» Ireland: Dingle and the Journey to the Westernmost Part in Europe III
Ireland: Dingle and the Journey to the Westernmost Part in Europe III
On my third and last day on the peninsula, Katya had to go take care of something in Tralee. She promised me he'd take me to the Conor Pass - the highest mountain range in Ireland. On the way out of the station this way because it was hard to pass because the road was covered in snow. So we had to go another route through Annascaul. The town of Dingle, the path begins to rise sharply in the mountains and the landscape is changing rapidly.
Instead covered fenced pastures along the road stretches a desolate rocky plateau, where due to the constant strong there is not too much grass grow. But there were absolutely breathtaking views. We stopped at a small landing under one of the local glacial lakes, and while I stared in disbelief at what lay hundreds of feet below us. Typical glacial valley with dozens of small lakes and several large, surrounded by steep rocky slopes - the only thing that undermine the impression of absolute savagery was the lone house. You wont see something similar in the Czech Republic.
A way across Conor Pass certainly it was not one of the safest, larger cars and trucks for the ride or not. In addition, some parts built only the width of one car, but some locals are afraid to drive dangerously fast. I am afraid, however, total, especially on when in one turn against us one of them unexpectedly rushed. Fortunately, it turned out well. I recommend you to check out Conor Pass in Google Street View – "live" experience is far more better, though. However, Google Street View will give you at least a basic picture.
I have spend the afternoon in Acummeen, Carun and Slat about half-way between Dingle and Tralee. Oddly enough, there were some trees. But the entire landscape was just sunburnt and looked so in conjunction with wet weather slightly apocalyptic. I can not imagine how beautifully green it is in the summer. Piece from coast to rise further high mountains with rocky peaks and I must admit that the way to one of her was for me a total death. It does not seem it, but one cant get over 800 meters in the slippery terrain without roads and a heavy bag with camera. Certainly, one needs a very decent workout. Reaching the summit so for me it was a nice catharsis and breathtaking views I enjoyed twice. Directly below me lay one of the lakes and he would have took one wrong step, after which I flew a few hundred meters down into the icy water. In truth, it certainly was a lot easier than a slow sliding on the wet slope, in which I get from burnt heather blackened all things.
Ireland is a place that I recommend very much to everyone. Especially Kerry offers an incredible amount of options. From pleasant short walks and exploring historical sites through cycling to challenging treks. Flights to Dublin you can get for a very decent price. Then you should go southwest and reach it both by train and bus. Neither the accommodation there is not staggering, probably the best option is B & B (bed and breakfast) for 30 € / night. As far as the weather, as well as all the islands it is true that we can not predict it very well. Weather is rapidly changing. The highest probability of sunny days but expect between April and first half of June.
Text/photo: Matouš Vinš
The Ireland is to be said that it would be rough country, becoming fine by means of its type of whiskey. And such fact is double so valid at west coast. Although this area is whipped by winds and rains, it conceals some from most beautiful countrysides of Europe. So, Galway Bay, including the town of Galway, situated in its north - east point, belongs to such jewels, of course.
The second largest and one of the oldest Irish cities - Cork. It spreads on the both banks of the Lee River. It is in the south of the country. It is easy reachable when going from downtown Dublin by bus or by airplane. We decided to spend there two nights and make use of one day to walk in Kinsale - a small colorful town, a popular tourist destination.
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 west coast of Ireland is well known for its rough beauty. The area facing the severity of the Atlantic Ocean, shaped by waves and winds, used to be regarded as the end of the Christendom and the whole world as well. The Cape Slea Head on the Dingle peninsula is actually the westernmost part of Europe.
When more a year ago I bought tickets to Ireland, I did not realize that I would be there during the craziest event in this small island country. At first it was just strange that the tickets for three days are more expensive than for other days.
One famous public slogan says that the Ireland is rough country offering fine whiskey. Anyway, you can say it in another way. Ireland is realy rough country but with fine heart. And this fact could convince you at the coasts, when the ocean waves knock against rocks,break and create thousands of tears. The Irish Gods heal their frowns and wrongs, which the nation was forced to overcome.
Connemara National Park is situated in Galway county in western Ireland. It is one of the most poular places thanks to its lakes, little islands, marshes, mountains, or planes. Even though the park is very well known to tourists today, it was opened only in 1980. People who love historic sights are also going to enjoy it. For instance, there is beautiful Kylemore abbey, or Ross Errilly Friary, a medieval cloister. Movie fans can visit Cong village where the famous The Quiet Man movie was shot starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hare.
The Cliffs of Moher are among the main tourist places, a must for almost anybody who visits Ireland. The cliffs are situated in the western part of the country. Buses can get you there quick and easy from almost any place in Ireland.
On the following day we got back to Dingle. Kata had to get done some of her things and I set off for a walk. In this season you hardly see a tourist. So I enjoyed the atmosphere of this fishing center. Small houses have beautiful colorful facades, especially a view of them from the harbor is spectacular.
After almost three weeks in Ireland we were about to spend couple of days in Dublin, where our journey begun. As we had seen all major sights, and had had a great tour in Guinness brewery, we thought through what more we could see in Dublin and around.
All clever persons say that the city where a river is missing is similar like a Beauty-Queen without a crown. So, the river always plays very important role for whichever town. Moreover, the river gives the seat a beauty shade of colour, myth or romantic.
It could seem to be rather ridiculous to say a person, not being informed about a situation, that you wish to visit mountains in the Ireland. Anyway, your general idea aboud emerald island could fuse with neat plain, coloured into thousands of green islands. Nevertheless,
the contrary is right: the Ireland has its mountains, not one mountain range only. And all are wonderful.
Each city has some characteristic sign. So, Paris can be proud on its Eiffel Tower, Prague on Hradčany Castle, London on Big Ben, etc. Till recently, Dublin had no characteristic monument. Yes, during 1999-2000,a gigantic point, showing to the sky, a Spire, appeared on place of former Nelson Column.
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