Heather Trnka

Brunswick, OH

Heather just got back from her fabulous Irish adventure with her family! Learn more about her trip below:


What made you want to travel to Ireland?:
“I had been before when I was single and wanted to take my family. This was a graduation gift from our oldest. I traveled with my husband, two teenagers and toddler!”

What were your top 3 places that you wanted to visit while in Ireland with your family?:
1. Cliffs of Moher: Made it! Always meets, it is so iconic how can you not go. 2. Galway City- Made It! Such a fun experience, all of the street performers, claddagh village and the museum. 3. Ring of Kerry- Didn’t make it. But did drive a tiny portion through the Killarney National Park.

What was the best part about your vacation?:
“Traveling from one side of the country to the other so my family could experience the different traditions and people.”

What made you want to book your trip with Tenon Tours?:
“I had traveled with Tenon before and they made my trip so easy. I didn’t have to remember to do anything. They handled all of the details. Everyone we worked with was fantastic from the booking to the payments to the planning.”

Any advice to offer up about the weather?:
“In the summer months be prepared for anything. It is perfect weather for me, on the cooler side. However there were random warm/hot days on our trip. I packed mostly capris and one pair of long pants. I wish I would have packed two pairs of long pants.” Good point! Check out our suggested packing list for Ireland here!

Did travel insurance come in handy for you?:
“We did purchase travel insurance, luckily we didn’t need it. But I’m glad we had it, as it gave us piece of mind especially traveling with children.”

Were you able to make any friends along your journey?:
“The hostesses at the B&B’s were the best. So knowledgeable and kind. A little insight into the people of that region of the country.”

What are your favorite souvenirs you brought home?:
“Jewelry from Ireland is always my most favorite souvenir but the wool items are great as well!”

Were there any unplanned parts of your trip that wound up turning into one of your favorite travel stories?:
“Oh my, the best part of our whole trip was a surprise day trip we didn’t plan but needed to fill some time before checking into our B&B in Kenmare. We had planned to go to Torc Waterfalls the next day but was googling things to do and came across Gleninchaquin Falls. IT WAS AMAZING. The drive in was a scary one, but fun scary. We had to stop several times because of the sheep in the road. It is barely a one lane curvy road going to the park. Once you arrive you can see the waterfalls off in the distance. You have two options hike to the upper falls of hike to the lower falls. Since I had a 30 pound toddler on my back the lower falls it was. The views are breathtaking. The hike not difficult at all until the last hill/mountain. But it is worth the work. At the top of the drive was a hidden lake! Our pictures do not even do it justice!”

What would your top 5 suggestions be for attractions to take the kids to?:
“Traveling with kids was a breeze, most of the time. Traveling with three kids very different in age was challenging as far as keeping everyone entertained.
1. Charles Fort
2. Cliffs of Moher
3. Galway City
4. Gleninchaquin Falls
5. Castle Stay (Any Castle)”

Anything else you would like to mention for future travelers?:
“Traveling with a toddler? Go for the evening flight over to Ireland. Be prepared with some “new” little toys (non choking hazards) to occupy them while making those longer drives to new locations. Bring along their pillow from home to make the transition to sleeping at different B&Bs easier. And don’t forget that one book you always read at night.
For the teens, I suggest setting a beverage budget. It is easy to get into the trap of $6 lattes at every stop. Set a budget give them the cash up front and let them know this is what they have to spend on those “extra” drinks outside of breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

Thank you Heather for traveling with us again! We hope to assist you with your next adventure as well šŸ™‚

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