Palm trees grow in Ireland

TRAVEL Q&A

November 05, 1995|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

Tucked away in some distant memory is a photo of an Irish coastline where palm trees grow! Does this ring a bell with you?

You'll find palms in the southwest, notably in the Ring of Kerry area, the most famous scenic drive in Ireland. The loop through wild country and charming villages encircles the Iveragh Peninsula. The drive usually starts and ends in Kenmare, south of Killarney.

The climate that allows cabbage palms to grow is produced by the Gulf Stream, which holds its warmth all the way across the Atlantic and even moderates the climate in parts of Scotland and Norway.

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