When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, the Sun is OUT!
Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
15Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Our next stop was at Carroll's Cove where there is a great beach and oceans views of the Beara Peninsula and rugged coastline
Our next stop was Waterville which is right on the ocean on a slim stretch of land between the ocean and Lough Currane. There was a long sandy beach bordered by a park. We stopped at the Butler Arms Hotel for tea and scones. Again we had only scones as they didn’t have decaf tea. Shortly after we left Waterville we turned off to the Ring of Skellig. This is another loop road off of the Ring of Kerry. The buses can’t use this road as it is too narrow. In a couple of places the road was really narrow with red fuschia bushes growing ten feet high along each side. We stopped at a beach in Ballinskelligs and took a short walk. This stop was not on the Rich Steves tour. Soon we were on Finnan’s Bay and found our B&B called Beach Cove. Aptly named. As I type this I am looking out the window of my bedroom at the tide coming into the cove
It was only 1:30 when we got here so we parked at the beach across the street and I came over to talk to the owner who was sitting on the stone wall in front. He checked with his wife and our room was ready. Or should I say rooms. We each have our own bedroom with a shared bath. My bedroom faces the ocean and Erin’s is in the back. So we moved in. While we were moving in the owner called and got us a reservation to go to Skellig Michael tomorrow. It is an island we can see from the cove and is almost solid rock. More on that tomorrow.
We left for Portmagee which is normally a 12 minute trip, took us over an hour and a half because of all the great scenery. We drove up and over another pass from which you could see the ocean on both sides. Going down the other side we pulled into a private landholding that advertised the best view in County Kerry. Rick Steves said it is worth the 4 EUR it costs so we went. It did not disappoint. At the end of a ten minute walk we stood at the top of 1000 foot cliffs with the closest view of the Skellig and Puffin Islands. With soaring and nesting kittiwakes (birds), the wind and the pounding surf, the tilted layers of rock with clefts of green I wished I was an artist