Today we went to see lamb farm near Glendalough, a beautiful lake and then went to the town of Kilkenny. The lamb was so cool to me. I am not going to lie, I had low expectations for the lamb farm. I thought it would be just another petting zoo. Boy was I wrong. A sheep dog (I think), named Bruce influenced the lamb to there stall. It was so unique.
Then we went on a hike in Glendalough, that has a beautiful lake, with an exceptional background. The walk to the lake was neat, passing churches and other historic buildings.
Then we went to Kilkenny which was a cute little town. It had a beautiful river walk and a nice park behind a gorgeous church and garden.
What I have noticed after visiting Glendalough’s lake, Howth’s epic cliff hike, and the Cliffs of Maher, all three have an attractive quality which spurs tourism; and all three have the same overpriced gift shops and the same over priced food. I still love and am grateful for all three sites though. But the industries around it need to differentiate themselves. It is why that in Howth and their market I love.
I would say that tourism is a huge influence on Ireland. Not necessarily in Dublin, but the smaller towns, like Kilkenny and Galway. Walking around those towns, a good third of people on the streets were tourists. That is a lot of money coming into the stores.
I’d like to give a special shoutout to Murphy, both the driver and the ice cream. Both were elite.