Ireland is a place I've always wanted to go and due to my wonderful husband, I recently was able to do just that. Brandon helps to coordinate the Agriculture Study Abroad trip at Murray State. This year was a trip to Ireland and I was able to tag along. We were there for seven full days which to me was not quite enough. The trip was booked through a great travel company, Discover Ireland. At first I was a little leary of traveling with a guide but I would not do it any other way! Our guide, Liam, was full of Irish history and charm. Brandon and I discussed how much we would have missed out on had we not been with Liam.
Of course the trip was built around an agriculture emphasis which I thoroughly enjoyed. I did grow up with an agriculture background. However, I think anyone would enjoy the agriculture aspect of Ireland because so much of the country is rural and centered around agriculture. The tour group did a great job of providing opportunities to see highlighted historical and tourist spots too.
My top 5 favorite things about the trip
1. Blarney Stone - If kissed you are to have the gift of speaking eloquence.
2. Muckross House - This property contains breathtaking view and historical love story.
4. Random Castles/Ruins - You can be driving along a tiny country road off the beaten path and see the ruins of a castle. Can you imagine?
5. Irish villages - So many Irish villages that each have their own claim to fame along with a local butcher.
I kept my notebook handy the entire time to take notes of what we did but also notes for a future trip (Hint Hint Brandon). If you have the chance you definitely need to go. And guess what, the flight is only 6 hours. It takes that long to fly across the United States.