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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Ring Of Kerry



Day Three - On a rainy windy morning we headed off from Killarney to tour the fabled Ring Of Kerry. This mountainous peninsula faces the stormy North Atlantic on Ireland's western coast. Until recently peat had been Ireland’s major source of heating and cooking fuel. Peat is essentially, given a few million more years, future coal. We stopped that morning at Kerry Peat Bog Village to see a reconstruction of a long past lifestyle. The village centered around the hand digging of peat and the other attendant occupations associated with it. The dark piles, next to the cottages, are peat.











Later we stopped at one of the many local inns, where good food and the inevitable shopping venue were located.
The "mountains" here are low, perhaps two to three thousand feet, largely denuded of trees. They do, however, offer spectacular views of lake and seascapes.






Our first stop at sea level provided, for us Midwestern landlubbers, a rude awakening. The rollers coming in had to be around fifteen feet high. Except for a possible winter storm on Lake Superior, it was more ferocious than anything I’d ever seen.
The wind was..... well take a look.






The Ring Of Kerry - a scenic Irish highlight.

10 comments:

  1. For peat's sake, this looks interesting.

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  2. Seas can impress any prairie boy.

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  3. that would be a great place to visit.

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  4. We never got to Kerry. I hope you weren't knocked over by the winds.

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  5. Hi TB - it can pile in ... as it does here sometimes ... Ireland is beautiful though ... and a good pub with warming food makes a lot of difference ... memories! Cheers Hilary

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  6. Those waves really are impressive and glad you got to keep your hat on. I do love an angry sea though and find it oddly comforting to watch.

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  7. Such a starkly beautiful place.

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  8. Your subversive cap notwithstanding I assume border crossings weren't delayed by long bouts of torture. I also know your subversive readers will ask torture for who? I only suggest that and not that it's actually true.

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  9. I am so jealous !! A trip never to be forgotten.

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