The Dingle Peninsula is the westernmost tip of Ireland, but it was well worth the drive. The town is small but full of pubs, shops, and the hustle and bustle of the harbor. The pubs are packed at night with musicians playing traditional Irish music while the crowds drink their Guinness and sing along. Dingle feels so traditionally Irish in part because the government subsidizes the survival of the Irish culture and Gaelic. The signs are all posted first in Gaelic and then in English and you would even walk past people in the streets speaking this mostly unused language.
The stretch of beach just before entering Dingle Town
I absolutely love the patchwork look of the hills
Walking through the town after checking into our B&B
Ryan feeling the chilly waters of Dingle Bay
Out side of our B&B we had our own little farm. There were a few chickens, a goat and some sheep, but by far our favorite was the mini pony and the sheepherding dog. The dog would stalk the poor pony and then pounce at him chasing and trying to herd him; it was so funny to watch!
The Dingle Harbor
As we were walking up to the statue Fungie (the dolphin that lives in the harbor) Ryan was making fun of people for stopping a taking a picture with any statue or sculpture that they see. I then know exactly what I was going to do. I sat on his back and refused to leave until Ryan took the picture, mostly just to embarrass him!
One of the stone walls in the town
I loved the rows of brightly colored homes
We loved the architecture and feel of the small town
Pub food: Traditional Irish Stew & Potatoes…so delicious!
Listening to the traditional music in one of the pubs we checked out
Our adorable Bed & Breakfast we stayed in for two nights
At the breakfast table enjoying our view while waiting for our Irish Fry
After breakfast we headed out to drive the loop around the peninsula. It was full of beautiful views and historic sights. We started it out by hiking around the beach. Here is me loving my new 5 finger shoes Ryan got me for my birthday
Nicole gave me the GorillaPod a few Christmas’s ago and it is AMAZING!! This thing goes anywhere and can handle my big SLR which is impressive. Its sometimes hard ask people to take a picture for us because they are totally thrown off by our camera. This way, we get the shot that we want and both get to be in it! This trip it was wrapped around wooden fence posts, a cross in a graveyard, balanced on rocks, trashcans, the hood of our car, walls, and so much more.
Testing out the GorillaPod
This donkey was awesome, loudest hee-haw I’ve ever heard!
The fields next to the roads were scattered with sheep
So proud of our awesome Suzuki Splash
Breathtaking views all along the coast
We couldn’t have asked for a prettier day to enjoy the cliffs
The rest of the loop will be continued in the next post..(I had too many pictures from Dingle for one post!)