Eye Candy: Ring of Kerry, Ireland

The Salted Caramel Life

I went to Ireland in wintertime. I wanted to have storms, spend some time alone, enjoy the countryside and I didn’t expect Ireland to be so beautiful. It was green everywhere you looked despite the season, you could only hear the wind howling all the time and the rough landscape was just amazing. I was so glad I came in winter. There were almost no tourists around so I had most of the attractions for myself and really enjoyed not talking to anyone.














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Day 5: I Fell In to the Beautiful Ring of Kerry

Scratching the Surface

“Off again, on again, gone again” is the motto for the tour bus business. Today we traveled The Ring of Kerry, a chain of mountains that circle around the bay and glacial lakes. The sights are phenomenal & this is where Ireland’s green shows itself in all its glory. We drove the majority of the day through this national park & we had 3 scenic outlooks where we could take photos. I was excited to get out & look.  My pictures don’t fully do this land and the vivid greens justice, but the romantic in me wanted to stay out all day and sit on the unmortared stone walls and visit with the sheep ranchers, watch their dogs coral the wooly sheep and maybe hold a baby lamb. Instead, we were the sheep herded back on the tour bus within 5 minutes time so as to make room for the…

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The Ring of Kerry: I Left My Heart in Ireland

A Writer's Life

God’s Country. Ancient. Amazing.

1 First pic of Ocean and RocksThose were my thoughts as we reached the water on the Ring of Kerry drive in Ireland. I loved Ireland before. Now, it surpassed Paris.

The scenery here took my breath away and gave me chills. I could not believe how gorgeous it was. We were on bus full of people, half of whom were teenagers, and silence reigned for a moment when we turned the corner and saw this.

After quite awhile of breathtaking scenery, we stopped for the sheepdog 2 sheepdog demonstrationdemonstration. Our tour guide, Paul, told us he’d never seen it before, but he’d been told it was amazing. We learned to trust Paul.  The sheep and dog owner started the demonstration by telling the teenagers to think before they got a dog. He told them dogs need people, so don’t get one if you’re not going to be home. AND he told then to…

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The Ring of Kerry, south-western Ireland.

The Ring of Kerry is a 179-km-long circular tourist route in County Kerry, south-western Ireland. Clockwise from Killarney it follows the N71 to Kenmare, then the N70 around the Iveragh Peninsula to Killorglin – passing through Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh – before returning to Killarney via the N72.

There is also an established walking path named The Kerry Way, which takes its own route, and a signposted Ring of Kerry cycling path which uses older quieter roads where possible. The Kerry Way roughly follows the scenic driving route of the Ring of Kerry.

Popular points include Muckross House (near Killarney), Staigue stone fort and Derrynane House, home of the Irish politician and statesman, Daniel O’Connell.

Close to Derrynane House is Derrynane Lodge a restored Farm House idyllically located on the Ring of Kerry. It is set in its own private gardens on six acres of lush vegetation with wonderful views of local beaches, amazing coastline and surrounding mountainous landscape. The garden is fully enclosed with lawn areas intermingled with mature shrubs.

Derrynane Lodge is an Irish Cottage accommodating 9 guests located near to the Ring of Kerry.

Derrynane Lodge is an Irish Cottage accommodating 9 guests located near to the Ring of Kerry.

 

6 Out Of 10 People Would Recommend Ireland As A Holiday Destination

Irish news website TheJournal.ie has reported on Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Fáilte 360: Holidaymaker Survey 2012’ survey, which asked nearly 10,000 overseas and domestic holidaymakers what they thought about Ireland’s key regions, here.

Of particular interest to this blog, is the news that the Ring of Kerry and West Cork are very popular with visitors over 65. The properties we are promoting would be ideal for a large family holiday. Why not take the grandchildren to one of these cottages?

1 The Cable StationRing of Kerry

First floor: Dining area

First floor: Dining area.

Anchor HavenWest Cork

Dining area leading to decked patio with wonderful views

Dining area leading to decked patio with wonderful views

Derrynane Lodge, Ring of Kerry

Sitting room with French doors to front terrace.

Sitting room with French doors to front terrace.

 

Take Your Car On Holiday to Ireland

You can take your car on a Stena Line ferry from the UK to Ireland from only £79.

You could take advantage of this offer and stay at one of these great cottages:

1 The Cable StationRing of Kerry

Ground floor: Double bedroom with 5' bed and ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi bath and separate shower

Ground floor: Double bedroom with 5′ bed and ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi bath and separate shower.

Anchor HavenWest Cork

Sitting room

Sitting room

Derrynane Lodge, Ring of Kerry

Master bedroom with 5' bed and en suite shower room with sea view.

Master bedroom with 5′ bed and en suite shower room with sea view.

First floor: Double bedroom with views over the garden to the sea.

First floor: Double bedroom with views over the garden to the sea.

 

10 Magical Reasons to Visit Ireland

The Reader’s Digest has an article describing 10 magical reasons to visit Ireland. Take a look at it, then book some time at one of these cottages:

1 The Cable StationRing of Kerry

First floor: Enclosed terrace accessed via the sitting room with sea views and steps down to the garden.

First floor: Enclosed terrace accessed via the sitting room with sea views and steps down to the garden.

Anchor HavenWest Cork

Dining area leading to decked patio with wonderful views

Dining area leading to decked patio with wonderful views

Derrynane Lodge, Ring of Kerry

Dining conservatory.

Dining conservatory.

Fly From London City Airport To Dublin Airport From £89 Return

CityJet offers 5 to 6 flights daily from London City LCY to Dublin DUB. The flights are principally targeted at business travellers, but there’s nothing stopping you from booking one of those flights (click here for more details), then picking a car up from the airport and driving to one of these incredible holiday properties:

1 The Cable Station, Ring of Kerry

Front of 1 The Cable Station

Front of 1 The Cable Station

Anchor Haven, West Cork

Decked area, Anchor Haven

Decked area, Anchor Haven

Derrynane Lodge, Ring of Kerry

Front terrace leading to lawn, Derrynane Lodge.

Front terrace leading to lawn, Derrynane Lodge.

The ferry to Bere island

Nigel Borrington

The Ferry to Bere Island 1
All images using a Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens
The Castletownbere to Bere Island ferry, west Cork
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

One summers afternoon on a visit to Castletownbere, I sat down on a bench at the quay’s and took some images of the ferry arriving from Bere island. West Cork has many small Islands but not all are serviced so well by ferries like this one.

I have lived in different locations during my life and lived with different methods of transport (Cars, A Bus, trains, motorcycles, cycles) but never a ferry, it must be an amazing things to live your life using one each and everyday to get home. The passengers on the ferry during the day were people getting to work, shopping, school kids and holiday makers.

Bere Island website

Castletownbere web site

Both locations well work a visit.

The Castletownbere ferry web pages

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Take a Coach Trip to Ireland from £29 return!

Travel from Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds or Bristol to Ireland on selected departures (excludes Friday and Sunday) until 17 July 2013 from just £29 return (including your booking fee) with Eurolines.

You only have two weeks to take advantage of this offer, but how about travelling to Cork and staying at this fantastic cottage?

Anchor Haven

Anchor Haven, West Cork