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Monthly Archives: July 2018

From One Ring to Another

We left Portmagee and continued our way around The Ring of Kerry. There is so much to see along The Ring of Kerry that you end up stopping every few miles, which can make the trip a great family adventure, but a little tedious too. We, however, decided to just drive and enjoy the magnificent … Continue reading »

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The Famous Ring of Kerry at Last

Probably the most well-known and traveled road in Ireland is The Ring of Kerry. This was our second time on it and we were just as excited as the first time. The first time we ventured around the ring we did the whole thing in one day, which was way too quickly. This time, we … Continue reading »

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The Sheen Valley and Bonane

After an amazing hike in Gleninchaquin Park, we went for a scenic drive to rest our legs while still exploring Ireland on our family adventure! Just across the Kenmare suspension bridge is the Sheen Valley. The heart of the valley is a small town called Bonane. We decided to make for it and see what … Continue reading »

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Possibly the best hike in Ireland

After driving for miles through the beautiful Irish countryside, we were ready to stretch our legs. The amazing landscape of Ireland beckoned us to explore it. We really wanted to go hiking in the spectacular green hills, but did not know where to go. We asked for recommendations at the Kenmare Tourist Office. One of … Continue reading »

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Where’s Bilbo Baggins?

We worked up quite an appetite walking around Muckross House and Gardens, so we decided to head into Killarney for some dinner. I happened to see a sign on the way into town advertising a Lord of the Rings themed pub. Being a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan, I could not pass it up. I was … Continue reading »

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Off to Kilarney!

Twice now we have passed up a chance to see Blarney Castle with its famous stone. According to Rick Steves and others, Blarney Castle is really more of a tourist trap than historic site, so once again we are going to pass it by.¬† If anyone has been there, please let us know what you … Continue reading »

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Back to Kinsale

Kinsale in County Cork is about as quaint picturesque Ireland as you can get. We visited this small seaport town ten years ago and fell in love with its colorful buildings, great food, beautiful harbor, and quaint shops. It is a great place to go for a relaxing vacation by the sea. Many Irish and … Continue reading »

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The Most Haunted House in Ireland

On the end of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford sits a desolate old mansion that locals say is haunted by the Devil. Loftus Hall, formerly Redmond Hall, has a long and turbulent past. We had not even heard of it, so were not planning on visiting. Elijah, however, learned of it from researching haunted … Continue reading »

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The Rock

If you say you’re going to The Rock in California, everyone would assume you’re going to Alcatraz¬† in San Francisco Bay, but in Ireland its the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, this hilltop ruin is immersed in legend and history. Irish myths tell … Continue reading »

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The Oldest City in Ireland

Long before it was known for crystal, Waterford was an important port city in south east Ireland. To be honest, we really had no interest in going to the famous Waterford Crystal factory. Even though it is internationally renowned we decided to pass it up. Maybe other family travelers can comment about it. An important … Continue reading »

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