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Ross Castle Canal Boats

Ross Castle sits majestically on the edge of Killarney's lower lake in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland.

These colorful canal boats that take tourists on short jaunts along the shallows of Lough Leane caught my eye as we crossed the bridge to the castle.

I was in Ireland as part of a family adventure in 2004, when I shot this photo. That trip was a wonderful getaway that took us all the way around the island.

The western end of the island is every bit as beautiful as they say, and it lured us back in 2011. This time, however, we steered clear of the tourist bus-choked Killarney and opted for a quieter, somewhat slower-paced sojourn daytripping from a Bed & Breakfast on the Ring of Beara. It was the way to go.

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