Sorry Ted, I was concentrating too hard on looking holy
For those who don’t know the above quote is from Father Ted, one of Ireland’s most loved TV shows. A series that was last aired in 1998, and repeated yearly and to this date, quoted over and over since. Every year in Lisdoonvarna in Co Clare a company called Ted Tours organize a festival on the May Bank Holiday. After many conversations and dreams to go, 6 of my friends and I arrived dressed as nuns. No words will ever describe the hilarious feeling of being in a minibus arriving at Father Ted’s house singing ‘My Lovely Horse’ The tour also included many other areas where the show was set, Tea and cake at the house itself. After arriving back in Lisdoonvarna, to The Burren Storehouse we fed ourselves before ‘The Lovely Ladies’ Competition and the evening disco. The whole festival if you are a Father Ted fan and have the friends who up for a Ted laugh, this quite possibly will the best laugh you’ll have. One word for everything: Random. It’s the people who make the memories in this case.
The following Sunday morning before leaving Lisdoonvarna we had breakfast in a small cafe across from the famous and colourful The Matchmaker Bar before heading on our way. The first stop on our travels was the breathtaking Doolin. A few minutes drive from Lisdoonvarna, by the coast, this village stole my heart in so many ways. From the cute cottages with thatched roofs to the most welcoming people, my love for the little village has grown beyond expectation.
From Doolin we took a scenic drive to one of Ireland’s most famous tourist attractions to The Cliffs of Moher. And what Irish Travel Blogger am I if I don’t come visit these cliff’s eh? The biggest negative is having to pay €6 per person to park in the car park but eh what harm? The cliffs as windy as they are, take in some stunning sights and a walk over to see the stunning views to take anyone’s breath away, even with a Sunday hangover.
From here, we drove the Burren Coastal Drive to the beautiful village of Ballyvaughan were we drove into Aillwee Cave. Ailwee Cave for any Father Ted fans is actually were they shot the cave episode of the show. A privately owned cave that includes a 30 minute tour, there is a option to include a Bird’s of Prey demonstration which we actually didn’t opt for. (At this point the tiredness was kicking in and a journey to Dublin was still ahead of us). A visit to the cave is well worth it if in the region.