Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Ireland Day 6

Today we were up and had our luggage outside our door by 8:00. After our (all together now) Full Irish Breakfast, we headed southwest to Skibbereen then north to the town of Bantry and Bantry Bay. I have taken so many pictures on this trip that I don't even know where some of them were even taken! But, I think I will just post a few of those I took that day.

French Armada Anchor in the town of Bantry.
Really neat street lights in Bantry.
Bantry Bay
We made a stop on our way to Killarney at Garanish or Garnish Island . It is located in a sheltered harbor of Glengarriff. It is a small island of 37 acres. Although a house was never built on the island, beautiful gardens were planted there. Apparently a lot of soil had to be hauled in as the island is very rocky. We took a small ferry to get there and then had time for a quick lunch and a stroll through the gardens. As we were going over to the island, we were pointed out the home of Maureen O'Hara who starred in many movies including The Quiet Man with John Wayne.
The harbor is also home to some seals which we were able to view.Some views of the beautiful gardens and the flowers.There was a Martello Tower on the island and the view from the top was beautiful.Once back on the mainland, we drove through the Beara Peninsula to the town of Kenmare. The drive was beautiful. Lots of rugged hillsides, sheep, stone fences, etc.We stopped in the lovely little village of Kenmare for a bit of shopping before we headed for our hotel in Killarney.We arrived at our hotel in Killarney, Randles Court which was probably the neatest of all of the hotels we stayed at. Family owned and very friendly. Our room wasn't too shabby either.
We had enough time to walk downtown where we wandered the shops and visited St. Mary's Church. We then headed back to the hotel for yet another great meal and entertainment by our fearless leader.


~Just me again~ said...

Gorgeous shots. I especially love the colored houses.

The Farmer Files said...

I am loving this tour...those colors and flowers warm my soul!