We decided to take half a day off from the smallholding and go over the Cork and Kerry mountains (are you singing Whiskey in the Jar?) and visit : The Kingdom - Kerry and Killarney. We drove through Glengarriff passed the Eccles hotel (Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw use to have their jollies) there along with lots of other famous literary people like William Wordsworth. It really is a beautiful place West Cork.
We then proceeded to drive along the famous N71 tunnel road and on to Kenmare. Yes of course we sung the famous Irish ballad and Thin Lizzy song when we drove through the stone tunnels and into Kerry. Cork and Kerry county councils have improved the road surface and crash barriers a lot in the last few years. You have to be careful though with sheep browse grazing the roadside verges and tourists stopping their (hire cars) vehicles to take pictures of beautiful Bantry bay and the Caha mountains and beyond. This part of the world reminds me of the English Lake district but with far fewer people.
From Kenmare we took the lesser known road to Killarney missing the winding lanes and coaches that take you down to Muckross and into Killarney. We drove through Kilgarvan and I noticed a lot of the fields had very livestock in them. Perhaps the farmers had done well and sold them?
We parked in the 'Euro an hour' car park in Killarney. Which I thought was very reasonable and it only took a couple of minutes to find somewhere to park. This is so different to some many little towns in Ireland, where you can't find anywhere to park or you have to walk miles. Killarney council must raise quite a bit of revenue also. Just don't understand why Ireland doesn't make money from toll roads and car parking. It would help to pay for infrastructure like (yes regular readers you're right) public transport and may even get rid of some of the cars and pollution and we go back to getting the seasons in the right order? Rant over. More about the Killarney trip in the next few days.
Anybody been on the new toll M6 motorway in England? What's it like?