This is the tenth post in a series about my 2013 trip to Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain. Part of the free plane tickets were funded by the 40,000 point sign up bonus of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 1 – How I am taking my Dad to Ireland, Scotland, and Wimbledon in London in Business Class for $137!
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 2 – Planning for Hotels in Europe for Maximum Miles
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 3 – The Orlando Star Alliance Gold Lounge and the first change of plans
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 4 – Layover in New York City
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 5 – The JFK Lufthansa Lounge
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 6 – Brussels Airlines JFK-BRU in their new Business Class
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 7 – 13 Hours in Brussels
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 8 – Two Days in Dublin
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 9 – Waterford, Kilkenny, the Butler Castle, and a bit of Blarney
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 10 – Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 11 – Galway and the Cliffs of Moher
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 12 – Belfast, the Ferry to Scotland and Train Travel
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 13 – Playing the St. Andrews Old Course, Aberdeen and the Drambuie Incident.
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 14 – Searching for the Loch Ness Monster, Eilean Donan Castle, and Turnberry Golf Course
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 15 – London and Wimbledon
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 16 – 22 Hours in Frankfurt
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 17 – Lufthansa Business AND New First Class FRA-AID on Boeing 747-800
I’m not sure I was mentally prepared for the drive we ended up taking. The “Ring of Kerry” is an incredibly scenic set of roads that go along the coast of the areas near Killarney and Kenmare. The Dingle Peninsula is right above it.
What they don’t advertise is that much of the ring is these tiny 1.5 lane roads with rock walls on either side. And when a tour bus comes towards you and you suddenly have to fit your car and a bus beside each other, it is enough to give anyone some gray hairs.
However, if you survive it, the scenery is breathtaking!
Little islands off the coast dot the horizon.
You pass many castle ruins along the way.
We took the serious scenic route looking for this famous chocolate place near Portmagee that ended up being closed :(, and passed some cliffs that we thought were impressive (until we saw even better ones the next day!)
We went through Knight’s Town and took the ferry across which was fun.
We then took in part of the Dingle Peninsula and made it about halfway through before we decided to cut it short and head to Gallway.
The best scenery was yet to come!