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Scholars and Poets...County Kerry!

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A November 2005 trip to County Kerry by ladyanne47

Eoin Duignan Uillean pipe player at Droichead Beag Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland More Photos
Quote: It is known that most of Ireland's poets and scholars came from County Kerry, an environment of great beauty, music, and stories.

Scholars and Poets...County Kerry!

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Dan Foley's Pub, Annascaul, Dingle Peninsula. Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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I once read that Ireland's County Kerry has the most handsome men in all of the Emerald Isle. After visiting there often, I think they might be right. But what County Kerry is best known for is it's scholars and poets. Just on the Blasket Islands alone there were about four major writers of well known books that were written originally in Gaelic and translated into several languages. Many, many poets hailed from County Kerry… too numerous to mention.When you visit County Kerry you can understand immediately why it has given it's native people such a rich treasure trove of beauty and inspiration. It is just jaw-dropping gorgeous everywhere you go. I will always agree that County Kerry, especially the D...Read More

Kilburn House

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Hotel | "Kilburn House, Overlooking Dingle Bay."

Kilburn House Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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The Kilburn House is a working farmhouse that is situated in a very good central location for touring Dingle and Killarney of County Kerry, Ireland. It is nestled on the top of Dingle Bay between Iveragh and Dingle Peninsulas, and overlooks the bay and both mountain ranges, a beautiful setting. The farmhouse is quaint on the outside, and the inside has been upgraded to accommodate you in modern conveniences. The rooms are in a private section, away from the living quarters. The guest lounge and dining area are very pleasant. How nice to have the turf fireplace lit for us when we arrived in our own private lounge. We enjoyed the lounge so much, having wine and eating cheese while watching the weather.I...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2006

Kilburn House
N70 between Milltown and Killorglin
Milltown, Ireland
+353 (66) 9767364

Larkin's Pub

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Larkin's Pub Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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Larkin's Pub was recommended to us by our hosts of the Kilburn House. It was a nice easy place to find and eat at after we settled into the B&B and wanted a nice low key dinner. I recommend the Fish-N-Chips, but actually, you usually can't go wrong with any Fish-N-Chips you order in Ireland.The food was average and good enough for tired hungry travelers. I loved the painting of the Pub that hung above our table. Friendly as any pub, we had a nice time. Milltown is small but lively, and is situated in a perfect area of County Kerry. A perfect central spot.We loved County Kerry, the people and places are the best.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 9, 2006

Larkin's Pub
Main Street, Milltown, Killarney
Kerry, Ireland
+353 066 976 7217

Killarney National Park

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Attraction | "The Enchanting Killarney National Park"

Killarney National Park Photo, Killarney, Ireland
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Killarney National Park is probably one of the most frequently visited areas of Ireland. Known for it's beauty and culture of the Irish lifestyle. The well known "jaunting carts" that can be rented in and around Killarney are still a top tourist activity. The brightly painted carts are drawn by a jolly horse and you can ride and view the beautiful Killarney National Park, Mockross House, Gap of Dunloe, etc.  The forest in this area is lush and green, it reminds me of a scene from Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest and his Merrymen. Green moss grows on everything and you feel like any moment an "Irish Fairy" is going to pop out to amuse you. It is truly enchanting. I loved the boats docked on Lough ...Read More

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Killarney National Park
County Kerry
Killarney, Kerry
353 (64) 6635960

Ring of Kerry

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Attraction | "A Day on the Ring of Kerry!"

Ring of Kerry Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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The Ring of Kerry is a place you can visit many times, each being a different experience depending on what weather you have and what route you take. Many recommend doing the ring counter-clockwise because of how the sun hits the mountains and sea, and how you come up upon the scenery. I always do it clock-wise, and once cut across over the center of it to save time. It is all beautiful. Going out to the Skellig Michael Rocks is a whole day alone, and you should probably stay in the Ballinskelig area for the night. Then you could spend even more time just on Valencia Island alone. However, most visitors do the whole Ring of Kerry for a day trip, starting and ending in Killarney.W...Read More

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Ring of Kerry
179 Km Circular Road
Kerry, Ireland

County Kerry Countryside

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Attraction | "The Countryside of County Kerry!"

County Kerry Countryside Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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County Kerry's countryside is probably some of the prettiest in all of Ireland. Known for it's farms which feels the effects of the Upper Gulf Stream, the dairy cattle and sheep have lots of green grass to graze. Some of Ireland's best cheeses come from County Kerry and also her neighbor County Clare.It is wonderful to just ride around the many back roads and take in the charm of the farming communities. Sheep do well especially on the Dingle Peninsula, and the many patchwork shaped fields and stone walls cover the green hillsides of Dingle. You can see the white dots from a distance of the many herds of sheep that are grazing. The contrast of colors is striking. Seeing the sheep is one of my favori...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 6, 2006

County Kerry Countryside

Kerry, Ireland

Tarbert Ferry

Attraction | "Tarbet Ferry from County Kerry."

Tarbert Ferry Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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One of the most helpful things you can do to avoid a lot of unnecessary miles and city traffic in Limerick is to take the ferry from Tarbet, County Kerry on the Shannon River Bay to County Clare. And also vice-versa. It is an easy ride from all of County Kerry and the ferry comes every hour back and forth. It is reasonable and well worth the savings of time and miles.It is also very scenic, and the ride is quick. You can just sit in your car as you cross or go above on the ferry to look at the views. Of course, depending on the weather. There is no better way to get from County Kerry to County Clare.At one time, I opted to drive around Limerick so we could see Adare, but it was not wor...Read More

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Tarbert Ferry
Tarbert, County Kerry to County Clare
Killarney, Kerry
+353 65 9053124

Tim Collin's Archaeological Tour of Dingle

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Attraction | "Tim Collin's Archeological Tour of Dingle."

Tim Collin's Archaeological Tour of Dingle Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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Taking a tour of the Dingle Peninsula with Tim Collin's Archaeological Tour was one of the best and wisest things we did while visiting the amazing Dingle area. Our B&B hostess Stella Doyle, on St. John Street, Dingle made the reservations and arrangements for us and we started out in town at the Kirrary B&B near the Mall (town center intersection). It only took a few hours and we didn't want it to end. Tim Collins was our guide and he was absolutely wonderful. It was cold and rainy, but what a relief to have someone else do the driving especially on Dingle's narrow roads along the coast of steep hills.We road with only one other person who spoke only Japanese, so it was intere...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2006

Tim Collin's Archaeological Tour of Dingle
Dingle, County Kerry
Kerry, Ireland

The Many Pubs of Dingle Town!

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Outside view of Droichead Beag Pub, Dingle. Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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Dingle Town is full of Pubs, many many Pubs, and lots and lots of opportunities to hear live traditional Irish music every night. Staying a few days in Dingle is a perfect chance to enjoy all of the Dingle Peninsula in the day and the many great pubs in the evening after you have a nice dinner in one of the many good restaurants.My favorite pub has always been "The Small Bridge" or "Droichead Beag", it sits at the bottom of the hill from the Maine Street in Dingle next to a small bridge. Painted a bright yellow, you cannot miss it. On the side of the building are silhouettes of Irish figures dancing which are placed up high beneath the roof line.This is one of the oldest and most charming of all the p...Read More

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County Kerry Villages!!

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Sheep coming home in Dingle Village. Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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The colorful store fronts and buildings in the many villages of Ireland in general are enjoyable to see and visit. County Kerry has many to offer and some of the best shopping are in those villages.My favorite village is Dingle, on the Dingle Peninsula. It is situated on Dingle Bay, and you can get to it by either going over the Conor Pass on R560 or by N86 from Tralee. Another Route is R561 from Castlemaine along the Dingle Bay. Conor Pass is not recommended in the winter or in bad weather. Dingle is a lively town full of pubs, restaurants, and great shopping.I also love Kenmare at the mouth of the Kenmare River between the Beara and Iveragh Peninsulas and Castleisland that is the hub of many routes ...Read More