Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Shores Country House, Cappatigue, Kerry, Ireland

The Shores Country House is one of the nicest places we've stayed anywhere, anytime, PERIOD. My wife shys away from bed and breakfasts but this is one she'd go back to without question. I've never had a better breakfast. Tell Annette I said "Hello."

Here's their website.

Their web site says they are "2 hours from Cork Airport." Only if an Irishman is driving!

I took a ton of pictures there so enjoy (and don't miss the cows).


Be sure to zoom out and see Brandon Bay.


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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Blennerville Windmill, Tralee, Kerry, Ireland

Further along the way from the Cliffs of Moher to our bed and breakfast on the Dingle Peninsula, we came upon the Blennerville Windmill near Tralee. It is the tallest windmill of its kind it Europe, and the only working one in Ireland according to AnIrelandAttraction.com.

The wikipedia article is here but pretty sparse.

My pictures are here.



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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tarbert Lighthouse, Kerry, Ireland

As we arrived at the Tarbert end of the Killimer-Tarbert ferry, we saw the Tarbert Lighthouse.

Their web site is here and it is mentioned in the wikipedia article on Tarbert.

My pictures are here.


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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Killimer-Tarbert Car Ferry, Clare, Ireland

To get from the Cliffs of Moher to our bed and breakfast on the Dingle Peninsula, we had to either drive around the Shannon estuary or take the ferry across it. We went for the ferry. It goes from Killimer in County Clare to Tarbert in County Kerry in about 20 minutes.

The ferry is run by Shannon Ferries Ltd.

My pictures are here.


Zoom in a couple of clicks and look just to the West. Isn't that an old ferry grounded over there?


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Friday, March 07, 2008

Cliffs of Moher, Clare, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher are over 600 feet high near O'Brien's Tower.

One million tourists a year make the trek out here. I suspect that most of those tourists make the trip in buses. Look at the roads leading there.

Their web site is here and the wikipedia article is here.


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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Dysert O'Dea Castle, Corofin, Clare, Ireland

Don't let me saying that the Dysert O'Dea Castle is at Corofin fool you. This place isn't close to anything.

We had bought a photo of a doorway at the nearby (ha!) monastery for our son-in-law. My daughter saw the doorway in a travel guide and asked if we would be near there. "Sure," I said. It actually is kinda on the way to the Cliffs of Moher.

She rode shotgun and got us to this place. It truly is one of those "turn off the paved road" places.

Here are the directions from their web site:

After 6.gkm (4 miles) take a left at a cross roads. As you travel down this road, follow the sign posts to take a right to bring you to the centre.
Not much mention of road names is there?

Even when we got to the castle, we couldn't find the monastery. We finally gave up and started to leave. On the way out we saw the sign. We still had to climb 2 fences and walk past the cow.

Here's their web site and here's the wikipedia page. Here are my pictures.


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