Virtual Tour of Ireland: Part Six

Continuing our virtual tour of Ireland takes us on to the Ring of Kerry. If you missed the previous posts, in this series, start here.

Dingle to the Ring of Kerry

After leaving Dingle, it’s on to the Ring of Kerry. Paul Brown of Kenmare Taxi & Tours was the guide for this leg of the tour. Leaving Dingle offered a chance to take in the breathtaking view at the top of Conor Pass, one of the highest points in Ireland.

Driving this route is not for the faint of heart. The road weaves its way around sharp cliffs. There are some narrow passes where only one vehicle can pass, and drivers need to stay alert. Thankfully, Paul Brown’s skillful driving meant the trip down was pure enjoyment. This video gives a sense of the pass, along with some commentary from Paul. Paul is an expert guide and offers tours of Kerry and beyond. Make sure your speakers are on! Yes, the video looks upside down, but it will play in the right orientation.

Next Stop: Killarney National Park

Since they had two days with Paul on the Ring of Kerry, he was able to take them on a lesser-traveled route through the Macgillycuddy Reeks down to Killarney National Park.

Panoramic view with the Lakes of Killarney in the distance

Killarney National Park

Killarney is a town on the shores of Lough Leane in County Kerry. Next door is Killarney National Park. There are many things to see and do in the Park, including the Victorian mansion Muckross House.

A popular activity is to hire a jaunting car in Killarney town. Jaunting cars are a traditional feature of the National Park. Below is a rendering of the jaunting drivers around Muckross.

Drivers at Muckross

Killarney Town

Killarney is a busy tourist town as it’s the most frequented overnight stop for tourists visiting the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park. This painting is of the corner where Casey’s combination audio/visual and liquor store sits.

Lovely Kenmare

Kenmare is also a great launching point for the Ring of Kerry. The town is quieter than Killarney but filled with interesting and friendly places.

Whispering Pines B&B is an authentic and friendly B&B
Kenmare has its own stone circle. Very cool.

Stay tuned for our last post in this series, where we’ll wrap it up with some final thoughts and pieces of art from some other areas of Ireland.

A Note

We hope you are enjoying the virtual tour of Ireland.

Our hearts go out to all of the people that helped to make our various trips to Ireland special. We know that the current situation is making life difficult for people at home and abroad. We are looking forward to the day we can get back to Ireland and other beloved spaces!

Virtual Tour of Ireland: Part Five

Dingle, located in County Kerry, is Ireland’s westernmost peninsula.

Dingle Way
Different hues, same area…..The Ramp

Petunia did not have much rain during her trip, but the day on the Loop was an exception. This picture the clearest one from that day.

Dingle Town in County Kerry is the only town on the Peninsula.

Petunia’s Tips:

Sciuird Archeology Tours is a great way to tour the ancient sites in the area. Michael Collins keeps his tour groups small and gives a very informative two and a half hour tour. Since it’s a half-day tour, you can make room for some other sightseeing on the same day.

While in Dingle, visit St. Mary’s Church and tour the Harry Clark stained glass windows.

Take your time to linger in the different pubs in Dingle. Don’t be afraid to stop in the ones that seem to be small or obscure. Pictured here is Petunia in a snug at Dick Mack’s. Everyone has their favorite. Hers was J. Curran’s Shop Bar.

A Note

We hope you are enjoying the virtual tour of Ireland.

Our hearts go out to all of the people that helped to make our various trips to Ireland special. We know that the current situation is making life difficult for people at home and abroad. We are looking forward to the day we can get back to Ireland and other beloved spaces!

A Tour of Ireland

In the early 2000s, the Queen Bee and I took a couple of trips to Ireland. Both trips involved biking, music, and art. Petunia took a more recent trip last summer. Since I had created a series of art around my trips, she thought it was pretty cool to finally get to see some of the places that I painted for herself.

It’s March! What better time to take a virtual tour of Ireland?

We thought it would be fun to take you on a virtual tour of our collective trips using my paintings along with some of her photos.

Her trip started in Galway, so we’ll start there.

If you’ve never been to Galway, it is a lively university town. While it’s lighter on attractions compared to some other cities, its charm is its ambiance. Walking the medieval streets of Galway is an experience unto itself. There is music everywhere, the streets, the pubs, the churches, you name it. My impression of Galway is captured here with Galway Band.

Below are some photos from Petunia’s 2019 trip to Galway.

Don’t try this!
Spend the night and you’ll have the place almost to yourself.

Here are some more tips from Petunia…

In Galway, stay at Petra House. It’s close enough to walk to the Galway city center, but far enough away from the pubs to avoid the late-night noise. Frank and Joan are great hosts.

Take a walking tour with Liam Silke. You can sign up at the Galway Tourist Information Centre on Forster Street.

If you can walk, do as much of it as you can. This town is full of interesting sights.

Up Next…Doolin