A day trip to Kerry: we have a guest!

Happy Thanksgiving wishes for everyone!ย 

Today we have a guest, but before he arrives we are going to drive to Muckross, visit Killarney National Park and finally take that jaunting car ride you are dreaming about ๐Ÿ˜‰

From the Molls Gap we take a road to Killarney. We are going to return by the same road later, but it won’t be boring since the road is beautiful and there are places to see. The road sign says ‘100 km/h’ but it is not for us ๐Ÿ™‚ Please never drive over 80. There are cyclists, hikers, drivers who are trying to park, and you don’t want to create a tragedy.

As we drive we pass a number of spots suitable for parking of one or two cars, and with any luck we will park for a minute and walk to the lake.

Killarney NP

Killarney NP

Finally we see a huge blue sign Killarney National Parkย , turn in the gateway and drive to the Muckross House. You can spend your ‘time allowance’ (3 hours altogether) in the House and the Gardens and hire a jarvey to take you to the Muckross Abbey and back.

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

Killarney jarveys have been around for over 200 years.

jaunting car

 

 

The jaunting cars had been banned from the National Park, and were allowed back again.

jaunting car

I won’t share any pictures of the house. The Muckross House websiteย has enough information, and there is also Google.

You will have to book a tour to see the interior, but if something goes wrong and there is no tour, just take a walk along the lake and visit the National Park. Here you can find two walks to choose from, and here another few.

My personal favorite is the 8 miles longย Muckross Lake Loop,ย that also starts from the Muckross House. You will love these miles ๐Ÿ™‚ Pictures below were taken from this trail.

Killarney NP

Killarney NP

Killarney NP

Killarney NP

Bridge between Lough Leane and Muckross Lake.

Killarney NP

Meeting of the Waters – Lough Leane, with Muckross Lake behind me.

Killarney NP

On the way to the Dinis cottage ( you will love their scones). Poor hiker gave up, apparently.

Killarney NP

After we are done with hiking, my plan is to go back to the Molls Gap to pick up our guest. On the way, we will visit one of the most photographed vistas in Ireland – Ladies View.

This is the classic view.

ladies' view

You can drive just a little bit further to enjoy the same view and a bonus walk.

ladies view

Killarney NP

Killarney NP

Killarney NP

Before I introduce our guest, I want to share a funny video. Foil Arms and Hogย here give you an idea about riding/driving in Kerry ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

Listening to these confusing directions, I started to worry about our guest getting around Kerry, so I sent him a few photographs in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

And – here he is! Meet Kevin Hotter from KevinHotter.com!

Kevin, please tell us about yourself and the reason you are here with us on this trip.

Hi Everyone! Kevin Hotter, here. Itโ€™s a pleasure to meet you all.ย 

Iโ€™m an American lawyer, comedian, writer and photographer who lives in sunny Los Angeles. As if that stuff doesnโ€™t keep me busy enough, Iโ€™m also a husband and a dad. And those two roles are my favorite! (Gotta make sure my wife reads that part.)ย 

Thank you so much to Inese for sending me photos of the beautiful areas of Ireland from which my maternal grandparents hail.ย 

My motherโ€™s parents arrived in America separately. Having never met back in the old country, their paths first crossed while living in Chicago (which, at the time, was a very popular destination for Irish immigrants.) After getting married, they moved to New York City. And thatโ€™s where my mom was born and raised.ย 

How Irish do you feel?

I definitely inherited the famous Irish wit. And in my stand-up comedy routine, I definitely tell a few jokes about my Irish-Catholic upbringing and my very fair (and easily sunburned) Irish skin. Living in California, I finally have a tan! Well, kinda. Hahaย 

My humor is meant to bring people together and to poke fun at this thing called life. As for my Irish jokes, itโ€™s all in good fun – because Iโ€™m extremely proud of my Irish roots.ย 

Well, enough of my blabbing! Thanks for reading about little olโ€™ me.ย ย And please swing by my blog to say hi!ย 

Thank you for joining us, Kevin!ย 

Please visit Kevin’s blog to enjoy his outstanding photography.


We resume our trip and take off to Kenmare and The Ring of Beara before starting the homestretch of our day-long journey – The Ring of Kerry. It is a lunch time, and we will get something to eat on the way. Good news, folks! You can park for free in Kenmare! You can also stop for lunch at Molly Gallivan’s. The 90 km journey will take some 2.5 hours. Watch for the parking opportunities so that you can take a photograph, but don’t be a nuisance and danger to the other road users. Our loop route:ย  Kenmare – Glengarriff – Adrigole – Healy Pass – Glanmore Lake – Kenmare. Not the whole ring, but enough to remember that the Ring of Beara is the most scenic route in Ireland.

Leaving Molls Gap and heading to Kenmare.

Pretty Kenmare town, full of colors.

A nice place to have a lunch (opens @12pm)

Molly Gallivan’s Cottage, and a 12 ft Druid pointing his camera at the Barra-Bui Peak.

Druid’s view ๐Ÿ™‚

Scenic road to Glengarriff is also a road from Co Kerry to Co Cork. Beara peninsula is the only peninsula in Ireland that is located in two counties.

Climbing the Healy Pass from Adrigole, south to north. In the middle of the tourist season, I would drive north to south: if you never have a chance to stop, the beautiful view is still in front of you all the way down. It is only my suggestion though. You can also take great pictures from the summit.

As we crossed over the Healy Pass, Glanmore Lake view is our reward.

We return to Kenmare sneaking through the beautiful vistas. See you again in two weeks to resume the Ring of Kerry trip. It will take another 5-6 hours to complete (including a stop for dinner in Waterville).

ย Have a wonderful weekend!

148 comments

  1. A truly beautiful post, Inese, with so much to see. The scenery is simply stunning but I love the town of Kenmare with its colourful buildings and olde worlde restaurant. So much to explore… I enjoyed reading Kevin’s interview, too. Some of my dad’s family emigrated to the USA many years ago. ๐Ÿ˜€

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        1. You have to tell me more. I drive to Tipperary quite often. If you remember the name of the town, let me know. CoTipperary is my second home. As to Mayo, I have only been to the Achill Island.

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  2. Ooooooh, so so so much to love here. The silvery clouds reflected in the water. The exhausted hiker. And Muckross! I can’t get over this name. This needs to be a name for something in a story. I keep reading it as Muck Crossing, even though it’s not spelled that way, but it gets me thinking…
    Thanks so much for these beautiful captures here, my friend! xxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Jean! I don’t really trust Google with translation, but there is the Ross Castle nearby, so I think there is a linguistic connection ๐Ÿ™‚ Muck Crossing sounds perfect for a fantasy book, if you ask me. In my next blog I will post a picture from around the Ross Castle. The place looks like a perfect Muck Crossing to me, ancient and mysterious ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxxxx

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  3. Mt gosh, you do live in a beautiful place. The countryside is stunning and rugged at the same time. What a great adventure to be able to explore such a place. Hope you are well Inese! Oh, and your photographs are awesome, you have a great eye for details ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Gill! I love these one day summer trips. Killarney is so very touristy, it is difficult to book a room on a short notice. And plans also change, you know. Most of the time, it is like ” no rain Saturday – I might go somewhere” ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxx

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      1. Lovely to hear from you. Truly. This very day I have had an NHS ancient persons MOT and the nurse with the needles, things that go ‘ping’ and a keyboard pronounced me fit as a butcher’s dog! So yes, I’m mended. The brain I believe is now sending the correct signals to the eye allowing me to mainly see-through the eternal floating frogspawn. I’ve a few things wriiten up ready to post. Getting the courage to post is all that remains now. I fear a social media addiction…as was the case previous to the eye damage…might show its ugly face. Notwithstanding family are pushing me to post in order to keep out of their hair! The cheek of it. Anyway, and as I’ve said before, more importantly, how are things with you?

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        1. Mike, don’t post all the stuff you have at once. Stretch it. You still have to be careful with your eyes. The floating frogspawn might linger there for a while. Glad to hear that you have been found fit, but don’t push your luck and put your eyes under unnecessary pressure. You can also exploit your family members and make them type in your blog. Why not? ๐Ÿ™‚
          Most of the days I am all right, thank you for asking. Just have to carry on.

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  4. You are such a giving person, Inese! This shared story from your distant Irish friend, Kevin, was a lovely addition. Thank you for the love story which warms my heart for Kevin’s family as my grandparents met in NYC. They were not from the same country, one from Sweden, the other from Germany. Someday, I hope to traipse in my forebears’ countries. . . You shared some of the prettiestโ€‹ pictures including the town and the Abbey. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ€

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  5. Such beautiful views – what great tour! I’d love to experience it for sure. I was wondering why it was called Ladies View and thought I would ask you – but I am way to impatient to wait for an answer so had to google it:) So now I know that it was because Queen Victoriaโ€™s ladies-in-waiting visited here during the royal visit in 1861. But then my follow up question is…what is ‘ladies-in-waiting’??

    xoxo Inger

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    1. Thank you for joining the trip, Inger! I hope you will come and do the Wild Atlantic Way route some day ๐Ÿ™‚ The ladies in waiting are companions/help. The same as a waiter in the restaurant assisting you. When the queen traveled, she would bring them along.

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    1. Thank you so much, David! ๐Ÿ™‚ Kevin is a blogger friend, I promised to take him to his ancestors’ land a while ago ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have Irish ancestry or want to see a particular place in Ireland, and I happen to be in the area, please feel very welcome to let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I noticed a new post at your blog in the WordPress reader yesterday but I waited for Sunday to immerse myself in that at leisure, and I am suitably rewarded. What an immersive account of the Irish paradise! I am sure I will crash into something or someone were I to drive faster than 40 kmph through that gorgeous road. The Muckross Lake Loop is a trail straight from J R R Tolkienโ€™s world. The elegant simplicity of Kenmare town is like dessert at the end of a sumptuous feast. Thank you for bringing to me what I may otherwise never be able to witness in person. Your friend is a splendid photographer indeed, and I will need a long, long day to wander through the exquisite collection of images at his blog.

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    1. Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚ A year ago I promised Kevin to visit his ancestral land, which I did this August. I had one day on my disposal and realised that I can actually see a lot in a single day. This gave me idea about a blog post for those who are very short of time but still want to see as much as possible ๐Ÿ™‚
      Muckross Lake loop is very diverse. It deserves a blog post of its own ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. That’s correct, we did the Ring of Kerry, but did not see the Ring of Beara. I haven’t heard of that one actually, just Kerry and the Ring of Dingle. I also recognized some spots from the National Park near Muckross.

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  7. Thank you so much! I’ve not been well and returning to my email account and finding these photos waiting to be looked at has been a glorious treat. I’m not sure if the hiker isn’t sitting on the road, simply overcome with the beauty of the vista… It’s a joy and thoroughly cheered me up! Have a lovely weekend, Inessa:)

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        1. Oh I am so sorry, Sarah! Take care of your physical health, have a plan, work on strengthening your immune system etc. When you are busy and focused, depression will go, eventually. One step at a time, always. Sending you prayers of peace and strength.

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  8. If I were the hiker on the road, Iโ€™d have collapsed from the breathtaking views and not so much from exhaustion. You always manage to take my breath away, Inese. Youโ€™re certainly a magician. ๐ŸŽฉ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ“ธ

    PR

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  9. What a grand adventure, Inese! I love the way you take us in stages, it makes me feel like I really have gone along with you. These views are breathtaking, plus the beautifully shaped trees, and interesting rocks… It was fun to meet Kevin, and then a walk around town. This is a delight. Great big hug.

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    1. Thank you so much! Some people enjoy the official tours and think they have got enough. Others like to walk unbeaten paths, and see as much as possible. Hope somebody finds the posts helpful. I want to finish the trip before Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I have so many snow pictures taken last winter! Cannot keep them any longer ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Can’t believe what I have seen here on your beautiful trip through Ireland. What a absolut stunning landscape. The whole time I think, that can not be real, it must be a dream or a fairy tale movie.. In the next Moment little gnoms comes around a tree, quieking and geeking and dancing with beautiful elves flying through the sky..it is enchanting.

    And nice to meet your very nice guest.

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  11. Such beautiful country. I’d love to take that drive, see the sights, and take those walks (or rides). Someday. Thanks for introducing Kevin. It was fun hearing his family’s immigration story. Lovely photos as always, Inese. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you! On my last trip, I didn’t have a chance to visit the House. By the way, there is another period building – Killarney House with the entrance close to Ross Castle road. I think they don’t require booking.
      Any golf holidays in Ireland next year?

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      1. I doubt weโ€™ll get back there that soon; although, my husband has admitted heโ€™d like to return someday and NOT play golf! He hasnโ€™t really seen much of the country except for the golf courses.

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  12. Very lovely scenes from the park. Some of the pictures remind me of sceneries I’ve have seen when I visited Ireland. The small colorful town is one of them. I did not recall the name of the town that I visited there but remembered small stores around town. I loved them.

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    1. Thank you! I am always so delighted when you find something familiar in my posts. West coast of Ireland is famous for their colorful buildings, and I am not surprised that you remember them ๐Ÿ™‚ Small stores and pubs painted in bright colors are a hallmark of a small Irish town. They do look cute ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you! Yes, no one should go home without this picture ๐Ÿ™‚ Classic! I wish I ever get a sunny weather.
      I liked the Ring before they improved the roads. Remember the descent to Waterville – it felt like flying a small aircraft ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Oh, what stunning images, Inese! Brings back memories from the mid ’90s and a car rally in Ireland, we saw quite a lot of the places you have shown. The star image for me is the elegiac first one from the abbey – the old window and Celtic stone

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    1. Thank you Sue, I am always delighted when somebody recognises the places I share ๐Ÿ™‚ Was it an antique car rally? I always miss them, but once I came across a guy and his antique car in the middle of nowhere. He simply got lost ๐Ÿ™‚
      The Abbey pictures are very old, taken before the latest restoration.

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    1. The rocks and the tree were impressive. The light was not right, but I wanted to share this picture anyway. Some tour operators stop at this place, but not the big buses. They usually stop at the classic Ladies’ View where you can only stand and look. Here you can walk around.
      It is the only herd of red deer in Killarney National Park. There was also a buck with spectacular antlers, but he isn’t in this picture. This is a very old picture – I haven’t hiked a decade ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. You are right. I think these deer are not really wild. They suspiciously cling to one particular place which can only mean somebody is feeding them.
          I am planning a hike in Killarney, but not in the park. Will see how I feel next year.

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