Bruce the Wandering Whale travels from Culdaff to Kilrush

Bruce has been everywhere man....

Bruce the Wandering Whale PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

Culdaff to Kilrush via The Cliffs Of Moher

A long drive the next day (around 6 hours) with the weather conspiring against us all the way. Some VERY narrow roads a little north of the Cliffs, but we finally got there safely.

The Cliffs of Moher are situated on what is known as the?Wild Atlantic?Way?and have been used as backdrops for movies, and was used as the Horcrux Cave in one of the Harry Potter ?movies?and perhaps?most notably, The Princess Bride. They were the Cliffs of Insanity which Wesley a.k.a. The Dread Pirate Roberts, scaled and fought a duel with Inigo Montoya…

 

PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

After we left, we had another hour long drive to Kilrush, where we stayed in another pub (I wanted a more authentic experience, mixing with the locals rather than staying in fancy hotels with lots of American tourists). This pub stay was quite basic (but comfortable) and a refreshing change.

Kilrush to?Vale of Avoca (near Wicklow) via Tipperary and Kilkenny

We drove through Tipperary?(had a bite to eat there as well) but it was quite disappointing and seemed quite run down. I had been hoping to get a picture of Bruce beside a Tipperary sign so I could make a smart comment about it being a “long way”, but there weren’t any appropriate signs… 🙁

We then made our way to Kilkenny?(but couldn’t find the castle) – the beer USED to be brewed here and there is a tour on the old site?but is now brewed in Dublin by Guinness…. The town appeared to be just like any other small Irish town – nothing particularly special.

A little further down the road, Cashel was different though – we spotted a sign for The Rock of Cashel (a castle) so we followed the signs. The town is very picturesque and I will revisit on a later trip. Unfortunately, much of the Rock was obscured by scaffolding, so no picture opportunities.

Vale of Avoca (near Wicklow) to Dublin and home

We ended up at a small inn in the Vale of Avoca and stayed at an old coach house (literally – that was its name. Walked along the road to the pub for dinner to a place called “The Meeting of the Waters

Meeting of the waters PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

The meeting of the waters PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

Amazing food! And we watched (cheering for Dublin, who won by the skin of their teeth!) a Gaelic Football match between Dublin and Mayo with the locals. Very entertaining and of course very similar to Aussie Rules (goalposts are different and there’s less jumping in Gaelic Footie)

The following day, we drove to the Airport in Dublin and flew home – lost our luggage between Dublin and Amsterdam. At time of writing this, I understand they have found my bag but not my daughter’s… 🙁

Been there done that. Bruce the Wandering Whale PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

Been there done that. Bruce the Wandering Whale PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

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