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    • Day7

      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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    • Day6

      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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      Traveler

      Absolutely beautiful.

      7/14/22Reply
      Traveler

      The Towns/Villages look so quaint and colorful

      7/14/22Reply
      Traveler

      I see by your map you are on the Dingle Peninsula now. Excited to hear how you liked that area.

      7/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      So Wonderfull

      7/17/22Reply
       
    • Day8

      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

    • Day5

      Kenmare Stone Circle

      July 1, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      The Kenmare Stone Circle is the biggest stone circle in the south-west of Ireland. Stone circles, were, built, during, the Bronze age (2,200 - 500BC) for ritual and ceremonial purposes. Some studies have indicated that they were orientated on certain solar and lunar events, such as the position of the sun on the horizon on a solstice.
      The Kenmare example may be orientated on the setting sun. In the centre of the circle is a type of burial monument known as a Boulder Burial.
      These are rarely found outside of south-western Ireland.
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    • Day10

      Dingle -> Kenmare

      May 21, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Heute war wieder ein Reisetag. Wir haben uns in Dingle bei Phil und Michael verabschiedet. Wir mögen die beiden sehr. Zum Abschied hat Phil uns ein kleines Geschenk gemacht und gesagt: „See you next year😉“ Mit ihrem trockenen Humor und ihrer derben Ausdrucksweise und direkten Art ist sie eigentlich der perfekte Mix aus Irin und Potti🤣 vielleicht versteht man sich deshalb so gut 😊
      Die knapp zwei Stunden Autofahrt haben wir wieder mit gespanntem Zuhören verbracht. Der Krimi spitz sich zu... es wird mega spannend 👍🏽
      Natürlich haben wir nicht den direkten Weg gewählt, sondern sind über den „Connor Pass“ und die „Caherconree Scenic Route“ gefahren, was sich wieder mal als goldrichtig herausgestellt hat. Irland ist einfach schön 😅
      Einen Zwischenstopp gab es am Atlantik. Ein riesiger Strand und außer uns war keine Menschenseele zu sehen.
      In Kenmare angekommen wurden wir von Patricia herzlichst gedrückt und begrüßt. Wir haben uns so viel zu erzählen... Die 2 Mile Lodge haben wir 2013 bei unserer Hochzeitsreise kennengelernt und ist seit dem ein fester Bestandteil bei unseren Irland Reisen. Bei Patricia fühlt es sich so an, als würde man nach Hause kommen 😍😊
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    • Day12

      Abschied von Patricia

      May 23, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      Heute hatten wir unsere letzte Nacht in Kenmare. Bei unserem Frühstück haben wir eine Schar von Vögeln beobachten können, die ebenfalls ihr Frühstück aufpickten. Es fehlte aber auch keiner... Buchfink, Kohl-, Schwanz- und Blaumeise, Grünfink, Eichelhäher, Fasan, Ringeltaube, Rotkehlchen und noch ein paar andere Vögel, die ich nicht identifizieren konnte 🤣
      Der Abschied viel uns wieder schwer. Was man daran merkt , dass er sich ganz schön in die Länge (im positiven Sinn) gezogen hat. Wir hatten uns noch so viel zu erzählen, dass wir nicht vor 12 Uhr los kamen 😂

      Das Wetter hat sich etwas geändert, so dass wir nun endlich richtige irische Fotos machen könnten. Mit meiner neuen Foto App merkt aber keiner, dass es regnet🤪🤣🤣🤣 Glaubt nichts mehr auf Bildern aus dem Netz!!!

      Unser B&B heute kennen wir noch nicht. Es ist aber auf den ersten Eindruck gemütlich und schön. Mal sehen wie die Nacht wird 😊
      Jetzt geht’s nach Schull zum Essen. 😃
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    • Day6

      Kenmare Stone Circle / Druids Circle

      August 18, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      In Kenmare angekommen, stoppen wir kurz in der Market Street am Stone Circle.

      In Südwestirland finden sich über 100 solcher Steinkreise. Sie datieren aus den Jahren 2000 bis 500 vor Christus. Diese Kreise dienten rituellen und zeremoniellen Zwecken. Auch Menschenopfer fanden an solchen Stätten statt. Einzelne, eher seltenere Kreise beinhalten auch Grabstätten. Diese sind durch Mittelsteine gekennzeichnet.

      Interessanterweise zeigt sich hier auch wieder die Abergläubigkeit der Iren. An einem größeren Busch finden sich angeknotete Wünsche.
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    • Day15

      Prehistoric Beauties

      June 13, 2015 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      The Dingle Peninsula. All day I was waiting to figure out the joke, or at least why it's called that. But it remains a mystery. A beautiful, coastal, prehistoric mystery.

      Our day began with a quick stop off the highway at Bunratty castle. I was looking for a breakfast, and I found one across the street in a beautiful gift shop cafeteria. Smoked salmon and perfectly poached eggs with crispy capers.

      The drive down to the peninsula was intense. I'd love to relax and enjoy the sheep pastures dotting the mountainsides, but I'm completely focused on not slamming into the scenic bank of flowers growing into the road on my left, while a tour bus careens toward me, encroaching into my lane from the right.

      I managed to sleep 11.5 hours last night, which felt amazing. But the rolling roads almost rock me back to sleep.

      A walk along the windy, Irish beach rather reminds me of California, except for the bleating of sheep from all sides.

      The prehistoric and historic Irish architechture dotting the coasts are really entrancing. The ocean seems to turn the stones black along the coast, and yet remains clear and beautiful, crashing directly beneath Dunbeg Fort. I was impressed that it dated back to 500 BC, until we stopped at the Beehive Huts, which dated to 2000 BC. Aside from the sheep, who lead an idyllic coastal life, we had the place to ourselves.

      A coastal destination seemed the perfect place to sample the ubiquitous fish and chips, which I did, which were great. And follwed by salt flavored ice cream, made by drying the very salt of the sea of Dingle Bay.
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      DeWayne Howell

      My vote for the best of the 3 donkey selfies

      6/14/15Reply
      Sarah Mcmurray

      In this particular photo, you are actually seeing a unicorn. His horn gleams blindingly bright.

      6/15/15Reply
      Sarah Mcmurray

      Once the donkey saw I was going to take our picture together, he began to pose and nuzzle our faces together. I was so surprised and got so excited I couldnt behave properly and ruined his picture.

      6/15/15Reply
      Sarah Mcmurray

      The Irish beach, along the Dingle Peninsula.

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    • Day32

      Galway to Kenmare

      October 2, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Just loving Ireland and today another of many contrasts. Set off from Galway for the Cliffs of Moher. The hour and a half drive was gorgeous, yet the countryside so rugged and farms so underdeveloped due to the land being so poor. The cliffs were another tourist site which was very well managed and we were lucky that they were not so busy although by the time we left we counted 15 tourist buses. The sun came out and the scenery was amazing although was very nervous about how stable the ground under our feet was. We drove on to a very old fashioned town full of pubs where we actually found a reasonably modern cafe for lunch. Our next stop was Adare, a beautiful tourist town with lovely shops and some thatched roof cottages. The scenery by now had completely changed and the whole area of Kerry seemed very prosperous compared to County Clare. We drove through Killarney but realised we would now be doing the most picturesque part of the Ring of Kerry as we made our way to Kenmare. Not wanting to get there too late and knowing we wanted to explore the area more tomorrow, we decided not to make any more stops and just carry on. The scenery was breathtaking and we arrived an hour later in Kenmare at 5 30 to find the loveliest little Irish town. Our accomodation was O’Donnabhain’s Hotel and our room was above the main bar. We wandered around the streets before settling into the bar for a lovely pub meal and live music. All gorgeous. After another walk around we retired upstairs and were surprised at how sound proof the room was- but how hard the bed was! Oh well can’t have everything!Read more

      Traveler

      Having never been to Ireland your travels make me want to go there.

      10/2/18Reply
      Traveler

      I’m with Moira!!! Your travels make me want to go everywhere you’ve been!!!

      10/3/18Reply
       
    • Day6

      Ring of Kerry: Kenmare

      June 24, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      We were delighted to see the sun shining when we went down to an early breakfast before setting off on our day of sightseeing. It was a good omen ... even though the sun played peek-a-boo with the clouds throughout the day.

      Setting off to drive the Ring of Kerry in a counter-clockwise direction, our first stop before leaving Killarney was to have been the Torc Waterfall. Alas, the road to get there was closed. In fact, we had to backtrack a bit. Hence our direction driving the Ring ended up being clockwise instead. Luckily, the convoys of buses that tend to clog traffic on the narrow Ring of Kerry roads were non-existent today.

      Those who know us well are aware of our affinity to all things associated with the polar regions. The name of a County Kerry man — Tom Crean — is well known in the annals of Antarctic exploration. He participated in three expeditions ... two of which were quite eventful. Having read that he had a restaurant in Kenmare, we wanted to at least check it out.

      So, arriving in Kenmare, we parked the car and set off to find “Tom Crean’s Fish & Wine.” We didn’t have to go far. Turns out that we’d parked across the street from it. Next, we went for a stroll around town. We were surprised to find the streets mostly deserted ... surprising at 9:30a on a Monday morning. Noticing that the door to the Holy Cross Church was open, we popped in to take a look at the stained glass windows ... for which I have a particular photographic fondness.

      And then, we were off to continue our drive.

      (More about Tom Crean at this link if you want to learn more ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Crean_(explorer)).
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      Sonia Gelman

      Very vivid colors!

      11/21/20Reply
       

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