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Saturday August 20th
We move from Doolin to somewhere near Cork. We have not decided where exactly, just that we go in the vicinity of Cork and that we want to play golf at Lisselan golf club, which was recommended to us by the owner of Powerscourt. We went through Killarney national park (same as night before, but now it was visible); beautiful path through the park and past the lakes. On the way we also stopped at the lovely Bantry House and Gardens. On to Lisselan golf course, one of the most beautiful and fun golf courses imaginable; between 2nd and 3rd hole, as well as, between 4th and 5th hole you had to take a little train up the hill, and the beautiful astonishing hole 8, quote: "par five across the salmon-rich river Argideen into a ravine of wooded gardens and again across the river to a domed green sitting below the formal gardens of the chateau. To reach the green you have to haul yourself across on a raft. No words can do you justice to a place of such charm". We had to rush to get to a pub before they stopped serving food and then we still had to put up our tent in the rain in Clonakilty at one of the worst campings we have ever seen.

Sunday August 21st
The tent had to be packed wet, which is always annoying. We left for Kinsale, a small coastal village, where we walked a medieval city tour to view medieval churches and towers. After the walk we went to Charles Fort, where we had an excellent guided tour with a major explanation of both the fort and the Irish history. Then on past Cork to Cobh where we stayed in a Bed & Breakfast, because it was still bad weather. We went to a pub in the evening where we ended up in an engagement party.

Monday August 22nd
After having visited the cathedral and had a little walk around in Cobh, we went to Midleton to visit the Jameson Heritage Centre to have a whiskey tour, where we of course also bought some very good, but also very expensive whiskey. After the tour we went just outside Midleton to the Waterrock golf course to play 18 holes, a nice and forgiving course, not spectacularly beautiful, but one gets spoiled after Lisselan. We drove on to Kilkenny, where we were just in time for food after putting up the tent.

Tuesday August 23rd
We spent the whole day in Kilkenny; it is really a very nice town with a lot of things to do and see. In the morning we took a guided tour that took us past all sorts of medieval sights; churches, city hall, abbeys, prison. We picked up tickets to visit the Smithwicks brewery. After having visited more churches and the cathedral we went to the brewery. It turned out to be short film about the history of the abbey/brewery. They cannot have guided tours anymore, because of health regulations. But the good thing was that after the tour in the cellar of the abbey the bar was open till about five and the drinks were free. With a basis of beer we had to run to Kilkenny castle to be able to visit on one of the last tours. Nice tour except for the most annoying Italians, whom were constantly talking very loudly because they couldn't understand English (don't get on an English spoken guided tour then!).

Foto scannen esther.

Wednesday August 24th
We packed our stuff and left to the Wicklow Mountains, under way we stopped to visit Browne's Hill Dolmen; Europe's largest portal dolmen. Now we went to Roundwood golf club a beautiful course in the mountains. The weather was changing constantly from bloody hot to hard hitting rain. After the twelfth hole we saw so many big black clouds with no blue sky after it anymore that we decided to call it a day and we left the course to find ourselves a nice B&B in Roundwood, where we had a great dinner and talked all night with two Dubliners whom were just over for dinner.

Thursday August 25th
To Glendalough: very interesting with its lower and upper lake and the monastic settlements. The weather was constantly changing again, so we went from hot to rain and back again. Every thing was beautiful: St. Kevins Kitchen, the Round Tower, Cathedral, the waterfall at the upper lake.

Friday August 26th
Passing through beautifully heather covered mountains we drove to Dublin to a guesthouse. We walked around in Dublin and visited touristy things like Trinity College and Temple Bar, we shopped, drank and ate before we turned into bed.

Saturday August 27th
We woke early to get some breakfast and leave the guesthouse to be in the port at 8.00 hours to board the boat. After getting off the boat we drove to Hull, got on the boat there, had dinner went to bed and woke at six to have breakfast and we were back home at 9.00 Sunday morning.

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