. It is unique in this area and deserves to be appreciated by tourists & families of today.
Forgot about this gem I brought back. ( ok didn’t forget still unpacking) @seansbar Ireland oldest bar now has their own amazing whiskey. Drink it straight and you’ll see how smooth it is and it’s hint of fruity taste. So good. And not sold here yet. Add that to my collection #IrishWhiskeyCabinetIsFull #Ireland2018
Can’t believe it’s been one whole year since I’ve been home from #bshannonsgrandadventure! This year has flown by and not a single day has passed that I don’t wish I was still looking at views like this everyday. Here’s to the next adventure! 🥂 #ireland2018 #crashingweddings #travelbug #lessthan2monthstogo
Sad to say our trip to Ireland has come to a close....not without some highlights though! Kissed the Blarney Stone to gain a bit of eloquence, saw where the Titanic picked up its last passengers before meeting its tragic demise, took a scenic drive through the Sally Gap, and ended the trip with a gorgeous sunset on the beach and dinner with my trip date! #Ireland2018 #BlarneyCastle #BlarneyStone #Cork #Cobh #SallyGap #Portmarnock
Allllllll the selfies today! Y’all, it was the best day. 💚💚💚💚 this man...he following me from place to place, sharing my excitement, taking all the pictures of me wandering fairy gardens and petting ponies, doing literally anything I wanted and doing it all with a genuine smile. The reality of his loving me still takes my breath away. I don’t know how I possibly got so lucky 🍀 #grateful #blessed #love #besthusband #anniversarytrip #henningadventure18 #ireland2018
Today’s agenda, Blarney Castle, Blarney House, Rock of Cashel, Hores Abbey, and the Irish National Stud! I’ll post more photos of all of them just on Facebook, there are a TON. 💚💚💚 #blarneycastle is actually our favorite attraction we saw, even though it was the most expensive attraction at €18 pp, we both felt like it was a deal. We went early before it was crowded, so we explored all over the Castle ruins, before and after we climbed the tower to kiss the Blarney Stone. It was a bit of a challenge for me since I’m TERRIFIED of heights, and my ankle makes climbing anything challenging, but climbing 13th century stone steps really difficult. But man, it was worth it! The gardens are absolutely amazing, and the grounds are huge. I feel like we saw only a small part in two hours. Blarney House is closed after the summer, but even the outside is crazy impressive. Cork and Killarney stole my heart! Rock of Cashel was just beautiful, and photos can’t capture the awe of approaching that massive stone with the ancient ruins on top. Lots more climbing lol...but the architecture was worth it. It includes religious buildings from the 12th-13th centuries, but the history of the rock dates back much further, to the crownings of ancient kings centuries before the Norman invasion. The Hores Abbey ruins are just down the hill from The Rock and have a rather unfortunate history but are beautiful and very quiet. The National Stud was a last minute addition to the itinerary last night but I’m SO GLAD we went! It’s gorgeous, the horses are stunning, and the Falabella ponies are adorable. A fitting last day for our 10 day tour of Ireland! #tiredtiredtourists #blarneycastle #blarneyhouse #rockofcashel #horesabbey #irishnationalstud #alltheprettyhorses #ireland2018 #henningadventure18 #anniversarytrip