Ashford Castle

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Finally getting around to sharing photos from my stay at Ashford Castle. It was the perfect way to end our family trip around the UK and Ireland. The castle is absolutely amazing and a complete dream. There are secret gardens throughout the grounds and so many fun activities you can do! From hawk walks, to fishing, tree climbing, horseback riding, shooting, and archery, the list is literally endless. Seriously, there is so much to do there and the staff is so accommodating and will arrange it all for you. Jordan, my mom, and I went on a hawk walk (more on that later) while my dad got a massage at the spa. Later, the boys went golfing while my mom and I channeled our inner Katniss Everdeen and took an archery lesson in the forest. Jordan even got a few rounds of skeet shooting in before dinner. We barely scratched the surface on all that the castle has to offer. I loved every second of our stay, but one of my absolute favorite things about the castle was that you got to play with two of the cutest and biggest pups every morning in the lobby. It was the best wake-up call.

Staying in a castle was definitely a bucket list item and I was pinching myself the entire stay. I still can’t believe that I was able to live like a queen for a week. If you get  a chance to visit Ireland, definitely make a trip to see or stay at Ashford Castle. It’s worth it, even if you just pop in for a bite to eat or for a stroll in the gardens.

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Cliffs of Moher

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So remember this picture from my last post?

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That was literally the day before the rest of these photos were taken…Crazy, right?! You literally could not see five feet in front of you. Could’ve easily toppled over and tumbled down the cliffside…Jordan tried and failed to “accidentally” trip me a few times. Don’t you just love little brothers? They are always trying to kill you. Seriously though, what a difference a day makes. Visiting the Cliffs of Moher was on the top of my list of things to do in Ireland (besides staying at Ashford Castle), so I was SO bummed when we got there the first day and it was fogged out. But lucking I have the world’s best mom who said she would trek the two hour drive back to the cliffs the next day so I could see them. So after actively checking the weather the next afternoon, we ditched the boys for a little sunset “hill-walking” adventure along the cliffs. Needless to say, the long drive was worth it.

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Ireland

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I know I am so behind on posting the rest of my pictures from this trip, but I’ve been so busy with school (and taking a quick trip back to France) that it’s taken me forever to finish editing the photos. Today’s post is literally a giant compilation of photos from Ireland that include a Game of Thrones tour up to Belfast and shots from Dublin and Cork. I’ll be doing separate posts on Ashford Castle and the Cliffs of Moher in the days to come, so stay tuned!

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Being the geeks that we are, Jordan and I decided to go on a Game of Thrones tour that left from Dublin and drove to Belfast to tour sights and locations where the show is filmed.

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The highlight of the tour was getting to meet two of the pups who play the Stark’s direwolves. Honestly, I could have just played with them all day. They were so, so, soooo sweet!

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Part of the tour includes getting to see props from the show. They also provide cloaks, should you want to wear them, when you’re out roaming the woods…so literally picture like 50 nerds in fur-trimmed cloaks roaming the forest in Belfast…

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^ LOOK AT THAT SWEET FACE

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We only spent one day really in Dublin, so it was jammed packed and I didn’t take too many photos.

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Our first stop was to the oldest pub in Ireland for a spot of lunch before touring around the city for the rest of the day.

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The best travel buddies!

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After our brief trip to Dublin, we started working our way to Ashford Castle with a stop in Cork and a bunch of neighboring towns.

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Our driver insisted that we take a tour of the Jameson Whisky Factory, which was kind of funny if you know my family.

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My cute Mormon mom heading into the tasting room for a shot of whisky. What a sinner…

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The one thing that I really wanted to see in Ireland was the Cliffs of Moher…so I begged and begged to go on our drive to the castle. And I still can’t get over how beautiful they were…

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You can really tell through all of that fog…..It was such a bust and so disappointing (also hilarious at the same time). Luckily, I have such a sweet mom who would hire a driver to take us back the next day when the sun was out so I could see them, and boy what a difference a day makes, but you’ll have to wait for the next post!

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