The weather today was a disappointment as we began our tour of the Ring of Kerry. It was cold, with heavy occasional showers, and it remained that way for most of the journey. However we did get the odd break here and there, as you will see from the photos.
Our first real stop today was high on the mountain top beyond Waterville, where Cathy had her long awaited dream come true when she got to hold a baby lamb. This beautiful picture will definitely be one of the most memorable highlights of her Irish vacation.
This farmer sits here most days during the holiday season with an assortment of animals, including the lambs. Here you see Cathy admiring the Doe, the baby deer, and the lovely Border Collie pup. He also has kittens and Jack Russel's. You just drop a couple of Euro in his little basket if you want to hold one or two of the animals, or to just get your photo taken there.
I had to get in on the act myself, and my baby lamb was just four days old.
The bridge over the river in Sneem provides this lovely view, and here we have Gary enjoying the moment.
I took this photo from the mountain top pass at Moll's Gap. The weather did not help, but you are looking down into the Black Valley towards the National Forest Park.
In this photo, Cathy is modeling her new woolen hat, while Gary tries to hide, unsuccessfully, the bottle of Jameson inside his rain jacket. Behind and below you can make out the beginning of the string of Killarney's lakes which wind off to the right all the way back down to Killarney itself.
Cathy, John, Jane and Gary pictured at Ladies View.
Here you can see the lakes behind them as they flow along in a winding line all the way down through this mountain gorge. It was from Ladies View that Queen Victoria proclaimed this view to be the most beautiful in the kingdom. The weather today however did not do justice to this heavenly view.
A visit to Muckross House was the final treat for my party. This they enjoyed as they took in the Farmhouse tour which entails a tour of old recreated farmhouses and a close up view of a selection of farmyard animals.