Puxley Mansion, Castletownbere, Ireland
Our drive from County Clare to the Beara Peninsula was amazing!  The landscape is absolutely gorgeous. The highlight was driving through the Ring of Kerry.  Around every corner we discovered waterfalls, vistas, sheep and fog.  We stopped at Ladies’ View (it was named after Queen Victoria’s Ladies in Waiting who were there in 1861) to take in the view and have an ice cream.  I was thrilled to discover that they had Bailey’s and Coffee to go — I love Ireland! Then we drove off into a thick fog band to discover County Cork.  Our rental house is on a working farm on the Beara Peninsula.  The woman who owns the house recently remodeled it.  It was a farmhouse from the 1800s that belonged to a relative.  It is new and beautiful but still maintains its original 3 foot thick walls.  Our neighbors are cows that love table scraps so the…Continue Reading
Stonecutters Kitchen, Luogh North, Doolin, Ireland
We said goodbye to Scotland and caught a flight to Shannon, Ireland (Glasgow to Shannon on FlyBE…. highly recommended!).  Shannon Airport was immaculate and friendly.  One of our youngest left his iPod on the plane, and when we called the main line to check on it, they already had it and were holding it for us.  An airport worker walked it out to us in the terminal and gave our son a smile and a happy “you be more careful now, lad!” Our first glimpse of Ireland was an amazing rainbow when leaving the airport.  Perfect Irish welcome!  The twins wanted to search for the gold at the end of the rainbow, but dad was exhausted and wanted to find our home for the week.  We had rented a house at the last-minute so the owner, Seamus, gave us an amazing deal.  We were thrilled to drive up and find such…Continue Reading