|Map showing trip from Kinsale to Kenmare and then the Ring of Kerry to Dingle|
As a result, we stayed for two nights in Kinsale, and then moved only a short distance to spend a night in Kenmare, right at the beginning of the Ring.
We spent two nights in Kinsale at The Old Presbytery, a lodging in three adjoining buildings, a block from downtown. After getting directions from our host, I walked a couple of blocks to the local bottle shop to buy some wine for in-room relaxation. We then went off to Hoby's Restaurant, which was packed for dinner.
|Old fort on the road between Kinsale and Cobh|
|An exhibit of an Irish emigrant ship at the Cobh Heritage Centre|
The next morning, since we only had a short drive to Kenmare, I walked around downtown Kinsale taking pictures. Because of the weather, I felt that it was best to take HDR exposures to be able to have some detail in the sky. Here are a few pictures of downtown Kinsale.
|Post Office in downtown Kinsale|
|A small cafe' in Kinsale There are a lot of bright-colored buildings|
I think because of the long winters
|Packie's side dishes with two dishes of Culcanon|
|Packie's in downtown Kenmare.|
The next morning after one of those large Irish breakfasts we started on the drive on the Ring of Kerry. We would see the sights and then end in Dingle, where we would spend two nights before returning to Dublin for sightseeing and the ferry back.
Our first stop on the Ring of Kerry was the small town of Sneem. One of the high points of Sneem was the free public bathroom to use after the plentiful early morning coffee at The Abbey Court, our B&B in Kenmare. Sneem is a quaint town with colorful houses and a river with rapids on the way into town as you can see in the next two photos.
|Colorful houses in Sneem|
|Rapids of the Sneem River|
|Pat and some other tourists at the Staigue Ring Fort|
|Fields and islands near Derrymane on the Ring of Kerry|
|Butler Arms in Waterville, Ireland|
We finished our tour of The Ring of Kerry in good time, never having to wait long for tour buses. We then headed for our next stop, the town of Dingle, where we take up this tale.
|Charlie Chaplin Room in the Butler Arms|