The Road to Ruins
GAELIC GETAWAY, CHAPTER 16: IN WHICH WE STAY IN THE LOOP
Day 17: Dingle to Tralee. This morning we headed northwest on Slea Head Drive, a circular route along R-559 that begins and ends in Dingle town and explores the remote extreme of the Dingle Peninsula. This finger of unspoiled countryside features mountains, a rugged coastline, quaint villages, several hundred thousand sheep, and numerous early Christian relics. Traveling counterclockwise on the loop, our first stop was the ruins of the Kilmalkedar Church near Ballydavid. A monastery was founded at the site before the year 650, and this Irish Romanesque church was built in the 12th century by the English.
|Ogham stone at Kilmalkedar Churchyard|
|Clogher Head beach|
|View from Dunmore Head|
|Stone structure near Dunbeg Fort|
On the way back to the car, we again stopped at the little hut and asked the gatekeeper about the history of the stone house we had seen across the road. "Guess how old it is," he suggested. "Built in the 1600s?" I offered. He chuckled. "Fifteen years ago," he laughed. Somehow I had the feeling he'd had this conversation before.
|Colorful Dingle street|
|Single lane track through the mountains in the fog|
|King Puck, a legendary goat who warned Killorgin about the approaching Cromwellian army, is honored at an annual festival.|
After a satisfying meal, we spent the rest of the evening making plans and hotel reservations for the next couple of weeks as we continue up the Irish coast and enter Northern Ireland. Due to a variety of circumstances, mostly involving the weather, we're beginning to wonder whether we will make it to Scotland as planned. Maybe for a week or ten days.
- Started in Dingle, ended in Tralee
- Mileage - 76 (Trip total: 5,877)
- Weather - 52° to 57°, cloudy and rainy
- Sunrise - 8:42, Sunset - 4:26
THURSDAY, 17 DECEMBER, 2015
More Photos from Today
|Cross country trail at Clogher Head|
|View at Dunmore Head|
|View from Dunquin|
|They may be smokeless but they're not odorless. The scent of burning peat logs is ubiquitous in Irish villages in winter.|
|Rocky shore below Dunbeg Fort|