This was the one day we let somebody else do the driving.
After an awesome Full Irish Breakfast by Esther, we went on the Ring of Kerry tour with a fun tour guide who knew a lot of history (past and present), told jokes and sang inappropriate songs.
The Ring of Kerry is a peninsula reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, it included a number of cool little towns like the ocean side Waterville (home for Charlie Chaplin in his later years), the Killarney park with some incredible sites like Torc Waterfall and more.
It was one of the more enjoyable days to just sit back and soak in the sights.
Mere photos will never do justice to how amazing this was. Try to Google it. The photos are lame. It’s like nature doesn’t want the world to know something like this place exists. Or its the dwarves that mess with your camera. Something. It was like stepping into an alternate reality based on dreams of Middle Earth.
We had lunch and some hot chocolate here.
First stop on the tour, right in the center of Killarney, which happens to be the tourism capital of Ireland. We were smart and went off-season. That means we didn’t have to deal with tourists. Bloody tourists.
Killarney National Park
Kerry Bog Village
This was a tiny village preserved to its 17th (if I remember right) century conditions. It was next to a bog where they found bodies of vikings not too long ago. I believe the Fox pub is more recent.
Across the bay and towards the left in the photo below is the Great Blasket Island. It was the last place in Ireland to speak only 100 percent Gaelic. All of its inhabitants left the island a few years ago when the fishing became too poor to sustain the community.
If you turned around from the spot I took this photo, there is a tiny community at the bottom of the valley that was the last community in Ireland to get hooked up to electricity. That was in 1976.
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And that’s it. Our time in Ireland. Now we have to return to reality. Sad, brown reality.
Not really. Burgess is already mapping out the next trip. Hopefully we can go sooner than 10 years from now.
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