Ireland had been on my travel bucket list for ages. A few weeks ago, we finally made it over there for a wedding in Kenmare. I was told that Ireland looks like a mini New Zealand in terms of nature and stunning scenery – and yup, that seems about right! At least for the area around Kenmare I can say that it is extremely beautiful :)
We flew in to Cork where we picked up the rental car to drive up to Kenmare. This was the first time I drove on the left lane – ever! The way from Cork to Kenmare was super straightforward indeed with mostly highways for miles. The ‘fun’ started the next day when we decided to drive along the Ring of Berra with its super narrow, tiny little, non-paved roads around the mountains (more on that later).
We took an early morning flight from London and arrived in our lovely bed & breakfast cottage around noon and then had a couple of hours to relax before heading to the wedding. The landlady of the cottage was so sweet, she even drove us to the wedding venue herself. In fact every single Irish person we met was super friendly. And I don’t mean fake-friendly. They seemed genuinely extremely lovely and welcoming :)
The view from our cottage was amazing (photo above) and everything looks just so idyllic. Love it!
The wedding was lots of fun! The first day was a rather traditional Irish wedding and the second day was Indian themed (Irish & Indian wedding). The official photos are not out yet so here a little preview of my Saree :)
The Indian themed wedding celebration started in the evening on the second day so we had around 5 hours of sightseeing before the party. While the other guests were still sleeping off their hangover we were already on the road, more specifically on the tiny little narrow roads which are just so lovely for someone who is NOT used to drive on the left lane!
But the trip was definitely worth it. Unbelievable how the landscape kept on changing during our little round trip along the Ring of Beara. We started in Kenmare and then went past Tuosist, Lauragh, Eyeries, Castletown-Bearhaven and then back again to Kenmare to get ready for wedding day number 2.
If I remember correctly, the round trip took us around 4 hours. We were not the slowest drivers (I grew up in Germany after all…) and only had little breaks here and there for taking photos and having coffee.
There are lots more things to do along the Ring of Beara and I think it would also be lovely to stay somewhere in a Bed & Breakfast along the way. So if you are planning to do the Ring the Beara, also consider these stops that we didn’t get the chance to explore: Allihies & Dursey Island, Adrigole & Glengarriff, The Sheen Valley. Check out this Ring of Beara website to plan your trip and read this fun post from Shannon who did the trip a while back.
Last but not least, do bring clothes for rainy weather and also bring a jacket. It may look super lovely, warm and sunny in the morning and bang, rain and chilly in the afternoon. Always be prepared :)