We stayed in a privately managed apartment building (a bit of a gamble renting from private parties, but our experience was wonderful). And flipkey.com a TripAdvisor company, is excellent for finding reviews of privately managed vacation rentals. Our apartment had 2 bedrooms, living room, and a full kitchen with table and chairs. And the best part? A full balcony overlooking Galway Bay. When we weren't out seeing the sights, we could enjoy a cup of coffee and look at the water. Perfectly relaxing.
|View from our apartment at Galway Bay|
|C was very excited by the faux fire place|
On the first day of sight seeing, we drove to the famed Cliffs of Moher. A bit of a walk from the parking lot to the overlooks, but breathtaking when you get there.
|Cliffs of Moher|
|O'Brien's Tower, overlooking the Cliffs of Moher|
On our second sight seeing day, we took a day trip along scenic Sky Road. Along the way we experienced a different kind of "share the road."
|Lookout for spray-painted sheep grazing on the roadside!|
We stopped at a beautiful overlook and enjoyed our lunch. Another perk of staying in an apartment with a kitchen--you can buy your own groceries and pack meals for long road trips. There are no drive-thrus where we spent our day--and appropriately so. There is something so relaxing about spending time in old lands that haven't been developed much beyond paving the road.
|Enjoying the sunshine and beautiful view|
On our last day in Galway Bay, we drove out to the port of Ros a' Mhil and took a ferry to Inis Mor, part of the Aran Islands. This has been on my bucket list for a long time. And it didn't disappoint. In fact, I think I will retire on the island in a little cottage, with laundry on the line and a cow out in the pasture. Very, very windy with wet winters, but so beautiful!
|My retirement plan|
|C was very pleased with our mode of transport|
|Always bring a backhoe to the beach|
|View from Inis Mor|
Our vacation in Ireland was a success and I am so thankful we were able to enjoy a relaxing week together as a family.