05.03.2015 - 08.03.2015 16 °C
We arrived in Dublin ready for some fun. Our first night we decided to check out a local pub which advertised live music. It was a great night. The bar was small and only had a few locals. The music was very relaxed, obviously a few musically talented folk willing to play for a few drinks. They played some great folk music but it was almost more fun when the local old boys took up the task during their break. We chatted to the old boys and had a great night.
We stayed at an Airbnb place after our first night (rates were ridiculous in the hostel over the weekend). We did a great free tour around the city and learned a lot of great history. We saw Christchurch Cathedral, the gardens over the original Black Pool, some of the old walls/gates, Temple Bar and much more. Later we strolled by Molly Malone and booked ourselves for a day tour which took us to some of the great sites a few hours from Dublin.
We started out early and headed to the Hill of Tara, where the High Kings of Ireland were crowned. On a clear day you can see 3/4 of the counties in Ireland. The legend goes that when the true High King put his hands on the stone the roar of the stone could be heard all throughout Ireland. Unfortunately it turned out that neither Matt or I were not the true High King.
We also saw Trim Castle, one of Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman castles and saw some amazing Celtic High Crosses at Monasterboice.
The highlight however was the Loughcrew Passage tomb. It was pretty incredible really, considering how long ago they were built. They were clever enough to position the tomb so that on the Winter Solstice the sun would light up the back of the tomb. It was a great day out.
After that we headed to Killarney to walk a section of the Kerry Way.