Day 2: Cork, Kinsale, Killarney

Day 2: 120km
Day 2: 120km
Butter Museum!
Butter Museum!
This is relevant to our interests.
This is relevant to our interests.
Old Butter Exchange building, now a dance studio
Old Butter Exchange building, now a dance studio
Cork: a view along the River Lee
Cork: a view along the River Lee
Cork: along the River Lee
Cork: along the River Lee
Butter Museum: They even have a song!
Butter Museum: They even have a song!
Charles Fort: North Entry Gate
Charles Fort: North Entry Gate
Charles Fort: Museum Building
Charles Fort: Museum Building
Charles Fort: Never trust the Dutch
Charles Fort: Never trust the Dutch
Charles Fort
Charles Fort
Charles Fort: artillary
Charles Fort: artillary
Man your posts!
Man your posts!
Charles Fort
Charles Fort
The ruins just keep going
The ruins just keep going
Charles Fort
Charles Fort
Old Barracks
Old Barracks
A lovely day for a walk in the fort
A lovely day for a walk in the fort
Old Governors house in the Fort
Old Governors house in the Fort
Charles Fort Ruins
Charles Fort Ruins
Charles Fort
Charles Fort
More Barracks
More Barracks
Mosaic of the Fort Layout
Mosaic of the Fort Layout
Happy tourists
Happy tourists
Happy Jen
Happy Jen
Barracks
Barracks
The 98 Pub: Live Music
The 98 Pub: Live Music
Pints in Killaney
Pints in Killaney
Deb & Bryan at Murphay's Pub for dinner
Deb & Bryan at Murphay's Pub for dinner
The lovely town of Killarney
The lovely town of Killarney

Day 2 started which a good nights sleep, which was much needed. The group was in much better spirits and after filling up on a grand buffet breakfast at the Jurys Inn, we planned out our day. Not being entirely sure of the weather, I had a few options for Cork city, one of which seemed to intrigue everyone: The Butter Museum. I mean, who doesn't like butter? It was actually quite informative, although would have been better with butter samples...just saying. After wandering about the museum, we loaded up the car and headed southwest to Kinsale and Charles Fort. With history dating back to the 1600's, the fort saw about 250 years of service. It is a massive site at over 12 acres of ruins to wander around, including a nice museum and multiple exhibits. The weather really cooperated during our tour of the fort, with only a small spell of rain while we were inside the museum. We had lunch at the Bulman Pub, just down the road, before heading towards Killarney. I had initially planned on taking the N71 around the coast and up to Killarney, but time got away from us, so we took the N21 instead. I did not want to try driving the N71 between Kenmare and Killarney at night. We arrived in Killarney around 6:00pm and made our way to the Killarney Royal Hotel for the next two nights. The hotel is very posh, and nicely located within walking distance of many of the shops and pubs in Killarney. The staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms spacious and comfortable. We decided to walk down High Street for a while until we came across a pub (The 98 I believe was the name) playing live music, and a pint or two sounded like a good idea. While not traditional Irish music, the musicians were very entertaining and played a mix of popular and folk music. The pints and shots of whiskey flowed, much laughter was had, and you'll have to ask the girls about dancing with strange little inebriated Irishmen in pubs. Around 8:30pm we realized we should probably have dinner, so on our way back to hotel we stopped at Murphay's on College St. for an excellent late evening dinner.