We stayed in the Gleneagle Apartments in Killarney which was spacious and clean and a perfect base for visiting all around. Kerry always has a special place in my heart as this is where my Dad was born and we spent many summer holidays as kids in Ballyheigue. This was in the days when parental supervision was a bit of an optional extra and I've vivid memories of heading out with my brother and jumping down the steps to the beach and spending what felt like hours exploring the rock pools - something which I can never resist even to this day. Ballyheigue is also the place where my Dad's ashes are scattered. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control, I wasn't there at that scattering of the ashes and never really had a chance to mark the occasion or create a special ceremony. So for me visiting Ballyheigue felt a little bit like a pilgrimage of sorts, a chance to reconnect with a place that I shared with my Dad at one point in time. It felt strange and sad in some ways. Landscapes and places become fixed in our head when they are memories, but of course time moves on and things change and somehow that felt like a big loss too. However, one thing that never changes is the sea and it did feel special to be there. I also reconnected with my Uncle whom I hadn't seen in a very long time but that's a story for another day sometime in the future.
We went to Killarney National Park the following day and again, it's a place I remember so well from my childhood and I never fail to be blown away by the beauty of it.