Day 1 of the Wild Atlantic Way trip started with whiskey, sunshine, beautiful views and Irish music. We got off the ferry early in the morning, after just 3 hours sleep, and headed straight to Jamesons distillery in Midleton for a whiskey experience tour. Nothing sets the tone for the holiday better than a whiskey tasting session for breakfast.
From there we headed to the charming coastal town of Cobh (pronounced "Cove") to see the colourful houses known as a deck of cards (photo), the cathedral and the historic pier. The pier is called the Heartbreak Pier as it was the farewell place for the Irish immigrants heading to America. Many of them never got to see their families again. That includes 123 passengers who boarded SS Titanic in 1912. That was Titanic's last stop..
The day ended in Cork with a lovely dinner and a pint of Guinness (it does taste better in Ireland) in a traditional Irish pub called Sin é. The name of the pub translates to "that's it" and was inspired by the fact the pub is situated next to a funeral home.. We were lucky to come across an impromptu live Irish music gig which just made my day. One of the musicians started chatting to us at some point and when we told him it was our very first day in Ireland he shaked our hands and said: Welcome! Welcome to Ireland! It's yours. Enjoy it! Do I need to say it nearly made me cry? I retired to bed tipsy, exhausted, emotional but feeling complete. What a day it has been!