So long, Ireland…

We had grand plans for our last day in Ireland — Blarney Castle, or maybe even another shot at the Cliffs of Moher.

But in the end we decided to play it closer to “home” in Kenmare, and we are glad we did. We were rewarded with spectacular views of the Lough Leane in Killarney National Park and on a whim strolled 500 meters through the woods to the Torc Falls.

From there we headed to Ross Castle, took a short tour, and headed home to get ready for the big travel day (today). Fortunately, that all went smoothly.

Here’s the whole set (below).

Mizen Head and Southwest Cork

After the big, wet trip to the Cliffs of Moher, we opted for a somewhat easier drive down to the most southwestern point of Ireland, Mizen Head*. We were rewarded with much brighter skies and stronger winds blowing the clouds around. We had a blast setting destinations into the GPS into our rental car and then ignoring them if something interesting appeared on the horizon. Stopped into Schull for lunch.