Ireland Day 3 – a “grand” day

Ireland Day 3        Waterford to Killarney    Rain & cool, clearing in the afternoon

 We woke this morning to the sound of rain – a bit disappointing, but to be expected when in Ireland, or so we are told.

We programmed Sean to take us to Cobh, a significant sea port.  We travelled through some beautiful scenery, which would have been spectacular had it not been for the rain and low clouds.  We went through Dungarven to Cobh – we saw the cathedral and the harbour, where there was a huge cruise docked.  We drove through the town centre and then decided that we would go to Kinsale, which is where Sandy’s brother-in-law, Dennis’ mother’s family comes from.  It is a beautiful little town on the south coast and we think we may have found the street that they used to live in – see photo gallery.

From there, we headed to Cork, but by the time we got there it was pouring and so we decided to continue on our way to Blarney.  By the time we got to Blarney Castle, the rain had eased off and we were able to have a good look around the castle grounds and Blarney Castle itself.  We climbed the narrow, steep, circular, stone staircase right up to the top, where we saw, but did not kiss, the Blarney Stone.  The queue to reach the top of the stairs and the Blarney Stone was longer than we thought it would be and so we missed lunch – never mind!

Before leaving Blarney Village, we went to the Blarney Woollen Mills, where Sandy bought a beautiful hand knitted Aran knit cardigan – something she has wanted to have for a very long time, but the patterns were a bit too complicated for her to try knitting herself!  (see photo gallery)

As we drove out of Blarney, we passed through the beautiful Lee Valley, and the clouds were lifting, making the scenery just lovely.

We arrived at Ardree House in Killarney late in the afternoon, just as the sun was coming out.  We dropped our “stuff” into our room and headed off to explore.  We drove beside the lakes and headed up into the mountains.  We found a little spot called Ladies View, from which there was an absolutely fantastic view down the valley and over the lakes!  The view was made extra special as there was a rainbow which appeared just as we got out of the car to take photos!!!  See photo gallery.

Heading back towards Killarney, we stopped at the Tore Waterfall for more photos.

Closer to Killarney, we saw a sign for Jaunting Cars, a local unique horse-drawn carriage, so we added a ride in a Jaunting Car to our collection of modes of transport for this trip.  The driver/guide and his trusty horse, took us to past the lakes to Muckross Abbey, then to Muckross House, which was built in 1843.  We spent over an hour, enjoying the scenery and the stories of the guide, who also stopped and took photos of us at various places in the Killarney National Park.

We finished off our absolutely “grand” day, with dinner at an Irish Pub in Killarney (at about 8.30pm!)

3 Responses to “Ireland Day 3 – a “grand” day”

  1. Janet says:

    Hi Mum and Dad

    There are a few photos in there that are very similar to ours. We have a photo of the Castle for sale, too!! Also, the photo form on top of Blarney Castle looks like it was taken from the exact same spot as ours. Only difference is we were there in October, so there are more Autumn colours.

    Sounds like you’re surviving well with Sean and the car – wish we were there too though.

    See you soon.
    Love Janno xoxo

  2. Maria says:

    The photos of Ireland are absolutely beautiful and quite a few are familiar to us when we visited years ago. The thing that struck me most then and again now in your photos is the “40 shades of green” as per the song – it is so true!!
    Keep having fun, all our love from all here, Maria xxx

  3. Coleen Dahl says:

    Hi Sandy and Richard,
    What an amazing time you are having. I’ve loved seeing your travels to date and the photos are just wonderful. Enjoy the remainder of your journey. Take care and see you soon.

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