Thursday, October 25, 2012

County Kerry, Ireland


We really felt like we'd arrived in Ireland once we got to Kerry.  It is laid back and beautiful.  The Dingle peninsula has many superlatives:  beautiful vistas, clean air, great seafood, and the highest rated pucker-factor for drivers in all of Ireland.  Not only are all the signs written in Gaelic, but there is the very real possibility of a cow or sheep walking into the road at any moment. This doesn't begin to describe the terror of passing a full-size tour bus driving 80 kph on the wrong side of a road only slightly wider than a goat path.

Killarney is equally beautiful with mountains and beautiful forests that are protected in the Killarney National Park.  Ireland has largely been deforested over the last 1000 years, so seeing how it once must have looked was amazing. I wish I had the nerve to ride a bike there.  The road from Kenmare to Killarney was awesome.
Irish heather

Dunbeg Fort: Iron Age ruins on the Dingle Peninsula

Buckey's Bar - Killarney

Killarney National Park 

Torc waterfalls, Killarney

Muckross House Gardens, Killarney

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