If you haven't read Part 1 of my Ireland Vacation go here.
We arrived in Killarney that afternoon and our little (timeshare) cottage was waiting for us! Everything in our "neighborhood" looked pretty much the same.
Kate Kearney's Cottage which is an adorable place near the Gap of Dunloe we discovered on our previous trip. We got lucky b/c a tour group came in for dinner, traditional music and step dancing which we got to watch too! I bought a really cute hate in the gift shop (which you will see later in pictures)!
Kerry Glass is located just a few miles outside of downtown and we never knew about it before. All the glass is made using recycled pieces (so wine bottles, pickle jars, etc are crushed up and melted). The owner/artist, Terry was so kind and gave us a "tour" of his studio and showed up how it all works. I got a small pitcher but you'll have to wait until a later post to see what it looks like!
Cobh (pronounced Cove) which is a port city and was the last port of call for the Titanic in 1912. We visited the Cobh Heritage Center to learn more about the events around the Titanic and other ships. It was really interesting. It seems that this display/museum is always here but there were also additional things in town for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. Of course I've seen the movie but it was really interesting to see this side of the story and to also learn about other ships that sank or crashed. . . so many people lost their lives.
Passage West which is the town across the water from Cobh. This was the view while we were waiting for the ferry to take up back. Such a pretty view. I love how they paint the houses all different colors, this is especially common in the towns on the water.
South County which is just one of the many stops we made at places on the Irish Whisky Trail.
We then went to Cork City. It is the biggest city in Ireland after Dublin but really not too much to do besides shopping which is difficult since most of the stores close at 5/5:30. We walked around for a little bit and then decided to head home. I didn't take any pics b/c there really wasn't anything that caught my eye as picture worthy! (No offense to anyone who lives in Cork City.)
Bunratty which is now right up there with one of my favorite towns in Ireland. Not only was it a beautiful day but it was such a cute area I couldn't help but love it. We saw the most adorable Bed and Breakfasts and beautiful homes in the area.
We had lunch at Creamery Bar which is also on the Irish Whisky Trail. Funny story - Allan had been talking about "the creamery" and the whole time I of course am assuming it is a place for ice cream. They were pretty confused when I made a reference to eating ice cream for lunch and I was pretty disappointed to find out instead I'd be eating more pub food! Ha!
We had to get some pictures in front of Durty Nelly's. This old fashion Bulmers truck was parked in front and I love Bulmers so of course had to pose with it!
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. You can't be in Ireland without seeing a castle! This was was different than others I've seen b/c it was decorated to look like it would have looked when people lived there. We were able to climb the very tight stair cases to the very top and it was a gorgeous view!
Ross Hotel. It is very modern and during a previous trip one of the Sex and the City movies was premiering in Ireland and they were having a big party on the night we decided to go. This time it was much quieter and my mom and I enjoy a delicious martini.
That is all for now. Come back to read Part 3 which will be about our last few days in Ireland!