17.07.2015 - 17.07.2015 17 °C
No castles or churches or walking through some rich dudes house today, instead we are headed off to the Beara Peninsula, which I think is a less visited place than Dingle or Kerry but I suspect just a gorgeous. The first stop off today was an ancient stone circle dating back to about 1100 BCE. This is Dramba Stone Circle and is a ceremonial place of worship for really early Irish people. Not a bunch of info on it at the site so at least enjoy the pics
Next was the city of Baltimore. It is a smaller sea side village with a rich boating history and apparently a lot of people with yachts. What it also has is a cool beacon for ships on the coast and a bunch of nice cliff walks. It also has one of the best fish and chips places in the world, as far as my experience can attest to. We went with the non deep fried version this time and enjoyed a nice piece of Hake in some Garlic butter and the fries were the best I have ever had. It was awesome, take my word for it. You dont get to try the food but here are some pics for you.
On the way to Baltimore we happened across a very cool salt water lake in some mountain area. it was very pretty and the reason we let the GPS take us on routes we know are not the quickest or easiest. We always seem to end up on "Bobs Road" or some other derivative of it and these roads tend to be more grass than asphalt but they have given us some very nice surprises. The roads are narrow and some of the drivers are nuts but no more so than anywhere else and so far I have felt safe on the roads. I hear some trouble spots are coming soon. Here is the lake.
The last part of the day and perhaps the best part of the trip so far (I seem to say that every day), was a trip to Mizen Head. It is the most South Westerly point on the Island although there are parts more south than this and more west so I don't quite understand it but who cares it was awesome. It was the tip of the peninsula that we spent the day on and I haven't seen views like this anywhere in my life. Syd and I did hikes up and down all over the place and every turn brought more spectacular views. No more words, just pics.
There are also a bunch of really nice beaches all over the coast and they would be spectacular if the water wasn't so cold. They are pretty spectacular anyways and the nice thing is you get them mostly to yourself. I guess thats the trade off for rainy weather and 17 degrees on the North Atlantic. Sand is really soft though, probably pretty awesome place to be on a warm day. In all fairness we really cant complain about the weather, only been wet a couple of times. The rain seems to stop once we get to where we are going. Here i s a beach, Take care all!