The day was all about the scenery, which is spectacular, and the small town of Dingle which has lots to keep you busy.
|Homes dot the hillsides|
|The light here changes by the minute; we had a bit of rain, but some sunshine as well|
|We got to hold some new lambs; after this I'm not eating lamb again for a while|
|Bee hive huts, circle 600 AD|
|These were reconstructed by the owner of the land in the early 1900's|
|Blasket Islands, no longer inhabited|
|Memorial for those lost at sea|
|Dr. C. on the "Ryan's Daughter" beach|
|Natural springs stream down to the beach and flowers grow through the rocks|
|This path on its way to the oratory is lined with fuschia, in another month this path will be blazing red|
|7th or 8th century monastery and grave site|
|Promise stone, tradition has it that the hole in the top is to 'seal the deal' with each participant putting their finger through the hole to agree, whether it is a property deal or a marriage proposal.|
|Famine graves, no markings, just a stone|
|a little shopping|
Connor Pass, which is a narrow, tight 1 1/2 lane road. The views are spectacular. After this it was back to Killarney to our hotel.
Ryan's Daughter where the village was totally constructed on site. The last Star Wars movie had a few scenes here, and the next one will as well. And a part of the movie Far and Away with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise (remember them?)was filmed here.
I highly recommend getting a guide/driver, Rory was terrific stopping along the way so I could snap photos and we had a great lunch in Dingle at his favorite spot, Ashes. Rory also does guided tours for extended periods in Ireland, if you need a driver for a complete Irish tour.
We are headed East for our last 2 nights in Ireland, we'll be in the Kildare area at this gorgeous place.