After a wonderful breakfast at our aptly labeled bed & breakfast, we departed Killarney by tour bus and were off to the Dingle Peninsula, which was only an hour or so drive. Around Dingle we stopped at a beach, beehive houses that were built in the 6th century by Celtic settlers, various overlooks of gorgeous valleys, cliffs, and bays, and a pre-Roman church that dates back to the 7th century. Dingle has by far the best scenery I’ve seen in Ireland.
The tour lasted a couple of hours as we flew around tiny roads that careened through the 500 million year old mountain range that makes up the backbone of the peninsula. Once we returned to the actual town of Dingle we had lunch in a small pub (their seafood chowder wasn’t nearly as good as what I had in Killarney yesterday), then I went next door to the Doolin Wool Factory store next door to the pub. One of the things I wanted to get while I was here was an Aran sweater, and I was able to find one on sale that I really liked. Libby and Ashley also got sweaters, and Kelsey got a stuffed lamb that her cousin had asked for.
With the tour officially completed, we all climbed back on the bus and went back to Killarney, where we boarded the train and headed home to Dublin; thus concluding another successful weekend trip.