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Published: June 17th 2012
A little disappointed when we woke, after another night of heavy rain, that the better weather forecast for the morning had not materialised. Clouds still hanging low over everything and sun just plain playing hard to get.
We left campsite at 9 am, just as reception opened, as we wanted to fit in visits to Killarney and Dingle en route for our next campsite in Tralee.
Delighted to discover that this Ring of Kerry coastline is in fact quite beautiful from this point onwards and we had some stunning views as we drove along. Also pleased to see that the many tour coaches which go round the Ring do so anticlockwise and therefore opposite to us. Wherever there was a viewpoint there were also 3 or 4 coaches pulled over spilling out their passengers all armed with cameras. Like me I suppose but I have the benefit of a wind down front window and most photos are taken from the comfort of my Tandy front passenger seat.
We passed a nasty accident not far past Cahirciveen on a particularily narrow and windy section of road. A car with totally smashed windscreen, on its side up the bank looking
as if it had rolled a few times and another couple of vehicles. We stopped to ask if anyone needed help but they said they were Ok. An ambulance passed us a couple of minutes later and we warned the coaches we saw at next viewpoint that they might find a bit of a delay.
Our next planned stop was Killarney. I say planned as we didn’t actually stop after all as we couldn’t, except to turn round a couple of times. We did find 3 car parks, all with height barriers and could no see nowhere else we could possibly park. The roads were double yellow lined everywhere, often with cars parked on the lines so parking obviously a major problem probably being a Saturday.
We abandoned Killarney to its fate. Towns which protect all car parks against motorhomers deserve all they get and one thing they didn’t get was any of our money. We spent almost €100 later in Dingle so take that Killarney !
Note to Killarney – if you do have motorhome parking then signs advertising them would be helpful as we saw none we took it that you didn’t want us. Your
loss, Dingle’s gain !
And so we carried straight on to Dingle along the R561 coast road which hugged Dingle Bay. Lovely route and suddenly even wonderful as we came to Inch. Absolutely stunning views across the sandy expanse of Inch Beach.
From there the road to Dingle went a little further inland but lovely route through some rolling hills dotted everywhere with sheep.
Delighted to find that we could park without a problem in Dingle. When we stopped we were the only motorhome in the harbour carpark but when we returned to Tandy two hours later we found we had started a motorhome row. Funny how often that happens.
We had a lovely stroll through the town, bought our postcards, a dolphin for Bob’s great grandson Archie (which I was unable to resist) and a new cap for Bob. This will be his wedding anniversary present for tomorrow as I haven’t bought him anything else. I have a card somewhere in the Tandy if I can just remember where I put it.
We decided we needed to stock up on food so filled a couple of bags at the local supermarket which will take
us through the week and then stopped at very busy Murphy’s Bar for liquid lunch of soup and of course Guinness.
We didn’t see Fungie the tame dolphin who has made his home in Dingle but we enjoyed a walk round the very nice harbour all the same.
Back in the Tandy we crossed the peninsula and then round to Tralee our next stop.
Campsite - Woodlands Park. 8.5 out of 10 with a special thank you to the very friendly and helpful reception.
17/06/2012 Our 17th Wedding Anniversary spent in Tralee. Sorry no blog and no photos. A bit of a funny day all round.
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