Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dingle and the Ring of Kerry, Ireland

The last two days of our Ireland adventure were spent touring the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. Our first stop traveling to Dingle was a two mile long beach called Inch Strand. It juts out into the Dingle Bay as a long sand bar perpendicular to the shore line. And yes they have a surfing school there. We were there in July and had our coats zipped all the way up.

They call these the beehive houses. They are stone houses built around 500 AD by the Celts. Pretty amazing construction to have survived this long considering the harsh climate there.
The rugged Dingle Peninsula and the Slea Head Islands in the distance, the most Westerly point in Europe.

This is the Gallarus Oratory a Christian Church built 1300 years ago. It is what the call dry rubble masonry. (rocks stacked on top of one another with no mortar. The roof is formed by the gradual rise of the side walls from the base upward. The corners form a perfectly straight edge up to the top.

Dingle township.
Craic (pronounced Crack) means fun in Gallic. So the Craic House means fun house. This was a toy store. The uninformed might mistake it for something more sinister.
Local teenagers hanging out in Dingle. Dingle is an area of Ireland that still speaks Gallic instead of English. The Store keepers will speak English for the tourist.

One of our favorite stops was at a sheep ranch where we had a demonstration of the dogs that heard sheep. They would respond by voice command or a serious of whistles.