Setting off at 5.40am we travelled to Holyhead then took the
fast ferry to Dun Laoghaire. We were most impressed with the facilities
comfort on the ferry but couldn't work out where everyone had disappeared to!
There had been a large number of vehicles and foot passengers but there was
loads of room on the extensive passenger deck. It almost seemed that the ferry
wasn't moving until you stood up and found that you couldn't walk in a straight
line. There was no problem leaving the ferry but making our way out of Dun
Laoghaire was no easy task. Not only were the roads really packed, the road
signs left a little to be desired. However, once we had left the town behind the
roads were almost empty and we made good time as we drove across country to
Tralee (to pick up Debbie who had flown out) and on to Camp, our first B & B.
Our plan was to spend the first week walking the Dingle Way,
then drive round the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula. From here we would
start to head north, taking in the sights of Killarney National Park on the way.
After an overnight stop at Bunratty, famed for its castle, we would head for the
Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, where we had planned a short(ish) walk on the
extensive limestone pavement. Connemara would be our next destination, taking in
the sights of the Twelve Bens and some walking on the way. From there we were to
head back across country to the Wicklow Mountains where we would explore the
monastic settlement of Glendalough and a last chance of exploring the hills.
Making our way back to the ferry port at Dun Laoghaire was much
easier than arriving there. Approaching from the south seemed to be an easier
route and there were lots of road signs to guide our way. There seemed to be a
lot more vehicles waiting in the car park before we boarded - the ferry was big
but would it really hold all those cars, motorhomes, trucks, motor bikes, etc,
etc! We managed to find an empty table on board but there were certainly far
more people heading to England than had travelled out to Ireland!
The details of the long distance walk can be found by clicking
here: [The Dingle Way] or on the appropriate area of
the map above.
If you would like to check out the rest of the holiday the
following links (or the map above) will take you to the relevant pages on my own
/ Killary Harbour]
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