Leaving Kinsale we took the Wild Atlantic Way to drive along the coast.
We stopped in Timoleague, County Cork, at the Abbey, founded by the Franciscan order in 1240. The Abbey was sacked by English soldiers in 1612 and all the stained glass windows were destroyed, however, much of the architecture remains.
Driving down a narrow road, we found the Drombeg Stone Circle which is said to be probably Ireland's must famous stone circle.
Narrow main street in Skibbereen, County Cork
Stopped at Cronin's Forge in Durrus, County Cork, to see fine hand wrought iron products.
Lunch in Baltimore at Casey's of Baltimore.
Sarah and Rita each had an open prawn sandwich on brown bread.
Chuck had the seafood chowder and an open crab sandwich with a Murphy's.
Arrived at Whispering Pines B&B in Kenmare, County Kerry. Mary's hydrangeas were beautiful!
First breakfast at Whispering Pines, Sarah had the French toast.
Chuck had the traditional Irish breakfast
Rita had scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. After breakfast we talked to Mary about our plans to drive the Ring of Kerry. At her suggestion, we drove counterclockwise following the tour buses and we didn't meet a single bus! Thanks, Mary, for the excellent and well appreciated advice!
Outside of Cahersiveen, County Kerry, we stopped at two stone forts in close proximity.
The first was Leacanabuile stone fort with circular drystone walls built sometime between 500 B.C. and A.D. 300 without the aid of mortar or cement.
Nearby was Cahergal stone fort. Sarah is standing near the top of the back wall.
Near the stone forts, we also stopped at Ballycarbery castle, a picturesque castle ruins
Beautiful Kerry Cliffs in Portmagee
Skellig Islands in the distance and the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean
Surfers on the Ring of Kerry between Portmagee and Waterville
Posing with Charlie Chaplin in Waterville (in the rain). Chaplin and his family were said to often vacation here.
Right passed Castlecove, we drove down an extremely narrow lane and found Staigue Fort, another example of a dry-walled stone fort.
At Mary's suggestion we had dinner at Coachman's. Chuck had the fish chowder with puff pastry.
Rita had fish and chips (the best she had in Ireland)
Sarah had Irish casserole and a well deserved beer for driving the Ring of Kerry!
After dinner, we went to the Wander Inn pub to listen to Irish music.
We loved Mac and Mel's music and bought their CD.
Before leaving Kenmare, we walked downtown and saw this picture in the barber shop window. We learned the Kerry Irish football team was to play the championship game against the Dublin team on Sunday. All of County Kerry was excited.
We really enjoyed Kenmare and hope to return someday.
Next. . . Kenmare to Dingle