Last year we traveled for four months with our Land Rover around the British Isles. Ireland was one of our destinations, mainly west coast. – Of course, we’d say.
Each time we visit Doolin there seem to be more and more tourists, yet the place still has its charm. We can’t help but stop here when we are in the area. Yes, it is the Irish folk music of course, Guinness and “Wild Rover”. The nature is also so wonderful here. The Atlantic slams its waves into the cliffs and provides fresh and tasty fish for the people. In O’Donohue’s Pub, in the small village of Fanore, you get THE best fish n’ chips. It’s worth the trip there for that alone!
Ireland’s “Highway 1”
A little west of Tralee, you find the small cozy town of Dingle, where the dolphin Fungie regularly enjoys himself in the bay, attracting curious visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of him.
If you head for Killarney from here, you will most likely take the R561. A good choice – this road is emerging as an Irish Highway 1, with views of the sea, across to the other side of Castlemaine Harbor and the mountains. If the weather allows it, make a stop at the giant Inch Beach and fill your lungs with fresh sea air while surfers frolic in the waves.
Ring of Kerry
On the other side of the R561 is the Ring of Kerry (N70). The road winds past small towns and along the sea for quite some distance. There are plenty of views towards the mountains, the sea and the dramatic nature. On a big bend in the road, there is a view point and a huge Virgin Mary statue posing, as if to look after people passing by. You pass the small town of Waterville, once Charlie Chaplin’s favorite vacation spot and when the road climbs up the hill again you reach Molls Gap. The surroundings now become forest with small lakes and ponds – still beautiful. The ‘Ring of Kerry’ sort of ends when you arrive in the town of Killarney. There you’ll head for a pub and sing “As I was going over the Cork and Kerry mountains …” 🙂
(from “Whiskey in the jar”)