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... was essentially several rooms in a private
residence on the edge of town. It seems many of the places in Ireland I booked
online described as B&Bs fit that pattern. I went for a walk through town
on my own on the evening or our arrival before John joined me for dinner and
drinks at a gastro pub near the center of town. We then toured the castle in
the morning before continuing on towards Dublin.
... who restored it with millions of pounds and a passion that is still apparent. To finish the whole thing off he handed it over to the Irish State in 1999. Not bad for a Pom.
The house has the most breathtaking domed rotunda room as you enter what looks like a fairly normal door. One of the best houses so far and our last use of the OPW card.
For those who will remember, the Office of ...
... with some Smithwicks (brewed in Kilkenny) and great Irish food. Locating our hostel was a bit more challenging. Turns out, the road names change every block or so and the streets are numbered up one side and down the other. Really? After too many hours in cycling shorts, we found our hostel and enjoyed a long shower. So far, the only rain we've encountered has been a sprinkle as we rolled into ...
Finally, we are in hotels with internet access. I've got a couple of days to catch up and then we should be up to date sometime tomorrow evening when we land in Dublin.
Greetings All! We survived our trip to the Skellig Islands yesterday. It was a great day, until the end. More on that in a minute.
Today I thought we were scheduled for our kayak tour of the Lakes of Killarney. We got up early and ...
... founded by William Marshall the younger in 1225). Then we started looking for St. Canice's Cathedral and headed for the first huge stone church we saw. It turned out to be St. Mary's which is a huge, gargantuan, ginourmous (is that a word?) Gothic cathedral. It was just amazing inside. It wasn't in any of the guidebooks. We found out later that it was left out because it was only a little over 200 years old and therefore not ...