Bucket List Inspiration

  
ALL OF THESE hotels are going on my Bucket List! 

Take a look!! 

All FABULOUS and all in IRELAND!

Ireland’s 30 Most Unique Hotels

Ais x

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My first ever trip to…..

  
CORK! 

That’s right! Cork. Before the start of this month, I had never been to Cork. I’m really ashamed to say that. 

So…..I took a trip down to visit a friend who has a house down there and had such an amazing time with a house full of locals who showed me the best of what West Cork had to offer! 

We visited Crookhaven, Barley Cove Beach, Mizen Head and Three Castles Head.

Mizen Head had been on my Bucket List for quite some time. Of course, I’m always happy to tick something off the list and it did not disappoint. €6 entry for an adult and the scenery is breathtaking. 

Barley Cove Beach is stunning and any trip to West Cork should involve a stop at this magnificent beach. 

Crookhaven is where we stopped to eat and I can highly recommend The Crookhaven Inn for a superb dinner. I wouldn’t complain about the wine either. 

For lunch, drop into O’Sullivans for a toastie or an open crab/salmon sandwich and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

I absolutely LOVE visiting new places. 

I’m already planning another trip down to West Cork to see plenty of other places I didn’t get to visit!

I’m posting some photos below – feel free to comment or if you have any questions on any of the locations, just ask! 

Toor Pier:  

   
 Mizen Head:  
   
    
    
    
Three Castles Head: 

 
Crookhaven:   

    

   
Barley Cove Beach:

  
    
   
P.S. There was no filter applied to the scenery pictures. What you see is EXACTLY how it was. The colours are amazing, aren’t they!?

P.P.S. The pictures with me in them are 100% filtered! 

Get yourselves to West Cork! You won’t be disappointed! 

Ais x

No. 100

 
I bought this IMAGINE book, pictured above, in Ardmore in April of this year and it contains my Bucket List. 

I decided to start re-writing my Bucket List when I turned 32. I originally kept the list on my phone but I kept losing it or deleting it. When it was on my phone I never really updated it either so it was rather pointless…… Now, however, I bring my IMAGINE book with me pretty much everywhere and update it every time I read or hear about something I want to do or I want to see.

Some ideas are very expensive and I may never get to do them but…… Then again, I just might! Other ideas are easily done and I’ve been ticking them off one by one! 

I also need to start listing all the things I’ve been lucky enough to do already and tick them as done…….I’ll get to that at some stage!

     

Some of my Bucket List items are pictured above. Apologies for my writing – it’s beyond awful!

I currently have 99 items on my Bucket List….. So I’m here asking you for ideas for No. 100! I want to make it something special! 

So any ideas??  
Ais x 

Something New!

  
Today, I did the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk with some of the girls. 

The Cliff Walk was a relatively new addition to my bucket list but I’m very happy that it made its way onto my list…. And equally as happy to have done it today in the sunshine and get it ticked off the list! 

Doing this walk today also satisfies my New Year’s resolution for May! If you’ve forgotten about my resolution, you can read about it here! 

We set off from Bray shortly after 10am. Destination: Greystones. 

The walk itself is somewhere between 6km and 7km depending on where you start from in Bray and where you finish in Greystones of course! Anyway, it took us about 90 minutes to complete and that included stopping to take a few pictures of the stunning scenery……we think we did it at a good pace. The route is very manageable for a cliff walk, with only a few areas testing your choice of footwear and your head for heights. That said, footwear with a good grip is pretty much essential….. You have been warned! 

We wandered around Greystones in the sunshine for a while and then went for a bite to eat and also a little glass of prosecco to celebrate the incoming results of the Marriage Referendum! I am SO proud of my country today.

We then jumped on the Dart back to Bray for a celebratory “we’ve completed the Cliff Walk” ice-cream! 

Luckily, the Irish Summer decided to make an appearance today so we were able to enjoy the Cliff Walk in fabulous weather. This country is an absolute gem when the sun shines! I definitely recommend that you do this walk at some stage if you have a few hours to spare. 

Here are some pictures from today! 

Setting off from Bray:  Making our way around Bray Head:      Coming into Greystones: Greystones:



   

And then we jumped on the Dart back to Bray….. I haven’t been on the Dart in about 20 years! I was like a child…… That’s why there’s a photo! Super views from the Dart also though:     

  

I hope you are all having a fabulous Saturday! 

Ais x

In Awe of Ardmore

I’m just back from a few days away with the girls in beautiful Ardmore, County Waterford. We stayed in the Cliff House Hotel. 

If you have never been to the Cliff House Hotel, GO! Just DO! Put it on your Bucket List. I promise you won’t be disappointed. 

It is possibly the best hotel I have ever stayed in.

The service is EXCELLENT. It really is. 

The views from the hotel rooms are sensational (the Irish sunshine over the past few days just made the scenery even more beautiful). 

This hotel is just fantastic. You won’t want to leave. I’m not sure I have enough words to describe how superb it is to be honest. Of course, eating too much wonderful food and having the odd cocktail or two with the girls only helped matters!! 

Ardmore itself is a pretty little village and well worth a walk around – starting with the Ardmore Cliff Walk just outside the entrance to the hotel and then finishing up at Ardmore Beach (make sure you reward your efforts with a 99!). 

The views from the Cliff Walk are simply breathtaking. There are shops full of local art and pottery that are a must visit also. 

Here are a few photos to tempt you if you don’t believe me:  

            

            


  

  

   

 

 

I’m planning my next trip to Ardmore and the Cliff House Hotel already! 

Website: Cliff House Hotel 

Ais x

And just like that…. I’m 32! 

I remember my 21st like it was yesterday. And today, I turn 32. Life moves pretty fast…….

Ever since I was a child, I have absolutely LOVED celebrating my birthday and I usually make a big deal of it EVERY year. I don’t know why….. I just do. 

Today, I am waking up in The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co. Waterford with some of the girls. This hotel has been on my Bucket List for quite some time and my trip here also satisfies my New Year’s resolution for April. 

At the beginning of 2015, I made a New Year’s resolution to try and visit at least one new place in Ireland every month. This doesn’t necessarily mean having to spend money on hotels or having to travel very far from home. 

For example, January’s new place was Ardgillan Castle. Ardgillan Castle is situated in North County Dublin on an elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries, 20 miles north of Dublin City. It is a fabulous place to visit. 

Ardgillan Castle  

 

In February, I had dinner in Marco Pierre White on Dawson St. Somewhere I had passed by hundreds of times saying ‘I should really have steak in there’.

 The MPW Steak!

 

March included walking the Great South Wall in Dublin and wandering around Howth Head. Again, both places that were listed on my Bucket List. 

The Great South Wall 

 

Howth Summit

These places (well, those listed for January, February and March) are only a 30 minute drive from where I live and I had never been to any of them before until January……I was a little disappointed in myself to be honest!

We have a fantastic country and I intend on seeing so much more of it this year so if you have any recommendations for me, feel free to comment! 

For now, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my birthday…. 

  

Ais x