We started heading South to Killarney. On the way, we drove the “Ring of Kerry”, a 100 mile loop around Kerry County, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. We drove along winding roads, towering cliffs and saw views, which are often put on postcards.
Fuscia grows wild as shrubs here and many people grow it in their gardens. There is also a bright orange wildflower called mombretia which floods the roadside with its color.
There were some rest stops along the way which had overlooks for the photo stops. The scouts appreciated the opportunity to run along hillsides when they could.
We arrived in Killarney and boarded horse and buggies for a “jaunty ride”. We rode into Killarney Lakes National Park within the city where there was a castle built in the 1400s but destroyed in the 1600s by Lord Cromwell. Again, the scouts enjoyed climbing up on the castle wherever they could.
We took the short drive to our hotel, the Killarney Court Hotel and had an hour of so to relax and get ready for dinner. Dinner was very good and was filling.
After dinner, some opted to walk back to the High Street area while others stayed at the hotel to play cards and turn in a little earlier tonight.
Chaperones Debbie Oppel and Christine Jalowiec