The morning following the Dublin Marathon, my husband Gabe and I said goodbye to to the rest of the ASICS team who headed for the NYC Marathon. While I was a tad sad not to be following suit, my legs and body were thankful for 5 more days of site seeing and relaxation.
We started our South Ireland driving tour tour in Kinsale, a quaint fisherman town outside of Cork. We had intended on visiting Cork on our way into Kinsale, since we had to drive through it but things didn't work out as planned.
If you plan on renting a car in Ireland, give yourself far more time to get adjusted to driving on the wrong side of the road and on the opposite side of the car. There were times I honestly thought we would wreck. Gabe's biggest fear going into this was shifting with your left hand. However, the roads are tiny (two way roads there are the size of our one way roads) and locals drive like lunatics.Trident Hotel. Our room was lovely and overlooking the harbor - except the lifts were down. What's the worst thing you can tell someone the day after running a marathon? You have to walk up 4 flights of stairs - with your luggage. I thought my legs were going to fall off.
|view from our window, pardon the glare|
Following a day in Kinsale, we headed off to Kenmare, with a stop through Killarney and the Killarney National Forrest. Stay tuned!
Below is the route we took. As I mentioned above, we had intended on a much different day 1, with stops in Waterford, Kilkenny and Cork. One thing I learned on this trip is that you cannot get everything you want in one trip. Just an excuse to go back one day!