Let’s go to the Cobh, Bra

Southbound from Dublin after our brief stint in Scotland, we stopped at Fota Wildlife Park – a 100-acre animal park located on Fota Island, near Carrigtwohill. It is an independently charity that is also one of the leading tourism, wildlife and conservation attractions in Ireland (who knew?!). Since we were passing through a tiny town in a tiny country, I set my expectations pretty low, but I was pleasantly surprised.


Fota had lots of variety, seemed to give the animals way more space and natural habitat than I’ve seen in most zoos, and had plenty of opportunities to get up-close and personal with the creatures without inviting too much interaction.


Kyle fancies himself an animal whisperer.


Leggy creatures of the world UNITE!

We wandered around here a bit, took way too many giraffe pictures, then continued toward Cobh (pronounced “Cove” for anyone confused by consonants).


Cobh is a little seaport town near the larger city of Cork. Cobh is best known as a cruise port and the last stop the Titanic made before it sunk in 1912. If you’re into the story of the Titanic, they have an attraction called the Titanic Experience Cobh you can check out while you’re there.

Basically a one-street town, Cobh was a cozy little pit-stop along the water to enjoy a hot toddy at the local pub and soak in the view. As an amateur photographer, I would highly recommend Cobh as a destination for cool images. The vibrant row houses, haunting statues, and street art all made for a photo-geek’s playground.