After Belfast, we took a coach down to Dublin, Ireland, which took about two hours. We then hired a car and drove it out all the way south west to Killarney, about four hours away, where we stayed a couple of nights in a great rural house with a very nice family and their dog and cat. The drive to Killarney was half high speed highway, half ruined back roads crowded with slow moving tractors. We’ve never seen so many tractors. The sun was shining, and the phrase “make hay while the sun shines” actually applies here.
Killarney is a very picturesque Irish town with heaps of great pubs and good food, as well as Irish street performers playing great music. Apparently (according to Irish people) there are not too many great places to visit in Ireland but Killarney is definitely one of them.
We were there to drive around the Ring of Kerry, a coastal road that takes all day to drive, along cliffs, beaches, towns and past castles. It was a spectacular drive. It wasn’t too cold this day, even though we do look like it! We visited some ancient stone forts, a crumbling castle complete with internal passages that was very cool, many little villages and beaches, Torq waterfall (which was very very beautiful), and finally Muckross House, a grand estate by a lake.
Again, highly recommended. We loved it.