Just have a look at those empty plates. All ready to head for Dingle after a hearty breakfast. From the left, front row, Ken, Julie, Patrick, Ian, Erin, and Kathleen. In the back row, Amy and yours truly. (i did not charge for my inclusion in this photo, well, because Amy is nice)
The Killarney Plaza is a really nice hotel, and one i use regularly for my guests. This nice photo i took in the main lobby of the hotel.
Our first photo on Dingle was at Inch beach as the day brightened and warmed up. This is a beautiful beach and featured in the movie "Ryan's daughter".
What a lovely picture of Ken and Kathleen. Ireland brings out the best in all of us.
Another lovely picture with the patchwork quilt like fields on the hillside in the background. After agreeing terms, i joined this picture myself. (Yes, that is me on the right. I think that my right side is my better one.)
A visit to this particular site near Slea Head on this peninsula, is really a must, as there you can hold and cuddle a baby lamb. Here we have Kathleen, loving this experience, and one to remember.We did finally get Kathleen to reluctantly release the lamb, and in the photo below we have Ian and Erin, taking their turn.
Now it was Amy's turn, and how lovely she looks with her lamb. I think that this is a really special one, with the Dingle bay in the background. Unfortunately, due to the mist on the bay, we were not able to see the Skellig islands, which are actually offshore in the distance, directly behind where Amy is standing. These are the islands featured in the most recent Star Wars movie.
Patrick looks really pleased with himself in this picture, with Julie by his side. I think, that this session, with the baby lamb, was a real highlight today, eventhough they would not let me hold him, as they insisted that it was their tour and not mine. I suppose they have a point.
I always include this place as a special treat for my customers. It is located very close to Slea Head, and also includes a visit to the ancient Beehive Huts, stone dwelling places inhabited by ancient farmers and fishermen, and the monks of old.
My friends standing in front of one of the Beehive huts. From the left we have, Ian, Amy, Ken, Kathleen, Julie, Patrick, and Erin.
This was a really great day and one enjoyed by all.
After returning to Killarney this afternoon, we made our way to Muckross House, the stately home, where Queen Victoria stayed when she visited Killarney in the eighteen hundreds. The picture above shows the entrance gates to the estate.
This is a view of the house as you approach from the entrance.
Here we have my pals, standing on the steps down into the garden at the lake side of the house.
This picture shows the rear of the house, and the fire escape which had to be installed for the Queen, as she would never sleep upstairs in any house, because of a fire in her youth. Special quarters were renovated in the downstairs area for her.The rear garden is very beautiful here, as are all of the gardens, once again especially created for her visit.
My happy group, all together, with the lovely garden in the background.
What a great day we had today. Tomorrow we head for Kinsale, where unfortunately this tour ends.
They are just going to have to come back again for more, and they will be very welcome.