Day 3: Ring of Kerry Tour, Skellig, Liam O' Connor
Trip Start Apr 30, 2006
8Trip End May 07, 2006
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Tony took us past the Lakes of Killarney to the Gap of Dunloe to Moriarty's to shop before we started the Ring of Kerry. Moriarty's is a pricey store but they have alot of high quality and authentic Irish products like Aran sweaters, Donegal Tweed, and Waterford Crystal. I got an awesome wood and pewter Celtic photo frame and some leather bookmarks for the ladies at work. My parents also bought gifts for other members of the family. When we left Moriarty's it really started to pour. I was afraid it was going to ruin sightseeing for the Ring of Kerry
As we got further away from Killarney the rain stopped and the sky was just overcast. The sun came out at just the right time as we were going through the costal towns of Glenbeigh and Kells. We saw some gorgeous scenery and I managed to get some decent photos through the bus windows. I was really wishing we could get out more than we did but there was nowhere to pull the bus over.
Our first stop was at Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience. It was a center that showed a film about the monks, the beehive huts they built and their hard life of isolation on the Skelligs. It was interesting but I would have much preferred to take the boat ride to the Skelligs and get to wonder around the island and take pictures.
After the Skellig Experience we stopped in the town of Portmagee, just across the bridge, for lunch. We ate at the Bridge Bar Restaurant. I got some really good Irish Stew there. The prices were a nice deal for lunch.
By then the weather had pretty well cleared up so I went outside to take some pictures
As we left Portmagee we passed through Waterville, which is a cute little city with gorgeous mountains and a bay in the background. I got a wonderful picture of it with a cross monument, I really love that picture!
Tony then stopped the bus at the Coomakista Pass and let us out to take pictures. The view of the valley below was outstanding and on the other side was Ballynaskelligs Bay. The scenery was lovely. There was a statue of Mary at the top of the pass that had an inscription in Irish on it. My dad took my picture in front of it...then he had to be a smart ass and ask me what it said. To my suprise I could read the entire inscription. Tony the tour driver was impressed. We had talked about the Irish language and I had told him I could speak a bit of it but he didn't think I could understand that much.
Next we passed through Caherdaniel which had some lovely beach scenery and an old runied fort. Our next stop was the town of Sneem.
When we got back to Glendale House Anne had a nice dinner of roasted pork, potatoes, carrots, cream of vegetable soup and ice cream waiting for us.
After dinner we showered and got ready to go to the Liam O'Connor Show playing in Killarney. We got a taxi driver to take us into town. This guy was like Flash Gordon on speed. I swear he was doing about 100 m.p.h. on a tiny ass road! He almost hit a truck infront of us and we had to swereve out of the way to avoid an accident. Everyone was laughing hysterically on the ride into town because we were all nervous that we were going to die before we got there. We managed to make it into Killarney in one piece!
We met Tony and a few other people on our tour who were going to the show
All of the girls who did Irish Step Dance in the show were All Ireland Champions and were very good. One of the neat thing is that this show was filled with locals, it wasn't a tourist attraction so it was a very authentic Irish experience of Irish music and dance. After the show was over we took another taxi ride back to our bnb to go to sleep for the night.