Today our focus was on the famous Ring of Kerry which we undertook on an anti-clockwise basis starting and ending at Killarney.

First stop was Ballymalis Castle, a fascinating ruined Tower House then to. Killorgin, a pretty village with its famous Puck Fair in progress. Next to Glenbeigh and the Kerry Bog Village which comprises reconstructed cottages from the 1800s.

On next to Cahersiveen and then Sneem with its brightly coloured cottages (similar to Tobermory in Scotland).

Then to Molls Gap for refreshments and more photos. From a scenic perpective the tour improved from hereon.

Next we drove down stopping at the stunning Torc Waterfall. Here we connected with an Irish horse drawn jaunty car (see pic) and using this as transport visited the impressive stately home (now a museum) named Muckross House which is set in magnificent grounds and dates from 1843.

The road conditions for this tour are sub optimal. However, the roadside was covered in colourful flowers including hydrangeas and fuscias. I picked my first blackberry of the season at one of the many photo stops.

It was not possible to ignore the large number of properties for sale in the region, no doubt a function of the credit crunch which has hit Ireland hard. However, asking prices seem way too high.

Overall, another good day. Tonight we are staying at a farm near Killarney.

Off to Cork tomorrow!
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