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  • Day11

    Day 11 - Motorcycling Ecstacy

    August 11, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    It was a little treat to watch Match of the Day in bed this morning with it still raining outside. I was having such a lovely time that I made Jackie a cup of coffee only for her to tip it over & spill half of it on the bedside table & carpet. We decided to give breakfast a miss because we didn’t feel we couldn’t do €12 each justice.

    It was not long after 10am that we finally donned out motorcycle gear again & left the comfort of our hotel. Luckily for us the rain had now stopped & it was a cool overcast day, perfect for motorcycling.

    As we were saddling up, visitors were already arriving at the hotel, Kells House & Gardens. We drove back down the long fern lined driveway, then headed to Kells beach for a quick look. One hardy family were on the beach building sandcastles, they weren’t going to let the weather stop them having a beach holiday!

    We then rejoined the Ring of Kerry where we had turned off the previous evening. We continued clockwise through Dooks, Glenbeigh, then took the first right turn after crossing Caragh Bridge, on the recommendation of Chris.

    The road soon became a single track road with next to no cars on it, more walkers, cyclists & the odd motorcyclists. The road took us alongside the spectacular Lough Carag, occasionally stopping for a photo, but it’s such a faff.

    To take a photo, I have to pull over, take my gloves off, dig my camera out of my pocket & take the photo whilst trying to balance the bike upright with Jackie wobbling on the back. If I want to get off the bike, then Jackie has to get off the bike first, usually with a sigh. As a result, most of the picturesque views have to be committed to our memory instead of to an SD card!

    We crossed the raging River Caragh at Blackstones Bridge, then climbed up into the mountains, passing through the stunning Ballaghbeama Gap. After an hour or so of tricky, but exhilarating riding, we reached the R568 & raced up to Molls Gap to rejoin the Ring of Kerry.

    We popped into the cafe at Molls Gap, but nothing too our fancy, so we had a wee & left. We now followed the Ring of Kerry anti-clockwise down the mountain with all the other tourists towards Killarney. We stopped at Ladies View for a scenic vista over Upper Lake. We even treated ourselves to a proper photo be getting of the bike to admire the views.

    We continued on in a procession down the mountain, through Killarney National Park, past Muckross Lake & towards the outskirts of Killarney with it’s massive hotels. We stopped at a petrol station for fuel & discovered it had a very tempting cafe, which prompted us to stay for brunch.

    The staff couldn’t have been nicer & more helpful. We had ham & egg salad rolls, scone, doughnut & coffees, all for a bargain price! After we cruised through, well stop / started through Killarney town centre, which was easy on the eye, but very touristy & way too busy. We didn’t stop other than to use an ATM.

    We then embarked on an approximate 2 hour ride across country to our new Cottage for Week 2 of our trip. We picked up the N72 & were able to ride at a decent pace on the relatively flat roads. The occasional hefty bump gave me a reminder to stay vigilant.

    We rode through Barraduff, Rathmore & Banteer to Mallow, nicknamed the “Crossroads of Munster”. We had a cruise around Mallow, primarily because I took a wrong turning, then picked up the N72 again. We continued through Killavullen, Ballyhooly to Fermoy.

    Fermoy was a very attractive, but less touristy, looking town with a an impressive bridge crossing the wide River Blackwater to the main street of Courthouse Road. Whilst in Fermoy, we stopped & took an ‘on bike’ photo of the Cistercian Monks statue.

    As a point of interest, during the War of Independence, Fermoy was the scene of the first attack for arms by the IRA against British troops, during which a Private Jones was killed. This resulted in several reprisals, including when British troops looted and burned part of the town centre. One of those who led the raid, IRA Commandant Michael Fitzgerald, was subsequently captured but never tried for the offence. He later became the first IRA man to die on hunger strike during the War of Independence.

    We continued eastwards to Tallow Bridge, where Chris had told me that the cottage was just a short distance further on. Unfortunately my SatNav told me to continue around the hairpin bend & that we were still 30 minutes away. Stupidly, I followed the SatNav until we got up the road to Lismore. We pulled over & used google which took us another route & just 6 minutes later we pulled up at Bride Valley Fruit Farm, the farmhouse of which is our cottage.

    Bride Valley Fruit Farm is still a working farm with cattle, sheep & Bramley cooking apples that are bought by Bulmers for their cider. The farmhouse has marvellous views across Bride Valley & the River Bride running through it.

    After emptying the panniers, Chris & I retreated to the kitchen to watch the Man Utd v Chelsea game on the iPad with a cold beer. When I thought the day couldn’t have got any better, Man Utd’s youngsters thrashed Chelsea 4-0. Nothing better than to see that smug self-satisfied look wiped off Frank Lampard’s face!

    As soon as the football finished, Angela served up a delicious Chicken Pasta Bake with garlic bread & salad with a drop of red. After dinner, we cleared away & got ready to play a game of Cribbage. I dealt out the first hand, but before we could play we had an unexpected pitch invasion, in the form of the farmer, Willie McDonnell.

    Willie walked straight in, sat himself down at our table & picked up the dealt cards. He then proceeded to tell us that he used to play ‘45’ & started selecting random cards that were apparently bonus cards. Willie was a lovely old man, who certainly had the the gift of the gab. No doubt he had kissed the Blarney Stone!

    Willie stayed for 30-45 minutes telling us all sorts of stories about his life on the farm & the people & history of the area. It was fascinating & amusing stuff. We ascertained from him that we were allowed to fish in the river for brown trout, but not salmon. Willie also told us that 10 years ago he bought a donkey for €1000 for his cottages guests as well as investing in the luxury of internet. He couldn’t have been more different to Mr Hegarty.

    We played Cribbage & Logo ( note: where Jackie was the victor over an out of form Simon) & finally went to bed at the unearthly hour of 11.30pm.

    It had been a top top day.

    Song of the Day - The High Road by Broken Bells
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  • Day11

    Gap of Dunloe Tours

    June 17, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Heute geht's also in den Killarney Nationalpark. Wir haben eine Tour gebucht, die uns per Shuttle zu einer Bootstour, dann mit Kutschen durch das Gap of Dunloe und dann mit einem Shuttle zurück nach Killarney bringt.
    Pünktlich um 10.00 geht es mit einem vintage Bus los. Der klappert an allen Ecken und müffelt; wahrscheinlich ist er doch alt.
    An Ross Castle, einer Schlossruine aus dem 15. Jahrhundert, geht ein kurzer Schauer runter. Als wir die Boote besteigen nieselt es nur noch. 90 Minuten dauert die Fahrt über die Gletacherseen von Killarney, die durch teilweise sehr schmale Flüsse verbunden sind. Auf den großen Seen weht ein ziemlich kalter Wind. Größtenteils bleibt es trocken und wir genießen die Fahrt. Einmal müssen wir sogar aussteigen und eine enge, flache Stelle umlaufen. Wenn die Sonne scheint, sind die Farben fantastisch - wir sind begeistert!
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  • Day7

    Lord Brandon's Cottage

    August 19, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Am Lord Brandon's Cottage endet unsere Kutschfahrt. Hier haben wir fast 2 Stunden Aufenthalt, die wir uns mit Irish Coffee, Sandwich, Kuchen, Kaffee und heißer Schokolade versüßen.

    Während unserer Aufenthaltszeit kommen sukzessive Boote an und wir bekommen bereits einen kleinen Ausblick auf die Art der Bootstour, die uns erwartet.Read more

  • Day6

    Ring of Kerry - das muss...

    June 24, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Heute steht der ‚Ring of Kerry‘ und die Halbinsel ‚Dingel‘ auf dem Programm. Wir wollten den Ring unbedingt im Uhrzeigersinn fahren, Da wir in dieser Richtung keine Busse etc vor die Nase bekommen. Die dürfen nur gegen den Uhrzeigersinn fahren😜.
    Zuerst mussten wir von Killarney nach Kenmare zurückfahren. 25km reinstes Kurvenparadies. Ein richtig geile Strecke.

    Da heute ja Sonntag ist haben wir doch etwas Verkehr erwartet. Wir sahen 2 Busse, 5 Motorräder, Autos etwas mehr, aber nicht so viel wie glückliche Kühe an der Strecke weiden.

    Was soll man zum Ring selbst schreiben... ‚Phantastisch‘ sagt eigentlich alles.

    ( 😜. Wobei mir der Ring of Barea, was das Fahren anbelangt besser gefallen hat)

    Bilder kommen gleich... Petra ist der Cheffotograf😉
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  • Day2

    County Kerry

    August 12, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Nach dem Essen in Skibbereen machten wir noch einen kleinen Streifzug durch den hiesigen Supermarkt, dem SuperValu, um noch rasch unser Frühstück für morgen einzukaufen. Dann führte uns der Weg über Berg und Tal, durch Tunnel, Scha(r)f rechts und links quer durch County Cork nach Kerry! Interessant ist, dass auch auf schmalen, steil bergab führenden Landstraßen meist 80 km/h Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung gilt. Wir passierten den Gebirgspass Moll's Gap und fuhren durch den Killarney National Park, bei dem uns am Ladies Point eine großartige Aussicht auf den Park und ein sehr gelassenes Reh erwartete. Und ja, es ist lebendig und es geht ihm gut! ;-)

    Da uns unser Navi erst durch einen Fluss schicken wollte, erreichten wir unser idyllisches AirBnB, ein sehr abgelegenes Farmhouse, recht spät. Umgeben von Kühen, einem nicht-prasselnden Elektro-Kamin, Heizdecken und selbstgebackenem Bananenkuchen der Gastgeberin ließen wir den Tag bei einer Tasse Tee ausklingen.
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  • Day4

    Killarney to Black Valley

    August 11, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    This the first leg of the Kerry Way. We started from the B&B early in the morning after having a nice irish breakfast. The weather forecast was pretty bad for today, so we were prepared for the journey ahead. At least, the was no rain at the start.

    The way went past the road for 3 km before it lead us to the Lough leane, the big lake close to Killarney. We came across Muckross Abbey and its Castle just until Torc Waterfall. After that we had to make a steep climb of 200 m. We ended up in a highland valley. The path continued and the weather turned out to be not as bad as the weather forecast predicted. Yes we did get some rain but as we thought there would be.

    We took a Cappuccino and a cake at Lord Brandon's Cottage. from here just 8 more km to the finish in the Black Valley at Shamrock Farm House !!!

    From here you can go through the Gap of Dunloe, a small passage over the mountain that leads directly back to Killarney. You can make this tour in one day by starting at Killarney by boat, which takes you to Lord Brandon's Cottage an from here you can bike over the Gap back to Killarney. Nice tour.

    The Black Valley is one of the most remote places in Ireland. The Valley got electricity only in the 1970s. It's also home of Ireland's highest peak, the Carrauntoohil with 1040 m above sea level.
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  • Day4

    Ring of Kerry, Ladies View

    September 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    We are almost at the end of our Ring of Kerry tour and unfortunately the weather hasn't really been on our side. Our next stop is the so-called Ladies View, a panoramic point in the middle of Killarney National Park offering a great sight of lakes. Unfortunately, the mist totally blocks the view.
    I guess we will have to come back another time! For now, I will download a picture from Google to show what the scenery would look like with other weather conditions.

    Ironically, as soon as we start again driving, the mist starts clearing out and we get some glimpses of the lakes on our left handside. The last stretch of the roas is not only extremely narrow and with no guardrail on the sides, but also gets more and more tortuous the more we go on. In order to avoid hitting cars coming in the opposite direction, Sean blows the horn before every single bend and the other cars actually "answer back" rythmically creating a sort of funny concert.
    I love the Irish!

    Outside it still raining non-stop... and - incredible but true - it has started raining also inside the bus! I don't know if the roof has a whole or if there is an AC leakage, but a sort of waterfall has just formed over my head...
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