As I stated last week, when planning my first trip to Ireland, I had a vision of traveling up the Wild Atlantic Way. I knew I wanted to start in the south at the Ring of Kerry and make our way up to Galway, so I kept all of that in mind when booking hotels.
Our first hotel we stayed at was probably our favorite, Sheen Falls Lodge right outside the town of Kenmare. The hotel was beautiful and had a relaxed country aesthetic, with a roaring fireplace and french toast that I dreamed about each night.
With lots of activities, like fly fishing to rifle shooting, to pick from and a bustling town just up the road; this hotel was perfect for my VERY active family. Overall my main reason for picking this hotel was due to the fact that it was close to Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry.
So on the third day of our trip, I woke my family up quite early and made everyone pile into the car to explore. I will say, driving the Ring of Kerry can be a tad scary, the roads are ridiculously windy which you might have noticed in the vlog below. Thus I would recommend visiting the park early, to avoid crossing paths with tourists bus and overflowing parking lots.
We arrived at the park at 10 AM and had plenty of time to jump out of the car and snap pictures. It was really fun just exploring the different terrains and taking in the views. Ireland has been the most scenic country I’ve visited so far.
I decided to wear this skirt, a vest, and white turtleneck, oh and don’t forget my infamous Hunter Rain Boots. I’ll say my rain boots were by far my most worn item on this trip, second to only my yellow rain jacket.
In hind sight wearing a skirt to the Ring of Kerry wasn’t a smart idea. I thought the park involved walking through paved trails but realistically it involved climbing over trees and through muddy creeks to see natures beauty like the Torc Waterfall; which I loved but wasn’t dressed for.
I kept joking with my family saying I was the official flasher of Ireland because I probably flashed more than a handful of people with the fashion decisions I made.
From the Ring of Kerry, we went straight to Killarney National Park; which overlaps with the Ring. I had a few things in mind that I wanted to see within the National Park specifically the Muckross House and Gardens. This mansion was beautiful and was actually owned at one point by the Guinness Family’s daughter.
Could you imagine owning a mansion in the middle of a national park, talk about a view? The mansion was beautiful and while we didn’t have time to go inside, we did make time to see the Muckross Abbey. Now I know this might sound weird but I’m a sucker for old graveyards.
I hate all things spooky, so you’d never find me there at night or alone, but there is something so historic about reading the names of people who lived in the town so long before us. A lot of old tombstones even write how they died and how they embraced life, giving us all a glimpse into the past.
We were starving by the time we got back in the car so we headed straight to the town of Kenmare, for some Pepsi and food. After a hangry fight over where we should eat dinner, my Dad desperately wanted lamb chops and the rest of us wanted spaghetti; we decided to go authentic with an Irish pub.
We ate at, PF McCarthy’s Bar which was one of our most loved food destinations throughout our trip. You must leave room for dessert if you eat here though, who would have thought a pub would have good dessert but the apple crumble was everything.
& that about wrapped up our third day in Ireland. Don’t forget to check out our 2nd official TCC Crew Vlog segment. & please let us know if this is something you enjoy. xx Aubrey
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