Saturday, July 3, 2010
Ireland - Dingle and Tralee Aquadome
With the threat of rain in the forecast for the remainder of the week, we decided to take a drive down south to Dingle. We drove via Conor Pass. According to the website "The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland, and provides the most dramatic and scenic way of entering or leaving Dingle.". I will have to take this on trust as unfortunately the mists descended while we were driving and we could barely see in front of our noses.
Dingle is the only town on the Dingle Peninsula, the northernmost of the major peninsulas in County Kerry. We spent a couple of hours pottering in the quaint shops and cafes, and finished up with a visit to the harborside aquarium, which was quite well done for such a small place. Unfortunately we did not have time to drive around the Dingle Peninsula itself as that would have added on another 2 hours of driving.
Instead we stopped off at the Aquadome in Tralee on the way back. The Aqua Dome is one of Ireland's Largest Indoor Waterworlds. It consists of a large pool which can convert into a wave pool, a lazy river, hot tubs, steam rooms, and waterslides. The kids enjoyed timing themselves on the Flume waterslide - At the bottom it gave a readout of the time you took to descend plus your speed. Tony lazed in the lazy river and steam room while I sipped on a cuppa tea in the viewing gallery. Very relaxing.