Country and Cliff Roads of Southwest Ireland

The past few days, we’ve gotten out of the city! The towns are certainly cute, but it’s clear that the beauty of Ireland is in the countryside.

As it turns out, leprechauns are a tourist thing that has nothing to do with the true Ireland. The true Ireland is all about driving round-abouts.

Once out of town, the mountain roads are pretty unique. Yesterday, we headed from Youghal, on the south coast, to Kenmare, on a bay on the west coast. A few photos of the journey:

There were many sheep to say hello to us! Many were marked with colored dye, presumably so that farmers know which are theirs.

We spent the night with some friends of Victor’s in the countryside. They answered LOTS of student questions, but I will post more on that later.

Country House

Today, we headed first to Killarney National Park, where we took a lovely walk to the lakes.

Back in the car, the roads were windy and we went slow, even though the speed limits were posted as 100 km per hour (about 60 miles per hour)!100 KM

Finally, we arrived at the Dingle Peninsula, which was my favorite spot in Ireland so far!Seagull

The roads were coastal and curvy, at the top of cliffs overlooking the water.Cliff Road

Oftentimes, there was only space for one car, not two.Narrow Roads

The views were spectacular!Me Dingle

By the end of the day, we could see both the moon rising and the sun setting.

MoonBeach Sunset 2

If you ever have a chance to drive these roads, I’d highly recommend it! For the full experience, here are some video clips of the Dingle Peninsula. Enjoy!

Categories: Ireland

3 replies »

  1. Ireland is absolutely stunning!!! 🙂
    Interesting that the sheep are covered with dye, I wonder if they ever run out of colors to pick out? Also, why are there a lot of roundabouts in Ireland? And it looks like the signs are written in Gaelic as well as English, is that so?

    Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  2. It is cool how the sheep are covered with dye. Is the dye non-toxic, and could their environment wear out the dye? I wonder how they make the dye last on their wool.

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