Our Irish Adventure

Old Jun 8th, 2014, 08:56 AM
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It is great not having to get up at 5:15am to get ready for work. Waking up on vacation and not having to hurry is so nice. We did get up and walked downtown to see the stone circle and walk the quiet streets before the town woke up. The farmers market was setting up as we wandered back to the B&B.

We enjoyed our last breakfast with Maura and Tom, paid our bill and packed up the car fo our next location.

Today we are driving to Killarney National Park and the Muckross House then on to Dingle.

We drove up on N71 stopping to take pictures along the way. Beautiful Mountains, valleys, lakes and finally stopped at a waterfall. Parked the car and walked up for some pictures. A hurricane hit the area last winter so we saw trees down in areas. The waterfall was beautiful. From here you can take the jaunting cars to the Muckross House but we decided to park and walk the grounds.

Muckross House is a mansion that was built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert

It was sold in 1899 and then again in 1911. It was sold to William Bowers Bourn, a wealthy Californian mining magnate. He and his wife passed it to their daughter Maud and her husband Arthur Rose Vincent as a wedding present. The couple lived there until Maud's death in 1929.

In 1932 her parents Mr and Mrs Bournes and their Son-in-law Arthur Vincent decided to present Muckross House and its 11,000 acres estate to the Irish nation. It became the first National Park in the Republic of Ireland and formed the basis of present day Killarney National Park.

I thought this was so interesting because we live close to Empire Mine in Northern California. We have walk the grounds and have been to the Bourne Cottage. What a small world.

We walked all over the grounds. Up small paths, down to the lake and up through the color explosion of rhododendrons. The perennial garden behind the house was so pretty. I love the orangery and wished I could of gone in and explored but it was for volunteers only. I enjoy gardening and have to say that this garden was so beautiful. We enjoyed the beautiful day and took our time exploring the gardens. After a few hours we got back on the road.

We drove through the town of Killarney and kept driving. The Dingle Peninsula is quite beautiful and rugged. We got into Dingle and checked into the GreenMount House. Our stay for the next two nights. After checking in we took a nap then decided to walk down to the harbor. Took some pictures then decided dinner was going to be at a pub. Dinner was ok and after we walked down to another pub where music was playing. We sat and watched two young men play the guitar singing Irish ballads and more current music from Ireland and some American. They were great and we ended up staying up quite late.
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Old Jun 8th, 2014, 10:17 AM
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Sounds just about perfect . . .
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Old Jun 8th, 2014, 03:08 PM
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Italian_Chauffer-Your right about the People of Ireland. Taking side roads and slowing down is what made this trip so enjoyable.
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Old Jun 8th, 2014, 05:04 PM
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LCBonti- You are right it was just about perfect. We went to Ireland with no expectations for the trip and left there knowing that we would love to go back.
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Loving your report and particularly your stay at Shelburne Lodge--we've stayed there twice and think it is such a gem, as is Kenmare. So glad you had such a wonderful time!
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MaggieOB- Thanks. We loved Kenmare and the lodge too.
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Old Jun 9th, 2014, 06:11 AM
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Our room had skylights and during the night we could hear the wind start to blow. The breakfast room overlooks the harbor and it was a great way to start the day. An enjoyable breakfast and a great view.

Today we had decided to drive the Slea Head drive. No rain but breezy is not a bad way to start the drive. We stopped at a pottery shop and explored, admired and bought a few items. We saw tour buses whiz past us. I told my husband that I was so glad we did not do a tours because we can stop wherever we want. The drive was beautiful and the coastline amazing. We did stop at Dunbeg Fort, we watched the video and walked down to the fort but you can't view the fort due to cliff erosion and the winter storms. Oh well. Up the road there is another stop where you can pay a couple euro to see some beehive huts. It was interesting to see them and amazing how the stone was stacked.

After some more beautiful views we got to the Louis Mulcahy potter shop in Ballyferriter. It was a shop full of interesting pottery. We wandered through the shop and found some pieces for gifts as well as one for our home.

We drove to Brandon Creek. This inlet was the legendary starting point of the voyage of St Brendan to America, centuries before Columbus. The wind was picking up and the swells on the water made it seem like a storm was brewing.

Coming back into Dingle we stopped at the whisky distillery and were hoping to get a tour but there was one in process and some of the other staff did not seem inclined to help. We decided to go to the Dingle Brewing Company. We had a fun time going through the history of the brewery. We had samples to take with us as we looked at the pictures. It was a nice way to spend some time indoors since it was so windy.


For dinner we ate at Ashe's Bar & Restaurant. We went early so we shared a starter go Baked goat cheese and chili jam on a pastry disc. My husband tried the fish and chips and I had the pan fried local Hake. For dessert we shared a toffee pudding. The starter and dessert were great but the main courses were ok.

After dinner we walked around town and decided to call it a night.
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Old Jun 9th, 2014, 07:44 PM
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Another favorite B&B of ours, Greenmount House. It is such fun reliving our Southwest Ireland trip with you. I can picture most of the places you are describing in detail.

One of our biggest surprises in Ireland was the quality and presentation of the food. we expected to eat fish & chips every night but found the food to be up to par with other European countries.
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Old Jun 12th, 2014, 08:31 PM
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It stormed all night. Woke up to a very windy morning, but the rain had stopped. We had breakfast, packed up and settled our bill.

We drove up Conor Pass and stopped at the top to look down on Dingle. It was so windy our car was shaking. We didn't stay very long because it was so windy, and had started to rain. Driving down the other side of the pass the water was flowing down the hills rapidly. The waterfalls were really pretty.

We were planning on driving up to Listowel and catch the ferry in Talbert-Kinnimer. The ferry leaves every hour on the half past, so we wanted to make sure that we were not late. Driving through Listowel we saw the farmer's market, so we stopped. I love farmer's markets. There is one every Saturday at home and I like to go and get flowers and veggies. This farmer's market did not disappoint. We talked to the cheese man who had moved to Ireland 20 years ago from Holland. We bought cheese; one from Ireland and one from Holland. He also had green olives. There was a table full of all sorts of delicious cakes and brownies. We chose a brownie and a homemade granola bar.

After leaving the market we only had about 20 minutes to make the ferry. I really did not think that we would make it because of how slow we drove. We made it! The ferry crossing the river Shannon is €20 and is a nice experience. It does not take that long but saved time going around.

My husband decided we had time to drive up to the Cliffs of Moher. We went through some small towns that looked interesting. One was , Kilrush and I want to come back and spend some time exploring. (Next trip).

We made it to the cliffs and paid our fee to park. This was the first time of the trip to wear my raincoat - but for the wind, not rain. We walked up the hill, climbed a bunch of steps and saw the cliffs. Wow. It was strong and beautiful. We took our time and absorbed the beauty of the coast. We did go into the visitors center and saw the movie. I am glad that we got to see the cliffs. They were pretty amazing.

Driving to Ennis and our next B&B was interesting. Got lost downtown but my ipad picked up the wifi from the Old Ground Hotel and I was able to figure out where we were and how to get to the Glenomra house. We checked in with Mary. Our room overlooked the garden so it was quiet.

For dinner we went to the Poet's Corner pub. It is part of The Old Ground Hotel. It was crowded, but oh my, the food was delish and the cost was not bad. Mike had salmon with a crab crust. I had a goat cheese tart with ramps and a tomato relish. Mike's dish came with a side of veggies and potatoes.

We arrived during the Fleadh Nua festival. We stayed in town and caught a trad session in the bar. It was so crowded. We could not see the musicians but the music was great.
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Old Jun 12th, 2014, 08:32 PM
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TPAYT- We enjoyed the food too. Especially the fish.
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The Poet's Corner was our first dinner on our first trip to Ireland. It was a great introduction to all the good food to come.

It sure sounds like Ireland was a good part of your travel dream. We had the same dream and our daughter says that when she got her college diploma, we got our passports. We haven't stopped yet & get to Europe every year. I hope you can do the same.
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You write so beautifully! We returned a few weeks ago from three weeks in Ireland and I am enjoying reliving the trip and reading about your adventures!
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Ennis-The Burren-Music


Our hostess is a hoot. She kept the whole room entertained during our breakfast. After breakfast we decided to explore the Burren. On the way we got caught up in a huge traffic jam and sat waiting for traffic to start moving. It started moving and after about five miles everyone, except us turned and that's when we realized it was a funeral procession.

We wound our way through some beautiful areas. We stopped to take pictures along the way. We saw a beautiful stone home that was a hostel. Meandering down the road we saw a sign for the Burren Fine Wine and Food.


One of the things I really liked was all of the old stone buildings we would see along the roads. Some of them would be renovated and some standing tall with the roofs gone. We stopped at a little house that had been renovated to Burren Fine Wine and Food in Ballvaughan. Walking in was like coming home. A fire popping in the stove, the wood beams and stone walls gave a sense of coziness. We sat at a table that was a tree that had been milled and the table was a slab of the tree. The owner told us that it was locally made. We decided to have a pot of tea with a piece of fresh strawberry tart still warm from the oven. What a great way to warm up and enjoy our day. The food was amazing. The owner was really nice and told us a out renovating the building. If you need a picnic or want to stop and have some great food this is the place to go.

We saw the Aillwee cave, stone tombs and even walked through a cow pasture to see an old fort. I really enjoyed see all the flowers and plants growing in the crevices of the rocks.

We loved the Burren. It rained a bit and we got lost but that was part of the fun. We ended up staying about four hours.

Dinner that night was at The Poet's Corner. It was so good the night before why would we want to go anywhere else? My husband had the lamb and I had the Salmon. Another great meal, beautiful presentation and the cost including Guinness and tea was about €42.

On Sunday, we stayed in Ennis for the day to enjoy the music. We went to The Temple Gate pub in the morning and listened to about 20 musicians play. I loved sitting there with my tea and listening to the beautiful songs. This lasted about 3 hours. We walked to The Old Ground for the younger musicians concert. This was a highlight. It was wonderful to see the younger dancers and musicians play and dance. These kids are the future of Irish music and they were great.

Dinner was not at the Poet's Corner. We went to The Cloister and had a very nice dinner. If you want quiet then this restaurant would be good. The service was good and the presentation was ok. I think if we had to do it over we would have eaten at the Poet's Corner-again.

26th-

We had a flight that let Shannon at 11:00 am. I am sure there are times that it takes awhile to get through security and customs but today was not one of them. It took us about 30 minutes then we had a lot of waiting time at the gate.

One thing that I did not understand fully was the tax rebate. If you are going to get a Vat refund your receipt is not enough. You have to have a form from the business too. There were a lot of people who did not have the forms. Maybe someone can enlighten me on this subject.

Flights were fine and we walked in our door at 1230 am.

We loved Ireland and one day we will go back for another adventure.
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TPAYT- I am hoping that we can continue our adventures. Glad that you are enjoying your adventures.

Partypoet1- Thanks. Ireland is a beautiful country and I am happy we got to see a part of it.
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