"Éireann go Brách" March '06 (part 2)

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Dingle Harbor in late evening

On Wednesday of our vacation, we went out to the Ventry area and did some horseback riding!! Yippee! We did this at Long's Horseriding and Trekking Centre and we had a total blast!!

http://www.longsriding.com/

I, of course, was scared to death, but the rest of my family took to riding like they'd been doing it all their life! I was on an Irish Cob named 'Bob the Builder'...a lovely guy, mild-mannered, but huge! I've really never been around horses so I wasn't exactly, shall we say, you know, well...the most, comfortable! lololol The funny thing was, neither had the rest of my family, except for my husband and oldest son, but they all still took right to riding like ducks to water! I was so proud of them as they all went riding off down the trail.

Clogher's Strand...the 'sprays' were phenominal!
..I was yelling and bolstering them on...shouts of encouragement...as the guide held onto the bridle of my horse and led us down the path!!! lolololol  That was one of the wonderful things about Longs....they cater to people of all abilities. Since I was the weak link in the group, the rest decided to keep it to a slow walk through the trails. **Awwwww...that was sweet of them!*** Being on horseback and taking a slow walk through the Irish countryside was a breathtaking experience. The beauty was truly beyond words and it felt somewhat surreal. At one point, we were up on a slight peak and in one direction, we could look and see a beach area with the sun cascading over the strand. In the other direction, we saw hills of green with interwoven stone fences. It was just a magnificent view whereever we looked! Once we got back to the stables, we had pics made on the horses---my horse and Olyvia's horse, Chloe, don't like each other and we happen to be next to each other so they started to fight! What are the odds! The guide had to come and help us because we're both just 'greenhorns'! lol   So, if you go, don't let Chloe and Bob the Builder get next to each other!! As an added bonus,one of the owner's cows had also just given birth to twin calves the night before, one was black and one was red and he let us see them--that was great too!

Later that day, we drove around the Ring of Kerry.

Brightly colored houses lining main street through Dingle.
It was beautiful but I must admit that it didn't hold up against the raw beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. The Ring is 'smooth' and 'polished' whereas the Peninsula is rugged and even savage in some areas. I guess it's what appeals to you most. I always heard of the Ring of Kerry so of course I wanted to drive it-see it-experience it, but the Peninsula was the true jewel in my opinon--as far as the views of the ocean. We did enjoy all the towns along the Ring---Killorglin, Caherciveen, Glenbeigh, Waterville, Sneem and Killarney...we got out and explored around them and the Killarney Lakes! A wonderful way to wrap up the day.

On Thursday, the 9th, we drove out to Blarney Castle...YES, we had to kiss the blarney stone! It didn't matter how many mouths had gone before us, we still wanted to do it! lol   The kids were beside themselves with excitement and, to be truthful, so were Wes and I. The place was amazing! To add to it, there is also the Gardens, Blarney House, the Stone and Rock Close to explore as well.

Traveling around the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle is the place to see...it's beauty is raw and passionate and the Ring of Kerry was definitely no match for it!

Homepichttp://www.blarneycastle.ie/

We thoroughly explored Rock Close and wandered the grounds...gorgeous! We climbed up the castle to the top and made our way to the Blarney Stone--traditionally believed to have the power to bestow eloquence on all those who kiss it! The stone is set in the wall below the battlements and to kiss it, you have to lean backwards (holding on to an iron railing) from the parapet walk. A guide is there to help you as you can see below.

Picture

Afterwards, we drove down to Cork and explored there for awhile and then went back to Dingle to wrap up the day.

...and they're offfffff!!!!!!!

On Friday, the 10th, we spend the day in Tralee...poking around town. Tralee has loads of things to see and the restaurant that we ate in (can't remember the name...want to say it was "Harry's") had scrumptious food and a very pleasing atmosphere. In the evening, we went to the greyhound races at the Kingdom Stadium! Another 'first' in our new and exciting repetoir of adventure! Being the amateurs that we were, we lost all the money that we bet, but it sure was fun! 8-o

http://www.greyhound-data.com/stadia.htm?land=ie&st=12022

As the last of the greyhounds were coming off the track and people were shaking hands and tossing their booklets into the trash, we turned to walk toward the exit gate.

Gorgeous!
Everyone had had a rousing good time....betting money, losing money, paying money, loaning money, winning money. Now, it was time to go home...unfortunately, in more ways than one. 

That night we drove back to Dingle, and the next morning would find us saying our 'goodbyes' to Ireland. We had a fabulous time!

Éireann go Brách!!

 

 

 
 
eddie8498 says:
nice trip, wonderful places
Posted on: May 06, 2008
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Dingle Harbor in late evening
Dingle Harbor in late evening
Cloghers Strand...the sprays we…
Clogher's Strand...the 'sprays' w…
Brightly colored houses lining mai…
Brightly colored houses lining ma…
Traveling around the Dingle Penins…
Traveling around the Dingle Penin…
...and theyre offfffff!!!!!!!
...and they're offfffff!!!!!!!
Gorgeous!
Gorgeous!
on Blarney Castle grounds
on Blarney Castle grounds
Brendan the Navigator
Brendan the Navigator
Somewhere along the Ring of Kerry
Somewhere along the Ring of Kerry
A spectacular view!
A spectacular view!
church in Tralee
church in Tralee
Me, Gunnar, Chace, Olyvia (Lele), …
Me, Gunnar, Chace, Olyvia (Lele),…
Weston kissing the Blarney Stone!
Weston kissing the Blarney Stone!
Olyvia and Chace heading toward Bl…
Olyvia and Chace heading toward B…
the red and black calves at Longs…
the red and black calves at Long'…
the Irish Cobs
the Irish Cobs
here we go!!
here we go!!
one of our views on the trails..
one of our views on the trails..
Lele getting onher helmet
Lele getting onher helmet
Chace, Wes, Gunnar and Weston posi…
Chace, Wes, Gunnar and Weston pos…
ok, I have a soft spot for flowers!
ok, I have a soft spot for flowers!
dograces
dograces
saw these around the Ring of Kerry
saw these around the Ring of Kerry
Greyhounds at the races
Greyhounds at the races
posing!
posing!
in Rock Close on Blarney Castle gr…
in Rock Close on Blarney Castle g…
on top of Blarney Castle right aft…
on top of Blarney Castle right af…
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