CIE Tours Travel Blog
Good Fun – Killarney's Jaunting Cars
to Dingle's many Pubs
By: Samantha Henderson
Date: June 15, 2017
Once again, we bid a sad goodbye to another great town as we left Kinsale. We could have stayed in the Actons Hotel forever. The food at the hotel was outstanding. I had the goat cheese tart and the ravioli... I could eat both of those dishes every day for a year and never get tired of them.
Watch Tower, Dingle Bay
The day was off to a great start as we were all very excited to experience the town of Killarney, full of Irish heritage and surrounded by breathtaking mountains of luscious emerald. After a very scenic and enjoyable motor coach ride into this historic town, we boarded the famous Killarney jaunting cars.
Sampson, the horse who led our jaunting car, did an amazing job, carrying us proudly and safely around Killarney National Park. The guide on our jaunting car was both funny and informative. Along the ride, we learned about Killarney's history and took in incredible views of the park and its surrounding mountains. We also had the chance to see local wildlife, like handsome bucks with large antlers and cows grazing beside us as we passed.
Killarney's Jaunting Cars
We could have ridden the jaunting cars all day but it was soon time to depart Killarney and head toward Annascaul. There, we all had a drink at Tom Crean's pub, South Pole Inn, which was once where Tom Crean himself resided. We heard stories of his ambitious and heroic travels as we enjoyed our drinks.
Group Photo in Killarney National Park
Later, we made our way to Dingle Benners hotel via my favorite route in the world. The road into Dingle offers some of the most amazing views you will ever experience; views you need to see to believe. Arriving at the Dingle Benners Hotel was hilarious because, as we drove through the heart of Dingle, our guide Sabina said, "Look to your right... that's the pub. Now look to your left... that is your hotel." The pub (one of fifty-two in Dingle) is literally directly outside the hotel. After a scrumptious dinner at Dingle Benners Hotel, most of us headed out to the pubs for a lovely evening of good 'craic' (fun in Gaelic) and traditional music.
The Southern Gems tour is almost coming to an end, but not before we see some of the most breathtaking sights in all of Ireland!
Meet ya there!