I spent two weeks in May and June visiting the West of Ireland.We stayed two or three nights in B&B's in the following places: Killarney, Dingle, Kilrush, Oughterard, and in Tullamore and one night in Dublin on the return journey. I unsuccessfully tried to include a map here, sorry.
From Killarney we toured the ring of Kerry
|Muckross Gardens: a hidden garden at the top of the rock garden.|
|Torc Waterfall. Aren't there always dare devils who clamber over rocks in a stream?|
From Dingle: The Dingle Peninsula
From Kilrush: Co. ClareOne day beautiful sunshine
|Loop Head, at the mouth of the Shannon|
and the next some drizzle,
|The beach at Lahinch|
followed by rain,
|In the village of Quilty, no less!|
|The Cliffs of Moher in a storm with driving horizontal rain!|
|After the cliffs there was just one thing for it ...!|
|The beach at Lahinch on the return journey. (with raindrops on the lens!)|
From Ouchterard to Connemara National Parkwhere we found a good example of Irish humour.
|official looking signpost|
|to the giant: late twentieth century antiquity!?|
Conn son of the sea
built in 1994
… Mr. Joyce’s craft shop
for no apparent reason
|The Church in the grounds of Kylemore Abbey|
On the way from Galway to Dublin we stayed in Tullamore and explored
|Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey visitors' centre.|
|a peat bog: laid out as a tourist attraction with a long boardwalk and information boards along the route.|
|Athlone from the Castle, looking across the Shannon|
|The River Shannon and the present day crossing; a river crossing which features large in Ireland's history.|
|One bicycle chained to the fence in the quadrangle at Trinity College.|
That concludes my tour of the West of Ireland. We have good memories of friendly and helpful people and interesting conversations in the B&B's and pubs along the way.
The following day we took the ferry to the UK and spent the next week touring in Wales (the land of my fathers!) and around Bristol.
I hope you have enjoyed the tour, and maybe will make the trip yourself someday.
In the meantime, it's back to the sewing machine and the 1/4 " seams!