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Ireland: Dingle Peninsula - Journey to the Westernmost Part of Europe I

Published: 23.6.2014
In March 2013, I decided to visit my friend in Ireland. After one night spent at a place of one amazing couchsurfer (free accommodation) I hopped on a train to Tralee. It is sort of an entrance gate to Kerry shire. There my friend Katarina lives.

The weather was much more pleasant than in the Czech Republic. The sun shined all day. The day before, however, there was a dense snow storm in Dublin and I was worried that I might end up somewhere inside for a whole day

Dingle 

Kata was bit late. I had a chance to take a walk in a small town. Only a line of soldiers blocking one of the streets came to me as an unexpected surprise. The did not like seeing me with my large camera. I rather walked away. I did not understand what they were doing there. Nothing seemed to happen.

Dingle

A way to Dingle runs along one of the highest Irish mountains, covered with snow. Below, there was no snow. Due to the Gulf stream it is one of the warmest places in Ireland. North of Dingle there is the second highest Irish mountain, Brandon Mountain. With its 951 meters it looks majestic, especially when you realize it looms just above the sea.

Dingle

Dingle is a place where the main road ends. We had walked along a narrow local road to Ballyferriter, where Kata has a beautiful small house. On one hand, it is a truly beautiful place to live. On the other hand, it is very remote. However, I can imagine it as some sort of summer residence.

Dingle

The Dingle peninsula is part of Kerry and people usually speak there in traditional Irish, a Celtic language called Gaelic, that is very similar to the language spoken in Wales, Scotland and in Bretagne. Fortunately, it is easy to talk in English everywhere. Well, sometimes it gets quite difficult when people in these remote areas talk in their strong accent. I had a problem to understand them yet I had talked to the Scottish with no problems. And Englishmen like to make fun of Scottish English.

To be continued...

Text/photo: Matouš Vinš



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