Blogs from Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, Europe


Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee September 14th 2016

Ireland Day 5 An easier day with less of everything except the great scenery. First of all I had a look at the ruins of the tower overlooking the sandy beach at Ballybunion. It was built by the Geraldine family in the 13th Century and is dilapidated by weather and the ocean not as a result of attack by man. The Wild Atlantic Way takes you along the coast as much as possible but does run inland at times as the road dictates. On my way back to the coast I took a diversion along Sandy Road and I should have known by the name I could be in trouble as it did actually turn into sand which was a little difficult to negotiate with the extra weight of panniers with 14 kilos packed in them. ... read more
Ballybunion beach
Roger Casement
Fenit lighthouse

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee July 22nd 2016

Friday and our first full day in Ireland and the day has started out with a little drizzle but a promise of a clearing sky away to the south. We don’t expect temperatures will reach any great heights while we are here and we have put the summer clothes back to the bottom of the suitcase again. Ireland doesn’t have a great reputation for a lot of warm sunny days in a row. Rather you take whatever sunshine you can get when it appears and enjoy it. Our host Kathleen called in to make sure we had settled in OK and that the heating had worked. When we arrived last night she showed us how the oil fired aga or heat storage oven worked on the thermostat and timer that was set up. It also heated ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee September 4th 2012

While waiting for my hotel room to be ready at the Railway Hotel (right across from the Limerick bus/train station), I was sipping coffee at the hotel bar trying to stay alert and a local Irishman came in and saw me. He said 'Hellow, lawv' to me, and came over to chat. Unfortunately I couldn't understand some of what he said since his accent was so thick, but he seemed friendly. Something about fishing, maybe? He soon left, my room was ready, and then I tried to occupy myself by walking around town a bit. It wasn't the best first impression; Limerick is really rather seedy where I was staying, but I later found the more trendy area which was much nicer. While on my dazed and confused jet lag walk around, I saw a book ... read more
The Black Swan
Shannon River Swan

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee June 16th 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 ... read more
Beautiful views across the Kerry coastline
Killarney. All we saw of it. At least the horse had somewhere to park
Dingle Bay

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee August 28th 2011

There are hundreds of small towns and villages throughout Ireland, and all have their own particular charm, beauty, quaintness, and character. These are just a few of the "urban" places besides Kilflynn that we were able to spend some time in while in County Kerry, including Tralee, Killarney, Kenmare, Cloghane, Listowel, Sneem, Abbeydorney, Ballyheige, Fenit, and Waterville. ... read more
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Killarney 4

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee August 24th 2011

We have established a basecamp in Cill Flainn (or Kilflyn, or Kilflynn - depending on what roadsign or map you are reading). This is a beautiful quaint village between Tralee and Listowel, near the south west coast of Ireland. Wonderful people live here, and we are extremely fortunate to be staying in the best house in the village. From here we will explore the amazing towns, cities, and landscapes that surround the region. ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee July 12th 2010

We had always thought that during our long, extended time away it might be good if we remind ourselves what hard work was like. A bit of work might be a welcome break from the relentless moving around and mean that we can settle down for a period. After lot's of investigation it started to look like work visas were going to evade us. There was an easy solution though, and that was volunteer work. Before long we had decided to sign up for WWOOF in Ireland. No, not a dog walking co-op, but organic gardening volunteer work, WWOOF is an acronym for Willing Workers On Organic Farms. The first place we had organised to stay at was a dairy farm in County Kerry, in the far West of Ireland. The farm had many cows (of ... read more
In the Polytunnel
Phoebe, Anna and Frances
Cleaning the Tools

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee September 26th 2009

Well we have made to the town of Tralee, which is southwest of Limerick. We spent two nights in the town of Doolin. We rented bikes...again... and rode up to the cliffs of moher. The man explained 40 minutes up and less than 20 down. Man, was he right. The views were amazing. In our Morrison fashion we needed a little more than the views that could be reached by tour bus. We enquired at the tourist office about Hag's head which we had read about. She said the trail was closed and said " I'm not saying you can't do it, but I don't advise it; you may get arrested"....... So we jumped the fence and went on a 8mile trek to to Hag's head (the southern most point of the cliffs). This trail had ... read more
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
Bike ride to cliffs of Moher

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee July 10th 2009

It was raining when we got up this morning, and continued to rain as we had our breakfast and packed up our car to set out for the Ring of Kerry. (It rained during the ENTIRE drive, about 120km worth) The Ring of Kerry starts just down the road from where our B&B was so we left right after breakfast to get started (in hopes of avoiding the tour bus traffic coming in the opposite direction). We drove about 17km and took a 4km side route to Staigue Fort. The fort, one of the largest stone forts in Ireland, was likely built in the early centuries AD before Christianity came to Ireland. It is assumed that the fort was used for defensive purposes. After a brief photo stop along the coast, our next stop was about ... read more
Staigue Fort
Staigue Fort
Staigue Fort

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee July 19th 2008

July 19 We made it home safely. Here is an account of our final trip in Ireland. On our last day in Ireland we had a wide range of experiences. We began with the challenge of ascending Connor Pass. This pass is 1300 feet and 6.7 kilometers to the top, a 6% slope. Three members of our group decided to do the ride, and the other three rode in the van. Carl, Nanci, and Bill started in the mist and finished in the clouds. We were told that the scenery was fantastic, but we rode in a full fog of mist. When we got close to the top of the pass we were literally in the clouds. It was one of the toughest physical experiences we have ever done. We were both happy that we did ... read more
Lunch spot on way to Tralee
Streets of Tralee
Horn Sculpture from Bronze Age

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