25th Feb - 18th March 2004

For place names where I've stopped on route and a brief description, move your mouse over the red markers.

I arrived in Dublin and stayed here for a few days, before heading South. I later returned to celebrate St Patricks day, an experience that should be on everybodies 'Must Do' list. Departed for France I got a lift to cork with Debbie and Tony from Sydney and stayed in Cork for about 3 days. Kinsale by bus from Dublin. I stayed at a youth hostel for 3 days. I came here as a friend had told me that it was a lovely little town and that the fort was well worth a visit, which it was.  After stopping at Sneem in the afternoon to watch the Celtic Vs Rangers game (Not just your average game of football over here) I continued to Waterville where I arrived just in time to catch the sun setting  accross the Bay. This leg was mountainous with frequent cliff side paths but fantastic landscapes. The first night of my cycle around the Ring of Kerry I stayed at a Youth Hostel in Kenmare. It was the hardest day of the route as it took me through many mountain passes, but the scenery was spectacular. I got the bus from Cork to Kinsale and stayed at a Youth Hostel for about 4 days before hiring a bike and cycling the Ring of Kerry. Afterwards I stayed on here for a few more days. I headed to Doolin as I had heard that it was renowned for its music and the eclectic mix of people not to mention the Cliffs of Moher. I wasn't dissapointed. It was the type of village I had wanted to find so I stayed longer and celebrated my 40th birthday here. I travelled to Galway to meet Carmel whom I had met whilst on retreat at Gaia House.