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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 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 - 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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Aug 26, 2017 - Day 15 Annascaul and Dingle Pennisula

Our first stop this morning is a visit to the small town of Annascaul to hear the story of Tom Crean's multiple tris to Antarctica at a pub named the South Pole opened by Tom and passed down through the Crean Family. John decided to buy his first t-shirt at the small pub.Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showed a lot of the wonderful scenery. Visit the cozy South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an explorer who bravely journeyed to the...

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Jul 3, 2017 - Dingle Peninsula

Wednesday, June 28 We began the day with hearty breakfast in the bright and sunny breakfast nook (surrounded by windows on three sides) of our B & B. We had an interesting conversation with a German guest and his wife who had been coming to the area for many years. He claimed that the Ring of Kerry was over- rated and that he preferred the less well-known Beara Peninsula. We set for the quaint little town of Dingle on the southern shore of the Dingle Peninsula. The drive was a leisurely trek with lots of hills, curvy roads, sheep and the...

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Sep 29, 2016 - The Western Edge

Sep 29 Today we are exploring the Dingle Peninsula. We leave at 8:00am to go up to Connor Pass. Bus traffic is restricted to certain times due to the narrow road and steep grade. We are greeted by beautiful views and a flock of sheep. We drive back down through town were our next stop is a jewelry store where the artist makes items using the Druid Alphabet we talked about a couple of days ago. After shopping we continued out to the end of the peninsula, the most western point in Ireland to the Blasket Island Interpretative Center. Great...

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Aug 13, 2016 - Dingle 2

After another gourmet breakfast at the Castlewood, we started our day on a boat hunt for Funghee, Dingle's resident dolphin. Not only did we see Funghee at play, we also had lovely views of the harbor and Dara's friend Teresa sang to us on the boat. (Another couple from the Rick Steves Mecca of Edmonds joined us on the boat. We Washingtonians do get around.) Funghee is a dolphin who showed up in the Dingle harbor back in 1983, and, like most people who come here, never left. The critter comes and goes as he pleases and is a huge boost to...

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Aug 12, 2016 - Dingle 1

We arrived in Dingle, Dara's home town, on Thursday night. During our drive we stopped in Kenmare where we saw a Stone Circle and picked up a takeaway lunch; I was reminded of the Japanese summer tradition of tanabata when I saw the wishes tied on the tree by the Stone Circle. July 7 is the day in Japan; there is a story about two young lovers separated by the Milky Way. In Japan people write their wishes and tie them on to bamboo branches. We also visited the grounds of Muckross House. We didn't have time for the house tour, but we had a...

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