The Ring of Kerry

Based near Killarney we toured a large chunk of the south coast of Ireland. In the country side, outside the city, we spent our nights. Daytimes were spent on excursions throughout the Kerry and the surrounding counties. Our first journey was to follow the tourist route named the Ring of Kerry. The passage is a circular connect the dots of small towns in the southwest of the county Kerry. The route is scenic designed and is popular with drivers, bicyclists and hikers alike. We chose to take in the view in the car. The choice was a wise one because almost immediately into our journey the Irish weather faithfully rain down hard.

Seamus at a view point in the Ring of Kerry.

Seamus at a view point in the Ring of Kerry.

Too far from home to turn back, with stubborn determination we continued around the route. Most of the scenic stop points were completely curtained by the downpour. Nonetheless, we kept on with the plan. On the road we saw that we were not the only ones dedicated to the trail. Uphill, against wind and beating rain we saw a bicyclist peering through his goggles. We admired the devotion of the bicyclist however we were content within the confines of the car.

One of the beautiful views at the Ring of Kerry.

One of the beautiful views at the Ring of Kerry.

Eventually, our commitment to the Ring paid off. After a dinner break in Dan Murphy’s Restaurant in Sneem, we continued with the route.

Dan Murphy's Stone outside the restaurant in Sneem.

Dan Murphy’s Stone outside the restaurant in Sneem.

Near the completion of the circuit (about half and hour away from Killarney) the rain finally, finally eased off. The views were breathtaking. The remainder of the drive was interrupted several times with stops at scenic points, including the Ladies View, to take photos and short strolls.

Wanda taking in the views in Kerry.

Wanda taking in the views in Kerry.

On one of these occasions we discovered a thick and fairytale-like wood. With the ideas of leprechauns, brownies and other ‘wee folk’ dancing in our minds, we followed an overgrown path leading into the forest.

Meadhbh and Seamus at the waterfall.

Meadhbh and Seamus at the waterfall.

No sprites of any sort were to be seen but we did come across a rather magical little waterfall.

– Siobhan