Ireland’s Pubs Face Big Challenge Starting in October

Starting soon, empty pubs all across Ireland. Why? Because of Ireland’s newest “get tougher” stance on drinking and driving. Starting on October 1, it will now be illegal to have even one pint before getting behind the wheel. This will certainly be the death of many a village pub, which are reliant on the farmer […]

Shelburne Lodge in Kenmare County Kerry Best Bed and Breakfast

The best bed and breakfast in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland by far is the beautiful Shelburne Lodge run by Tom and Maura Foley and their family and team. We’ve been staying here with our clients since 2001 and the Shelburne Lodge has become our home away from home in Ireland. You’re greeting warmly when you […]

Roadside color in County Kerry, Ireland

Dursey Island by Cable Car

A spontaneous detour to Dursey Island meant a thrilling ride via the cable car over to this widllife sanctuary for our current guests. The cable car was installed in 1969 and it can carry six people, or 1,200 pounds, or three people and three sheep, whatever combo you want! It creaks along at a snail’s […]

Allihies Copper Mine, Beara Peninsula, Ireland

The Allihies Copper Mine is one of the last copper mines operating in western Ireland, dating back to 1813. The mine was first operated as an open pit mine, with the miners scooping the ore out of the side of the mountain and smelting it right on the spot. Tailings litter the area around the […]

Scenes from the Ring of Kerry

Driving from our last stop at Dingle over to Kenmare, we took the Ring of Kerry along the Iveragh Peninsula of western Ireland. It’s the “long way around” to Kenmare, but it resulted in some spectacular scenery. The Ring of Kerry is a road traveled by most of the big tour companies. We take the […]

Postcard from Ireland

Our guest Audrey Thompson meets a donkey and a dog and two cousins who run a little concession along the road leading to the Ring of Kerry, Ireland on August 28.

On the Way to the Dingle Peninsula of Ireland

We took the back country roads from Cashel to Tralee on our way to a two-night stay in Europe’s westernmost town, Dingle, on the Dingle Peninsula. These narrow lanes allow the traveler to see the real Ireland, and to take photographs which would not be possible if you’re on the big, fast-moving roads. First up, […]