OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This morning, we departed our lodgings in Killarney and drove south for a short distance to Muckross House, an imposing Victorian mansion which dates from 1843 in the Elizabethan style. At one time the House played host to Queen Victoria and her entourage.Guests toured the interior which is decorated with period furnishings.Outside there is a landscaped garden,  lake, arboretum, grazing cattle and farm. Guests also availed of a 45 min trip on a Irish Jaunty Car.
Jaunty Car Ride at Muckross House

Muckross House, Garden and Lake

013 Garden at Muckross House 030 Gardens at Muckross House 015 Muckross House 012 View of lake from Muckross House OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After lunch at Muckross we progressed on a 125 mile trip around the Ring of Kerry, Iveragh Peninsula.In essence this comprises a circular route passing through captivating mountain and coastal scenery where we encountered sheep, horses, cattle, a prehistoric monument, slate roofed fishing villages and landscape views which included the famous Ladies View.

Sneem, Ring of Kerry. 024 Scenic View, Ring of Kerry 039 Ladies View, Ring of Kerry. 041 Prehistoric Site, Ring of Kerry OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s tour benefited from sunshine and blue skies. Tonight we are back in our Killarney Hotel. Some guests attended an Irish cultural event at a local theatre. Tomorrow, we drive across central Ireland to Dublin.

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