Unforgetabble Ireland : Kerry (Part 1)

Kerry

County Kerry occupies the south western corner of Ireland and is home to the scenic Dingle Peninsula, Iveragh Peninsula, Beara Peninsula, Macgillycuddy Reeks (highest mountain in Ireland) and Killarney national park.

Iveragh Peninsular, the largest peninsular in Kerry, was chosen for it is home to Killarney and Ring of Kerry. Consequently I picked Kenmare as our base in Kerry. We arrived at Kenmare late in the evening on Monday, Jun 15 and spent the following two and half days between Kenmare, Ring of Kerry and Killarney.

Iveragh Peninsular is magnificent and magical. On its Atlantic coast, nature bestows it breathtaking seascape and on its inland, enchanting landscape. Its rolling mountains, gushing waterfalls, bubbling rivers, serene lakes, secret valleys and hidden defiles can hold one spellbound.

Ladies’ View

Leaving Adare, Limerick at about 6:30pm (Monday 15th), we continued southward to Kenmare. From Adare to Kenmare, it is about 78miles (125km) through N21, N23 and then N71, but it took us a quarter to 3 hours.

On the first 3/4 of the way, the view outside the window alternated between towns, open fields under bright sunny sky and giant wind turbines atop distant hills.

The last 20 miles of the road turned out to be an extraordinary scenic route winding through Killarney town and Killarney National Park. The narrow, bending road over the mountains of Killarney and stopping for photo slowed us down and we covered those 20 miles in one hour’s time.

And it was on this stretch of the road, we found Lady’s View, an attraction I had in my itinerary. It was about 8:15pm and quiet but the sun was still high. The view of Killarney’s mountains and lakes was stunning.

Ladies View

Ladies View


Queen Victoria visited the area in 1861. Her ladies-in-waiting were so enchanted by the view that the site was named after them.
Lower Lake and Muckross Lake

Lower Lake and Muckross Lake

Upper Lake

Upper Lake

This colorful, unafraid little bird landed right before my camera

This colorful, unafraid little bird landed right before my camera

This one was alert and stayed away

This one was alert and stayed away

Seashore Farm Guest House

Kenmare is located on the northern end of Kenmare Bay. Being right on Ring of Kerry and about 22miles (33km) south of Killarney, Kenmare makes a convenient base for our itinerary. Seashore Farm Guest House, located in a quiet neighborhood of Kenmare, is serene and picturesque.

We did not reach Seashore Farm Guest House till 9:15pm but it was still as light as daytime. We were more than an hour later than our estimated late arrival but Mary, owner of the place, was still patiently waiting for us. We unloaded our car, got some recommendations from Mary and drove to the town center for dinner.

Our room at Seashore Farm Guest House

Our room at Seashore Farm Guest House


Our room is large, nicely decorated, amply furnished and convenient but most of all, it comes with a ravishing view of Kenmare Bay.
Sitting room at Seashore Farm Guest House

Sitting room at Seashore Farm Guest House


Owners Mary and Owen are gentle and accommodating. At the sitting room, you find brochures, menus for local restaurants and some of the greatest maps for the region.
Breakfast with view

Breakfast with view

Front of Seashore Farm Guest House

Front of Seashore Farm Guest House


Seashore Farm Guest House is a large building. The left wing of the building is the B&B while the right wing is the private residence of owners Mary and Owen.
Old family farm house across the private lane

Old family farm house across the private lane


Mary is the fourth generation owner of Seashore Farm Guest House but the family started from the older house and farm right across the private lane.
View of Kenmare Bay from Seashore Farm Guest House at around 10pm

View of Kenmare Bay from Seashore Farm Guest House at around 10pm

Kenmare

Kenmare is a great town. As a popular destination in Ireland, Kenmare is tourist friendly. With a nice variety of lodging and restaurants, it is ready to accommodate and complement any itinerary. In the meantime, it’s preserved its small town charm and peaceful ambience.

Henry Street is the main road in heart of Kenmare’s town center

Henry Street is the main road in heart of Kenmare’s town center

Crowley’s Pub on Henry Street drew my husband over

Crowley’s Pub on Henry Street drew my husband over

Having dinner at Foleys (on Henry Street)

Having dinner at Foleys (on Henry Street)


First dinner in Kenmare included burger for my husband and seafood pie for me. All was accompanied by music from an Irish singer with his guitar.
We had Pot Roast and Lamb Stew for dinner at Beer Garden on 2nd night

We had Pot Roast and Lamb Stew for dinner at Beer Garden on 2nd night

Beer Garden (on Henry Street): Irish music starts at 9pm

Beer Garden (on Henry Street): Irish music starts at 9pm

Casey’s was great!

Casey’s was great!


Happy Birthday to my husband! He had steak and I had chicken. The entire meal was delicious.
Casey’s main entrance

Casey’s main entrance


Last night in Kenmare, we went to Casey’s. Casey’s adjoins Brooklane Hotel in a quiet part of the town and it is chic.
Kenmare’s prehistoric stone-circle

Kenmare’s prehistoric stone-circle

Holy Cross church of Kenmare

Holy Cross church of Kenmare

Beautiful church

Beautiful church

Kenmare

Kenmare


Quills, occupying the ground floor of the buildings on the left, is a large shop in the heart of Kenmare featuring woolens clothing, crafts and giftware.
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2 Responses

  1. ireland’s beauty
    paled in comparrison to
    her people SO kind!

    I’m IN LOVE with that country!!! Sigh.

    Thank You.

    May All Beings Be Happy.

    • Your art is cool, and you have keen eyes for people. I am fascinated by relationship between human and mother nature. Thank you. Cheers!

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