Dingle, Killarney, Mt. Brandon, and Letterfrack

Last Friday, I didn’t have any class, so I started the weekend early. My Aunt Madge and Uncle Joe happened to be traveling in Ireland and staying in a town only about a half hour from UL (Adare), so I met up with them for Friday and Saturday. On Friday we went to Dingle with the tour guide that they had been traveling with. The views on the way were AMAZING.

The ocean here is so blue, and I love the pastureland right next to the water.

We also stopped at some 4000 year old druid dwellings called “beehive huts”.

Dingle itself is a small port town. We stopped for lunch in a pub and spent some time exploring the shops. Then we headed back to Adare for the night.

Dingle

Saturday we drove down to Killarney, which is famous for its lakes. We toured Ross Castle and Muckross House, as well as making a brief stop at Torc waterfall.

Ross Castle

Muckross House

Torc Waterfall

Saturday night I came back to campus so that I could get up early to go on a hike with the outdoor pursuits club on Sunday. We hiked Mount Brandon, and though it was a very long and challenging hike, the views were amazing and completely worth the three hours that it took to climb.

This weekend, I went on another trip with the outdoor pursuits club. We left on Friday and spent the weekend in Letterfrack, a small town in Connemara. About 60 of us went on the trip, and we rented an entire hostel. We spent the weekend partying and staying up much later than we should have. On Saturday we went on a hike in Connemara. The weather was a bit miserable, and between hiking through a bog and being pelted by rain all day, we were all quite soaked by the end of it. However, once again, the landscape and the views were worth all the effort. Also, there’s something wonderful about pushing your body farther than you think it can go and making it to the top. I really need to hike more when I get home too.

Until next time!
~K

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