Today saw the most driving out of all of our days here in Ireland. We woke up at 7:30, ate our breakfast, and packed up to leave Killarney. We decided that we were going to do another ring called the Dingle Ring. We were told it was easier to drive than the ring of Kerry and was more scenic.
Since Alana drove the Ring of Kerry, Matt agreed to do the the ring around the Dingle peninsula. As it turns out, the ring around Dingle is much narrower and comes much closer to cliff edges the the ring of Kerry did. We survived it and we were definitely glad we made the trek. We saw the absolute best views that we’ve seen in Ireland so far.
The Dingle peninsula is a part of Ireland where Gaelic is still the primary language. It’s very cool but it gets very interesting when trying to read street signs.
From there we decided we would make the three hour journey up to the Cliffs of Moher. We plugged in the directions in our Tom-Tom and were very surprised when it lead us on to a drive-on ferry. We didn’t know any better way to get there so we rode the ferry from one peninsula to another.
We exited the ferry and drove along the western shoreline for a couple of hours. The scenery was amazing. We even stumbled on a spot that attracted surfers. I didn’t even know they surfed in Ireland… But we saw it today.
We eventually ended up in the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs were absolutely amazing. They drop off vertically over 650 feet above the Atlantic ocean and you can basically walk right up to the edge of them. It was loaded with other tourists so we didn’t stay too long. We snapped a ton of pictures and headed out.
We drove about another hour and a half north to a B&B in Galway. The views along this drive were absolutely amazing as well. We really felt like we were out in the middle of nowhere in the Irish Country side. The roads were windy and the views traded off between miles of pristine beaches and endless seas of green farmland.
We checked in at our B&B and relaxed in our room for a bit before deciding it was time for dinner. At this time it was about 9:30pm. We walked down the street to learn that almost all of the local eateries close up at 9:00. We ended up buying sandwiches and Smithwick’s in a local gas station and headed back to our room to eat. It’s been a long day but the views from today were absolutely awesome and will definitely stand out as a highlight from the trip.
Unfortunately, the B&B we are in now has very spotty internet. It doesn’t stay live for long enough for me to upload pictures. Once I get to a solid connection again, I’ll make sure to upload double the pictures.
Tomorrow we’re taking a bus tour of the local scenery around the mid-west portion of Ireland. We’ll finally get a break from driving.
For now, we’re calling it a night.
Matt & Alana