Ring of Kerry
Cliffs - Valentia Island
Beach at Castlecove - Ring of Kerry
Me windswept on top of a Ring fort on Valentia Island
Dry stone structure of ring fort on Valentia Island
We visited two ring forts on our holiday - one on Valentia Island and the second one near Castlecove called Staigue Fort. The amazing thing about these forts is that the walls are dry stone walls, just stone placed on stone with no mortar. Staigue fort one of the largest ring forts in Ireland was built about 2500 years ago!!!! no mortar!!!!! the mind boggles . . .
Staigue Ring Fort near Castlecove - Ring of Kerry
Entrance to Staigue Fort
View from Staigue Fort
While touring the Ring of Kerry we stayed at Picin Cottage which was gorgeous, the perfect Romantic country cottage . . .
Then for the last two nights we headed to Kenmare and the Sheen Falls Hotel. The hotel is beautifully situated right beside the falls and on a lake.
The bridge over the Falls.
The setting really is glorious. The Sheen Falls Estate is HUGE so miles of woodland and lake side walks. We both loved this hotel, from the moment we arrived the staff made us feel welcome and were very attentive. Our room was gorgeous - large and comfortable and the views were superb- and we had our own balcony! While we were there we had afternoon tea by the open fire (it was the one rainy day we had the whole holiday!). They have a spa at the hotel so we treated ourselves to massages. The last night we had dinner in the main restaurant - La Cascade. We enjoyed a really gorgeous meal in sumptuous surroundings with a grand piano playing in the background. After all this luxury we were totally relaxed. Bliss.
The view of the Falls from our room . . .
The view back up to the bridge . . .
Hydrangeas in the hotel garden . . .
The view from the front of the hotel . . .
I really fell in love with this beautiful part of the world with its rugged, unspoilt landscape. It has a quiet, majestic beauty.
Timeless, eternal, magical . . .