Ireland
Portmagee

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10 travelers at this place:

  • Day25

    (Half) the Ring of Kerry

    September 28 in Ireland

    Today was the Ring of Kerry. I wanted to make sure I got an early start (for me) as everything I have read says the tour buses are painful to get stuck behind but you need to go in the same direction as them because meeting them is even worse.
    I thought the buses left 10-10:30am so I thought I was okay when I hit the road just before 9am. After stuffing around trying to find the right road I left Killarney following two buses. I wasn’t terribly impressed but I turned off the route to visit Caragh Lake and lost the buses. I didn’t really come across them again as I didn’t stick to the route (the N70) road as I kept going off to look at scenery off the actual route.
    At Rossbeigh I finally found public toilets that weren’t attached to a pub or restaurant. They were locked!

    To visit Valentia Island there are two routes - bridge or car ferry. Obviously I chose the ferry, why go the conventional route? I’ve been on car ferries before but this time I found the experience really weird, sitting in a car that wasn’t moving but it was.
    Valentia Island is reasonably large and had great views. I did take the bridge to Portmagee.

    From Portmagee I took the Ring of Skellig but as I was relying on signs rather than the GPS I went a little awry. I took a turn in which the road was even narrower but all was good for 15 - 20 minutes until I ended up in someone’s driveway. The road didn’t go any further. Looking at the map know I think it was Cahereamore.
    By this stage it was close to 4pm so I decided that rather than finish the full Ring of Kerry I’d go back via the Ballaghisheen Pass which basically bisects the Ring. It was worth it, especially as it was after 6pm by the time I got back to Killarney.

    It’s still light until nearly 8pm so I wandered down the High st. It is very touristy but tastefully done. There are plenty of souvenir shops but also some buskers and Irish dancers. I walked past a pub and heard live music so I mustered up my courage and went in. It was just one woman with her guitar rather than a band but she was very good. She even played “The Wild Rover”. I sat there for half an hour or so listening to her. I wasn’t sure if I’d be brave enough to sit in a busy pub on my own but I found a spot on a bench opposite the singer and it was fine.
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  • Day6

    Ring of Kerry, Skellig Ring, Ireland

    August 25, 2017 in Ireland

    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

  • Day11

    Day 10 Portmagee and Red deer

    October 12, 2017 in Ireland

    The weather is shite! Stayed at Portmagee for the evening. This is were we would have caught the boat out to the Skelling islands but the seas were too big and the weather is crap. There is a huricane comeing across the atlantic and is bringing terrible weather with it. We did stopped and have a look at some beaches along the way and took a trip up into the forest to see the red deer. This was good.Read more

  • Day6

    Portmagee

    August 16, 2017 in Ireland

    Vannacht gestormd en toch nog redelijk geslapen. The Force is niet met ons, regen en mist en nog steeds 7 -8 Beaufort. Net telefoon gekregen dat de trip is afgelast wegens het slechte weer. Niet naar Skellig Michael Island dus.
    Dan maar een nieuwe planning maken, we bezoeken het visitor center en daardoor nog meer spijt maar hebben dan toch een indruk.

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Portmagee, An Caladh

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