Part 22: Ring of Kerry


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The Trip

Steve decided that he wanted to see the Ring of Kerry.  This is a drive that goes from Killarney west to the ocean and then back.  Our trip took us almost 12 hours from start to finish.  This was longer than we wanted, but once you start, you are fully committed.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

Here is a daytime view of the Glasha Farmhouse, our bed and breakfast for our stay near Clonmel.

The family area was nicely appointed.

There was a sun room that gathered the usually-dim light producing nice ambiance.

To the south was a pleasant patio.

The patio had a beautiful fountain.

Across the street was a small garden.

Across the meadow was a dairy herd.

We started out in the car and heading west we passed this abandoned farm house that was slowly disintegrating.  I am guessing that this structure has some incredible stories to tell.

We stopped at Muckross House Park and had lunch on the patio.  The crows were working the tables hard.

There were formal gardens at the park.

There were nice open areas with seating to enjoy the view.  In the distance, we could see an older couple enjoying their time together at the park.  Note the size of the tree on the left.

The greenhouse was new and clean.

This oak tree was huge.  Kathleen really liked this tree.

A number of the shrubs were in bloom.  This one had a perfusion of pink blossoms.

Muckross House was built in the period from 1839-1843 for Henry Herbert and his wife.

The house had a beautiful view of the nearby lake.

Muckross Lake was large and went beyond the far skyline.

Some of the trees on the grounds were huge.  This tree was bent due to the prevailing winds.

Muckross House was very large.  There were tours available, but we had many miles to travel before the day was done.

In one of the common areas there was this interesting contemporary wooden sculpture.

We traveled west from Muckross over the Molls Gap.  From the top we were presented with an awesome view, called Ladies' View for the Ladies in Waiting for Queen Victoria who visited here during her reign.

We continued west until we hit the ocean, and then followed the shore north.

The ocean path provided nice views of the coast.

We arrived at an overlook at Castle Cove and could see a fellow out in the bay in his sea kayak.

Castle Cove had a small beach and a camping area that was filled with "caravans" (the local term for RV).

Further west and higher up the hill we could see more coves and sheltered areas.

There were a number of small islands near the coast.

The fields come right  down to the water's edge.  Field fences constructed of stone from the adjacent fields criss-cross the area.

Upturned bedding produced interesting rills in the countryside.

Field fences were a great place to dispose of stone that was found in pasture areas.  The fences also served to constrain grazing areas for the sheep.

From a gap in the mountains we could see north to Waterville.

The farms went right to the cliffs above the ocean.

From the gap I could see a stone fort on the flat area.  We did not get the story on this structure.

The cliffs along the shore were substantial.

Past Waterville we encountered a number of small inlets with substantial mountains on the far side.

Some very nice homes were right on the edge of the cliffs.  Sadly, I was not fast enough with the camera to catch a photo as we rolled by, but the photo above will give a taste of the view they had out of their front windows.

A bit further to the east, the terrain became steep enough to preclude any homes.

We continued on to Mallow and found a nice place to eat there.  From Mallow, we returned to Glasha, arriving around 2200hrs.  A long day, for sure, but a scenic one.  If I were to do it again, I would either take two days and stay on the ring somewhere or start closer.

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