Day 2: Cork, Kinsale, Killarney

The road our GPS wanted to kill us on.  All fun until there is oncoming traffic...
The road our GPS wanted to kill us on. All fun until there is oncoming traffic...

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.