Around the Ring of Kerry

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Feb 24, 2012

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Where I stayed
Killarney Avenue Hotel
What I did
Ring of Kerry
Muckross Farm

Flag of Ireland  , Co. Kerry,
Friday, January 6, 2012

What a beautiful, luscious, green & peaceful land this is. Everywhere you look there's something ancient or you're looking out over the lushest pastoral land you're ever likely to see.

Leaving Killarney we set off for a drive around the ring of Kerry. Our first stop was at a peat bog farm and pub (of course a pub! And of course we had Irish Coffee for morning tea!) called the Red Fox. Here I discovered toilet door art and have since developed a little collection of photos of quaint toilet doors......I can feel a photo book project coming on!

Lunch stop was at Cahersiveen, into another little pub the size of my lounge room but with lower ceilings. Most stops tend to be only an hour or so which for a sticky beak dawdler like me becomes a challenge in time management!

We passed through the town of Dingle Bay where the recent movie called LEAP YEAR was filmed in part.. I would have loved to have stopped there but all we managed was a photo stop on the side of the road on a cliff high above the town, so I came close!

One thing the Ring of Kerry drive has shown me is the skill possessed by our driver not to get us killed on roads that are two way yet essentially only wide enough for a horse and cart to pass each other.

As we progressed around the ring we saw the landscape change from lush green to rusty browns caused by the acidic soils in this area.  The higher up the mountains we went the more magical the scenery became. At one stage I felt like I had the whole world opened up for my viewing pleasure complete with fluffy clouds swirling around my head, very magical world indeed!

Ireland appears to have a million tiny little villages or hamlets and very few large towns around the parts we've visited & each town seems to have more quaint little pubs than any other type of facility.

The final leg of the ring had us travelling through the Kerry National Park. STUNNING! Trees & rocks covered in thick coats of verdant green moss, wild mountain goats perched on rocky outcrops, ancient drystone walls that date back to the 1700's & 1800's, heavy grey skys holding the threat of rain that they've yet to relinquish and thick mists swirling around us. That's the Ring of Kerry in the Winter.

The night was finished off with dinner at a working farm called Muckross Farm!  Everything eaten was made or grown from scratch - the butter, the bread, the meat & vegies in the stew, right down to the dessert....Amazing!
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