We drove across the south-west end of Ireland and unlike the west coast we did not have any particular expectations. Our first stop was Muckross House, on the edge of Killarney National Park. We decided against visiting the house for a tour. Instead we walked down towards the lake and then on to Torc Waterfall.
Muckross House in a beautiful garden setting.
Looking out over the lake.
After leaving Muckross House we drove through the National Park. The road was quite windy and narrow until we reached the top of the range and we were surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery at every turn. Here are a couple of views.
The latter part of the drive included some sections where the road was immediately adjacent to the water. This is the village of Courtmacsherry viewed from the other side of the inlet.
The view was enhanced by the fact that the overcast morning had cleared to the brightest day we had seen yet.
But the best was yet to come. When I saw the Old Head of Kinsale in brilliant sunshine I felt as though I was at a beach in Queensland rather than on the south coast of Ireland.
It was 22 degrees and yes, there were people swimming. We did not come here with a great deal of optimism regarding the weather but it was absolutely delightful to see the coast bathed in sunshine.