The magical southwest
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When I think of Ireland, this is the area that comes to mind...the magical southwest. I hope the pictures are able to do it some justice, with the rolling hills, narrow streets, and green everywhere. Even the towns have neat names...Dingle, Limmerick, etc.
We started in the morning in Dingle, which is right on the coast of Ireland. We spent a little bit of time walking around the town and even had a chance to check email. Our tour then took us to several places in the southwest near Dingle, and I've incorporated all those into this post.
Driving (or being driven) along the winding, narrow roads right along the coast is a thrilling experience. Take that up a notch and imagine driving a bus through narrow mountain (ok, hill) roads.
Further down the road, we came across some huts used a long time ago. As we came back to the Atlantic coast, we stopped the bus for a bit to enjoy the view, and to see the giant. Out in the Atlantic, mixed among a series of other islands, is one shaped very much like a giant. The myth is that indeed a giant is resting there, possibly Finn McCool himself. We spent the rest of the morning driving through the countryside, enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Our last stop before Killarney was a strip of beach known as Inch Beach. It is named such because it is a very long, narrow beach...practically an inch wide! We had a skipping stone contest and spent some time there chatting and watching the waves.