An October 2001 trip
to County Kerry by emptynest
Quote: Trips with extended family can lead to disastrous long-term relationships unless people are very careful and communicate well. Trips to a foreign country can multiply the benefits and the problems, but the Irish culture creates instant family feeling and leaves everyone feeling good.
Hotel | "Scotts Gardens Hotel"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2005
Scotts Hotel Killarney
Town Center, Killarney
064 66 31060
353 64 31037
Restaurant | "Hannigan's Bar"
Hannigan's Bar and Resturaunt
353 (0) 64-6631816
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 30, 2005
353 66 36600
Attraction | "Muckross House"
Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms
The National Park
Killarney, County Kerry
353 (64) 66 70144
Attraction | "Ring of Kerry Tour"
The bus stops along the way at scenic overlooks and allows time to take photos. There is also a stop at a sheep farm where a local farmer charges a small fee to show off his sheep-herding dogs and teach about how sheep are raised. This is entertaining and educational and gives insight into the local culture and lifestyle. The tour lasts all day, returning to Killarney at about 5pm. For adults, this is an interesting way to spend the day, but children and adolescents would be very bored after the first few stops. Much of the time is spent riding in the bus through mountain roads.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2005
Ring of Kerry
179 Km Circular Road
Attraction | "Tour of Berea Peninsula"
Torc Falls is a short hike from the main road and a beautiful natural waterfall near Muckross Castle. There is a cable car that can be taken across the sea to a small island near Lambshead Island. This is the most beautiful spot on a cool afternoon to hear the sounds of the surf crashing against the rocks and realize just how mighty the sea is. Challenges include recognizing what are roads and what are lanes that lead into sheep pastures, meeting large vehicles on roads that are not meant for oncoming traffic, and remembering which side of the road to drive on!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2005
We met a lot of local folks who make this trip weekly. It was a great way to listen to their stories about their lifestyle and how similar and how different it is from life in the US. We met a boy who travels 6 hours one-way (from Dingle) to Dublin for medical treatment each week. We met college students on our way back from Dublin to Killarney headed to their home for a weekend. The people are open and welcoming and want to know about us as much as we wanted to know about them.