Receiving the “Gift of Gab” in Ireland
The day started out nice and sunny but we eventually experienced the odd short downpour of rain. Those showers never affected us so we were very lucky.
There are 32 counties in Ireland and they are divided into 4 provinces.
It was a bit of a drive this morning before we arrived at the very popular tourist attraction – Blarney Castle. We travelled through the Midland area – prime farm land – quite flat due the ice age of 10,000 years ago.
At one point our guide Connor started chatting about Irish Whiskey. In Ireland they spell Whiskey with an “E” and in Scotland they don’t (Whisky) – Connor said the “E” in Whiskey stands for excellence! Irish Whiskey is distilled 3 times vs the Scottish 2 times. Both countries refer to America’s bourbon as paint thinner…. There is obviously a bit of a friendly rivalry going on.
Made a stop at the Rock of Cashel so we could get a picture. The Rock of Cashel is located in this county of Tipperary – “Its A Long Way to Tipperary”….
We traveled through the Golden Vail – lots of dairy farms.
Our next stop was at the famous, Blarney Castle. If you kiss the stone located at the top of the Blarney Castle you will be granted the Gift of Gab. I think I terrorized my nephew, Schyler by having him kiss this stone a few years ago – he constantly talks about that experience – after kissing it he certainly ended up with the gift of gab just like his Uncle Bradley.
Our delicious luncheon in Blarney consisted of seafood cocktail, pork loin entree and warm chocolate cake with ice cream. We took over a private room in the towns very popular pub – the home made meal they served us arrived piping hot and the service was fast and efficient.
Everyone also enjoyed their time at the Blarney Woollen Mill Store – the largest Irish product store in the country.
We are staying in Nature’s Home for 3 nights – also referred to as Killarney. This community is surrounded by 26000 acres of park land and 3 lakes.
Our home in the heart of Killarney is the Great Southern Hotel. It was originally built as a railroad hotel and is part of a group of Great Southern Railway hotels. When describing this hotel I would use the following words – posh, elegant and luxurious. My passengers are loving this property. Our dinner which was served in the glamorous dining room was a true fine-dining experience lasted 2.5 hours.
It has been a wonderful day!