After we passed Caherdaniel on the Ring of Kerry, we spotted the signs for Staigue Fort so we made a detour and drove along the rather narrow road to get to the fort. We were there along with a handful of other people, at the entrance there is a gate and a box to put in the entrance fee, apparently a trespass fee for the private land you must cross to get there. Wonder how much they actually collect?
The signs near the fort say it was probably built in the early centuries AD before Christianity came to Ireland, thought to be the home of a very wealthy landowner or chieftain who needed a high level of security. The fort was built in a circular shape around 75 feet in diameter, the walls are thick, around 13 feet thick at the base, and tall at about 20 feet. It's extremely well preserved and you can, at your own peril, walk along the top of the fort walls. While no structures exist inside the fort today, it is believed that it was full of houses and tents for the chieftain's family, guards and servants.
Located about 7km east of Caherdaniel, watch for the signs along N70
Killarney NP 1
When I was in Killarney I stayed in a hostel very close to the national park. It was quite an old building with the most cosy common room - they even had a log fire and a
Obviously I had to go and have a look in the national park
The core of Killarney National...
The core of Killarney National Park is the Muckross House and Gardens. A 19th century manor house with original furnishings and exhibits, it is the crown jewel of the park (or at least, the man-made crown - I believe the heart of the park is the natural beauty of the lakes and forest!)
Travel from Ayrshire, Scotland to Killarney, Co Ke
"Irvine, Ayrshire to Stranraer Ferry Terminal"
My wife and I travelled on the ScotRail train service from Irvine to Ayr, app 20 minutes, and then connected with the Stranraer Harbour train at Ayr.
The journey was pleasant and uneventful, and scenically very beautiful.
On arrival at Stranraer Hbr statiion, we crossed to the very large ferry and made ourselves comfortable on board. The crossing to Belfast was smooth and quite enjoyable.
"Belfast Ferry Terminal to Belfast Central station"
Upon leaving the ferry, we boarded a local bus which took us to the bus station at Great Victoria St, at a fare of £3 each. We then caught a local train from Gt Victoria St to Belfast Central train station. Total time approximately half an hour.
However, on the return journey, we caught a taxi at Belfast Central station (cost £8), and did the journey in a little over 15 minutes, and avoided the crowded bus.
"Belfast Central to Dublin Connelly and on to Killa"
Normally the journey from Belfast to Dublin would be by rail throughout but because of a bridge collapse at Malahide, just north of Dublin, there is a temporary bus substitution from Drogheda to Dublin. Neverthe less, it was a pleasant journey with no real problems.
On arrival at Dublin Connelly, we left the station and boarded a tram at the entrance which took us to Dublin Heuston station, about 20 minutes away, at a cost of Euro1.50 each, obtaining tickets from a machine on the platform.
We boarded a train at Dublin Heuston statiion and finally reached Killarney station, where a taxi took us to the Riverside Hotel.
The journey had commenced at 7.35 a.m. and we reached Killarney at 20.56