Today, Monday, we decided to have a low key day. While we haven’t been running around like chickens with their heads cut off, we’ve been doing something that required some amount of driving every single day since we arrived last Saturday. So after a leisurely morning where the kids slept in and then swam while Josh and I caught up on some more work, we headed in to town.
We had lunch at an Italian place and it was decent – not Italian like Italy for sure but for lunch it was just fine. While at lunch we were discussing what to do and we came to the conclusion that we really didn’t want to drive anywhere today (beyond in to and out of town) and that since the sun seemed to be coming out, perhaps it was a good day for the horse and buggy ride thru the Killarney National Park.
The buggy drivers will approach you on the street like in any other tourist town to offer you a ride. However, most are usually very quick and very expensive. Not so here. For an hour ride along the lakes and up to Ross Castle, it was only 40 euro. A bargain I say!!
So we hopped into our buggy and Murray our horse led the way! Both boys (as well as Josh and I) loved the ride and it was incredibly scenic. The Killarney National Park has the largest oak forest in all of Ireland (he may have said Europe too but I can’t remember but definitely in Ireland) and given that Ireland is devoid of trees in many areas (hence all the farming), that’s definitely a big deal!
It was beautiful and there were times when you came upon the lakes and there would be mountains in the background. Absolutely amazing!! Finally we came up to the castle. We couldn’t go in beyond the entry way as we only had 15 minutes. The boys loved the small creek that went out into the bay that was filled with ducks and at one point a swan.
We came back to the hotel shortly thereafter and the boys have proceeded to meltdown. It’s annoying but I’m thankful that it’s the first time they’ve really done it this badly in the week + that we’ve been away. I expected it a whole lot more. We’ll head out to dinner soon and then early bed for all. We’re heading to Dublin tomorrow for our last day in Ireland before taking off for Greece early on Wed. It’s at least a 4-5 hour drive so I need to make sure Josh is well rested before tackling those corners!!!