Sorry for the hiatus!
It has been a crazy couple of weeks for the both of us – trying to balance life and work. And special events – like my childhood friend’s wedding, which is in less than a week’s time!!! So there have been dress fittings, a bridal shower and lots of cookies being trialed, tossed, baked and iced! And I’ve started moonlighting at a second job, although some might call it my third job… Plus, there’s a ballet performance coming up – so there have been and will be many more ballet classes and rehearsals before this week is done! I feel like I’ve been running around like crazy these past 2 weeks!
We are leaving on a jet plane in less than a week’s time – headed for Dublin and then onwards to beautiful Italy! We’ve barely had any time to plan this trip! So we gotta get on that pronto… Starting next Wednesday, check us out on Instagram for more of our Italian adventures.
But enough of that! Let’s take you back to the beautiful Emerald Isle!
After a spot of lunch, a visit with Fungie and a wander around Dingle, we piled back onto our bus and embarked on our next adventure exploring the Dingle Peninsula on the world famous Slea Head Drive.
The circular Slea Head Drive, starts and ends at the town of Dingle. Heading out of Dingle, I stared out of the bus window and tried to memorize the amazing scenery passing by… beaches, cliffs, ocean and waves – each more beautiful than the last.
And then came the hairpin turns… We were told that tour buses do the drive clockwise. I don’t imagine it would be much fun to have two tour buses facing each other and trying to edge past one another on these tight narrow roads – much less if they were on one of those hairpin turns! So it makes sense to have a set direction. However, this presents a conundrum for other drivers… Do you go clockwise and follow behind these tour buses? Or do you go counterclockwise and end up facing these tour buses head on – and possibly need to navigate your vehicle backwards on these narrow roads? Which adventure would you choose?!
Besides the sharp turns and the cliffs, you’ll also want to watch out for… SHEEP! Or as they are called: Suicidal Sheep! Gillian, our tour guide, warned us about them. Look at how nonchalant they are – just perched there and munching on grass, without a care in the world. Don’t they know that one wrong step could send them tumbling off into the water?!
We also spotted some beehive huts on our drive. A beehive hut is also known as clochán. What a remarkable structure to be able to withstand the rain, wind and storms off the Atlantic.
We also drove by some ruins – perhaps from the Great Famine, we were told.
We got a chance to step off the bus for some fresh air and to admire the gorgeous view.
Once we were back on the Slea Head Drive, we spotted the Sleeping Giant!
The Sleeping Giant or the Dead Man (An Fear Marbh) is actually the island of Inishtooskert or Inis Tuaisceart. Inis Tuaisceart means “northern island” in Irish Gaelic.
This island forms part of the Blasket Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Since 1953, the Blasket Islands no longer had any human inhabitants, as it was deemed unsafe to live there. The Blasket Islands are home to lots of wildlife however, including seabirds, whales and dolphins. Even though no one lives on the Blasket Islands anymore, you can take a boat tour and spend a day visiting the Great Blasket Island. We think it would be a grand adventure!
Inis Tuaisceart really does look like a Sleeping Giant, doesn’t it?
Then Dunmore Head came into view. Some people would argue that this is the westernmost point of Ireland and mainland Europe. What a breathtaking vista! As you may already have noted from our previous posts on Inis Mór, I have a thing for cliffs, the ocean, crashing waves and gorgeous scenery! So I was happy just admiring the scenery, committing it all to memory and snapping away on my camera.
We made a stop at Coumeenoole Beach. Just one look at it gave me goosebumps – with its green jagged cliffs, the smooth sand and the crashing waves coming in from the Atlantic Ocean.
This next photograph is one of my favourites from Day 6 of our All Ireland Rocker tour. It is rugged beauty at its finest.
The mesmerizing waves rolling in from the wild Atlantic Ocean – seemingly calm in the distance but gathering speed and force as they crash onto the rocks and onto the beach.
Look at this gorgeous stretch of beach! Who would have thought Ireland would have beaches like this – certainly not me! (Same goes for Scotland!)
Legend has it that if you dip your toes into this part of the Atlantic Ocean, the ocean claims a piece of your soul. You have 20 years to return and claim that part of your soul again. We don’t know whether we actually lost our souls here, but we know a piece of our hearts was left behind in this beautiful and wild part of the Emerald Isle.
Leaving our souls and footprints on Coumeenoole Beach. This is another one of my favourite photographs from today!
I was so glad we had plenty of time here – exploring the rocks, reflecting and staring out at the ocean and admiring the power of the waves! (See – it’s my fascination with waves and ocean and water showing through again!)
I would never leave such a gorgeous place without a ballet photograph!
The lighting at this time made for some dramatic photographs and we just couldn’t help taking a bunch of fun photographs!
I think it would be amazing to make the Slea Head Drive early in the morning and catch the sunrise right here – at Coumeenoole Beach. What an experience that would be! It’s on the list for our future road trip through Ireland! But for now, there was more exploring in store for us!
Stay tuned for the next part of the Slea Head Drive!
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