After having travelled a pretty good distance yesterday, we won't have to
stray far from Killarney today. Killarney is kind of like the gateway to
the so-called "Ring of Kerry", a 112-mile scenic route around the Iveragh Peninsula
in southwest Ireland. My guide says to spend a whole day exploring the
Ring of Kerry,
and it appears that is what we will be scheduled to do.
Unfortunately, my guide also says to head out early in the day, so as to
avoid the rash of bus tours that converge on the towns along the way. Well,
I guess I can do little about that...
Some people looking for the Ring of Kerry.
This part of the tour will likely be a scenic photographer's dream-come-true.
I can't imagine that we'll be doing much else besides driving all day
(actually, I guess that's not too much different from every day on this
trip). But being that we're just doing the Ring of Kerry on this day, at
least there will be plenty of time to take stops at the various locales
along the way. You would think that no one would want to live in the Ring,
Get thee to Sneem!
since it's such a tourist trap. But there are a number of small villages
and towns along the way, no doubt feeding off the frenzy of tourists. I
have no doubt that I will look like a
stupid tourist during this part of my trip, as the tour route and stops
are almost engineered around tourism. But that's OK. If I were doing this
trip sans tour guide, I'd still probably pick the Ring of Kerry
as a travel destination and end up browsing the local shops... and pubs.
A few of the major tourist towns that we'll be stopping in include
Cahirciveen, Waterville, and
Sneem. On the way back to Killarney, there is
a part of the Ring called Moll's Gap, where the scenery is especially
beautiful and you can see all the lakes around Killarney. I'm sure I
should expect lots of "oohs" and "aahs" from my fellow tour-takers, and
maybe even from myself. I just need to remember not to take too many pictures.
People get bored looking at pictures of landscapes, and besides, pictures never
justly portray the actual thing. After the day-long tour of the Ring of
Kerry, my tour group and I will return to Killarney for dinner and stay at
the same hotel as the night before.
Moll's Gap has nothing|
to do with Moll's teeth
Yeah, I will be loving every minute on the tour bus.
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