Another lovely morning in Killarney, another rain shower.
No matter, breakfast and coffee were in order for the time being, let it rain.
We chatted with both Pat and Mary quite a bit today, only 1 other couple was eating. We got excellent walking recommendations.
Pat told us they went for a walk as soon as they finished up washing dishes. It was a daily activity lasting for about an hour. No wonder your head turned a bit when they said they had teenage grandkids.
So Pat and Mary walk daily through the Irish countryside, usually next to a lake, then tend to their rooms and tenants. They do this for about 4 month, during the summer.
Once winter comes, they close of the bnb and head south, usually to Spain or Italy for over a month. They check the temps and come back once it isn’t freezing.
They were winning at life that is for sure. Rathmore House bnb in Killarney is a great place with friendly hosts.
We were even told how to get to a mansion that had designed walkways through forests and around a lake. Hooray nature!
Just a short walk down the main road and we were at a bus station. So we didn’t have to do the entire Ring of Kerry tour, there are buses to each of the stops if you really want to dig into some history or explore the scenery.
We were dropped at a big visitor centre with the driver letting us know the pick up times, about 1x per hour. Last bus at 5 though so no night walks.
A walk down a short path leads you to a huge estate. This looked like it was straight from a film, Remains of the Day or other British film.
It’s just amazing to me that 1 family owned all this land and huge house. Even the quarters for the help were big and nice.
Read up on the mansion, it was under renovation so we couldn’t tour it. They had scaffolding all round the house as I’ve seen many times on this trip. Things get old, they need repair.
If you have a mansion, you have a greenhouse and it will be huge, green and lush. How do they take care of all these flowers, plants? Hundreds all lined up.
Since it rains so often, I hope they have figured out a way to use rainwater, that would be the smart thing to do with such a large water need.
Many paths led away from the mansion. Consulting a map whilst admiring roses, we located a path that lead by the lake, because if you have a mansion you need a lake.
At the start of most paths was a marker with the length and walking time. Tor Falls was walkable from here, it would just take an hour.
At every turn was an amazing view, aided by the fog. Smoke on the water
Imagine these are your options for walks? Way better nature options vs TV shows. I’ll take a walk with views every time.
Even the view away from the lake was great. Green pastures with cows slowly chomping grass, their tails swinging like a mentronome keeping time.
As long as we had walked, we still didn’t see half of the lake. There is about a 5 mile walk around the lake that I wish we had time for, maybe if it hadn’t rained all yesterday.
If walking isn’t your thing, of course they have carriage options which are luckily on a separate path. I figured this was how the mansion owners got to their favorite views man of which had a bench for long viewing options.
To really see everything on these grounds would take a few days walking the paths, it was a lot of acreage.
Back to the visitors centre to freshen up with water. There was a full cafe here and the food was piled up on trays. Massive portions too.
I sat and sipped water with my mom who had tea. She loved it here and talked about trying to get my dad out to enjoy the town and sites too.
It was pretty cool to be on a trip with my mom, we talked weekly but didn’t see each other in person too often.
I hoped she was having as much fun as I was on this island.
We were high on nature and fresh air, ready to take on the town! At least ready for dinner, that was for sure!
Not as a fancy dinner as last night but still good. Guinness lamb stew tonight vs beef. In fact since we’d left Dublin, most if not all the stews I had seen were made with lamb.
After dinner, much to my mom’s chagrin I asked if we could pop in for a pint. She doesn’t drink much at home, much less hang out in pubs.
It is best to work out a compromise, give a bit, take a bit, arrive at the same place.
Talk soon turned to tomorrow, the Cliffs of Mohr, another big site my mom really wanted to see.
On my way out I made sure to get a pic of the snuggery room. Real private.
We can’t recommend Killarney more to anyone, it is a lovely place.
Song: John Denver Take Me Home, Country Roads