We’ve done it! We’ve reached the finish line of this vacation! Bahahahaha!
Today is the SEVENTH and final installment of our trip to Scotland & Ireland. #andeveryonesaidamen
We wrap things up today just in time for me to come home from another trip (I’m there now!) and do another recap (I promise to keep it to one post!).
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Now, if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen my other recaps…
Part One: Edinburgh
Part Two: St. Andrews
Part Three: Edinburgh and our flight to Dublin
Part Four: Dublin Day 1
Part Five: More Dublin
Part Six: Dromoland Castle
…catch those before we start today’s final post 🙂 .
Thanks for letting me recap, friends! These are memories the Shull six want to keep forever!!
We woke up on this day in Dromoland Castle ready to make the quick 30 minute drive to the Cliffs of Moher. This is something Andrew and I have always wanted to see!
They were just as spectacular in person as we imagined. You know…sometimes you go to see something amazing and it lets you down. This did not. This was as captivating in person as all the pictures and movies I’ve seen it in.
So, there are a lot of ways to do the Cliffs. Everyone drives in and parks in this one parking area (you buy your tickets here) and then from there, it’s your journey. You can hike, you can go to the visitors center, you can eat out there, you can stay 10 minutes or 10 hours…it’s up to you.
We decided with the four kids, hiking wasn’t in our plans, so we wandered around a bit and just took it all in.
We looked through telescopes…
…and peered over the the edge a bit (obviously, not too close!).
We loved it.
Miss Madeley thought it was pretty too!
After awhile, we entered the visitors center (free of charge) and the kids did the interactive things that explained the cliffs and their history. This was a fun spot for us to visit!
Around lunchtime, we decided to head out and drive to…
…Ennis, Ireland! Oh my goodness! We loved Ennis! This little town was only about 10 minutes away from both Dromoland and the cliffs, so it was super convenient.
The town was charming! We walked up and down the streets and popped into shops. We ate at a little place there too.
This place though, was our favorite. I have never in all my travels been inside such a HUGE antique store. It was filled to the brim with treasures. We were in there over an hour and bought a painting and a piece from a china collection that I collect. The man who owned it was charming too. It was such a fun stop!
Seeing Ennis with my boy! Who…
…lost a tooth while we were standing there! Ha! The tooth fairy had to fly all the way to Ireland!
After Ennis, we drove back to Dromoland for the day. Miss Madeley was a sweaty mess, but she was HAPPY!
Prior to leaving that morning, we had made 3 o’clock tea reservations. This was our first formal tea. The girls were so excited!! (And even the boys were too!)
Tea at Dromoland is a big deal!
Everyone got tea except for Madeley…she opted for milk.
My kids drink tea at home, so they were super excited!
And then…they started bringing out the goodies! Look at all of that!! Each kiddo got one of those trays with finger sandwiches, puddings and more. There was so much food! Mine and Andrew’s plates were equally as impressive. Ours even had shrimp, roast beef, homemade scones with clotted cream. It was all DIVINE!
After all of that tea, we needed to burn off some energy…
…so the kids asked if we could play on these! They were so much fun!
It’s hard to drive when your legs are short…
…so daddy picked her up and let her ride with him.
We walked the property more when we were finished. It was gorgeous!
Later that night, we had dinner at another restaurant on property.
Fancy mocktails for the win to start!
And then, Miss Madeley started getting sleepy…
…and then, she fell asleep.
After dinner, we perked back up just in time to see this…
…Andrew and the big kids rented a boat and went fishing 🙂 . The little girls didn’t want to go, so we watched from the shore.
Love them so much!
The next morning, we slept late (the first time all trip!), ordered room service for breakfast and took our time leaving Dromoland Castle. Here we are pulling out. It was such a lovely place! We will absolutely be going back some day.
We drove back to Dublin (for our flight home the next day) a different way than we came so that we could catch a few more spots.
First stop, Limerick.
This was a pretty big city, so we hopped out of the giant van and started strolling. We heard that this was one of the BEST places to eat there, so we headed there for lunch…
…it did NOT disappoint! We sat outside and ate our burgers right by the water and I counted my blessings.
It was just a special way to spend our stop in Limerick. (Pssssst: my top is HERE!)
After Limerick, we drove waaaaaaay back over to Dublin and stopped at the CUTEST little coastal town called Howth.
I told Andrew that I could have spent several days here in Howth. When we got out of the car, the air smelled light salt water and sea birds were everywhere. Two of my favorite things.
After 3 hours in the car, we were ready for a stroll…
…and a crepe!
When you love your sister soooooo much!
Nutella crepes for the win!
There was a great public playground right by the water, so we ate our crepes and let the kids play.
They had such a good time!
How cool is it that out of all the kids in this whole wide world, I get to be these four kids’ mom?
Smith is such a good “only” boy 🙂 . He loves his sisters.
Having fun in Howth!
Thanks to Trip Advisor, we decided to eat here for dinner before we left…
The Abbey Tavern.
The Fish Chowder was like the BEST I’ve ever had. I shared a bowl with my little two and then enjoyed…
Corned beef 🙂 . Oh Irish food, you are so good!
Since it was the last night of our vacation, we ended with ice cream…
…and the playground 🙂 .
We drove the 15 minutes back to Dublin and stayed at an airport hotel that night. We checked in around 8:30 and then went to sleep for our early morning flight (hello, 4:00 am wakeup call!). Guys, we had such a good vacation. Best part? All the alone time with my little family.
Whew! We’re done!
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