Eric reminded me last night that I never created a page for our Ireland trip last November. This is partially because I spent December traveling back and forth to Florida and time just got away from me.
The page is now up for those interested in seeing all our Ireland posts in one place.
I also never posted about the two bed & breakfasts we stayed in during our long weekend. We liked both for different reasons, so I’ll start with the Windway House B&B in Killarney.
(That’s our little gray rental car on the left!)
The best feature about this place was the mere 5 minute walk to the center of Killarney. The rooms were comfortable and plenty big enough, the breakfast was hearty and you were allowed to choose from one of five main entrees. We were able to park off the street, so that made finding parking a non-issue. Frank was a fantastic host; he gave us printed directions and suggested mutiple activities when asked, including providing us with a detailed map of downtown marked up with good restaurants and pubs. Wireless was also available, but for those without laptops, there was a computer for guests to use in the hallway. The only minor hassle for us was having to pay in cash as he didn’t accept credit cards, but I would still highly recommend this place for anyone spending the night in Killarney.
Our other B&B, the Avalon House, was perfectly located for our flight out of Shannon airport the following morning. The house was a bit hard to find in the dark (even with our GPS) but Mary was a lovely host and gave a us a few suggestions on where to grab a quick local dinner after the stressful drive from Killarney (i.e. in the dark, while it’s raining, on the opposite side of the road).
Her breakfast the next morning was supurb, I had the eggs and smoked salmon (the fresh pink kind, yum) and Eric had the full Irish Breakfast. The coffee was tasty and we nearly missed our flight because we spent the whole morning talking with her and a local lighthouse photographer, John Eagle. My only complaint was that our room was in need of some repair. On the surface everything looked very nice but during our stay the door handle to the bathroom came off (I was briefly trapped), the shade wouldn’t open and there was mold growing behind the toliet. Still, for one night it was more than adequate.
Feel free to send me an email or just ask if you want to know more about our trip. :)