I'm getting way behind on my trip reports. Not enough time and energy. This should be a fairly short one.
Up and out early today, the continental breakfast at Butler Court Guesthouse, may not be the norm but it does have one advantage in that guest can eat breakfast when it is convienienant to them or do like I did and just get on the road a bit earlier.
That moment when you come around the bend and there it is in all its glory is a thing never to be forgotten. Even with the scaffolding up for restoration it is an awe inspiring sight.
Jackie (my GPS) got me to Cashel (pronounced Cash-schill) just fine but once again let me down in Cashel itself. I had a devil of a time trying to find where the turn off was for the Rock. I could SEE it, you really can't miss it but the road up was proving elusive.
By this time I was starved and figured my low blood sugar wasn't helping any so I parked the car park in town asked a lady who was at the self pay kiosk where would be a good place to eat. She directed me to the Bakery. There is a bake shop on the ground floor and a busy cafeteria style cafe on the first. Had a cup of tea and their 'small' breakfast. A egg, bacon, sausage, tomato and 4 huge slices of toast with butter and jam. It was all very good. Only managed to eat about 11/2 pieces of the toast. Also picked up a scone to munch on later. It was good as well.
Got directions to road up to the Rock. Yeah, success! I finally found it. Use my OPW Heritage Pass. Admission is €6 adults, €4 seniors and €2 children. I think I am at the break even mark with this site. From here on out the places I will visit will basically be free.
The have a good video which I think is worth the time to watch. It was bitterly cold and windy up on the hill so I didn't spend a whole lot of time on the self tour of the ROC. I wish I hadn't been freezing so I could have spent more time there. I got a few good photos (well for me and my little point and shoot anyway) but unfortunately the iPad seems to take forever to up load them to Picasa so I will have to share them later.
On to Cahir Castle.
Had no problem finding Cahir Castle. Jackie led me right to it. The approach to Cahir (pronounced Kare) is the total opposite of the approach to Cashel. With Cashel you see it standing proud for miles before you even get close, however Cahir almost hidden. You go round the corner an for a second you wonder wher the castle is and then you realise it is right in front of you.
Located on the river Nore this was another strong hold of the Bulters, of Kilkenny Castle fame. They too have short video of the castle's history. Here you can do a self-guided tour or take a guided one. Time was marching on and I had many miles/kilometres to go before I rest today so I just look around a bit on my own.
Admission is pretty inexpensive for this site adults €3, seniors €2, children €1. I am now +€2 on my heritage card!
Rolled into Kenmare about 4:30pm. Tired but had a good, if cold, day.
I will end here and do all of my stay in Kenmare in one report.