If you find yourself wanting to travel to the Killarney region in Ireland, I have two pieces of advice for you: 1) Stay at The Purple Heather B&B and 2) Take advantage of the pony and trap ride through the Gap of Dunloe. We arrived late to The Purple Heather on a dark, rainy night. We got lost a bit and had to phone Tim Moriarty, the owner, for directions. Despite the late hour, he was extremely chipper and most helpful. Thanks to Tim's directions (and no thanks to our GPS), we made it. Upon arrival, we were immediately thrilled with our accomodations for the evening. Tim was a jolly fellow and promptly showed us to our room, asked us what time we'd like to eat in the morning, gave us the information we needed to get onto the free wi-fi and bade us good night. The room was not large by any means, but it was adequate. Clean and well decorated, with a most comfortable bed, it was just what we needed after a long day of driving from Galway City and much sight-seeing along the way. We had a great night's sleep and enjoyed a nice hot shower in the morning before heading to the sunroom for breakfast. I must say that this was my favorite part of our stay. Having arrived late the night before, we were unable to see our surroundings. The beautiful sunroom with it's panaramic views and ample natural light allowed us to take in the beauty of where we were and whet our appetite as to what we'd be doing in the area that day. We enjoyed a delicious Irish breakfast (Nora's brown bread was the best I'd had in all of Ireland) then spoke to Tim about possible things to do in the area. He suggested we drive a mere mile from his house and take a 'pony and trap' ride (horse and carriage) through the Gap of Dunloe. For 50 Euro, it seemed steep, but we did it. The views we enjoyed were breathtaking. And the weather was gorgeous, compared to the evening before. We couldn't have had a better stay. Thank you, Tim and Nora -- you helped us make wonderful memories we won't soon forget!
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