|view down the high street|
We spent our first afternoon exploring the town and settling into our apartment, which I LOVED. We stayed at the Killarney Self-Catering Apartments, Rookery Mews. It was about a 2 minutes drive from the center of town and it was perfect for families. We had a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment which came equipped with everything you will need for your stay. It even had a fenced in playground on the grounds along with a basketball hoop and pails filled with balls for the kids to play with. The playground was suitable for all ages with a swing set for the bigger kids and Little Tykes house and swing for the youngins. Unfortunately, after the heavy rains from the morning, Ava was not able to enjoy the underwater playground.
|there were 4 units in each building, 2 up and 2 down|
|future basketball player?|
|loving time with Grandma|
The next morning we started our day with the Ring Of Kerry. Everything I read said that this gets loaded with tour buses and can be quite crazy. I learned that the buses begin at around 9:30 and travel in an anti-clockwise (as they say in Ireland) direction. So, we decided to get an early start and stay ahead of the tour buses. This worked out perfectly as we saw only one bus the entire trip. The entire ring is 179 KM (or 111 miles to us Americans), but the distance flew by as you admire the amazing scenery. Plus there are several quaint towns and villages to stop and explore along the way. These pictures don’t even serve justice to the beauty of this area.
Luckily Ava took a nice nap in the car, so there was no need to stop. After lunch back in Killarney, we headed back out to the Killarney National Park. You can spend several days just exploring this park. The Ring begins and ends at the National Park. So, this first part, The Lady’s View, we saw at the end of the Ring of Kerry drive. The views were amazing and there were a few families there enjoying a picnic.
We had plans to visit the Muckross House in the park, but we would have to wait too long for the next tour. So, instead we decided to take the hike to the Torc Waterfall. We got stuck in a little rain along the way, but it was well worth the hike.
|The Muckross House- There are also traditional farms on the grounds, which would have been fun for Ava to see, but we never made it.|
|Ava is all ready for her hike. Dan was very excited the uncle Brian volunteered to take the backpack this time.|
|Yes, that is the rain we got stuck in. Of course it came while we were out in the clearing.|
|I loved all the moss|
After a low-key evening of frozen pizza and card playing we headed to Dublin in the morning. I will write all about Dublin in the the last part of our adventure.