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Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney March 23rd 2015

This past weekend I traveled to Killarney and toured the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula. The town of Killarney itself is a lovely town. The Ring of Kerry lived up to everything that people make it out to be. It is a beautiful landscape and will make people sit in awe at points. The big surprise of the trip was the Dingle Peninsula. It was the most beautiful place I have seen in Ireland. It is by far my favorite place and I could not begin to describe my thoughts on the peninsula. For anyone who is traveling to Ireland, I cannot recommend any place more highly. It is in my personal opinion that the Dingle Peninsula was quite a bit better than the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Kerry left me speechless. ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney November 7th 2014

Today started off with another splendid breakfast. Eggs and tomahtoes. That reminds me, I expected nobody to know what tofu was (I'm not sure why, I guess my idea of "Bed and Breakfast" brings to mind lace and musty smelling houses with old people who are behind the times. To be fair, lace, must and old people have been present now at 2/3 of my B&Bs…so I don't feel I'm too off-base here) which is why I wasn't ready to make the transition to veganism until after the trip. I did see a health store in Limerick last night and stopped in to see what kind of things they'd have. It was super tiny, 2 aisles, with all kinds of fun things - types of things you'd find at Whole Foods, and it even had a ... read more
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Driving to Killarney, pulled over to let someone pass.
Spogler's Continental Bakery & Coffee Shop

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney July 29th 2014

Today, we drove from Kilkenny to Killarney. Along the way we stopped at Cashel Rock (a Castle). Quite an impressive piece of architecture with spectacular views. Once here we checked in to our B&B and then took off on a amazing ride along the Ring of Kerry. It's a scenic drive (though those two words fall short to describe it) along the coastal, lake, and mountainous regions of the Kerry County. While as picturesque as it is, you are driving on a very narrow two way road that at some points only fit one car at a time… it lead to quite the adventure! It took all day and we finished with some good food in the town of Killarney. You might ask why the cows, cars, and sheep title? Well, there are cows and sheep ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney July 3rd 2014

Oh My God ! What a beautiful and peaceful place is Killarney. Last month myself and my husband went to Killarney for a break. We went by our car and it gave us more liberty to get down at different places that we would like to see. From the starting of County Kerry itself was really stunning with mountains and green valleys which were brightened up by the sunshine. Through out our way we could see small small hills with white sheeps which appeared as small cotton balls moving around and eating green ,fresh grass. It was really enjoyable. Towards afternoon we reached Killarney and saw that it is a small , but very busy town with all the tourist from different places and countries moving around. Most of the hotels were located in the town ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney April 4th 2014

In a country where we quickly determined there was more scenic diversity than advertised we began our journey to the southwest and southern part of this fascinating land. Our trip was already two weeks old and we’d seen and experienced so much, it was almost difficult to imagine what we could find next that would match what we had already experienced. But we found it…..and more. Dingle First….a little background. When we were in Dublin at a pub called the Brazen Head for an evening of story telling and music (to be described in our future Dublin blog), we had the good fortune of striking up a conversation with Johnny, who was the storyteller. He was extremely proud of his land and when we told him we would be in Ireland for the better part of ... read more
Headed out of Killarney
Azure waters of Sheepshead Peninsula
Connor Pass

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney December 21st 2013

Yesterday I spent my last morning in Cork. I had just enough time to walk downtown to St. FinBarre's cathedral before going back to catch my train to Killarney. All told, the train ride was relatively short, and when I got to Killarney it was raining. Hard. I had booked a hostel which was thankfully only a 3 minute walk from the train station. Upon ringing the doorbell, I was greeted by the host, Martin - a young guy with a mohawk and a thick Polish accent, not exactly what I expected to see in Ireland. The hostel itself is very cozy, with a woodstove and dim lighting in the main room - very rustic and good for relaxing. As of checking in time, I had my own 8-bed room to myself! The rain didn't discourage ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney October 18th 2013

If we were to travel directly to our next accommodation just outside Killarney we could be there in less than an hour. That would obviously be too easy and all we would be sightseeing would be farmland. So our plan for the day is to travel to the end of the Dingle Peninsula and back again and then onto our hotel, The 19thGreen. It would have been great to have been able to pull the curtains back this morning and seen the sun shining brightly but................. The reasonable day of weather we had yesterday has deserted us and there was rain hitting the bedroom window. We had given a breakfast time of 9am so we could enjoy a lie in and by delaying our departure as long as we could perhaps the rain would clear away. ... read more
Lush green hillside paddocks
Main street,Dingle
Stone walls separating paddocks,Dingle Peninsula

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney July 27th 2013

After a night of lost sleep due to ‘boy racers’ all night (thought they were only in NZ!) we left Killarney at 8.50 and headed in an anti clockwise direction around the Ring of Kerry. The maps all advised to go in this direction but surely many people had ignored that advice. The road is not wide, it is twisty, uneven and certainly not fast. It seemed a bit strange that so much money had been poured into the motorways and main tourist routes, like the Ring of Kerry, had only a very good road in odd places. Most of the surface is patched and uneven though some of that may be due to bog or rocks under the surface. Our first stop down along the Dingle Bay inlet coast was at a Bog Museum which ... read more
The red team at Waterville
A scene looing out over the bay from Waterville
The 3rd round fort at Steig

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney July 26th 2013

We got away early this morning in order to fit in more than just travelling. The weather continues to be changeable and we now figure this is normal. Every day's forecast is sun, cloud, rain, warm and cool - you get the lot. Don't go anywhere without an umbrella because you might want one 30 minutes later. We first went to Cashel where we wanted to visit the Rock of Cashel with St Patrick's Church. We visited here in 1976 and it was nothing like it is today. Then, we were able to simply walk up to the castle and walk all over and around. Now it is a primary tourist spot. The castle was first established very early on by a kingdom but was handed to the Catholic Church over 1000 years ago. Since then, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney June 10th 2013

Hello again! Today we traveled from Dublin to Killarney. We stopped a few times along the way. The first stop we made was in Cashel. We saw a couple a chapels. They were really cool. I had fun looking around. The church had no roof because there was a tax put on buildings with a roof. There were also some men buried on the grounds. One of them was the Protestant priest of the church, who was also the Catholic priest of a church in Northern Ireland. He believed people would mess with his grave so he couldn't go to haven so he had "I may or may not lie here" put on his tomb. He thought that would keep people from messing with his tomb. That was the coolest story in Cashel. Then we moved ... read more
Chocolate Fudge Cake and Ice Cream




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