5.27.2012

Ireland: Kenmare to Doolin via the Ring of Kerry


Day 4: Started with a hearty breakfast (I feel like all breakfasts in Ireland are HEARTY) and we were on our way to Doolin via the Ring of Kerry. There are parts of the Ring of Kerry (like the part above) that are stunning, but having lived in California and driven Pacific Coast Highway from Mexico to Canada many times, I have to admit it was not as amazing as I thought it was going to be. The truth about the drive is that you go around the pennisula and a lot of it does not have views like the one above. A lot of the "views" are of vegitation growing so high on the side of the road you can't see what is on the other side of it. Never the less, the weather was amazing (the best summer day in Ireland in two years the locals told us) and we had a good time.

The sisters had re-done the itenerary again and the new plan was to drive to Doolin and stay there for two nights. We stopped in Listowel at the Grape & Grain for lunch. It was pretty good and the owner / bartender was a wealth of information. From the Grape & Grain we headed to Tarbert to pick up the car ferry and then we moved on to Doolin.

It took us about 8 hours to arrive. Claire in the tourist office found us a place to stay and even had recommendtions for live music later that night. The weather was beautiful and everyone we talked to said we had brought it with us from California. Doolin was charming and the sisters and I settled in for a few days.

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