Photo Essay - Ireland

We began our Comfortable Hiking Holidays Irish trip with a pleasant walk from our hotel into Killarney National Park to visit a fifteenth century castle that had been somewhat battered by Oliver Cromwell’s artillery.  We then took a trip in an open boat across a stormy lake to a seventh century monastery.  It was reassuring to hear from our witty Irish boatman that they had not had a drowning for at least two weeks.  This was followed by a visit to a country home that had been specially renovated for a visit from Queen Victoria.  On our trip to the Kerry Peninsular we began to appreciate the changeable Irish weather on a tough hike with spectacular views.  The unexpected often turned out to be memorable - our visit to the cathedral in Killarney coincided with a wedding and our walking tour of old Dublin was led by a witty retired postal worker with a degree in Medieval History.  A pint of Murphy’s was a grand way to relax and chat after a gruelling hike in the Wicklow Mountains.  Mike Hick.