On our third date in March 2015, we started an adventure list together. We had been talking for several weeks at this point and both really liked each other. We both had the same feeling that this could be the real deal! Our list, entitled "The Grand Adventures of A & D" started off with around 20 or 30 adventures that ranged from places we wanted to go, activities we wanted to do together, or just trying a new food or dessert. We have been so lucky to get to complete many things on this list together, and the list just keeps growing!
Ashley has been dreaming of going to Europe since she was a kid, and particularly wants to see Ireland and the UK after doing some genealogy research a few years back. David studied abroad in France, but he never made it over to Ireland. We are beyond excited to spend our honeymoon exploring Ireland by car (and even by train!!). We have decided to honeymoon in May 2018 to give ourselves time to relax and enjoy newlywed time after the wedding and to have better weather in Ireland.
Again, we will be so honored by your love and presence for our wedding. If you wish to give a gift from this registry, it will help make our honeymoon an adventure of a lifetime!
We are beyond excited for our adventure across the pond, but we have to get there first! Until apparating is a possibility, we'll have to settle on (airplane) flight. Your gift of ANY amount here will go towards helping us get to our destination of the rolling, emerald green hills of Ireland!
We are taking a grand tour of Ireland by car, and your gift here will help to make that adventure happen!
We wanted to get the full Irish experience, including some of the best fish and chips in Ireland. Your gift would pay for lunch at Beschoff Bros, one of the top-rated fish and chips spots in all of Dublin. http://www.beshoffbros.com/
No trip to Ireland is complete without a drink, right? Your gift would allow us to hit up tours of both the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery so we can sample Ireland's best beer and whiskey. https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/us/visit-us https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/ground-floor
There aren't many places in Dublin more iconic than Grogan's pub. Your gift would allow us to get a round of drinks at this historic bar! http://www.groganspub.ie/
The Book of Kells is a richly-decorated, medieval manuscript permanently housed in the Trinity College Library in Dublin. Your gift would help us see this cultural treasure in Ireland's capital.
Treat us to a picnic in one of Dublin's most famous parks with food from an amazing fresh market called Fallon & Byrne with this gift. We will have a blast picking some great foods and relaxing in the park. http://www.fallonandbyrne.com/section/103
Help us relax in the lush, green county of Wicklow at the Lus Mor Bed and Breakfast! Your gift would allow us to stay 1 night at this charming BnB and then wake up to a magical sunrise over Lough Tay. http://lusmorbedandbreakfast.com/
Dunmore cave is known as being one of the darkest places in Ireland. It also was the site of an ancient Viking massacre. Naturally, we are excited to plunge into the depths of this limestone formation and see stalactites and stalagmites! http://visitkilkenny.ie/dunmore_caves
The River Lee is a gorgeous hotel with incredible views and cozy patios. This gift would put us right in downtown Cork, within walking distance to some amazing places, particularly the English Market that Cork is known for. Cork is one of the gourmet capitals of Europe and we are thrilled to spend a couple days here!
The English Market is Ireland's most famous covered food market. Your gift would allow us to explore all the tasty foods Ireland has to offer! http://www.englishmarket.ie/
Blarney Castle is home to the famous Blarney Stone and sits right outside the city of Cork. Your gift would allow us to explore the castle and the romantic/mystical gardens around it.
Macdonald Hotel is a luxury resort right outside of Kinsale. Kinsale is not only known as a great food destination, it is one of the most colorful, picturesque, and historic towns in Ireland. Help us enjoy our night in Kinsale with this gift of a night in Macdonald Hotel.
Ashley is particularly excited to see dolphins! Your gift here would allow us to take a 4 hour boat ride in the Celtic Sea to look for dolphins and whales! http://www.whalewatchwestcork.com/
On our way through the SW of Ireland we are stopping at a small town called Baltimore to whale watch and then see the Baltimore Beacon at sunset and stay in the beautiful Channelview B&B overlooking the ocean. Your gift would pay for 1 night at the B&B. http://www.channelviewbb.com/
Skellig Michael is a majestic, rocky island that juts out off the coast of the port town Portmagee. In the past, pilgrims braved the rough waters to hike to the top of this island. It recently earned fame from being featured at the very end of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, where Rey meets Luke Skywalker. We would love to make this pilgrimage ourselves, and see some cute puffins along the way!
Skellig Michael, Kerry, Ireland
The Pax Guest House was voted the #1 B&B in Dingle in 2017 and it's no wonder why. The photos of these seaside rooms are beautiful. Your gift would allow us to stay in a comfy seaside room the night we are staying in Dingle.
We wanted to do something particularly 'Irish', and riding horses along the beach at Dingle Peninsula sounded like the perfect idea! This is a trek that will take a few hours to complete and will allow us to see some amazing views of the wild peninsula of Dingle. http://www.dinglehorseriding.com/
Doolin is one of the best places to go to hear traditional Irish music. Your gift would pay for a round of drinks while we immerse ourselves in the Irish experience, drinking at a bar listening to live music.
No Irish honeymoon is complete without visiting the breathtaking and most majestic cliff-side in Ireland. Your gift would pay for access to the park so we can see this beautiful landscape. https://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/
We have always wanted to stay in a castle! Ballynahinch Castle is nestled in the woods of Connemara, the traditional Gaelic area of Ireland, with a gorgeous backdrop of mountains, woods, and river. We can't wait to soak in this magic with our True Loves! Your gift of ANY amount here will help give the newlywed couple the royal treatment!
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Galway, Ireland
You know what's cooler than googling when the winter solstice is? Going to a neolithic tomb with a roofbox that floods the tomb with light during the rising sun of the winter solstice. Your gift would help us check out this piece of ancient Irish history.
County Meath, Ireland