Ring of Kerry

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
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Trip End May 18, 2013


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Flag of Ireland  , County Kerry,
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Driving south of Limerick we were advised that when you come to Ireland you must take the scenic route known as the Ring of Kerry. Once again we were not let down by advice from locals as the scenery is brilliant. We were also told to go to the village of ...... but Steve had looked up golf courses and found a place called Waterville which had one of the best Links courses in Ireland which was apparently rated 34 in the world. Ballybunion was going to be the preferred course but due to the long weekend he was not able to get on.

We tried a B & B in Waterville, the first one since our mixed results in Sicily. This one proved to be fantastic, our accommodation was spotless and our hosts ensured everything we required was made available. After the cold and grey skies we were faced with since landing in Ireland, Steve managed to score a clear blue sky day with minimal wind in which to play golf.

With Del caddying and taking pictures we soon found the delights of playing Irish links courses. Waterville GC is situated on a peninsular surrounded by the Atlantic on one side and an inlet on the other. To make it more difficult the course contains a multitude of hazards from wind, sea, bunkers and towering sand dunes covered in thick long grass and prickly yellow flowering gorse. Of course Steve found all of these and five lost golf balls before we ended up at the 19th hole.

The welcome from the staff and other golfers in the club house was first rate, with all wanting to know if we enjoyed the experience. When Steve mentioned that the breeze made it a bit harder they laughed and said there was no wind out there today! The meals that followed were huge and the staff went out of their way to make sure Del enjoyed a gluten free dish of oversized Cod and salad. Steve was threatened by Eileen the Chief that if he didn't finish everything on his plate there would be hell to pay.

Our B & B hosts suggested we take a drive to the Skellig Coast before we headed to Killarny. This proved again to be a great choice as the scenery was spectacular. The route does not allow for tourist buses as the road is so small and you climb over a mountain which suddenly reveals a magnificent bay and scattered houses. The bay has with two peaked islands (Skellig Islands) jutting out of the Atlantic some 12 kilometres away.

As an added benefit we stopped at the Skellig chocolate factory and (you guessed it) everything was Gluten free- Del was in heaven.

After being dragged out of the shop armed with a variety of chocolates we continued the stunning drive around the Ring of Kerry as it followed the coastline until turning inland to Killarney. Along the way we stopped at the only beach bar in Ireland for lunch. With Beach boys songs playing in the background you could nearly forget outside it was 4 degrees and raining.

Killarney is a true tourist town with a large number of pubs, various high quality shops as well as the usual souvenir shops. The Best Western we stayed at had an authentic Irish father and son duo playing that night and it must be said the son had one of the best voices we have heard. Not to be out done there was some 50 American high school students who were asked to sing as they were a choir group on tour. Their impromptu performance was flawless and to think they did it without any instrumental backing made it all the more worthwhile.

One thing about Ireland, besides the magnificent scenery and the bad weather - is the people. They are so naturally friendly and appreciative that you are in their country. They make you feel as if you belong here – their hospitality has been over whelming and we love them for it!
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Kerrie Lane on

catching up on your travels. We are also booked in to the Best Western for a couple of nights so that we can ride the Rinfg of Kerry again - hope the weather warms up a bit for us. Only 4 mweeks now till we are on the road again - I can hardly wait.

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