3,585 Kilometers

… and not a dent or ding! It was still an ugly, orange BMW when we returned it Our paperwork, since we weren’t paying attention to the miles at first, show us starting at 9,055km. Our ending number was 12,642km. And about 70% of this was ‘R’ roads or the ‘backroads’. Two lane … Barely. Sara did manage to find us some one lane roads, too.

We saw a lot of Ireland. I have some catching up to do on the blog. We had some long days this past week.

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Hore Abbey, Cashel, County Tipperary

We accidently found Hore Abbey our first day in Ireland. We were looking for our bed and breakfast, but instead of turning right, I turned left. That was also the first of many ‘turnarounds’. I was the tempted to get out of the car, but were running on 30 hours without sleep. Our priority was the the B&B.

We forgot about Hore Abbey until the following Sunday. Once again I zigged when I should have zagged. This time we stopped briefly. We did get out of the car, but didn’t go any further. We were a bit apprehensive since the Abbey is located in someone’s cattle pasture. There was a placard providing historical information, as well as a cattle gate, but it didn’t feel right. Okay … In the United States it is called trespassing. A couple of photos later, we were heading north to Nenagh.

Visit three … Yes, we found our way back later that second week. This time it was planned. We found a little ‘layover’ to park the car, passed through the gate and headed to the Abbey.

If you are visiting the Rock of Cashel, Hore Abbey is the ruins that you see when looking out over the landscape. Built in the 13th century, it was only four centuries later that it began to fall to ruin. I must “see” if you are in the area.

The path leading to Hore Abbey.

The path leading to Hore Abbey.

Hore Abbey  :: Entrance

Hore Abbey :: Entrance

Hore Abbey :: Alter and Graves

Hore Abbey :: Alter and Graves

Hore Abbey :: Windows

Hore Abbey :: Windows

Hore Abbey

Hore Abbey


Location via Google Maps:

Rock of Cashel, Cashel, County Tipperary

Rock of Cashel :: The Rock

Rock of Cashel :: The Rock

What is the saying? Something about never going to the sights in one’s backyard…. Cashel became our ‘home’ away from home for two weeks. Everywhere we looked, there were signs or photos of the Rock of Cashel. We had driven by it a couple of times, but had both agreed that it wasn’t on our VIP list. There was always some other place that seemed a bigger priority as we determined our next stop.

Thanks to Kay, we made our way Thursday morning to the Rock of Cashel. What were we thinking? It was one of the best sights that we toured; clearly understanding why it makes the top ten list of places to visit in Ireland.

Rock of Cashel :: Choir

Rock of Cashel :: Choir

The Rock of Cashel has numerous legends, as well as historical events, that are linked to it. First, the ‘rock’ that the castle sits upon was originally 20 miles down the road.  However, when St. Patrick was completing some banishment … the rock was thrown and landed in Cashel.  It is also a place where St. Patrick supposedly converted the King of Munster.

What is known … it is huge!  Besides the castle ruins, there is also a chapel, a round tower, and a cathedral.  There are also high crosses on the grounds, as well as an active cemetery.  Most of the original buildings were built in the 12th-13th centuries.  It is truly a architectural wonder!

I would truly make sure that it is on your list to see!

Rock of Cashel :: Inner Courtyard

Rock of Cashel :: Inner Courtyard

Rock of Cashel :: South Transept

Rock of Cashel :: South Transept

Rock of Cashel :: Windows in North Transept

Rock of Cashel :: Windows in North Transept

Looking out over Cashel

Looking out over Cashel

Cormac's Chapel

Cormac’s Chapel

Cormac's Chapel

Cormac’s Chapel

Rock of Cashel :: Round Tower

Rock of Cashel :: Round Tower

Rock of Cashel :: Carvings

Rock of Cashel :: Carvings

Rock of Cashel :: Carvings

Rock of Cashel :: Carvings


Location via Google Maps:

Dingle Peninsula County Kerry

Along the Peninsula

As I skimmed tour books before the trip, most directed you towards Ring of Kerry. So when we discussing possible places to visit, our B&B host was comfortable enough to ask … Why does everyone want to go to the Ring Kerry? I explained that most tour books list it as one of the top ten places to visit. Encouraging her to continue, she indicated that if we could only make one place on the west coast … her suggestion was to skip the Ring of Kerry and go to Dingle Peninsula.

It did not disappoint. However, we were unable to drive the full length of the peninsula; even with the long days, we were running low on daylight. It is on the return list to take a day and meander my way around the point.

One of the sites on the peninsula

One of the sites on the peninsula

Looking Across the Fort

Looking Across the Fort

A restaurant across from the fort

Yep ... That is a couple of sheep in the road

Yep … That is a couple of sheep in the road

Herding sheep?

Herding sheep?

Wildlife

Wildlife

Along the peninsula

Along the Peninsula

Along the peninsula

Along the Peninsula

Looking towards Slea Head

Looking towards Slea Head


Location via Google Maps:

Dingle, County Kerry

Dingle :: Town Centre

Dingle … Eileen was as right. Dingle was a dream, although we weren’t there long. It is the type of town that you think you would find in Ireland.

Located inland on the Dingle Peninsula, it is positioned on the water’s edge.The town is vibrant with multi-colored shops, restaurants and pubs. Did I say shopping? We were beginning to worry a bit about the lack of gifts to take home. However, Dingle solved our problem. There were great shops; one had Irish linen!

Kay even introduced us to deep fried sausages and ‘chips’ (or fries.) We had a peaceful dinner sitting by the harbor; eating out of paper cones.

We spent as much time that we could before climbing back into the car and continuing west to the Atlantic. Dingle is a place that warrants a return trip; more time and casually wandering the towne.

Dingle :: Common Directional Sign

Dingle :: Common Directional Sign

Dingle :: Harbor

Dingle :: Harbor

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Dingle :: Town Centre

Dingle :: Town Centre

Dingle :: Town Centre

Dingle :: Town Centre

Dingle :: A Little Fun

Dingle :: A Little Fun


Location via Google Maps:

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