Adventures in Waterford Part 2: Trains, Beaches and Seal Sanctuary’s

Adventures in Waterford Part 2: Trains, Beaches and Seal Sanctuary’s

Sunday 10th September and half way through our mini holiday in the magical cottage. With no real set in stone plans we have a quick research and decided to first go visit the Mahon falls and then the Kilmeaden train ride. Heading up to Mahon falls brought beautiful sights and scenery as well as a long drive up the mountain where we continuously got higher and higher. After parking the car, we started what was supposed to be a quick walk to the waterfall but seemed a little further than we anticipated. About halfway to the waterfall the heavens opened and though we tried to push through the rain just got too heavy and the wind was battering us. With all of us soaked through multiple layers we made the decision to turn back and head to the car. Typical as soon as we got back the clouds parted and the sun shone, but we spotted another storm/rain front heading into the mountains and decided against trying to race it to the waterfall.

After sitting in the car with the heaters on trying to dry ourselves off and questioning if there was a Primark or Dunnes stores nearby to buy some dry clothes we headed off to Kilmeaden to get the Waterford & Suir valley railway ride. This railway allows you to experience the Suir valley from a period carriage and take in all the beautiful views of the River Suir. It even has a little café which is an old train carriage where you can sit and enjoy refreshments and wait for your train ride. At only €8 for an adult, this was definitely a most welcome surprise favourite of the weekend!

Grabbing our opportunity, we grabbed one of the open-air carriages, which was already stocked with blankets in case it got cold, and we were able to bring out refreshments on board. The train was neither slow nor fast though we wished it would never end. From the beautiful scenery to stopping at the fairy woods to let the kids see the fairy houses in the trees, all colourfully painted with little fairies hiding around the mushrooms and trees.

The journey was about 45 minutes and when we got back to the station we were allowed to have a better look around the train including the front carriage with all the controls. We were really sad to leave the little train but we were starving! We headed to a local Irish Pub to grab some lunch and it was to die for!

We also ended up heading to another lighthouse at Strand and then down to the beach to look for some more sea-glass. In our search, we found some caves and I nearly got knocked over by a very wet doggo. We then headed back to the cottage to get stuck into tidying and cleaning, ending the night with watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

Monday morning came and honestly it was very hard to leave the little cottage that we had made so many wonderful memories in. We made the 2-hour drive to Wexford to the ever-wonderful Seal Rescue Ireland which I’ve blogged about (Here and Here) and I was able to see my two sponsored seal pups Elphaba and Glinda. With around over 15 pups currently in care there is always something to see or watch down at the sanctuary as well as the wonderful gift shops and of course the gorgeous pups.

Our last two stops were in Arklow for some dinner in Eddie Rockets and in Wicklow to visit Sammy the Seal who we unfortunately missed but in the process found another lighthouse! Our 4th in 4 days! And took a lovely walk up to see it.

The drive home was long and everyone was knackered, big props to Mel who drove over 800 miles over the weekend to all the places and all over Ireland <3

Jack’s Cottage I believe is pretty booked up at the moment but you can find its listing on Airbnb here.

The 4 days spent with some of my absolute favourite people in the world, in new places, on many adventures and in a beautiful cottage was just the break I needed and I already am pining to go back. To adventure all over Ireland, to make so many more memories and to just take everything in. To Stevie, Mel and Dave, thank you for such an amazing four days away, for all the laughs, all the perfect moments, all the driving, all the cooking and so much more. I love you three <3

 

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