Saturday, 4th August, 10 AM finally, were leaving for a holiday in Co. Kerry!
We planned on stopping twice for about 30-45 minutes, and so we did. After about an hour of driving Northwest on the N80 we took the first break at a petrol station in Carlow. We filled up the tank, parked the car and then walked for about 45 minutes. Because this was a walk through town, both dogs were kept on leads which did not bother them at all. I guess they were just as excited as we were 😉
We continued our trip and, after a short while, we went unto the M7, heading Southwest ❤ . We passed the first Service Station (a filling station, car park and a huge Spar grocery store) and took exit 27 instead to have our second break. After 30 minutes we headed back on the road again, eager to reach our destination, our holiday home which was about 18km north of Tralee. We’ve got there about 2 PM, checked in and then went off to the nearby beach!
Right after our arrival at the holiday home, the owner showed us around and mentioned a few things to remember. She had already read the electricity meter and written down the result on the piece of paper which was attached to the fridge (another meter read happened at the end of the holiday and the charge paid in cash to the owner).
We then went to the nearby field where Rapsy and Missy had such fun and a good run. Oh, they just loved it!
The mornings started with 45-60 minute walks along the road. We brought our Hi-Viz jackets. It’s important to wear bright and visible clothing so drivers can see us early enough to slow down as they are approaching us. And, yes, in case you ask, the dogs got one, too — but that‘s a post for one of the coming days next winter. 😉
Once back at the holiday home, we all enjoyed a good breakfast before heading out on our day trips.
We found quite a few lovely areas in North Kerry, e.g. beautiful beaches like, Beale Strand. When the weather is nice you will be able to see Co. Clare on the other side…
… enjoy to hang around while the tide is out and the sun is shining
… go for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean (um, well, if the water is not too cold for you)
… and if you are lucky you might even find some toys at this beach. 😉
If you are in the area, Beale Strand is definitely worth a visit. There is a good-sized car park there, so absolutely no hassle of having to find a place to park nearby. Plan your trip for a day when the weather is fine and the tide is out — otherwise you will neither be able to see much of the surrounding area nor will you be able to walk a long way at the beach. In fact, be warned to take a right and not go left because when the tide is coming in while you are out there, you could put yourself in danger!
Another great place for dogs and their owners is Derrymore Strand which can be a little tricky to find. However, in days of GPS that shouldn’t be much of a problem anymore 😉 Um, I’ll have to admit that the first time we drove there we passed the sign because we saw the turn a little too late. No problem! We just turned around and came from the other side then.
Of course, we didn’t drive all the way to Co. Kerry just to walk on nearby beaches. We visited various other places like Carrigafoyle Castle in Ballylongford, a stunning village called Fenit and a town named Listowel where we have found another castle and an interesting museum — but more on that in my next post.