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Co Kerry

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  • Day33

    Today we went on a beautiful scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry, a very scenic Pensinular out from Killarney. We stopped off first to try some Irish Coffee..Yummo.....We then stopped off at a cafe with spectacular views can The Scarriff Inn. From there we drove around the Pensinular back through the Killarney National Park, where there are beautiful lakes. Afterwards we were dropped into town for free time. We had dinner of wood fired pizza at the Killarney Craft Beer Distillary....We then walked back to our hotel.Read more

  • Day32

    Today we drove down to Killimer to catch yet another vehicular ferry across to Tarbert, which crosses the Shannon River. We then proceeded to Dingle and around the Peninsula for stunning scenery...We have a dry day today, with cloud. We then went back to the town of Dingle to look around and have lunch. After that we came onto Killarney where we spend 2 nights at the Holiday Inn, not far from the city centre.Read more

  • Day7

    Our day started on bouncy roads, as we were trying to catch a boat for trip around Skellig Micheel. We did make in on time, but unfortunately the ride wasn't as smooth as we hoped-the waves were too big so we had to go back. From Skellig experience center you can see the little colorful town called Portmagee. We decided to go up high to Geokaun mountain and Fogher cliffs to catch a breathtaking 360 view(see it for yourself) and stopped for a coffee in Knightstown on our way back.Read more

  • Day6

    From Kenmare to Killarney it's a real scenic drive. The famous Ladies' view leaves you speachless as well as Killarney national park. A real treat was a short walk to the Meeting of the Waters, where the Upper lake flows into the Muckross Lake. 20m Torc Waterfall doesn't dissapoint either. We stopped at Killarney for lunch(amazing seafood) and ended our journey at Kinmare pub with live music.

  • Day6

    Drove from Cork to Kenmore, this was our starting point for our sightseeing around the Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring today. Couldn't believe the wild flowers on the side of the road and purple/pink heather all over the mountains. Large Red Fushia bushes growing wild on the roadside, orange, yellow, purple flowers and wild blackberries everywhere. The homes all have the largest hydrangeas bushes I've ever seen with colours from white to pale pink to blue to purple to almost a red - stunning. The scenery was amazing - deep emerald green fields held in by rock walls dotted with white sheep. Rugged stony outcrops laced with lichens. The sheer Cliffs of Kerry at Portmagee and sleepy fishing villages. Grand!Read more

  • Day29

    Looking out the window this morning, it's not looking too bright, but by the time we'd packed up and had breakfast it was improving with patches of blue sky peeking through!

    We're heading off to drive around the Dingle Peninsula hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more than yesterday. We did have a few showers here and there but it was mostly clear and the wind had dropped off a bit thank goodness.

    The Dingle Peninsula is quite a bit more dramatic than the Ring of Kerry. Beautiful scenery all the way around and lots of places to stop and take photos. More stone forts, they are everywhere around here. Makes you wonder why they would have wanted to settle on the windy hillsides and not somewhere more cosy.

    Stae Head is gorgeous, you walk out onto the end of the peninsula with all the sheep and look down over the cliffs into the bright clear water of the Atlantic. Freezing cold and windy but lovely views!

    I'd seen a photo of somewhere on the Peninsula and nearly missed it. We asked the waitress where we had lunch, " Oh yeah that's Dunquin Peir this is, you'll be needing to go back a bit" ha ha she sounded exactly like that!

    Luckily it was only 5 klms back so didn't take long, think lots of people miss it, only a few of us there to see the lovely headland. It's where the ferry leaves for one of the islands and it's rarely used by the look of it.

    More gorgeous views all the way back to Dingle where we would have been happy to stay another night, but all booked up.

    Pouring rain when we pulled up in Tralee. This is a working town by the look of it, not many tourists around. Still lots of pub but not much food or accommodation. We went into one pub and asked for rooms, after calling a couple she sent us to a B and B down the street.

    Sweet young girl in the tea shop there was so thrilled to have us, we didn't have the heart to turn her down. " You'll be wanting a private room then?" I didn't know there was any other kind!! Ha ha ha It was cheap anyway which is about the best thing you could say for it! It's a good story for another day. The look on Graham's face cracks me up every time I think about it!

    Back to our friendly bar maid for a Guinness and a recommendation for dinner. OMG the food was delicious. I keep waiting to be disappointed with a meal, but it hasn't happened yet!
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  • Day29

    Coming up to the Cliffs of Moher. We take the ferry across the River Shannon into County Clare. Takes a big chunk out of the driving and it's an interesting addition. They have it down pat on that ferry, no mucking around. The trip only takes about twenty minutes and the cars and buses are on and off in no time.

    Lovely scenic drive up to The Cliffs. We have a gorgeous day for it, blue sky, not too much wind and sunshine. They are just as huge and majestic looking as I imagined. Lots of people there, but it's a big place so doesn't matter really.

    Had lunch in little Doolin about 10 klms away. We had a chat to a couple of young girls on a bus tour. Sounded like it was a lot of driving and not much stopping. Drove down through The Burren after lunch, totally different landscape, much barer, big rocky wind swift mountains.

    We were heading to Galway tonight but when we came through Kinvare it was starting to rain so we stopped her for the night. I wanted to try an Irish coffee, haven't had one yet and I'd seen a sign for them just down the road so off we went to get one. It's pretty good, and while we were drinking it three guys at the next table had their instruments out and entertained us for a couple of hours!
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  • Day11

    Well, today's hike, the last one of the Kerry Way, is not for the faint hearted. We had everything on the trail. Lots of rain, patchy at some times, sunshine (which is good, but it lasts only for a few minutes until the next shower) etc...

    The trail itself was pretty eay to walk, not too boggy. Ere were just three passages through rivers, that made the walk tricky. There was even one with a rope. But at the end, we managed them all.

    After a third of the trail, we joined the path that came from Killarney, the same we took a week ago when we started the Kerry Way. We made the same rest at Lord Brandon's Cottage. Just before the B&B. We had a week ago, we attacked the ascent to the Gap of Dunloe. It's a narrow montain passage to the otherside of Killarney. For us, this was a more direct route to where the hotel was located.

    The Gap of Dunloe is used by many jaunting cars with tourists. These are small carts with 4 passengers. They normally ride from Lord Brandon's Cottage to the Gap of Dunloe. Nice for families.

    From this point, we had only 5 km to make until our final destination and the end of The Kerry Way.
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  • Day11

    During the Kerry Way, this was the best day we had on the whole walk, well seen weatherwise. We decided to leave the Kerry Way and follow another path down to the beach. Here we could enjoy a truly irish day on the beach !

  • Day27

    The plan today is to drive the Ring of Kerry, we already did 20 or so klms of it before we got to Kenmare last night so at least we have a head start.

    The day is not looking too bright. First stop was the Staigue Stone Fort, up this little skinny track for about 4 klms, buses can't go in here so that's a bonus. It was amazing, 2500 years old and all the walls and some of the rooms are still intact. Big enough to house the chieftain and his family and probably most of their village. There were steps built into the walls and you could climb up to the top, pretty spectacular views they would have had, it was a tad nerve racking on the highest one!

    Lots of pretty views as you drive along, nice little harbours and a wood turner we called in to see, where Graham scored some wood to take home. Unfortunately about lunch time the rain came in and never really stopped, it was pretty much a white out for the rest of the afternoon. We did see a few of the views between showers, and one spot where the rain stopped for a bit with a gorgeous rainbow. I was so glad we'd seen a bit the day before and got to the Stone Fort before the weather really set in.

    We gave up then and headed for Dingle. It rained the whole way so I'm not expecting the Dingle Peninsula to be too marvellous either. It is a cool little town though with lots of pubs, restaurants and music. And windy, we went for a walk before dinner and nearly got bowled over. Holy Moly talk about the Wild Atlantic Way!

    Another great feed and then we wandered around and listened to a few sessions and one group who we thought were going to be wonderful, had a big crowd and took forever to get themselves organised! They were deadly boring, so we headed back to the pub we'd had dinner at were there was a couple of guys playing and singing. An Irish dancer came out and joined them for a few songs, he sure could move. It was great fun and very entertaining!
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Ciarraí, Ciarrai, Co Kerry, KIR

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