Inch Strand, Fungi the Dolphin, Blasket Islands.
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We left the B and B for a day of fun in Dingle. Out first stop was the Fungi the Dolphin boat tour; we had tried to do the boat tour the day before but we had gotten into town too late for the sailing. We booked the tour which was a little later in the morning and decided to go to Inch Strand in the meantime. Inch Strand is one of those places where you see pictures of it and think wow that's beautiful; when you see it in person though, beautiful it doesn't even come close to describing it. As a matter of fact I can't thinkg of a workd to describe it, it defies description. All I will say is that if I died today and went to heaven, heaven will be Inch Strand.
We headed back to Dingle town to do our Fungi tour. Fungi is a dolphin that swam into Dingle Bay several years back and evidently liked it becaues he is still there. When boats go out Fungi follows along. The scenery from the boat was really nice, until Fungi came along that is. After he appeared I didn't see much of the scenery cause I was far too busy looking at him. That was one of the highlights of my trip, seeing Fungi swimming and jumping alongside the boat.
Following the boat trip we decided to drive around Dingle penninsula a little bit.
The Blasket Islands remained an island community until 1953 when the island was finally abandoned. At that time there were only 22 inhabitants on the island. The population had increased and decreased through the years but according to records the island hit it's peak in 1916 when 176 people lived on the islands.
Of course the trip to the island turned into an adventure.
When you visit the Blasket Islands, the boat drops you off and then comes back for you 2 to 3 hours later. We wandered all over the island; we were on the Great Blasket. The island has a very lonely feel to it with all the abandoned houses of the people who had lived here, but it is beautiful none the less. We found an amazing beach and just sat there for a long while. We were joined by sea lions who would pop their heads up out of the water and look at us. We moved up to the land above the beach and sure enough the sea lions came out of the water to lay on the beach and sunbathe. There was a huge bull with them and I was glad that they decided to wait their turn.
The boat finally came and we made the transfer to the big boat without any problems, and although we felt a little sea sick from the roughness of the sea we made it back to the mainland fine. We finished the rest of the drive aroun Slea Head and headed back to Dingle for another night out of, and I know this is shocking, cider and music :0.