I would say the single best piece of advice we got before leaving for Ireland was to rent the smallest car possible.  To say the roads in Ireland are narrow is an understatement and that’s just the beginning.  No guard rails, no signs warning of hair pin turns, roads that look like someone’s driveway but have an 80 kilometer per hour speed limit (50mph), add to that driving on the left side of the road and the right side of the car, oh and don’t forget to shift with your left hand.  This may sound like a nightmare to some but to us was half the fun of our trip.  The first day was a little nerve-wracking but it didn’t take us long to realize that the Irish are way better drivers than Americans.  They don’t text and drive, they actually pay attention and there is no fear of a Hummer coming at you and rolling your ass over.  So, we got used to flying down a road about as wide as a McDonald’s drive through at 50mph and when you see oncoming traffic you come to a halt (easy to do in a go-kart size car), each of you pull as far over into the bushes as possible, squeeze past each other with approx. an inch between your mirrors, then hit the gas and go about your merry way.  On day one I would have easily bet a few thousand dollars that we’d be returning our car with at least one major dent if not several.  On day eight we pulled into the Avis lot with nothing but a flat tire in the trunk.  Amazing.

Killarney National Park was beautiful.  While Mark found the patience and nerve to balance his camera on a rock for 8 seconds at a time to get cool waterfall shots, I took pictures of him taking cool waterfall shots.

Cool waterfall shot : )

After exploring all day by car, we walked the streets of Kenmare our 2nd night.  A dreamy  but sleepy little town.

Our B&B for night two.  The Shelburne Lodge.

I thought this was a common occurrence in Ireland but only saw this once.  Had I known I would have taken a better photo.  Hilarious nonetheless.

Look very closely towards the bottom of this image and you’ll see a long line of sheep trekking along the mountainside.

This is the Beara Way, the highway that circles the Beara Peninsula.  Apparently this road is packed full of tour buses in the summer.  One of the many reasons we like to travel during the off season.

More sheep scaling the mountain side.

Yes, that is a two way road.

Again, a two way road and a main road that is used often.

Just oncoming traffic.  No biggie.

Stay tuned, there’s more!