Our last day trip was to the Dingle Peninsula. We had a choice between there or the Ring of Kerry, and M suggested this one. We rode on a minibus for the Slea Head Drive. Our driver kept us laughing, especially when he waved to a man walking down the street and announced that he knew him!
The Aran Islands were beautiful and the Dingle Peninsula was just as breathtaking. Our first stop was the beach at Inch Strand.
|This is a house that is across the road from Inch Strand|
We got back on the bus for more gorgeous countryside:
And more coastline:
Our driver told us about the Blasket Islands, which once were inhabited until young people left to go to uni and didn't return. The older inhabitants were moved off the island. Some immigrated to Massachusetts. I can't imagine how hard life was on the islands, with the cold wind blowing and having to be self-sufficient.
|You can take a ferry to the islands and spend the day there.|
At the top of Slea Head, we saw this:
Statues of Jesus and/or Mary are a common occurrence all over Ireland. The driver said that people would erect them in times of strife or extreme difficulty.
|Mustn't forget about the sheep we saw!|
|Another view with the Blasket Islands in the background|
A scene from the new Star Wars movie was filmed here. I'm not a fan, so I'm not real sure exactly where the scene was filmed, so I just took plenty of pictures!
|It was an incredibly windy day!|
Another interesting thing was saw was the beehive hut complex:
|One of M's pictures|
|This is obviously M's picture!|
|Another one of M's pictures|
We also crossed a piece of countryside where St. Brendan began his voyage to America hundreds of years before Columbus. In 1976, his voyage was reconstructed according to records. Tim Severin proved that it was possible; however, there has not been anything found that would indicate that this happened. (We were on the bus so I didn't take any pictures of this area.)
|More sheep...with a dog in the 4 wheeler doing his job.|
|This is where we had some sandwiches for lunch.|
|I'm not sure what this was about.|
|I thought this was cool & unusual|
And, look what we found up the hill!
|Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima...which is the name of the Parish I attend.|
Way before we were ready, we had to return to the bus.
|View of the harbor|
|Statue of Fungie the Dolphin. He can be seen in the harbor and he interacts with people in the water.|
We also passed a B&B that was owned by Tom Crean, an Antarctic explorer.
We also saw a rainbow:
The driver pointed out the place where the Jeanie Johnston ship would dock. This ship made 16 trips to North America with no lives lost.
This was perhaps the most entertaining day we had. There was a newlywed couple on the bus with us, and he was hysterical. They, along with the driver, definitely made the trip to Dingle more fun.
Come back on Monday for the final post on Ireland.