Heading out to Connemara
First stop on the road, a beautiful view.
On this site in 1897 nothing happened.
Green fields and blue waters
Mountains, hills, lakes. Ireland has spectacular views abound.
The Mountains and the Lake
These mountains stand tall above the lake.
Resting, enjoying the view
My wife, taking a moment to enjoy the spectacular views.
Sheep are free to roam wherever they want, and can be found everywhere in the country.
Sun over the mountain
The sun was low enough on the horizon to cast shadows on the mountain.
Traveling through Connemara
I love the way the roads wind though this marvelous landscape.
Snow capped peaks over the pines
The green of the pines stand in contrast to the high snow capped peaks beyond.
The road goes on
Through the park, around the bend
Lovely street art
Bikes used to hold baskets for potted plants.
Wrong turns lead to wonderous views
We meant to take the road along the coast. Instead we ended up on a narrow two road through a vast plain surrounded by mountains.
They are very used to people and motor vehicles.
My wife is happy to be in Ireland
First night in Irelenad, my wife and I had a few pints in a Galway pub
My wife posing for a shot in the rain
Outside the village of Claddagh
Of the ring fame
A nice place to moor a boat
Beyond is the colorfully quiet village of Claddagh in Galway, IE
This boat tied up overlooking the village of Claddagh
Just near the Spanish Arch, a bicyclist rides up Quay Street in the rain
Judy Greene keeps a lovely flowers and pottery shop.
The Irish have great pride in their teams
Our home while in Galway
The Park House Hotel & Restaurant made for a wonderful place to stay while we were in Galway. Right off of Eyre Square and a very short walk to Quay Street
As we drove from Galway to Killarney we stopped by Dunguaire Castle
Another wrong turn
Found this beautiful old ruin in the distance after we took a wrong turn and decided to see where it lead.
Houses along the lane
These houses, while similar all have a slight unique look.
A fork in the road
Which way should we go?
We went along the coast.
We expected to find a castle, but instead found sweeping views of the ocean along this very winding road.
The round hills give way to rock and give way to the ocean
The Atlantic Ocean in the distance
The breeze in the hair
My wife loving the view and the wind running through her hair.
This cow was enjoying a bit of fun at our expense.
The sea spray rises up the cliff side past O'Brien's Tower in the distance overlooking the Cliffs of Moher.
The Cliffs of Moher
One of Ireland's most majestic views, the beautiful Cliffs of Moher.
Along the road to Killarney
The sun peaking through the clouds
First thing first after arriving in Killarney
Found a pub to spend a fun evening.
This castle stands in Killarney National Park
The clouds and rain this day concealed the snow capped peaks in Killarney National Park
Old Muckross Abbey
Founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans
A violent history
Muckross Abbey was destroyed and rebuilt several times, as raids from marauding groups and persecution from Cromwellian forces occurred through the years.
The yew tree in Muckross Abbey
A large yew tree grows in the middle of a vaulted cloister
Admiring the lovely yew tree
My wife taking a moment to view the yew tree
The sun glowing over a lake in Killarney National Park
A road runs through the rock
The already narrow road got even narrower as we passed through this natural tunnel.
Even more sheep
Sheep really are found everywhere
This view in Killarney National Park along the Ring of Kerry. Queen Victoria's Ladies-in-Waiting found this to be their favorite view during their visit to Ireland.
Tree's can grow anywhere
Even on the side of a cliff
The Sheep On The Hill
A lone sheep on the side of a hill.