Friday, August 9, 2019

Ireland Day 5 The Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head Drive

The Dingle Peninsula
We rented a Budget car in Killarney.
Mix driving on the left side of the road, add gearshift on the left, combine it with narrow roads then add some cliffs, then cyclists here and there and now drive on a couple of the more stressful routes your first time out - the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry and what do you have... a teensy bit of stress!!!!

Me - Dan, you are a little close to the bushes on the left (passenger side)

Dan - would you rather hit a truck or kiss some marigolds?

Me - I will kiss the marigolds

Dan is really good in these driving situations so I am really not worried especially because the Budget guy gave him this handy-dandy bracelet.

He also gave me advice on the best porridge to have here in Ireland - Flahaven-  and in fact he advised me to buy a few bags to take home with me. I saw the alarm in Dan’s eyes.
Off we go to Dingle!
This is scenery that is absolutely stunning. Wild flowers blanket the sides of the road, the mountains frame the sea and sheep and cows dot the pastures.  We watched waves crashing into the craggy rocks and we breathed in the salty air.  This is what travelling is about.

We stopped at inch beach where hurling was being played and there was a class taking surf lessons. Inch beach is a 5km long sand spit jutting into the sea between the outer Dingle Bay and inner Castlemaine Harbour overlooking magnificent Iveragh and Dingle Peninsulas. Inch has a huge beach and this area is great for all types of water sports including Surfing, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Kite Surfing, Hangliding and Fishing. There is also Sammy’s restaurant with a great view and we heard the food was good too but we didn't eat there.
Along the roads, Hydrangeas were fighting for more space. I work so hard to nurture my hydrangeas back home and here they were in copious amounts just filling the gardens to the brims. 


Slea Head Drive, one of Ireland’s most scenic routes, takes you on a journey through historic sites, small villages, famous Hollywood film locations with close up views of the world renowned Blasket Islands and distant views of the Skellig Islands  (Where Star Wars was filmed) on the south western horizon.
Thought I would do some knitting with fresh wool!

The Slea Head Drive (Slí Cheann Sléibhe) is a circular route, forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way, beginning and ending in Dingle. The route is clearly labelled by road signs throughout its length. The Slea Head Route is most enjoyable when done slowly over a number of hours allowing time for the many interesting stops and detours along the way. 

Ancient dwellings
A very hard working sheep herding dog
We spent about 8 hours from the time we left Killarney to returning back and travelled in a clockwise direction to avoid meeting the large tour buses that frequent the route during the summer. Part of the Slea Head cliff road is very narrow and single lane only so can be a little hairy at times especially when there are cyclists and walkers.
In Dingle

 What an an incredible day...

Tomorrow The Ring of Kerry

Penny and Dan

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