» Ireland - Dingle Peninsula and a Journey to the Westernmost Part of Europe II
Ireland - Dingle Peninsula and a Journey to the Westernmost Part of Europe II
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.
Nobody seems to be in hurry. It seems like there is hardly any civilization. About two thousand people live there but despite this fact, there is almost everything you would seek in a town – convention center, shops, a cinema, coffee bars, doctors … And, indeed, car and boat repair shops.
In one of the streets I saw couple of cars with soldiers again. This time my camera was safely packed in my backpack. I returned to the harbor and took a walk along the shoreline. I was hoping to see the famous Fungie dolphin, these animals usually have been accompanying ships arriving at the harbor since 1984. Unfortunately I had not seen it. However, I had seen many birds and several people collecting shells. On my way back it started raining – nothing unusual in Ireland. I was glad that I can dry myself in one of local coffee bars near the harbor.
On the following day we took a ride around the western part of the peninsula. Small beautiful beaches, high cliffs, sheep, many seagulls, a land without trees. And the sun. We met several locals who had set off for a short trip. Except for this, there was hardly anyone. The only company was wind and the sea. We stopped at the westernmost place in Ireland (except small rocky islands around), except Island it was also the westernmost point of Europe. It is a rocky cape Slea Head. For a while we just sat on a cliff and soaked moist Atlantic air, after a while, but came up short, however, as it issued a shower, and forced us to go on.
Another stop was on a beautiful sand beach near Ventry village. Water in a small creek makes interesting shapes and sand dunes covered by grass would fit better in an African landscape. There were several dogs on the beach, usually chasing sea birds. Really funny to watch. Worse was when one of the dogs splashed cold water on us. After a short stop in Dingle we returned back to Kata’s place
To be continued...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.