0930: departed Killorglin for the Dingle penisula, enjoying spectacular views of the Magillicuddy reeks and Dingle mountains. There was quite a lot of traffic going into Dingle, including an oil tanker and a coach.

1100: Unfortunately it was very wet in Dingle [the picture above is the Beara penisula- west Cork gets the prize for the best painted houses], so following a quick coffee we departed north via Tralee. Tralee is a nightmare to cross northwards, so a good map can help. You can visit the Blennerville windmill just before Tralee, although I don't recommend a visit to the narrow gauge railway (apart from the steam engine, it is a travesty to railway folklore and archaeology). Eventually finding the N69 to Listowel, we made good time on a relatively straight road.

1330: It was writers' week in Listowel, and the restaurants and bars were hopping with life. We had lunch there and then discovered the Lartigue monorail [carriage pictured above] just outside the town (where the former mainline railway station). Now this is a stunning attraction - no where in the world is like this historical replica. I would heartily recommmend a visit and you'll get a warm welcome from the staff.


1530: Drove straight to Tarbert, port for the ferry to Co. Clare. The ferry runs every half-hour and we bought a return for 16 euros, well worth it (it takes about 25 mins). We drove through Kilrush to Kilkee, enjoying some sea air at the latter.


1700: Departed Kilkee for the ferry at Killimer, arriving at our B&B in Glin about 1900. This was the best accommodation of the whole break, so don't forget to read the review. There is an excellent restaurant near Tarbert where we enjoyed duck, chicken etc.


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For a wonderful guide to Kerry, see The Pocket History of Kerry by Gerard O'Carroll. It will provide you with a fascinating glimpse of a diverse and unique people.

Munster tour day 3: Dingle to Glin