Trip Start Jan 12, 2007
3Trip End Jan 22, 2007
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OK I'm comfortable! What a great trip, I would recommend Ireland to anyone, except those on a really strict budget, it is even more expensive than England, yikes. But it was a really great break for us.
We arrived in the south, Cork, and drove straight out to Blarney Castle, as it was close and on our map. They were lovely grounds, great stomping ground for faeries I reckon with gnarled tree roots and moss everywhere. We kissed the stone yes, I tried to kiss a bit that so many other people wouldn't have, is it possible? Strangely I still haven't got the gift of the gab, I think the group walking ahead of us got it all
We mosied around the 'Ring of Kerry' which was grand, very scenic, and very quiet. We definitely had all the perks of off peak season, no traffic, no sharing, no booking ahead... and the downs - no tourist information, the signs to attractions had been taken down(!) so we did many loops looking for things, rain... rain.... We stayed on Valentia Island, in a pub - with Borat, or perhaps his cousin, very entertaining.
Dingle Peninsula was one of my highlights, it is one of the areas where they speak Gaelic, excellent just to listen to, and a challenge to decipher when they were speaking English
We went for a major mountain climb over the Connor Pass, where I thought there was snow but it was only ice, damn it, but it was still great, a frosting over all the mountains.
We ended up in Clare County for sunset over the Cliffs of Moher, which were beautiful, and deadly, with gale force winds threatening to whip us up over the endge, and crazy people sitting on the edge for a picture. My nana-ish fear of heights will save my life many times I'm sure. The Clare also has the Burren, which is just miles and miles of rocky country, sounds dull, very unique, I'm not sure I've seen anything like it, impossible to get good poictures of it, because it looks like bopring grey rocks - but it's not, you'll just have to trust me, or go.
I can see why Kevin had a golfing holiday in Ireland now, there are so many courses, and they are so perfect, the whole country is green, sometimes you don't even notice it's a golf course! and there are castles and all sorts of interesting things dotted throught the courses, very cool, if only I played golf?.. Australia is definitely not right for golf courses. I think we need to move to more appropriate sports for the climate.