I would have loved to see the falconry, but it was $125 an hour to participate. I really think they should let you watch. I would have paid $25 to watch. But, it tells you a little about the place we stayed.
The Ring of Kerry is a 111 mile circular tourist route around County Kerry. We followed the recommendation to drive it counter-clockwise, beginning in Killarney, and ending up there. You can see why they make the recommendation when you see the photos. On the right are the bays and ocean. On the inside of the ring are mountains. It's stunning scenery.
We did start in Killarney.
This was ANOTHER cathedral we couldn't go into because of a funeral. But, we did see the funeral procession later when we were leaving town. It was the first time I've ever seen the family walking behind the hearse, other than on television. Linda told Kevin they went into all kinds of cathedrals in Germany, and no one had died and they didn't miss any due to funerals.
Kevin told me to tell everyone this was my favorite group of musicians in Ireland. (Ahem)
Then, Glenbeigh. The first pictures are the inside of the Ring of Kerry.
Now, the waterside, Glenbeigh - Rossbehy.
One of my favorite pictures of the whole trip - Linda & Kevin.
I had to share this one from a cemetery in Glenbeigh.
Then, Glenbeigh - Kilkeehagh.
Kells - Gleensk
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church of the Holy Cross in Cahersiveen. And, check out the gorgeous carving on the Station of the Cross.
I took lots of photos of Valentia. It was there at the Skellig Experience that we heard about Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, islands where monks built Beehive huts. The islands are difficult to get to, with difficult steps to climb to the top where the monks' huts were. And, yet, the islands were invaded.
You have to look closely. The Skelligs are difficult to see from any place. We went a couple places to try to see them. Linda was determined. But, they're those very faint islands in the back in the last few photos.
|Kevin deserved to be king of the hill for his patience with us.|
See these sheep? They were supposed to be INSIDE that fence. They knew it, too, from the look they gave us.
Let me tell you about the Kenmare Stone Circle. This is the biggest stone circle in the southwest of Ireland. Stone circles were built during the Bronze Age, 2200-500 B.C. They were thought to be for ritual and ceremonial purposes. That's a burial monument in the center. According to what I read, these stone circles are rarely found outside of southwestern Ireland. (And, poor Kevin. Sacrificed for Linda and me to see Ireland.)
Muckross - Incheens - Ruins right alongside the road as we were driving by.
A full day, another day of about twelve hours. We ended it back in Adare at Sean Collins & Sons where we listened to traditional music, had dinner, and toasted the trip with Irish coffee.
|Musicians at Sean Collins & Sons|