Gougane Barra Hotel
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After breakfast in Kenmare, we headed just a little to a few viewpoints where we could see Killarney National Park and the lake we biked around a few days ago in the distance.
Our morning stop was a 6th generation family owned working sheep farm. We saw 5 border collies listen to the whistles and calls of the rancher, herd the sheep …
... his way. Shortly after he came tearing back down again and stopped next to us, asking if we needed any help - very nice of him, I must say. When we declined he went down aways, turned around, and once more sped past us, so that was three times we had to get out of that guy's way!
The next morning we had planned to rent one of Sean Sweeney's boats but found out that he was out of town, so we went over to Ross Castle and hired one of the boat guys there for a custom tour. ...
... John's horse was also the slowest horse ever; we got passed by every other cart on the road. I actually didn't mind because sometimes those guys drive so fast that you can't enjoy the whole experience as much because you are too busy hanging on for dear life. But Dennis was annoyed because the three carts we had were all spread out and it turned out to be not much of a group activity. We arrived at Lord Brandon's Cottage with just enough time to have lunch and another Irish coffee; ...
... in this countries war riddled past. An interesting custom, they have a special goat that is decorated and then a party ensues around this goat. The poor, confused goat oblivious to what he has done to deserve such falderal. Anyway it is a huge annual custom here and the town is as festive as can be during that period.
The mountainous road was precarious as the coach climbed up along the many jagged cliffs and through the rugged, peat ...
... chicken panini. It was so good! Then onto the MH tour. So informative and so beautiful. It reminded us of Downton Abbey (the tv show). The Herbert family owned it when Queen Victoria announced that she would like to come for a visit...6 years prior to her arrival. The Herbert's set to work: remodeling, refurnishing, and making up the grounds by creating walking paths and cutting trees so she would ...