Road Tripping | Ireland Day 2

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Guide, Ireland, Travel, Road Trip, Killarney, Natioanl Park, Torc Waterfall
Guide, Ireland, Travel, Road Trip, Killarney, National Park
Guide, Ireland, Travel, Road Trip, Kerry, Cliffs of Kerry
Cork – Valentia Island

Today was all about sightseeing and scenic beauty as we left the city of Cork for the Ring of Kerry. The first stop of the day was Blarney Castle & Gardens. Unfortunately, we didn’t climb to the top and kiss the famous Blarney Stone (not that either of us wanted to), because the queue was far too long for me to stand. The grounds were extensive and it’s easy to spend hours here. We managed to explore a lot, despite the torrential rain – it was just so peaceful. On a nicer day, a picnic would have been ideal.

Next up, we touched the surface of Killarney National Park with a walk to the incredible cascades of Torc Waterfall. Another spot, we could have spent hours, if I was feeling more energetic (and not carrying an extra few kilos!), there were plenty of different walking trails to be had – dependent on time and activity. The waterfall was spectacular, although was busy with people taking photos; however, the park area seemed a lot quieter and was just so serene. We even stopped to take photos at Upper Lake.

After stopping a couple of times to take more photos of the landscapes and views, we called at the Cliffs of Kerry. It was 4 each, but well worth it when we left the car and started the ascent – the views were just incredible! Obviously, I couldn’t walk to the very top and with routes to the left and right of the central point, I only managed one of those. But we certainly chose the better of the two and the scenery was beautiful. There was a point called Puffin Island – unfortunately, we didn’t see any, either because we weren’t close enough or because the weather wasn’t clear.

Today we walked 7.4km.
Where we stayed
An old but charming hotel, with restaurant and lively bar. We had dinner at the hotel, but missed the live music that night. Our room was a reasonable size; however, I found the en suite quite small. The hotel is currently undergoing a re-furb, but wasn’t noisy in the slightest. There isn’t much to do on the island itself, but it’s a good stopping point on the Ring of Kerry and the island is accessible by bridge or small car ferry.

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