While blessed with glorious weather from start to end, 16 of us made our own way to Tralee, via a walk in Muckross Park, Killarney on Sunday, May 12th. We stayed in the Rose Hotel where the standard of food, rooms and service was excellent. Walking off breakfast on the wetlands developed area (pathways, café, interpretive centre) just behind the hotel, we then car pooled and left for Listowel for a visit to the Writers’ Museum.
The works of J.B.Keane, Bryan McMahon, Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Maurice Walsh are eerily brought to life with a superb audio presentation in each room. Foregoing a visit to JB’s pub and other Listowel gems, we proceeded to Ballybunion for the spectacular cliff walk and textbook coastal geographical features. After another superb dinner, a night at Siamsa Tíre with a story of North Kerry dance forms rounded off a great first day.
Tuesday morning we set off for Dingle with another long walk for the more able bodied on Inch beach en route. Dingle town was already very busy with large tourist numbers and on the spectacular Slea Head route they and us were not disappointed. That evening another excellent dinner followed at the hotel and people departed at leisure next morning.