Ballycarberry Castle Ruins, Co. Kerry

Ballycarberry Castle is about 3k from Cahersiveen. 

The castle stands in ruins and is being taken over by vines.

It was a beautiful and mostly sunny day when we decided to visit.

I would love to visit again to take more pictures when the tide is in.

Exploring old castle ruins is one of the things I really enjoy doing.

 It's a lovely place to visit the roads getting here are really narrow. The ruins are probably not safe for lots of climbing, even though we saw lots of people doing it. Otherwise I highly recommend Ballycarrbery Castle.

by Kewl Black Kat 

Gluten Free At Robertino's Italian Restaurant

Robertino's does indeed provide an authentic Italian experience of good food, wine and atmosphere.

I was delighted to be served gluten free bread while I waited for my secondi piatti, main course. It's one of those things that others take for granted but I have missed so much since having to give up gluten. I had the most wonderful gluten free pasta with sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil and a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese and black pepper. I had a gluten free panna cotta for dessert, which I have not had since I left Italy. I must say the absolute be part of the meal was the 2004 Barolo wine, which is by far the best bottle of wine I have enjoyed since being here in Ireland and also the most expensive!

Robertino's Italian Restaurant
9 High Street
Killarney, Co. Kerry
+353 (0)64 34966
Open: 7 Days: 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm

4 Paws Up! Highly Recommended

by Kewl Black Kat

River Laune, Killorglin, Ring of Kerry

It's true, we get a lot of rain here in Ireland, it is The Emerald Isle after all. But it's really rare to have a beautiful sunny day with no wind. Somehow the wind and rain seem to go together.

Killorglin is on a hill to the south of Castlemaine Harbor and so very close to the Atlantic ocean which brings ocean breezes.

This is the first time I have seen the water in the River Laune so still with such beautiful reflections. The River Laune is famous for it's salmon fishing.

It was such a lovely and enjoyable day in beautiful Killorglin, County Kerry Ireland, home of the Puck Fair, August 10, 11 & 12. Here is a picture of Killorglin's King Puck. According to local folk lore, a stampeding herd of mountain goats alerted the towns people of the impending invasion by the Cromwellian army.

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The Manor Inn in Killorglin, Co. Kerry

The Manor Inn is literally right next door to our house, and sets right behind our back fence. I love the way the vines look in the fall when they turn such a brilliant red, they are just beautiful. On Sunday the Manor Inn has the most wonderfully delicious carvery for lunch. The first time we ate there the baked salmon was gone, so the next time we got there just as they were opening and yes, the salmon was divine!

Every time we go there they treat us so nice, going above and beyond to  make sure everything is gluten free for me. Their customer service is excellent as is the food! It has got to be the best place to eat in Killorglin and certainly the best prices!

Manor Inn and Bill's Bar and Bistro
Glenbeigh Road
Killorglin, Co. Kerry
+353 (0)66 976 1317

Highly Recommended!
4 paws up!
by Kewl Black Kat
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John Benny's Pub in Dingle

We decided to drive to the Dingle Peninsula Food & Wine Festival today. By the time we found a place to park it was raining, so we sat in the car waiting for it to stop. Then the first thing I did was step in a puddle. The wind from the ocean was blowing and my wet feet seemed to make it feel that much colder. We saw a sign in a window for tickets to the festival so we went in and guess what, all the tickets were gone. Now how is that possible when it's only the second day? Not a good sign....

So what's the best thing to do when you are wet and cold and hungry? I know let's eat! We chose John Benny's Pub. And yes we made a good choice! Not only did they have Murphy's on tap the food was delicious and gluten free! John Benny's Pub saved the day!

John Benny's Pub
Strand Street
Dingle, Co. Kerry
+353 (0)66 9151215

4 paws up

by Kewl Black Kat

Ballyseedy in Tralee

If you are out shopping in Tralee and you realize you are starving where can you get something to eat quickly that is gluten free and healthy? I know lets go to the Ballyseedy Home & Outdoor Living store in Tralee.

The Jam Cafe has gluten free foods so for the starving and hurried shopper a quick delicious meal is available. I had a delightful and very filling carrot soup, that was of course gluten free. Gluten free pastries and other sweet treats are also available.

Seancara, a Health Food store, and The Edinburgh Woollen Mill are also located inside the Ballyseedy store. It's an interesting place to shop with lots of things to see and do. Interesting growing sculptures can be found outside like the golfer below.

by Kewl Black Kat