After Galway we decided to make the long drive down to the Ring of Kerry. We went via Limerick (as we obviously needed to see where limericks come from!). It took about 3 hours to get there but it was so worth the drive. We drove over a hill and suddenly had this incredible view and knew we had arrived. It is an incredibly stunning part of Ireland. We drove through Killorglin and stopped to see the wild salmon fishery, huge River Laune and statue of King Puck (the goat). The views were incredible. The towns are all super cute. They all had little petrol pumps on the side of the road, it felt like stepping back in time. We came across a campsite next to a river and decided to camp there for the night. We were the only tent there (there was one other caravan), but we were treated to an incredible sunset with boats passing by! It was probably the most beautiful campsite I've ever stayed at. The next day we made our way down to Dingle and found a B&B. We stopped at Skelligs Chocolate factory and the many roadside shrines, beaches and castles. Dingle was a great place. We went out for a few drinks at a pub with some live music and had a meal with some cooked oysters which I've never tried before and John Bennys Pub. Our last night was in Kinsale before making our way back to Dublin via the Wicklow mountains and a quick half guinness at the highest pub in Ireland.
After Dublin, our first stop was Galway. We decided to not book any accommodation on this trip so that we could be flexible and change our plans if we wanted to. We arrived on a beautiful sunny day and found a B&B with a view of the sea... it was great! Everything was within walking distance. The pubs in Galway are great... every single one had live music, it was so much fun! We spent a few days driving around and exploring the area. We drove through the Burren, a lunar-like landscape of rock. We visited the famous Cliffs of Moher which have been filmed as part of Father Ted, The Princess Bride and Harry Potter. We visited the beautiful Dunguaire Castle by the sea in Kinvara. Every morning Anna, who ran our B&B made us an Irish breakfast with soda bread... this was the first time I discovered soda bread and man it was good!!
We stayed at Claremont House B&B
I was lucky to go to Dublin with my old job a few times. My cousin and his family live there so it was a good excuse to get to see them. I got to check out Temple Bar and try out a few of the pubs with my colleagues and have a few pints of Guinness. Chris and I also went on a 10 day trip around Ireland a few years ago and we did all the touristy sites then. We caught the sightseeing tour bus, visited the Guinness storehouse (which was brilliant!), Trinity College and Phoenix Park. We also went for Chowder at Howth Harbour with my cousin John and his family. There are loads of little suburban coastal towns surrounding Dublin. John lived in Donabate, so on a recent visit I caught a train out to see them. We went out for a drive and walked the Fingal Way, which is a beautiful part of the Irish coast. Dublin has an incredible vibe, there is music everywhere you go, on the street and in the pubs. The Irish people are super friendly... it is a great place for a weekend away or of course a definite stop on a tour of Ireland! :-)