Friday, June 8, 2012
Ireland Vacation 2012 - Part 3
Ring of Kerry. We had hoped to go to the Skellig Islands but as you can see from the pictures it was super foggy that day and we didn't think it would be worth it due to poor visibility. So instead we explore the Ring! Our first stop on the Ring was in Portmagee to have a late morning snack at The Bridge Bar. It was a really cute place right on the water (and I may have eaten the best croissant I've ever had)!
The Skellig Ring we kept seeing signs that said things like "Kerry's Most Specular Cliffs" and we knew we couldn't miss that. Haha! Even in terrible weather the cliffs were amazing! I would have loved to see them on a clear day.
We got back on The Ring of Kerry road and made our way to Waterville. I've been to Waterville before but it was nice to visit again. Our first stop was at Waterville Golf Club so Allan could check it out. He and Cathy had planned to golf there but that all changed of course due to his injuries.
The "required" pictures of Cathy and famous golfer Payne Stewart was taken! Allan refused to pose for one - no surprise there. Believe it or not there were tons of people golfing even though the weather was gross. Again, I guess the Irish are use to it!
After the stop at the golf course we made our way into town and it was my turn for a "required" picture with Charlie Chaplin. There is a statue of him b/c he use to vacation in Waterville.
We had lunch at a pub that even had my last name. I'm guessing one of my very distant cousins owns this place!
We then started our journey back to Killarney. Driving the Ring of Kerry is not easy but the views make it so worth it. The fog didn't help the driving conditions but my aunt did a great job! Luckily the road wasn't too busy - I'm guessing there were less people on the Ring since the weather was bad.
Killarney Riding Stables. We had been there before - during out trip 3 years ago. Since it wasn't busy the two of us had a "private" ride with the two guides. It was really nice. Of course I got a horse that loves to eat and took every chance he could get to go for some grass. The ride took us through Killarney National Park which is so pretty and peaceful. We had a bit of a situation. . . a roadblock if you will. This herd of black cows would not get off the trail! It was pretty funny especially b/c the horses didn't like them at all!
Friday night was our last night in Killarney so we went to a "fancy" restaurant! Bricin is a nice place - more upscale than a pub and we had gone during our last trip too.
They are famous for their "boxty" which is a traditional Irish dish (aka another way to use potatoes in a meal). It taste like a chicken pot pie and is basically a potato pancake with chicken and veggies in it. So good! I highly recommend visiting this restaurant if you are ever in Killarney. It is a nice break from all the pub food!
The Beaufort Bar because Cathy says it is the best Irish Coffee she has had! I'll take her word for it. I had tea!!
Athenry . My maternal great great grandmother, Theresa Kelly was born in this town so we wanted to check it out. To our surprise there was a pharmacy called Kelly's! The town is very cute and has some beautiful ruins including a church and castle.
Jury's. This is located is a great spot right at the end of the main shopping/pub street! Of course it was raining (it rains a lot in Galway) so we go our rain jackets and headed out. . .
Galway is a "college town" and has a lot of fun pubs. And what do you do in the rain. . . well go to pubs of course! We made our own "pub crawl" and checked out a few of the most popular spots in town!
We had dinner at another popular pub, The Quays. It has pieces in it that were imported from a church including beautiful stained glass windows. Definitely worth checking out if you ever have the chance!
Both times we've visited Galway it has been raining. Not sure I need to go back unless I know it will be sunny! Ha!
Sunday morning we were up and out to head to the airport. Another amazing trip came to an end!
I hope you've enjoyed reading about my vacation to Ireland. It is a beautiful country and I would highly recommend a visit if you ever have a chance.
This is the 3rd and final part but I will share some iPhone pics and pics of what I bought next week!