A day trip to Kerry: we have a guest!

Happy Thanksgiving wishes for everyone! 

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 😉

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 🙂 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 Park , 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 website 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 long Muckross Lake Loop, that also starts from the Muckross House. You will love these miles 🙂 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 Hog here give you an idea about riding/driving in Kerry 😉



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

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. It’s a pleasure to meet you all. 

I’m an American lawyer, comedian, writer and photographer who lives in sunny Los Angeles. As if that stuff doesn’t keep me busy enough, I’m also a husband and a dad. And those two roles are my favorite! (Gotta make sure my wife reads that part.) 

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

My mother’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 that’s where my mom was born and raised. 

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. Haha 

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

Well, enough of my blabbing! Thanks for reading about little ol’ me.  And please swing by my blog to say hi! 

Thank you for joining us, Kevin! 

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:  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 🙂

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).

 Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. A frolic and a skip are always fun and full of new discoveries with you, my lovely friend. 😘🌹 I visited Kevin Hotter (what a great surname!) —- such talent.

        1. This link sends me back to my own blog, and clicking on your Gravatar or any other links takes me to a message that your site has been deleted. Sorry 😦

          1. I don’t know what try to check any ways thankyou very much for considering

      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?

        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? 🙂
          Most of the days I am all right, thank you for asking. Just have to carry on.

  2. 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 prettiest​ pictures including the town and the Abbey. 🌿🍀

  3. 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 Victoria’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

    1. Thank you for joining the trip, Inger! I hope you will come and do the Wild Atlantic Way route some day 🙂 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.

    1. Thank you so much, David! 🙂 Kevin is a blogger friend, I promised to take him to his ancestors’ land a while ago 🙂 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 🙂

  4. 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 Tolkien’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.

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 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 🙂
      Muckross Lake loop is very diverse. It deserves a blog post of its own 🙂

    1. You have probably seen so much that it is difficult to remember everything. They usually do the Ring of Kerry ( my next blog), but don’t do the Ring of Beara.

      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.

  5. 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:)

    1. Thank you so much! The hiker was meditating and I slipped past him. He was the only person I met on the trail that day, but it was years ago.
      Hope everything is all right. xx

        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.

  6. If I were the hiker on the road, I’d have collapsed from the breathtaking views and not so much from exhaustion. You always manage to take my breath away, Inese. You’re certainly a magician. 🎩🌹📸


  7. 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.

  8. One could use your post as a guide for these lovely spots to photograph, places to dine and how to make the most of your drive. I will probably never get there, but your tours are the next best thing. Great photos as usual.

    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 🙂 I have so many snow pictures taken last winter! Cannot keep them any longer 🙂

  9. Amazingly beautiful, Inese! I adore all the descriptions that go with the pics. I was especially amused by A Kerryman Giving Directions! LOL!
    I’d like to know how you write your name on your photos. Perhaps, if you have time one day, you can email me about it.
    Okay, I’m off to visit Kevin Hotter!
    Oh the post is up. I hope you enjoy it! https://artgowns.com/2018/11/24/contessa-fiori/

  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.

    1. Thank you so much, Vera! I am delighted that you joined the trip 🙂 It is not over yet – blog post #3 is coming in two weeks. We have to return home before Christmas 🙂

  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. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Diana! I know that there are places more impressive and exotic, but I love these boggy hills, heather, rocks, sheep. I do hope you come over some day 🙂

  12. Oh my–these photos are breathtaking! I’ve just added Kerry to the places I must see when I make it to Ireland. Gorgeous work–please keep it up!

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