Ross Castle and Torc Waterfall
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We left Lisdoonvarna this morning and headed towards Killarney; we drove up thru the lakes of Killlarney and then stopped at Ross Castle. We did a 2 hour boat trip of Lough Leane which included a stop at Innishfallen Island. The trip on the lough was really nice until the storm rolled in, because evidently we can't be on any body of water even a lough without rain and waves. Luckily the storm only lasted a bit and then cleared up again, gotta love the weather in Ireland. While we were on Innishfallen Island we also roamed around Innishfallen Monastery which sits on an island in the middle of the lough. Once we returned to land we toured Ross Caslte. The castle was built around 1420 and has the distinction of being the last Irish castle to be taken by Oliver Cromwell in 1653.
After we left Ross Caslte we decided to head to Torc Waterfall. We decided to drive since the last time Kerry and I decided to hike there through Killarney National Park, which resulted in us being lost in Killarney National Park for a significant portion of time. We got some great pictures, but the whole ordeal was fairly unpleasant, lol. Torc Waterfall was really cool, sometimes you come across things listed as "waterfalls" and it's really just a trickle but this acutally had water cascading down rocks. There were also many trails around the waterfall area. Leann evidently decided that she was going to go on one of the trails and not tell us. We realized we didn't see her and started doing the bird calls.
We got to the hotel in Kenmare and of course what is waiting outside, almost like he was waiting for me, but an adorable black cat. He must have gotten hit by a car at one point years back cause his tail was all bent and his hip was out of place but he was the cutest little guy. We ate at the hotel (I packed up meat and took it outside for Mr. Kitty) and then we headed to bed, Kerry and I figured we better give our liver's a rest.