We arrived at the Shannon Airport at 7 AM, had a quick cup of coffee, practiced driving on the “wrong” side of the road and were good to go. First stop – Quin Abbey
From Wikipedia – “Quin Abbey, in Quin, County Clare, Ireland, was built between 1402 and 1433 by Sioda Cam MacNamara, for Fathers Purcell and Mooney, friars of the Franciscan order. Although mostly roofless, the structure of the abbey is relatively well-preserved. There is an intact cloister, and many other surviving architectural features make the abbey of significant historical value.”
We thoroughly enjoyed Craggaunowen. It is a living history museum representing Iron Age, pre-Christian life in Ireland. Primitive breeds of animals, thatched dwellings, a castle, and a moss-covered forest.
A light mist was falling as we strolled through the mossy woods of this picturesque county Clare
We picked Reid up at the airport at 9:00 AM and headed through Adare, (Adare Castle) a quaint, busy town with a featured castle that we missed because of the crowds. We found a pub and had lunch and our first Guinness of the trip.
Our first two nights were at Fern Rock B & B outside of Killorglin in county Kerry. Irma warmly greeted us and showed us around. She recommended Quinn’s for fish and chips in town. After a nice dinner and a stroll we were more than ready for a good nights sleep.