This is a slightly tongue-in-cheek post on my recent trip to County Kerry, Ireland. I arrived back in the UK about a week before my accommodation was open at Imperial College London, Silwood Park, where I’m starting my one year of MRes in Ecosystem and Environmental Change, so my friend and I decided to go for a short trip to Ireland. We skipped Northern Ireland with Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway, gave Dublin and most of the Republic of Ireland a miss, and headed to the west coast of County Kerry, in the town of Killarney. It’s an exceedingly pretty place, especially the coastal landscapes (the hills kinda reminded of the UK, especially the Lake District). It seems somewhat of a recent trend for people, usually young, slightly hipsterish, travellers (not tourists!) to take photos of their feet/legs in the foreground with an amazing backdrop (or where ever they are), along with some deep comment about travelling, life, experiences, being blessed etc. I have named these photos #feetfie (following the style of #selfie and #wefie), and I hereby present them as I travelled around Kerry.
The first day we walked around the town of Killarney, known as the tourist capital of Ireland apparently. I hired a bike to cycle (€10/4 hours or €15/day) around the area (some parts of Killarney National Park, to the Gap of Dunloe though I didn’t go the whole way around) in the afternoon. No feetfies, cos I hadn’t thought of it then. But here’s a photo of the Gap
Day 2, we went on a tour of the Dingle Peninsula (€22 with Paddywagon Tours), which brings us to the western most point of mainland Ireland. The Blaskett Islands off the tip are the western most point of Europe, but we didn’t go across. We got to stop off at the town of Dingle for lunch as well, which was quite nice.
After we got back to Killarney, there was still daylight so we went for a walk in the National Park (which borders the town). Climbed up a huge chestnut tree.
Spent some time on the lakeshore as well, where I skipped my first stone! Even managed to get 3 skips occasionally 🙂
Day 3 we took the tour of the Ring of Kerry. We initially wanted to go with Mór Active Tours Killarney as they offered tours that were not the standard tourist route. But we booked too late (we asked 2 days before), and they were full up (so book in advance!), so we sufficed with O’Connor Auto Tours (€15+ booked online). Huge group, with a fairly large number of elderly American visitors, but for that price, can’t complain (our Dingle trip was on a minibus).
The last day, we had to leave in the afternoon, so the morning was spent cycling around the National Park to see Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, and Muckross House on hired bikes. We didn’t make it to Torq waterfall, or the whole way around Muckross Lake though.
That’s a tiny selection of photos (I tried to put only feetfies but I realised I didn’t take enough), but Kerry is a really nice place with wonderful scenery, and my photos don’t do it any justice. We had wonderful sunshine everyday except the last, and it was really nice breathing fresh crisp air (instead of smoggy hazy air in Singapore).