Along the Ring of Kerry, we came upon the "Bog Village" and just had to stop!
That is a huge pile of peat next to the blacksmith's building. There were piles this size all over the village. Chris and I seriously considered throwing a few pieces in a bag and smuggling them back to the states with us in the hope that when we finally move back and settle we'll have a fireplace to burn them in. We LOVE the smell of peat so much!
Creepy manakin dude!
After we cut through the Ring of Kerry, on suggestion of a few people in Dingle, we drove through the Ballymhan Gap. We didn't stop to take pictures, as it was such a long day of driving, but the scenery was amazing! Huge rocks in the grass covered hillsides, spotted with sheep. The single lane road was windy and very bumpy, but very fun to drive through. We drove through Sneem and had the most delicious meat pies at this bakery.
We started out sharing the beef pie. It was so delicious that we had to have another. When I went up to order a chicken pie, the owner said, "I knew one wouldn't be enough." And it wasn't!
A River Runs Through it.
Four years ago, the MacFarland family took me on the adventure of my life, in search of my ancestor's castle on the Ring of Kerry where the Black meets the Kenmare River. We found the "guest castle" which took the name of Cappanacush. The original castle, once named Cappanacush, has been renamed Dromore Castle and stands a short 1/4 mile away. They are quite a distance off the road and not easy to find, so I was satisfied with my memories, but needed to take a picture of the village sharing the name.
Chris and my trip around Ireland came full circle as we went through Cork and Waterford, finally arriving back at home in Dublin 8 days later. It was a trip filled with unforgettable memories, but we were exhausted and glad to be home.