Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Trident Hotel, Kinsale, Cork, Ireland

In Kinsale, we stayed at the Trident Hotel. The Trident is at the south end of Pier Road right on R600. It has convenient free parking.

When I made my reservations, they said that some of the Superior rooms had Sea View and some didn't. I requested Sea View but they said that the only way to guarantee that was to upgrade to the Executive room. I took my chances and stayed with Superior.

The whole story is that ALL the rooms have WATER views. Some have Sea Views but the rest have Harbour Views!

Their web site says they have "complimentary Wired Broadband Connectivity." They didn't when we were there (June 2007). However, apparently unknown to the front desk staff, the lobby's Wi-Fi was available from our room (218).

The breakfast was good and free and offered 7:30-10:30.

You can't beat the location. No other hotel in Kinsale is ON the water like the Trident.

Here's their web site and here're my pictures.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Louis Mulcahy Pottery, Clogher, Kerry, Ireland

When our daughter visited Dublin in 2003, she brought us a piece of pottery from Louis Mulcahy. As we planned our trip for 2007, I Googled Louis Mulcahy and realized that his shop was actually on the Dingle Peninsula.

That settled where we were going first in Ireland. After our night at Shores Country House, we headed out to Clogher over Conor Pass.

After an amazing drive, we arrived at the end of the world! And they had pottery!

Their web site is here.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Dun Chaoin, Kerry, Ireland

The entire drive from Dingle Town around Slea Head Drive looked like this overlook at Dun Chaoin.

The wikipedia article is here and their web site is here. Here are my photos:

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Slea Head Drive, Kerry, Ireland

From Dingle Town, we followed the Slea Head Drive to the West. We didn't make very good time as we kept stopping to take photos. "Ryan's Daughter" was filmed here.

Their web site is here. Here are my photos:

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Zoom out a couple of clicks and you'll see the Blasket Islands.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Dingle Town, Kerry, Ireland

We stopped in Dingle Town for lunch after crossing Conor Pass. Dingle is a pretty little town, very brightly colored.

The wikipedia article is here and their web site is here. My pictures are here.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Conor Pass, Kerry, Ireland

We left the Shores Country House at Cappatigue and headed over Conor Pass to Dingle.

From wikipedia:

The Conor Pass, which runs from Dingle on the southern end of the peninsula towards Brandon Bay and Castlegregory in the North, is the highest mountain pass in Ireland, a tight, precarious road, weaving its way around the sharp cliff faces and past the high corrie lakes.
I can vouch for "tight, precarious road." Some of the stories I found said that the road was so narrow that your wheels hung over the edge. The road has been improved recently. There was one stretch of about 1 km that was actually a single lane including a blind corner.

The TripAdvisor review is here. You might even recognize one of the reviewers.

My pictures are here:

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