326 Photos - Dec 12, 2013
Photo: Our first rainy cold morning in Dublin, from the top of our double-decker hop on & off tour busPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Christ Church CathedralPhoto: Christ Church CathedralPhoto: Christ Church CathedralPhoto: Christ Church CathedralPhoto: A brief sunny moment!Photo: And finally we arrive...at 10:30 am.  Surely, not too early for a Guinness?Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Indeed, not at all too early for a Guinness!Photo: Indeed, not at all too early for a Guinness!Photo: Kilmainham GaolPhoto: Photo: Doug was enamored of this brilliant idea!Photo: And, the rain is back again, colder than ever, on Day 2 of Dublin.  Brrrr...Photo: Nice Darth!  Our trusty stead and home for the rest of the trip!Photo: We've successfully managed to get ourselves out of Dublin and into the West!Photo: Is "Corkscrew Road" really a road you want to be driving on when you feel you are driving on the wrong side of the road?!?Photo: Darth! (He gets extra points for the proper placement of an apostrophe)Photo: Photo: Photo: Darth, in all his tenty glory!Photo: Spacious, eh?Photo: Look, a river!Photo: And it might be a little windy, here along the West Coast, just a km from the Cliffs of MoherPhoto: Aille RiverPhoto: Our first campsite!Photo: Fiona is nesting...finally organizing Darth for the rest of the trip.Photo: Doolin at night...we're off to find dinner and live music.Photo: The view of the Aille River, outside Darth's back windowPhoto: Cliffs of Moher!Photo: Don't trip and fall down the Cliffs of Insanity!Photo: It might be a bit windy and rainy again.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Inis Oírr from the Cliffs.  We'll soon be on a boat heading out there.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Since it was low tide, we were ferried out to our ferryPhoto: Photo: leaving the mainland...off to Inis OírrPhoto: Do not pet the dolphin.  So say the signs.Photo: On Inis Oírr, first order of business after a very wet ferry ride...tea and lunch!Photo: Photo: an interesting use of kegs.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It's his rock.  Want to play catch?!?Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: What's that I smell?!?Photo: lunch?!?Photo: maybe I can have some?!?Photo: maybe they won't notice?!?Photo: !!!Photo: Photo: After a long afternoon, a lovely cider or two...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Back on the ferry....for a VERY ROUGH ride back to the mainlandPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our new friend at the 2nd campsite.Photo: Most effective begging ever, as Fiona cooks breakfast.Photo: Best begging ever!Photo: Kylemore Abbey (formerly Kylemore Castle, Doug is very excited)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The kitchen garden, at Kylemore AbbeyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Peat!Photo: A campfire in a keg!Photo: Clifden Eco Beach Camp...with cows on edge of the Atlantic.  :)Photo: Photo: Photo: We love camping in Ireland!Photo: Photo: On our way to Clones, to meet up with the family and prepare for the big party!Photo: Mom and cousins, hiking up the hill in Clones, County MonaghanPhoto: Photo: The various McMahons and offshoots, on the historic tour of ClonesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sacred Heart ChurchPhoto: Photo: The grotto that Mom's Dad builtPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Aren't you a little sad that you aren't a Fruiterer?Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: On the road to Northern IrelandPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Duluce CastlePhoto: Nathan, unintentionally epic at Duluce CastlePhoto: Photo: It only looks like we're all on our phones...it's really the audio guide tour of Duluce CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: CASTLE!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We are epic!Photo: Our favorite Nathan-facePhoto: THE GIANT'S CAUSEWAY!!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Discussing fishing, of course.Photo: The end of our lovely stay with Roy & MoyaPhoto: Our first night camping in Scotland, was on the banks of Loch LomondPhoto: the bonnie banks of Loch LomandPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Doug's early morning hike involved a conversation about cowsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Although we enjoyed Scotland, we liked the campgrounds in Ireland MUCH more.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We have found the internet!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: LussPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our first castle in ScotlandPhoto: Photo: Highland Cattle!Photo: Blair CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Illustrating the "Angel's Share"Photo: We accidentally visited the castle from the Holy Grail.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Knife sharpening!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Doug!Photo: Photo: Photo: Stirling CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Robert the BrucePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cannon Fire!!Photo: Photo: Photo: We dropped our trusty steed, Darth, off at the Edinburgh Spaceship Depot.  We got to meet some of his brothers--Dalek, of course, was my favorite.