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Europe » Ireland » County Kerry June 1st 2017

THE RING OF KERRY - COUNTY KERRY We dropped our friends, John and Charmian, at Cork Airport and headed for the Ring of Kerry leaving the County of Cork behind us and heading into County Kerry. I might add that it is not named after our daughter Kerry or our Australian friends, Bronwyn and Alan’s daughter, which is spelt Kerrie, although our daughter is named after an ‘Irish’ midwife. The actual name in Irish, Ciarraí, translates to ‘people of Ciar,’ which is the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who dominated the area. The Iveragh Peninsula, known by all as ‘The Ring of Kerry’ is one of several rugged peninsulas on the Wild Atlantic Way, that winds it way along the west coast of Ireland. The Ring follows a winding coastal road through mountains, lakes and valleys ... read more
Ross Castle and Jaunting Car
Kells Beach
Turf Fire

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Gap of Dunloe October 15th 2016

Here comes the rain and wind ,but myself and my husband decided to visit Gap Of Dunloe. Started our trip in a tour bus which took us to Ross Castle where there will be boat which will take us to Gap of Dunloe. It was a small speed boat. Had 10 to 12 tourists in that boat including us. We started our journey in the boat around 11 a.m. with a tour guide who was the boat driver as well. We had to pass through 3 lakes of Killarney which was really a scenic route between the mountains ,rocks and small narrow passages. As the rain was lashing out the tides in the lakes were heavy and was hitting on our boat. It was cold as well. I was bit afraid,but still enjoyed the beauty of ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Ballinskelligs September 16th 2016

Ireland Day 7 Last night I had to cycle 3km to The Anvil Pub in Doolpools for a meal. Stuffed lamb with mash, broccoli, carrots and gravy. Divine. Washed downed with a red wine and The Guinness, of course. Being a country/folk lover it was nice to be serenaded by piped Irish Folk Music. Not as good as live, but beggars can't be choosers. Funny how you get used to a loaded bike, I was wavering about for balance on the way back on what had become a lightweight bike (or was that the Guinness?). I woke up to a great mountain view from my French Windows, complete with the low cloud hanging over the upper reaches. It looks like I may have a dry day today, but you never know around here. It often begins ... read more
Yet another wonderful  bay.
Proper breakfast.
The Four Monks

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Castlemaine September 15th 2016

Ireland Day 6 The journey south continues along the Dingle Peninsula around the coast to Shanahil West, near to Castlemaine. This is recommended as one of the must see routes in Ireland. After tootling around the one way system in Tralee I took a nice smooth cycleway alongside the river and then on a pretty nondescript road heading west into the wind and a brief bit of drizzle. the O’Connor pass was a bit stiff with the continuing head wind and a climb for 7km or do at 7-10 %. With the panniers on it was a grind and quite narrow towards the summit and made Fleet Moss look like a pimple. However, it was followed down a great decent into Dingle where I had lunch basking in the sun. Dingle is a nice town with ... read more
The Wild Atlantic Way
Who loves The Guinness?
Goats Restaurant on Goat Road.

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 » Ballybunion September 13th 2016

Ireland Day 4 What amazing views today. The wild Atlantic crashing into the rocks and forming the perfect wave for the surfers, whose heads could be seen bobbing in the ocean. It started with cloud with sun occasionally breaking through. As the day progressed it was sun glasses and sun cream with a red nose to suit. The two kilometre climb out of Doolin caught me out first off with a 20% gradient which got me into my very lowest gear and grunting like a Gloucestershire Old Spot. I think I climbed for nigh on 8 km with more to come as the day went on and there was me thinking it was going to be a long but easy day. It ended up long and hard. That is the trouble following coastal roads and keeping ... read more
Just to prove I was there.
The wild Atlantic
Peet from some ditch excavation.

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Cahersiveen August 27th 2016

Beautiful places attract people and that is simply something a tourist or traveller deals with. You can develop strategies to avoid arriving in places when there are just too many others there and or work out ways to move around that keep you out of the way of the hordes, but not going to see places isn't a particularly useful option. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and mix in. The Ring of Kerry and Dingle are places where that strategy probably has to kick in, particularly when you are here in summer. We found a self-catering apartment in Cahersiveen on the Ring of Kerry for a few days and used that as a base for day trips. This provided the possibility of seeing things, perhaps, before the buses arrive or after they stop ... read more
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Dingle houses
Dingle farms

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney August 22nd 2016

Killarney to Carlow Just outside Killarney are the Torc Falls surrounded by beautiful mature native trees in the first National Park of Ireland. Some 11,000 acres were donated in 1932 by the last owners of Muckross House and estate. We took a tour of the house (yes another one) and heard how the house was built in 1843, has 65 rooms and took three year to build (pretty good timing- no wonder we’re importing Irish builders). Anyway the Herberts’ manged to get the nod for a visit from Queen Vic. It was six years in the planning so as you do they decided to fix the old place up a bit,(Did you know Queen Vis was frightened of fire and asked for a bedroom on the ground floor). The trouble was that several months after the ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney August 13th 2016

Loaded up, gassed up and headed for Killarney and the famous Ring of Kerry. Made a stop at the Drumberg Stones also known as Druids Alter. The site is over 3200 years old and it is rather amazing what was done before modern instruments. In the winter solstice the sun shines between the 2 large stones in the circle and onto the alter. Made a miscue on the trip planning and discovered that a I road can be like a farm path with grass growing up in the center. I found that out. It is 145 miles on this leg and I only took up 8 hours. Passing is not going to happen often and there are car drivers out there that like me are not comfortable on the wrong side of the road. Oh well, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney August 1st 2016

A key theme of this trip to Ireland has been music, specifically Irish traditional music. We wanted to see it performed and hear as much as we could. We were keen to experience music in the places and in the situations where the Irish traditionally play this type of music. It was unlikely that we were going to be invited into homes and private gatherings all over Ireland and so, in large part, it was off to the pubs and the 'sessions' there. Sessions can be quite informal. Musicians go to pubs and take their instruments. Normally, they meet other musicians there. They have a corner, or a particular table allocated by the management, and they go about playing. These musicians might be encouraged in their endeavours with a supply of their favourite tipple provided by ... read more
Main act at Ireland Folkfest
Mike McGoldrick
Little Green Cars




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