School Staff and students (38 in total) along with two border terriers (Ally and Marley) travelled to Killarney to take in the beautiful scenery and walks on Saturday, 26th November.
We left the WGB at 9.30 am and collected the students from BTBU at Eden Hall, Model Farm Road, and arrived at Killarney National Park at 11am (one hour ahead of schedule!).
The social itinerary of the day included a choice of different hiking trails: 25 very enthusiastic participants took the red trail (3-4 hours) and 13 opted for the yellow trail (1.5 hours). Both groups unexpectedly met at the Garden Restaurant for coffee prior to setting off! The weather was idyllic for the occasion - a little cold but dry and sunny. The BTBU students in particular were captivated by the mountains, lakes, autumnal colours in full glow, red deers and of course the jaunting cars. Many selfies were taken at Torc Waterfall while others felt a few aches & pains climbing the Torc steps. True to form, the ones that took the longer hike were back to the coach ahead of the ones who took the shorter route (who were unsurprisingly found in the Restaurant again!).
At 3pm, all went into Killarney town for two hours of retail therapy. More photos were taken of the dazzling Christmas lights, shops and some even seeking divine inspiration at the Friary! At 5pm, then it was on to the Brehon Hotel for some very nice food and refreshments. All got safely back to Cork shortly after 8pm.
Special thanks to Janet O’Sullivan and Aodhan O'Leary for organizing the day.
A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.