This morning, we departed our overnight lodgings at Jury’s Inn, Limerick and proceeded south to Killarney. This drive took about two hours and included a good view of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (mountains). On arrival at Killarney the schedule went as follows:

  • First to nearby Muckross House and Gardens.This is an imposing mansion built in 1843 in Elizabethan style. Guests first availed of an Irish Jaunting Car ride (horse drawn buggy) lasting about one hour taking in the grounds, lake and nearby Torc Falls, with trip benefiting from warm and sunny weather. We had lunch here but, regrettably, were unable to tour the house interior because of time constraints. However, this site visit was a good start to the day.Next we proceeded with our tour of the Ring of Kerry which incorporated the following: 
  • Ladies View (of Lakes of Killarney)
  • Sneem, a village comprised of brightly painted houses and a quaint village green. Here we enjoyed a stroll around the village taking in the falls, Murphy’s Bar and some shopping
  • Scenic views of the coastline including the stunning Derrynane Bay and a prehistoric stone circle (or burial cairn). From time to time we encountered sheep wondering along the road which is not unusual in this part of the world.
  • Cahersiveen. the main town on the peninsula.
  • Killorglin, a pretty village sitting on the slopes above a river and famous for its Puck Fair. Here we stopped for refreshment after a long day touring.
  • Finally, we arrived at our lodgings at Salmon Leap Farm at Glenflesk from where I am writing this post.

Overall, a very full but satisfying day aided by reasonably clement weather.

Tomorrow, we are off to kiss the Blarney Stone and visit other attractions.

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