FC: Mary & David's Ireland Experience September, 2010 | September 19, 2010 to September 26, 2010 | Shannon, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Inisheer, the Burren Perfumery, Ennis, Ballyseede Castle B&B | Conor Pass, Dingle, Killarney Nat Park, Muckross House, Torc Waterfall, Cork, Blarney Castle, | Hiking in Killarney National Park on the way to Torc Waterfall after visiting the Muckross House
1: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go." ~Irish Blessing | This adventure was the replacement for a 2009 Christmas gift trip to Hawaii. Mary had always been intrigued by Ireland, and we've been to Hawaii, so on a "whim" we changed directions and plans and booked a "Go-As-You-Please" package through www.authenticireland.com -- Nearly missed our flight at JFK watching a movie! | Monday morning I foolishly declined additional insurance coverage, and within the first hour had already scrapped the left side against the rock walls on the narrow roads! But, we made it to our first B&B (Doolin) and stayed two nights to unwind and see the Cliffs of Moher and ferry out to Inisheer, followed by a drive through the Burren, to the Perfumery, and then south. The Ballyseede Castle near Tralee enticed us to stay 2 nights as we explored Dingle (and Connor Pass) and the Ring of Kerry (including Killarney Nat Park). Then to a B&B in Cork and exploring Blarney Castle, before returning to a B&B near the Shannon airport.
2: Doolin & Inisheer | Typical rock walls created to use the rocks and divide the land and roads. Then vines hide the rocks for Utah drivers to hit These photos all taken on Inisheer, a short ferry ride from Doolin. We walked and rode the island.
3: Our Travels all in the Green Area on Map -- delightful!
4: Doolin's Fisher Street in County Clare, Ireland | We didn't know that the only place to eat were the pubs. The food was similar in each, and the music was live and Irish!
5: Rock walls on Inisheer and the Cliffs of Moher
6: When Irish eyes are smiling, 'Tis like a morn in spring. With a lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing.
7: Newtown Castle entering Burren | We picked up a hitch-hiking college girl and delivered her to her school with this small castle on its grounds
8: Enjoying the Herb Garden in the rain at the Burren Perfumery
9: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go." ~Irish Blessing | We sipped tea at the Burren Perfumery | The Portal Tomb first used 3000 to 4000 BC in the Burren
10: Connor Pass, like most other Irish roads was frightening driving on the left with stick shift in left hand too! | King David in our Castle B&B with two dogs thrown in for good measure | Connor Pass 1 Lane Road
11: View from Connor Pass | View from Connor Pass
12: Ballyseede Castle Our B&B for Two Nights in Tralee, County Kerry
13: We didn't "kiss the Blarney stone" but enjoyed the Blarney Castle and its beautiful gardens in County Cork
14: Torc Waterfall in Killarney National Park | Admiring our Castle B&B from the Gardens
15: May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go. ~Irish Blessing | Mary and one of our Castle B&B Royalty Dogs | Just Typical Irish Landscape
16: Blarney Castle and grounds at Cork
17: Killarney National Park & Muckross House & Castle
18: "For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way- Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day." | David's Punishment for Wrecking the Car in the First Hour! (Actually they didn't charge us anything!)
19: "May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night." ~Irish Blessing | We enjoyed the people and places -- but not the roads. Next time I would pay for extra insurance, and get an automatic transmission! | Learning about St. Patrick was inspirational and Irish history was fascinating. We rented a few movies before going.