In early August, we had some friends coming over from Boston to visit us in Dublin. Instead of spending their entire nine-day vacation here in the city, we’re heading to Cork & Kerry for the first four nights of their trip. Overall we had an amazing time and had great weather but I am Cork & Kerry’d Out – and next road trip will be Northwest & Antrim/Northern Ireland. We have only been to the area in the winter/Christmas time so to see the amount of people in towns and around was different too.
In looking at Airbnb and other sites, it is very hard to find affordable accommodations for two families for less than 7 days, but we did. We found a house for rent just outside Kenmare (one of our favorite villages) in Dunkerron Woods. As you can imagine, August is peak time in that area so many houses are already rented. I really enjoyed renting a self-catering unit as we could enjoy breakfast and dinner (occasionally) here at that made it more affordable. I will say though we had to buy a lot of things which you take for granted having at home like butter, salt, pepper, ketchup, mayo, etc. So next trip we take, within Ireland, I’m going to bring a sort of started box from home containing all those condiments and bits that would be used. Anyway, this property was great – a perfect location for exploring the area. Very quiet at night and served our needs perfectly.
We spent our entire trip going from one place to another – so many places, I have to try and remember the names of them. I’ll just start by posting a bunch of the best photos I took – all from my android. Didn’t bother to take my Nikon on this trip – also as I was sitting in the back of the ‘bus’ nearly the entire time, many photos were taken through the window.
One day we drove the entire Ring of Kerry and onto Valentia Island. It was a bit windy and chilly so didn’t walk up to Bray head – but I imagine the view is amazing and the area is so nice. I said it was like “50 Shades of Green”. Not any time soon as I want to explore other parts of the country first, but in a few years, I could totally see us renting a small house here & just enjoying the views and area.
Of course, a trip down to that area wouldn’t be complete without a stop in O’Sullivans in Crookhaven to have some lunch.
[Yep – open faced salmon sandwiches & seafood chowder!] It was packed and not only that outside was even more busy. This time was full of families who were jumping off the wall into the quay. Most wearing full wetsuits and a few without – who were clearly a bit cold. The kids made a friend who they were encouraging to jump.
While it was informative and interesting, I think I much prefer visiting old, lavish and elaborate stately historical homes which have been restored – guess I’m spoilt with National Trust properties – could visit the Muckross House next time.
On the way back to Dublin we made our way to the Blarney Castle so that Sam & Nicole could “kiss the stone & become eloquent”. It’s one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland – we had to go.
I have done it before (many, many years ago and it was just us and the guy who works there… but this time, despite waiting with our friends in a long line (with Nils & the kids), I was chicken and couldn’t do it. Ever since having children 7 years ago, I’m such a wimp and overly cautious. Anyway, both Nicole & Sam kissed the stone so it was well worth the wait.