Sunday, December 10, 2023

Kenmare and The Ring of Kerry in Killarney. Ireland.

After visiting the town of Blarney in County Cork--see my last post-- our tour bus drove on to County Kerry, where we stopped for lunch in the colorful town of Kenmare.

Kenmare is located at the head of Kenmare Bay and lies on two noted Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara, approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Killarney. As a result, it is a popular tourist destination and many of the businesses in the area cater to tourists. The town is noted for its food and pubs. We enjoyed walking around the town and looking at the shops.

Our tour then drove towards The Ring of Kerry,  a 111-mile (179-kilometer-long) circular tourist route in County Kerry, that is rustic and beautiful.

We passed many fields of grazing sheep along the drive.

It was a lovely drive!

Our tour bus came to a stop at Ladies View where we all disembarked to take in the views and take photos.

We were visiting in late October and the autumn colors were beautiful!

The name "Ladies View" stems from the admiration of the view given by Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting during Victoria's 1861 visit to Ireland.

The view brought back memories to me as I visited the area in both 1972 and 2008. We were happy to see it this time with my husband's sister and our brother-in-law.

As we returned to the bus we saw a beautiful rainbow!

As we drove by the lakes its color intensified.

The rainbow followed us all the way to the town of Killarney

We stopped for the night in Killarney and we walked into town to have dinner in a local pub. 

Everything was delicious!

I had to take this photo of gasoline prices at a gas station in Killarney  At 1.82 Euros per liter of gas at that time in Ireland, it would convert to paying $7.43 for a gallon of gas in USA cash! It was a reminder that inflation certainly exists worldwide.

Currently, I have been busy decorating for Christmas and enjoying this beautiful time of the year, and I hope you are too! I hope to share some of my holiday preparations here next week before continuing on with memories for our Highlights of Ireland and Scotland tour. See you then!


diane b said...

Beautiful photos of the ring of Kerry and it brought back memories of our trip there.

Life Images by Jill, West Australia said...

I would really love to visit Scotland and Ireland - maybe one day. Until then thankyou for the tour. Enjoy your week, safe travels. I am joining you at Mosaic Monday.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful trip photos Pat! I have stood in the same spot with the Ladies view of the lakes. The rainbow is a lovely sight. Take care, have a wonderful week!

ellen b. said...

How fun to do this tour with hubby's sister and her husband. It's great to have someone who you share the memories with. Woohoo on catching a beautiful rainbow. Beautiful scenery!

Billy Blue Eyes said...

The ring of Kerry I drove my parents around that back in 1969 when the first moon landing was on, I watched on the hotel TV. My dad asked me to go to Ireland with them so he could see the ring while I drove. I've not been back since more is the shame

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

The beautiful nature photos really hug me with warmth. I'd love to visit Ireland.

NCSue said...

Each time I've visited Colorado, I've wound up with jaw pain from having my mouth hang open in awe.
Thanks for sharing your photos with us at

stevebethere said...

What a beautiful set of photos colourful too thanks for sharig :-)

Have a colourfultastic week 👍

Jeanie said...

Oh my! Those happy looking colorful buildings! Be still, my heart! How wonderful. And the rainbow. Oh Pat, this had to be a favorite day -- at least as far as eye candy was concerned! Dinner at the pub sounds wonderful and those skies are magnificent!

Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

Gorgeous photos, Pat!
Wonderful rich warm colours in the landscape. They really stand out--so beautifully.
Food looks mighty delicious too.

XmasDolly said...

Awesome Pics I must admit and thank you so much for sharing! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Rambling Woods said...

wow..all that and a rainbow....Michelle

Esme Slabbert said...

Amazing rainbow colors, gorgeous.
Thank you for visiting and sharing your links with us at SSPS #291. See you again on Monday, January 8th, 2024.

Life Of 2 Snowbirds said...

I had a great time visiting Killarney! Thank you for sharing!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I loved your wonderful photos but I didn't see one with the pot of gold. 😊

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful pictures.

magiceye said...

Wonderful photographs!

EricaSta said...

Thank you again for this wonderful post. Nice to see you and your family :)

Oh, how I would love to be in Ireland again! It makes my heart beat faster when I read your post and see the pictures. It brings back memories: we have been to Ireland 4 times. Sometimes for 2-4 weeks and then mostly on the Shannon, of course in Dublin and across the country by car. I drove! And didn't really have any problems with driving on the left.

Thank you so much for this wonderful post on

Hugs from Heidrun, I wish you a pleasant time

Lieselotte said...

Es hat mir große Freude bereitet euch virtuell zu begleiten.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Gorgeous rural countryside. Much the way I picture Ireland.

Lowcarb team member said...

A lovely post showing such wonderful photographs from your trip.

Enjoy your December days, Christmas is so close now :)

All the best Jan

Nanda kumar said...

Excellent nature scenes

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Ireland looks to be a beautiful country. Your photos are incredible. So green, with great skies, and autumn color as well.

Photo Cache said...

Wonderful trip with lovely photos.

Happy Holidays!

Worth a Thousand Words

Veronica Lee said...

A most delightful post sharing such stunning photos from your trip, Pat.

Hugs and blessings