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The Ring of Kerry

July 7, 2007

corey says…We did a good bit of the Ring of Kerry yesterday, but today was our real day for the ring. And fortunately the weather held out for us.

Much of the morning was spent exploring Valentia Island…the slate quarry and grotto, the view of Dingle Bay and the Skelligs and the Skellig Experience. We didn’t have time to take a boat out to Skellig Michael and explore one of the best medieval monasteries in the world…something to add to the “next time” list.

One great new stop on Velentia Island is Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs. The views from there are breathtaking, and it’s an easy place to include on the Valentia Island circuit. They have several plaques posted up there with various local history and lore.

Most people don’t include Valentia Island and the Skellig Ring (the coastal route that includes Pormagee and Ballinskelligs), but I was glad we did.

We then continued on the Ring taking in one amazing vista after another. We made several stops at shops along the way. The ladies noticed that certain items were a bit pricier in those shops than what they had seen at some inland sites, but they also found various items they didn’t find elsewhere.

Right at about Sneem, we had to share the road with a lot of bikers. There was some type of biking event going on, and there were thousands of cyclists between Sneem and Killarney. It added a bit of stress to the driving…especially when some groups were traveling two and tree bikes wide rather than the much safer single-file formation.

We stopped at Staigue Fort along the way. After our fort discoveries yesterday, this one was interesting enough, but the experience just isn’t the same when you’re sharing it with about 30 other tourists.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t spend any time in Kenmare, but I think I’ll plan a special Beara Peninsula trip in the future.

Then it was up and over the mountains via Moll’s Gap. Breathtaking…especially with the beautiful skies we had. We continued to share the road with the bikers, and since Liam was driving he had to concentrate especially hard on the road rather than the scenery. Ladie’s View was as beautiful as ever. Then it was onwards to Killarney.

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