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Killarney National Park / Ring of Kerry / Straigue Fort / Fish & Chips Dinner

We begin our long day of touring at the Muckross House, overlooking photo-worthy Lough Lein in Killarney National Park. From there we captured many family-style photos in front of the lovely Torc Waterfalls within the park.

Next we begin the route of the famed Ring of Kerry. I can assure you that I have no earthly idea of how many stops we made, including those for lunch, photos, shops, exploring towns, forts, coastlines and more photos.

Briefly this is a quick recap of our Ring of Kerry tour. But I highly recommend you look over our photos as they produce a much better visual than our words do. The first major stop is a shop in the middle of nowhere across the highway from Ladies View - a winding river cutting through a scenic pass. This shop easily had the best collection of high quality Irish wool sweaters, socks, scarves and hats at an excellent value, and an excellent deli we took advantage of. Since this was our first wool shop stop, we went easy on the purchasing, suspecting it was a tourist trap locale. Wrong. We never found this variety, quality or price again.

Next was a stop in the quaint village of Sneem in Kerry County. We walked the town and had a nice deli sandwich-style lunch at Kelly's Bakery. From there it was off to one of Justin's (way) off-the-beaten-path discoveries. And what a unique stop it was - Straigue Fort. We climbed the top of the fort which was basically high piles of stones and wide enough at the top to walk completely around the fort and enjoy splendid views on Kenmare River. Inside, the fort is a grassy field, which Cameron enjoyed being able to run around to his heart's content.

The highway in Ring of Kerry followed the Kenmare River for quite a while providing many photos opps of the countryside, farmland, occasional homes and remains of old structures. Though we were enveloped by clouds and mists most of the day - it's Ireland, and it certainly did not diminish the beauty this area. The remainder of our Ring of Kerry journey provided outstanding views of Dingle Bay and the Cahersiveen area.

Once back in Killarney we enjoyed a dinner of Fish and Chips at the acclaimed Quinlan's Seafood Bar. As this long day comes to an end, boy, did we experience a lot of amazing culture and scenery. Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry did not disappoint.

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