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The Ring Of Kerry – The Wild Atlantic Way

The Ring Of Kerry – The Wild Atlantic Way 

Since I am part of a family business it’s wonderful to see so many family run operations in Ireland.  Many more than at home in Canada.  Many business signs proudly say – Family Run Since (Year).

Today we travelled through the county of Kerry – the highlight being our drive around the famous, “Ring Of Kerry”.  The weather was typical – 4 Seasons in One Day!

The town of Killarney is the hotbed for accommodations in this area.  Our posh hotel is just one of many high caliber ones.  This is a very upscale destination.  Most people that are transiting “The Ring Of Kerry” will overnight in Killarney.  This driving route is extremely busy – the key is to get away early enough in the morning.

As we travelled we entered the Reeks District – For over 400 years the “Puck Fair” festival has been held in the town of Killorglin (pop 4000) – it runs from Aug 10-12 every year – making it the oldest festival in Europe.  A group of men capture a wild puck goat and it is paraded on gathering day – Aug 10 – the goat is crowned king of the town for the 3 days. 

We stopped at the Kerry Bog Village at Red Fox Inn.  This was primarily a rest stop as washrooms are few and far between on the Ring of Kerry.  My passengers couldn’t pass up their Irish Coffee.  I congratulate this family business for their creativity.  

There is an underwritten Rule that when coaches travel the, “Ring of Kerry” that they should be in a counterclockwise direction as there are areas where it is impossible for 2 coaches to pass in opposite directions.  

Kellys Sheep Dog Display was a big hit with my passengers even though the wind was blowing misty rain into our covered viewing area.  This is an excellent display of sheep herding.  The gentleman that runs this show rents the land – almost all of the tour operators traveling the Ring of Kerry take in one of 2 sheep dog shows.  

We were impressed when we passed the new Hogs Head Golf and Hotel Complex in Waterville – some Golf Courses can demand 1000 Euro for a round of golf!  Golf Tourism in Ireland is thriving.  Yesterday I chatted with a group of younger men at our hotel from the States and they are playing the top courses in Ireland.  

Rural Communities located on the “Ring of Kelly” use a text alert program – if there is danger neighbours contact one another via text as there is no close police service.

Sneem is the small town along the Ring of Kerry where we enjoyed a piping hot homemade lunch at D O’Shea’s – a very traditional Irish Pub.  This place is filled with character.  The owner was so friendly.  The fresh out of the oven apple/raspberry crisp with ice cream was the perfect dessert for a damp and misty day in Ireland.  Some of the local old-timers came in for their mid-day penicillin – a shot of whiskey followed by a chaser… a pint of Guinness.  

The road along the Ring continually got narrower as we our journey continued afternoon lunch.  We stopped in the Killarney National Park and toured an impressive historic mansion.  

Tonight’s dinner and Irish Show was held at The Jarvey’s.  We had a great time.  One of my passengers, “Harvey West” entertained the crowd with a Canadian Irish Rovers Song.  Great Job Harvey!

One response

  1. DEBBIE MAGNUS

    ENJOY Bradley, looks amazing , the scenery is just breathtaking , we spent 2 weeks in ireland in 2016.. i would make another trip their.. Debbie..

    May 4, 2018 at 4:45 am

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