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Saturday 2 February 2013

Photos of a walk along 'the Highroad', a minor road offering views of Kenmare from as high as 300 meters.
Next to this we did a small part of the Kerry Way, the long-distance footpath, as well.

S l e a    H e a d    D r i v e    -    D i n g l e   

Friday 8 February 2013

'Slea Head Drive' is a 40 kilometers long drive, mainly along Dingle's southern coast.
This drive starts and ends in Dingle Town.

Main attractions are the cliffs with views of the Blasket Islands, the sandy beaches plus the historic buildings and remains, such as the Gallarus Oratory dating from the 7st or 8th century.

Next to Slea Head Drive we drove to the top of Ireland's highest pass, the Connor Pass.
With its height of 456 mtrs it offers fine views of Tralee Bay and Dingle Bay and of Dingle's highest mountain, Mount Brandon.

On our way home we had a look at the sandy beaches at Inch, called Inch Strand, before heading back for Kenmare.

D e r r e e n    G a r d e n    -    B e a r a   

Thursday 14 February 2013

'Derreen Garden' covers more than 60 acres of mature and varied woodland on the Beara Peninsula, about 20 kilometers from Kenmare.

The most famous feature of the garden is the large number of Dicksonia Antarctica, tree ferns from South Eastern Australia and Tasmania.

Some of the huge Arboreum Rhododendrons that are in the garden today were planted between 1870 and 1880 and originate from Canada and India.

Early rhododendrons were in full flower already.
There are fine views over Kilmakilloge harbour and seals can often be seen on the little islands in the bay.

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Sunday 17 February till Sunday 24 February.

Margaret & Nico have come over from Holland for their first touch of Ireland.
Together we visited a number of interesting places; for them it was a first scratch of the surface, for us it was a kind of (temporarily) farewell.

The weather was great for this time of the year so we did a lot of sightseeing.

Below is a small collection of photos taken during this week.

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Monday 25 February.

Climbing Mangerton Mountain, near Killarney.
At a height of 839 m (2,753 ft) it is the tallest of the Mangerton range and 25th tallest in Ireland.

According to local legend, when local chieftain O’Donoghue Ross dined with the Devil one evening he punched him in the face.
As O’Donoghue Ross was leaving the devil bit off the top of Mangerton Mountain creating the beautiful corrie lake known as the Devil’s Punchbowl.
He threw it at the departing chieftain but missed him and it landed in Cashel Tipperary, creating the famous Rock of Cashel.

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