A View From The Ring of Kerry – Looking out the Window

by Dr. Jessie Voigts /
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Sep 03, 2011 / 0 comments

If you’ve not driven the Ring of Kerry, in County Kerry, Ireland, yet, you’ve got a treat in store. It's one of the top ten scenic drives in the world - full of green galore, mountains, the sea, and winding roads that promise another great view, just around the corner.


There are the ubiquitous tour buses, forcing you to hug the stone wall (and bust your hubcaps). There are the incredible views – gorgeous scenery abounds on the Ring of Kerry – even the tiniest curves afford the most spectacular views. There are the road signs, in English and Gaelic. There are bikers and hikers, taking advantage of the lulls in the rain to get ahead faster.


And, there are the ever-present sheep. Often marked with bright colors (to show which farm they belong), the sheep forage on rocky hillsides, or slight fields of grasses, flowers, and ferns. It seems that they know where to find the best grazing, forging paths through brush and over rocks to get the tastiest morsels. One evening, while meandering home from a visit to Kenmare, the sheep overflowed onto the road, and we had to make our way through them Very Carefully. Once on the other side of the flock, we looked back to see them make their way slowly up the hillside again.


A visit from the sheep is a good reminder to slow down, take your time, and look out the window – you never know what you’ll see.


Sheep, Ring of Kerry