Plan: To spend the morning exploring the site rich area of Loch Gur. To get to Limerick mid-day and do a ride through the town to see it. Stop in Bunratty where we would be able to see the castle and 'folk village' the next morning.
We began our day riding back the way we came the day before so we could round the lake towards the Lough Gur Heritage Center. On the way we passed and saw several sites; a stone church ruin, an ancient burial tomb/wedge, and a castle among others. The area was very rich in history as the land and location were ideal; the area was highly settled over the centuries. At the heritage center, there was a multitude of paths and green space which we enjoyed for the entirety of the morning.
After a quick lunch we hit the road to Limerick. The ride was a blast; we had a tail wind and did very little elevation gain on the rolling hills down into Limerick. Mom was the most thrilled for the fun, fast ride. In Limerick we stopped for a quick pint and then road the Shannon river to see some of the town. The river walkways and bike paths were well done.
To Bunratty we went with a B&B reserved. The ride was a little more uphill then earlier in the day, but way less then what we had become accustom to. Soon we were settled in ready to enjoy a sunny afternoon. We went down to the town to scout out the castle for the next morning as well as get a bite to eat. We ate at the Creamery which had a great atmosphere in an old stone creamery full of old thing-a-ma-doo-hikies including an old boiler that they had built the bar around. Full bellies and a short ride home we were ready for some R&R.