(originally posted on 20 Oct 2018)
Welcome back for the third and final travel diary Ireland edition! Today I am going to be reminiscing on our final full day in Ireland where we visited the cute town of Cork to explore Blarney Castle + kiss the Blarney Stone!
Before the real adventure started we took the city bus a few miles out of town and briefly (very briefly) visited Conor McGregor’s gym! Then we rushed our way back to town and hit the ground running.
What an adventure this day was! It was a lot of back and fourth on if we were going to make this adventure, we had major trouble buying train tickets online (which was a must because they were much much cheaper) but we kept getting error messages and the money returned to our bank account. We were almost at the point of giving up but it was something we wanted to do so badly! So we decided to suck it up, make our way to the station, and pay the ridiculous train fair. Luckily, Andrew was able to use his student discount so we did get to save a little bit of money!
We took a 2/3 hour train ride from Dublin to Cork and a taxi from the train station to the actual castle! The castle was BEAUTIFUL!
The small walk from the entrance to the actual castle was so beautiful and actually looked (and felt) like fall! The first thing we did was explore inside this tiny cave underneath the castle that was literally pointless but it was so funny!
And then we got to explore all throughout the castle. I’ve been to my fair share of castles before (going to highschool in Germany our homecoming/prom pics were always done at a castle). But this one had postings on the walls with information about different areas of the castle, the purpose of certain things, and all the history behind the castle!
There was a lot of narrow spiral stairs to climb up and it was lowkey a little workout! But it was definitely worth it! The top is where the Blarney Stone is and the views of the greenery are astonishing.
We were on a time crunch to catch our train back home so we were lucky as heck that there wasn’t any line AT ALL to kiss the stone!
If you don’t know anything about the Blarney Stone or have never heard of it let me give you a little background! Blarney Stone is a piece of stone on a wall at the top of the Blanrey Castle that sits 37 feet high. You lay down flat on your back, grab the two rails behind you, and lead down to kiss the stone. It is said that kissing the stone gives you the Gift of Gab; the ability to speak with eloquence and fluency. There are many many myths about the history of Blarney Stone, one where people say the locals pee on it! Hopefully that one isn’t true.
I was really surprised at how far back you had to pull your body and how far down you had to lean (it’s over the edge of the castle) to actually kiss the stone! It was more difficult that I imagined it would be.
After all the fun and excitement of kissing the stone we made our way back down the castle and back towards the train station. We ended up missing the original train we planned on taking back but it worked out because we got to finally eat some gelato!
We made the next train (but not without Alex leaving his Blarney Castle souvenirs in the taxi) and headed back to Dublin. It was our last night in Ireland so of course we ate at our favorite Italian spot. (We ate at this restaurant 3/4 nights in Ireland + all in a row).
So so good.
Like I mentioned previously, Ireland was never on Andrew nor I’s “must visit” bucket list but I am forever grateful we went and I’m so glad we got to go with family. We spent majority of our time with Andrew’s mom Mariela and Andrew’s uncle Alex and they made the trip for us all that more fun and special. We shared so many laughs, frustrations, drinks, and memories that I am thankful beyond words to have been apart of.
I feel a little sad to be ending the Ireland Travel Diaries, which feels a little weird. But no worries, up next is going to be all about PARIS!!! I’m not even sure where I am going to start. Paris was a dream and it’s one of my favorite places in the world (The Eiffel Tower specifically). Stay tuned for those coming in the next week!