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.
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)!
Finally, we arrived at the Dingle Peninsula, which was my favorite spot in Ireland so far!
The roads were coastal and curvy, at the top of cliffs overlooking the water.
Oftentimes, there was only space for one car, not two.
The views were spectacular!
By the end of the day, we could see both the moon rising and the sun setting.
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!