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Sep 29, 2019 - Dingle Peninsula and Ring of Kerry Sightseeing Tour

Today my bus tour continued to the Dingle Peninsula and includes Connor Pass, one of the highest Irish mountain passes served by an asphalted road. A very narrow, twisting road. The scenery changed from almost Barron to wet woods lands and lakes. We made several stops. One for the waterfall you will see in the pictures and another longer one in Kerry for lunch and a ride through the county park with a horse and buggy. It was really an oohing and awhing day. We returned to Dublin after 7 PM and a drop-off almost at the doorsteps to my last...

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Jun 11, 2019 - Hiking, playing with sheep and more

Started day with a hike up Mount Brandon with 360 degree panoramic views of Dingle Bay and Castlegregory. Then we went on a breathtaking trip along the Slea Head Drive and stopped off to have a lesson in shepherding after a visit to the Dingle Whiskey Distillery. Day ended with seeing a beautiful rainbow even though we had no rain today! Approaching the longest day of the year and it is 10:10 pm and still light outside with sunrise at 5:19 am tomorrow.

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Jun 10, 2019 - Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park and Dingle

Highlights of today included The Ring of Kerry after we departed Kinsale and journeyed towards the Ring of Kerry. Our first stop is the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare. Discover many hidden gems on the Ring of Kerry: Molls Gap, Torc Waterfall and Killarney National Park. We went to Muckross House, a beautiful estate with garden from 1843 that was visited by Queen Victoria. After taking in some of the fantastic views on the Ring of Kerry travel to Inch to soak up the Atlantic Ocean. Waves and we will took a dip (feet only) at Inch Beach....

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Jun 21, 2018 - Slea Head Drive and a 1000 Year Old Church

A rugged but serene landscape: the Atlantic Ocean, islands off in the horizon, steep rocky pastures for grazing sheep, and a pre-famine cottage, a home to a family of 16 in ruins. Only 2 members of the family survived the famine. And then Gallarus Oratory, a 1300 year old stone church which is all that is left of a monastery. It has only one small door facing West and one small window facing East. The solace, the serenity and the simplicity . . . you felt that somehow these early Christians got it right.

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Jun 20, 2018 - A Lost Pub, An Ungrateful Guest and Beauty

The O’Connor family roots are in the nearby the town of Macroom. In Macroom there is a pub, the O’Connor Pub. Peter who had visited the pub 15 years ago wanted to take a family picture outside the pub for this years Christmas card. (It was 9 Am and even for Ireland it was too early for the pub to be opened.) Upon arriving in Macroom, our driver, Brian parked the bus and with Peter went in search for the pub. An animated conversation ensued on the street with a local. Hands moving in all directions, facial contortions of dismay. Upon...

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Jun 6, 2018 - Day 13

A big drive across Southern Ireland today. We left Wexford and drove the Ring of Hook, or the Hook Peninsula. Absolutely stunning coastal drive. We stopped at Tintern Abbey first then Hook Lighthouse. We caught the car ferry from Ballyhack over to Passage East then drove on to Dungarven, Fermoy, Mallow then Killarney. Staying in a gorgeous B&B tonight (Hazelbrook Cottage) ready for another big drive tomorrow.

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Jun 5, 2018 - Muckrose castle

Today's highlights are all about the castle. We spent the day at the Killarney National Park,took a horse and buggy ride to see the castle grounds and adjoining Abby. Jeff tried his hand at fishing a mountain lake as we drove another narrow road through the mountains. Finished the day checking off another bucket item,we stayed in the manor house of a true castle. Met the owners, The Townsends,who trace back 11 generations to England. The first Townsend came to Ireland in 1600 with Gen. Cromwell.

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Jun 4, 2018 - Slea head road Dingle

Drove the highly recommended Slea head loop today. Again, checked several items off the bucket list. Prehistoric round house fort with a pet park, beehive houses and furrowed fields from the potato famine. Had a wee bit of lunch at a roadside restaurant overlooking a 4 mile sandy beach. Everyone enjoying the sun and surf. Took a long rest break then Pam and Jeff headed to the pubs for late night drinks and Irish music.

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Jun 3, 2018 - Kerry and Dingle

Satuday, June 2 Woke up to overcast skies here in Kenmare. We enjoyed a lovely ‘full Irish’ breakfast at our B&B and headed out for the Ring of Kerry. Following the book’s advice, we went clockwise in hopes of avoiding lots of big tour buses on the road, and it worked for the most part. The hazy skies were actually very ‘atmospheric’ giving that somewhat misty green scenery that suits Ireland. We didn’t have any rain until a little in the late afternoon on our way home. Our first stop was a detour off the main road to see a 2000 year-old...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Checking off Buns bucket list

Today we checked off several bucket list items on Miss Buns bucket list. Started with a round tower church column down the street from our B&B. Saw a traditional thatch roof cottage in the countryside and many scenic vistas as we drove to the ferry landing. The drive over Connor Pass was spectacular, at one point we ran into 2 cars coming downhill with only enough space for 1 car to pass. 1,000 ft drop on the side, other driver was panicky and had to have her passenger walk the car past us. Cleared by about 4 inches. Arrived in Dingle in...

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Jun 1, 2018 - Kilkenny to Kenmare

Thursday May 31 On the road from Kilkenny this morning, heading southwest. Our first stop was the Rock of Cashel. This huge stone mound rises above the farmland in County Tipperary. It is an obvious defensive position, and was held from 300-1100 by various ancient kings, including one that St. Patrick baptized in 450 AD. Finally the current king gave it to the church in 1101, and it developed into a major ecclesiastical center. (Doing so, he made points with the church and kept the rock out of the hands of his enemies.) We spotted it...

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Apr 29, 2018 - Killarney Always

Timmie had a sports commitment; so Esther, Joe and I set out for Killarney, one of my favorite places. The National Park there is a fab place to walk and, even though it was damp, we still made it all the way to the waterfall at Tork. We worked up appetites and had lunch at the lovely gazebo restaurant in the park. It's cafeteria style and really good food. Then, we did a little shopping in town. I like the Marks & Spencer store there so I stocked up on some stuff. Then, we headed home. A lovely day out.

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