We gathered on Friday morning at the Dublin airport. We met Gregg our driver at the airport to begin our Irish adventure. We quickly started our tour and traveled to Malahide Castle for tea and scones and our tour. We enjoyed driving through Phoenix Park and walking about Dublin stopping by sites such as the Department of the Taoiseach, Trinity College, Temple Bar and the Ha’penny bridge. We journeyed west toward Galway, stopping at Darfield Horse farm. In addition to the horses and ponies we got the opportunity to watch and photograph blacksmith Stephen Quinn at work. After our stop at Kylemore Abbey, we continued to Abbeyglen Castle near Clifden for the night.
Our next day we boarded the Aran Island ferry to Inis Mor to meet our local island guide. David was quite a character-very chatty with local stories and a rather brogue. The weather challenged us while we visted Dun Aonghasa and the seven churches, yet we managed to enjoy ourselves. Our next stop was Killarney by way of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Brendan Ferris and his border collies working sheep were amazing, and the countryside around Killarney (Cahergall Fort, Lough Leane, Muckross house) great photo subjects. Thankfully we added the Dingle Peninsula and its wonderful coast to the itinerary. Our last stop was Dromoland castle where we had a fun on a Hawk Walk tour followed by dinner at Bunratty Castle.
Throughout the week, we had opportunties for digital reviews with Reed as well as lots of teaching in the field. Ireland was great the second time around with the Mentor Series. Thanks for another fabulous trek- I’ll be back soon!