Oratory of hope and glory..July 15, 2016 in Ireland
The only one left with a roof intact. Anywhere.
The only one left with a roof intact. Anywhere.
Left at 10 am from Galway today heading to Killarney. Had a one hour transfer in Limerick. Not a pretty city at all-very industrialized. However Killarney was sunny and gorgeous. My hostel is 500 m from the gates of the National Park. The town reminds me of Banff and Newfoundland combined. Tomorrow I am going to check it out. So I went for a stroll after dinner tonight a come across Santa wishing good cheer. Feels weird because is warm, sunny but all the Christmas decorations are out. Could this be California? Headed out shopping afterwards and then heard some great Celtic music.....so I had to check it out. Had a pint of G and listened to the band and an older chap, I think his name was Tony bought me another pint and chatted my ear off in Gaelic. I was confused and just smiled , laughed and nodded. He fessed up that he was a retired psychologist, dedicated an Irish ballad to me, and made me laugh. The music was fabulous and the band played Folsom County in traditional Celtic beat and it was great. This town feels alive and great!Read more
First stop, time to canter around town. Yes! In a horse and carriage - of course.
Great views from the National Park is St. Mary’s Cathedral and Ross Castle.
They have a shire with some great beers!
Time for dinner and dancing.
I was set to do the Ring of Kerry this morning before moving onto Cork but my tour was cancelled. Bummer I was really looking forward to it but I was the only one going so it wasn't feasible for the tour company. Instead I decided to go up to Torc waterfalls on the park. It was drizzling when I left and by the time I stopped off to have lunch and give my feet a rest (12km in) it was pouring down rain. The last 8 kms were really wet. The polish girls at the hostel were super and threw my coat into the dryer. My feet really hurt but it was well worth it. I also found out that the creatures in the park were the original Red deer of Ireland, which have existed only in Ireland for centuries. The crazy looking second creature is the purebred Japanese Sika deer and was brought to the island by nobility for hunting purposes. Interestingly both deer graze side by side with cattle in the National Park.Read more
Wow it just keeps getting better. I am in Dingle the most westerly part of Ireland and it is so green including the water. It has been stormy all but I have given to the rain and pressed on. I was going to go on a boat cruise to see the dolphins but the wind picked up and the rain set in. Checked into my hostel and so far am the only one here, yeah! Maybe I'll get a good night sleep. Dingle us very touristy and so a lot of places are shut down for the season. I had fresh fish and chips at a local pub and managed to check the whole town out already, population 1200. I don't remember the water this green in Newfoundland but then again they don't have palm trees like Dingle.Read more
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
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
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
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.
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
You might also know this place by the following names:
Ciarraí, Ciarrai, Co Kerry, KIR