Bantry to Killarney to Glin

Trip Start Jun 13, 2011
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Trip End Jun 22, 2011


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Knight's Haven B&B

Flag of Ireland  , County Kerry,
Sunday, June 19, 2011

Usual variety of breakfasts, then back through Caha Pass toward Killarney. Torc Waterfall suddenly appeared and we had time so climbed partway up. Granny's knees weren't interested in the full climb, plus they had been here twice before, so we all took some pictures and headed on toward Killarney Town.

After a few missteps we located Deros Tours' office (free parking in the car park up the street on Sunday!) just as the buses were loading and off we went.

We signed up with a jarvey on arrival at Kate Kearney's Cottage and had some time to shop in the gift shop. We were looking for a large Irish flag for the girls' brother and rather than try to sell us a smaller one, the young lady in the shop told us where to look in Killarney Town once we returned.

Katie the Horse and (Jerry?) the jarvey then took us up through the Gap of Dunloe. We are all flatlanders and having to hike uphill in the tallest mountains in Ireland was a little hard on us but we all six made it eventually through the gap. The scenery is spectacular. Perhaps I expected too much, but our jarvey didn't have much to say other than to encourage Katie; I would have enjoyed more information about the area, history, plant and animal life, etc. Again, maybe my expectations were too high.

At Lord Brendan's Cottage we had soup, sandwiches and desserts at covered picnic tables and then strolled around the grounds until 2:15 when Phase 3 of our journey began down at the pier. We all piled into smallish boats, donned stylish life jackets and off we went through 3 lakes and 2 rivers comprising the Lakes of Killarney. It was very cold. D and I thought we had the best seats in the house, up in the bow, until we "shot the rapids" going under a bridge and D got soaked. Many photo opportunities including some lovely swans.

Disembarking at Ross Castle, we somehow got separated from the group but found the bus we had come out in...with just the driver and no other passengers. He finally went looking and came back with several people and we headed back into Killarney.

Just across the street from Deros we found Bob and Patricia Emprimo, friends I first met online and then at a mini-GTG two years ago in Ennis. It being only 4:00 no one wanted dinner (Bob and Patricia had motored in from their self-catering to meet up with us) but we went for snacks and a lovely visit.

On the way back to the car park we did some shopping, found the large Irish flag and spent quite a few euros at a book shop.

TomTom did his job and brought us safely and quickly to our B&B just outside of Glin on the banks of the Shannon. Knight's Haven has a four-bed family room which was to our liking although the ensuite was extremely small...seemed strange, for the room and ensuite had obviously been added on to the house. We had an outside door leading from the room and one leading to the sunroom of the house proper. For breakfast next morning we had to go through the family clutter in the sunroom and through the kitchen to the breakfast room. Part of the bedroom was given up to storage and it could have been a bit cleaner....and D stepped on an earwig crawling across the floor. Nothing major but I don't think I would stay there again.

We drove toward Glin to a hotel restaurant for dinner and then crashed after our long day.
Not crashed the car....you know what I mean.....
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