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August 9th 2007
Published: August 27th 2007
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I think that the best way to have a good night’s sleep is to down a few Bailey’s on ice the night before - it always seems to do the trick! Thursday was looking like a pretty miserable day - weather wise, but we had to make the most of it - after all, we were driving through the Ring of Kerry.

I am sure that the majority of people who visit Ireland would take time out to view this remarkable stretch of coastline - many say it is the most spectacular part of Ireland, and I would be hard pressed to argue that. I let Izzy take the wheel again, as we whizzed out of Kilarney, and onto the Kerry route. He was back in rally driver mode!

The road is very narrow in places, and BUMPY! God forbid you have to sit in the backseat - spew bags at the ready Marsh and Laura! I was glad to have a front row view, and as we climbed into the mountains, it was rather lovely to watch the mist rolling in over the clouds.

There were plenty of photo stops along the way - the coastline is beautiful with green rolling hills making their way down into the fierce sea. I would hate to be out in a boat! Tour buses wind their way around these roads, but we managed to miss the majority of these, and as we made our way to the top of the ring, we stopped again to take in the tiny fishing village way down below.

Iz stayed in the driver’s seat for the journey down, past steep hills and grazing sheep. We stopped for lunch in Sneem, and as we crossed the old brick bridge, over the gushing brown river, we watched a tiny foal run wild around a grassy field. At one stage, it fell over completely, but was back up, whizzing around its mum in no time. It was great to see.

Lunch was right beside the river, and by the time we had finished the second course - apple pie, the sun was back out. It was on to Cork, the third largest city in the whole of Ireland. Once again, the signage for the Tourist Info Centre was DODGEY, and we parked and walked on foot, to eventually find it.

The lady there had a few suggestions for our trip to Kilkenny tomorrow, so we might check out the caves and some ruins - we’ll see. Iz was out of undies AGAIN, so we headed to Dunnes to grab some, and then headed back to our B n B with our Chinese takeout. It was disappointing to not have internet access again - B n B’s just don’t seem to have it in Ireland (as opposed to every place we stayed at in England and Scotland) but they ARE much cheaper than the hotels. We will hopefully have access in Dublin - I don’t want to get my hopes up for Kilkenny, but who knows? They could be techno whizzes!

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