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    • Day 11

      Day 10 Ring of Kerry

      May 4 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Every day is like a treasure hunt. Trying to find where Google is sending us, parking, and finding the tour bus to do the Ring of Kerry with Wild Kerry Tours. It was all worth it for we had an exceptional driver with very interesting and fun commentary, plus Irish music, and perfect stops along the way. It started off with a sheep dog demonstration, followed by many photo opportunities of the coastline around the Kerry peninsula that enters the Atlantic Ocean, lunch, and ice cream! The Irish sure love their ice's everywhere and good!
      We were pleasantly surprised with our accommodations for the view out our back door was extraordinary... backing up to a field with sheep and mountains.
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    • Day 46

      Ireland - The Ring of Kerry

      September 28, 2023 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Caught the car ferry across to Killarney.
      Drove the Ring of Kerry clockwise by starting in Kemare.
      The day deteriorated and by 2.30 we just drove straight back to Killarney as the mist had set in and alongside the rain we couldn't see anythingRead more

    • Day 6

      Clonakilty to Kenmare

      July 14, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

      On our way to Mizen head, today, we passed through Skibbereen. Hugh talked about how the Potato Famine killed 10,000 people in the West Cork area. 2,000,000 died overall. 😢

      A Happy Fun fact - The small Skibbereen rowing club, with only a tidal river to practice on, has produced multiple Olympic medals - O’Donovan Brothers being the most well known. I watched a YouTube video about them tonight - “The Irish Rowing Brothers Who Shocked the World” It was fantastic!!

      Mizen Head and Barley Cove were absolutely stunning. It was good to see and smell the ocean. Mizen Head is the most south-west point of Ireland and we got a great workout hiking to the different lookouts.

      We stopped for lunch in Bantry and ate at Box of Frogs 🐸 Yummy!!!!
      Then, we cut across the Beara Peninsula and drove the switchbacks through the Caha mountains over Healy Pass. The road and pass reminded me of the types of mountain passes you see in the Tour de France.

      Along the road there were sheep everywhere, spray painted in different color designs to identify them to the farmers. Beautiful!!!

      I can’t believe the wonderful weather we’ve had! So, so fortunate!

      Dinner 🥘 and drinks 🍹 from Foley’s on the street across from our Guesthouse, Davitt’s, with the sounds of live music from all the bars on the road. 🎶
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    • Day 7

      Kenmare to Dingle

      July 15, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      We drove over Moll’s Gap
      Towards the McGillacuddy’s Reeks (mountains) into Killarney National Park and Lakes. After a short hike to Torc Waterfall, we visited Ross Castle. 🏰 A guide took us up the mainly original spiral staircase and explained the different rooms and what life was like living in the castle. Going down the staircase took some concentration and control over not really looking straight down 😮

      The rest of the way was the Dingle Peninsula!!!👍🏻🙂 - We had lunch at Sammy’s on Inch Beach and then drove by so many pastures holding sheep 🐑 or cows 🐄 divided by stone fences covered by green shrubbery.

      Before we checked in to our Bed and Breakfast, we drove around Slea Head…WOW! It’s an amazing road along the cliff side with incredible views of the Blasket Islands. We took some time at Gallorus Oratory, which is the best preserved early Christian church in Ireland. It was built between the 7th and 8th century with dry-stone corbelling, using techniques first developed by Neolithic tomb makers. It was perfectly constructed - Amazing!!!

      We are staying at the Greenmount House B&B for the next two nights. 🙂 Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to meandering around Dingle.
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    • Day 6

      A Change of Plans

      May 7, 2023 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 55 °F

      We work up this morning with the most amazing view and changed our plans about what we will do today!
      Since we arrived in Waterford a bit early for our 7.30 dinner reservation last night, we had time to wander around and see a few things. From other trips, reading and watching TV, we know a good bit about the Viking history in Europe. So, instead of going back to the city of Waterford to learn more about that, we chose a cliff hike and time on the beach this morning. Heavenly!

      Hiking the cliff walk and experiencing the uniqueness of the's bouncy... was fun. Then, down to the beach for a long walk. This beach was very rocky with a small area of sand. The area is called the Copper Coast and is considered a UNESCO Global Geopark. The coast line here evolved after volcanic activity ocurred over 460 million years ago. We had a 'Poldark' moment when we came up on an old copper mine. Read more here about the geology of the area:…

      The weather has mostly been just what we expected - a touch of everything. The winds on the coast are crazy wild. I guess that is partly why it is called the WILD ATLANTIC WAY. The temps have been in the upper 50s and low 60s for the most part. That means the ocean waters are around low 50's. NC beach waters are more like upper 60s to mid 70s. While walking the beach we met a group of ladies who go swimming in the very cold water every Sunday! (Think 'Bad Sisters' if you watch Apple+). BURRRR!! 🥶

      It was a really lovely, slow day taking in the area. We would go back there in a minute!
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    • Day 9


      May 19, 2023 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Bevor es losgeht decken wir uns in der ‚Stadtbäckerei‘ von Sneem mit Futteralien ein. Neben einem Sandwich bedienen wir uns noch an den berühmten Scones, die laut Ladenbesitzerin nach altem Familienrezept gebacken werden.

      Kurz danach verlassen wir Sneem und setzen die ersten Schritte auf die anstehende
      34 Kilometer Etappe. Zu Beginn windet sich der Trail über schmale verwunschene Waldpfade. Am Wegesrand stehen uralte, längst zu Ruinen verfallene Häuser aus deren inneren mittlerweile Bäume emporwachsen. Letztendlich holt sich die Natur zurück was ihr gehört…
      Plötzlich stoßen wir auf Anna und Carsten, gelegentliche Mitwanderer vom ersten Tag im Black Valley. Wir kommen ins Gespräch und die Zeit verfliegt im Nu. Irgendwann leitet uns der Weg durch einen Wald hinunter ans Meer.
      Das Wasser funkelt zwischen den Bäumen und Felsbuchten laden zum Verweilen ein.
      Wir verabschieden uns einmal mehr von unserer Wanderbekanntschaft und
      steigern die Schlagzahl.
      Kilometer um Kilometer fliegen dahin, bis es abermals bergauf geht. Gegen Ende der Tour gelangen wir auf eine Hochfläche und Kenmare unsere Zieletappe, liegt in Sichtweite unter uns.
      Ziemlich am Anschlag stolpern wir auf den letzten Kilometern, über matschige Grasflächen bis in unser B&B, den Druid Cottage.
      Am Abend lassen wir es in den ansässigen Pubs, bei Bier und irischer Livemusik ausklingen.
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    • Day 8

      Gortamullen House, Kenmare

      June 2, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      ca. 3 Motoradminuten und 15 zu Fuß von Kenmare gelegen - malerisch inmitten irischen Grüns .....das bislang schönste, idyllischste und am Ruhigsten gelegene B&B mit einer herzensguten, freundlichen und durch und durch irischen GastgeberinRead more

    • Day 7

      Ring of Kerry

      July 13, 2023 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 61 °F

      This drive should only be done by a local. It was heart stopping passing the many tour busses. Yikes!
      Denise, our driver, managed very well.
      This area was created by a giant glacier at the end of the last ice age.
      This day we walked 16, 271 steps!
      Cory stayed home sick. A pity. I think he would have truly loved the falconry experience. But when we got home, we brought cold medicine. That seemed to help. All 3 of us walked into town for dinner. Stay tuned for our Kenmare adventures.
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    • Day 8

      Kenmare Stone Circle

      July 14, 2023 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

      Cute little stone circle. We tried to touch each and go through time like in Outlander....but here we are.
      We were given note cards to write wishes on and tie to the Hawthorne trees.
      We tried getting some photos. There was a French family that didn't care to move, and the adults were displaying an uncomfortable amount of PDA. Gross.Read more

    • Day 4

      Cromwells Bridge

      September 8, 2023 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Die Cromwell’s Bridge ist eine kleine Brücke in Kenmare, die das Flüsschen Finnihy (irisch An Fhinnithe) überquert. Durch Hochwasser sind große Teile der Brücke verschwunden, so dass sie heute nicht mehr genutzt werden kann. der Geschichte nach soll sie von Mönchen erbaut worden sein.Read more

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    Kenmare, An Neidín, Кенмэр

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