Dingle to Dunquin: Day Four of the Dingle Way
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July 12th, 2008 – by: darcylapp
So, leaving Dingle we hit a lot of road walking, but it eventually led to Ventry beach which was quite beautiful. On the way to Ventry, it started downpouring!!! Andy ripped his poncho to shreds trying to get it over his new walking poles. I was drenched trying to help him get his poncho over his backpack and walking poles WITHOUT my own on!!! Soon, the wind blew the storms away, and the sun poked out!
Today contained the most beautiful scenery of the walk so far, but unfortunately Andy was suffering from some major blistering.
Anyway, enough about us...the walk was awesome! We got to walk 2.5 K along the beach. We saw lots of locals frolicking...some exercising, others finding shells, and others using "products" to enhance the beauty of the beach... After that, we went into a short boreen which was supposed to lead to another. This is where we ran into a bit of a problem. Apparently, some farmers don't want the Dingle Way to go through their property anymore, so they have posted signs directing walkers elsewhere.
Here, we saw countless amount of old ruins...we're talking B.C. and early A.D. ruins including almost complete ring forts and beehive huts. We tried capturing the amount on camera, but it was really impossible -- there were so many! It was almost eerie in a way.
After going over a stream, we came upon Slea Head and a view of the Blasket Islands, including the Sleeping Giant island...which seriously looks like a sleeping giant! It's literally impossible to look at the island without seeing a giant. I think today showed us the most beautiful scenery so far since we've been in Ireland. I should also mention that the beach upon which Ryan's Daughter was filmed was right below Slea Head. When we were Andy's aunts, we actually spent time on this beach!!
Up by the Slea Head lookout points, tons of day hikers and campers appeared, so Andy and I actually got a photo taken of us together on the trail!
We descended back onto the highway and headed to our B and B.
We went home after Andy had his 28th Guinness of this trip (since June 20th), and slept well...awaiting the next day's adventure: Blasket Island!
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