At the end of last year, I decided I wanted to add more travel stories to my blog. Whether it’s a quick staycation in our own city of Chicago, a weekend getaway to Union Pier, Michigan or even a trip overseas, travel is a behind the scenes glimpse into what inspires my life with Mike and as a photographer. It’s about leaving the familiar, experiencing something different and bringing that newfound perspective, idea or inspiration back home with me. Let’s go to Ireland.

IrelandIrelandIrelandVisiting Ireland with Mike was one of those trips that opens your eyes to the beauty of the world around you. We landed in Dublin and rented a car so we could explore different towns at our own pace. We decided to head north and took the coastal route to Belfast, stopping for lunch at The Lobster Pot along the way. Our stay included wine at OX Cave, dinner at Mourne’s Seafood Bar and breakfast at St. George’s Market. The rest of our northern exploring included Ballycastle and Derry. In between each town, we would find a cozy spot for lunch and sit near a coal, peat or wood burning fireplace. We explored Giant’s Causeway, which was one of the most rugged and peaceful places I have ever seen. We braved an extremely windy hike to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and also stared in awe at The Dark Hedges. Then there was Harry’s Shack, a spot we had been so excited to not only see, but eat at. It’s located on a giant beach that goes on forever and serves some of the freshest seafood we’ve ever tasted.

IrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandFrom Derry, we traveled down to Galway so Mike could show me the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and take me to lunch at Moran’s Oyster Cottage – an oyster farm that has been around since 1797. We also got to experience a really intimate, delicious dinner at Ard Bia at Nimmos which is tucked away near the water, but unmissable with their bright red door. We stopped into The Bunch of Grapes both nights because Caroline has some of the best wines in town. It’s true, pubs don’t just serve beer anymore. We spent our last night in Dublin and camped out at Klaw, a tiny crab shack that luckily had two chairs facing their open kitchen. We ate oysters with a variety of toppings, lobster rolls, crab and shrimp and waddled onto the plane the next morning.


IrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIreland is a country where the light is always changing. From soft clouds and lush landscapes at 10am to blue skies and 360 degree views of water at noon. It’s a place with wonderful people who fed us incredibly well. Take a peek into our trip, see where we stayed and where we ate – all listed below. I hope it inspires a trip of your own, near or far.

See where we ate, where we stayed and what we did below!

IrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandSaturday: Dublin to Belfast

Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

The Lobster Pot, Strangford
OX Cave, Belfast
Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast
St. George’s Market, Belfast


Sunday-Monday: Belfast to Ballycastle

Marine Hotel, Ballycastle

Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough
Central Wine Bar, Ballycastle
O’Connor’s Bar, Ballycastle
Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy

Torr Road, Bridge of Weir
The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballycastle


Tuesday: Ballycastle to Derry

City Hotel, Derry

Harry’s Shack, Portstewart
Browns in Town, Derry

Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills


Wednesday-Thursday: Derry to Galway

Park House Hotel, Galway

Knox, Sligo
Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, Galway
Ard Bia at Nimmos, Galway
The Bunch of Grapes, Galway
Moran’s Oyster Cottage, Galway
The Seafood Bar at Kirwan’s, Galway

Cliffs of Moher, Clare


Friday-Saturday: Galway to Dublin

Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin

The Fatted Calf, Athalone
The Port House Pint, Dublin
Klaw, Dublin



  1. mike says:

    That was an unforgettable trip! Can’t wait for the next one!!

    • Regan says:

      Me too!! I love traveling with you!

  2. Ann says:

    Gorgeous pictures! Makes me miss the Emerald Isle.

    • Regan says:

      Thank you, Ann! It really was an incredible trip!

  3. Ardie says:

    You captured the real essence of the Emerald Isle! Magnificent photos. Will there be any on Etsy?

    • Regan says:

      Thank you for the sweet comments, Ardie! Yes, I will definitely be adding some work to Etsy. I’ll let you know when I do. 🙂

  4. Alyssa says:

    Just GORGEOUS. I love every single pic. My faves, though, are the beautiful tree arches and sheep. Great post!

    • Regan says:

      Thank you so much, Alyssa! It is such a beautiful country – lots of sheep too!

  5. Dr. Leo Marvin says:

    Visceral. I could notice, among my inner thoughts and feelings, the cool-air in the fields, touch the cool ground and water from sea and sky, hear the waves, and notice the emptiness between precipice and coast, Skillfully noticed, captured, expressed and thus, experienced.

    • Regan says:

      Thank you for commenting, Dr. Leo Marvin! I’m glad you enjoyed the images!

  6. Milen Moodie says:

    Hi, Regan! I really like your blog, your photos and recipes are great!


    • Regan says:

      Thank you so much, Milen! Comments like that make my day! Cheers!

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