Up and on the road by 9:00 and heading south toward the Beara Peninsula. It was stormy, windy and raining again, but our other choice was to sit in our apartment and get bored – so off we went.
We drove south again, back to Kenmare. And yes, we stopped and Patrick bought another chocolate muffin at “his” bakery.
We continued south and got to the Beara Peninsula, described by Rick Steves as a “distant third choice after the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula”. After driving around it for a while today, I think he may be right. Sadly, the road around the peninsula is *very* windy, narrow, and with tall bushes/trees growing on both sides. All this combined with the bad weather made for little chance to see the views of Bantry Bay. What little we did see was dramatic and rocky, but I have to admit that I liked the Dingle Peninsula better. It was interesting to see more trees than normal and even ferns growing on the road side. Rhododendrons were in bloom and everywhere. Some were so huge they were arching over the roadway!
I can now say I’ve gone around all three: the Baera Peninsula, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula (specifically the Slea Head Drive). Check that one off my bucket list!
We did stop intentionally in the little town of Eyeries on the north coast of the peninsula. It’s known for its brightly colored buildings – which was true! Still, the town was very small with one windy street and that was that.
After Eyeries we continued on the rest of our loop and stopped at a nice viewpoint. The rain stopped long enough for us to run out and take some quick photos.
One interesting moment in our Beara Peninsula drive – we were stopped by what we at first thought was a police motorcycle, blocking traffic from entering the main road. We heard sirens and people whooping and hollering. We’d heard that Obama was visiting Ireland but we couldn’t imagine *what* he’d be doing on the Beara Peninsula. We were laughing pretty good when the peloton of bike racers flew by, instead of an Obama motorcade.
Back to Kenmare and we managed to *not* stop at the bakery – LOL. We did stop at a local stone circle which was so close to Kenmare we’re wondering now why we didn’t see it in 2009. But, after sites like Avebury and Stonehenge, it was really small and not inspiring. It was basically a “go-in, take-picture, go-out” kind of place.
We made it back to our apartment by 3:00 and I think we’re ready to have a quiet afternoon/evening.