This will be the first day I wake up on Irish soil... sweet! Well, I won't actually
be sleeping on the ground, but in a bed, in a hotel, duh. Anyway,
I've thought about
just getting a bunch of jars while I'm there, and putting Irish dirt in them.
Then those would be my souvenir gifts from Ireland for everyone. I don't know
exactly how well that would go over, but I kind of think it's a cool idea. I
might just do that for myself, if for no one else.
700 feet is a long way down.
We'll get the day started off by travelling to the western coast of Ireland where
Cliffs of Moher
rise 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf.
Assuming I haven't yet made any enemies on my tour, and nobody pushes me off one
of the cliffs, me and the rest of my group will then get back on the bus to travel
along the coast back to the south towards the Shannon River. There we will ferry
across to the town of
and then travel through some places called Listowel and
Castleisland. I couldn't find these two places in my guide, so for all I know my
damn quasi-itinerary that I've been getting all this information from could be
lying to me. That would be my luck, to get mugged in some Irish town that no one
has ever heard of. I would rather get mugged in Dublin or Cork, for crying out
loud! At least then I could spare people the look of puzzlement on their face when
I try to describe where I was accosted. OK, enough sarcasm. Onward...
A cool view of the cliffs at sunrise.
After another bus ride down the coast, leaving Shannon behind (but I better
be on the bus), we will end up in Killarney
and find our next hotel. That afternoon
we will make our way to the Muckross House,
a 19th-century manor overlooking the
picturesque lakes near Killarney.
Mossy, mucky Muckross House (at least on the outside).
The house has a museum of County Kerry life,
with displays about the history of southwest Ireland. Supposedly the gardens by
the house are especially beautiful in spring, so perhaps I'll get some good
pictures. While we're there, we're going to take a horse-drawn jaunting car
ride along one of the lakes. I wonder if my whole tour group is supposed to fit
in one of those little carts. That could be rather uncomfortable. Killarney is
billed as a tourist town, and it appears we may have a longer free
evening here. That's fine, more time to explore the local pubs!
Fun jaunting car!
Day 1 Fun
Day 3 awaits