Ireland/Scotland travel blog

Don at entrance to Dunbeg Fort

The Cross at Slea Head

One of the beautiful beaches along the peninsula

Gallarus Oratory

Ceiling view inside the Oratory

Today we took a scenic drive around the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. Some sites we visited included the Dunbeg Fort dating from the Iron Age, this one of the best preserved promontory forts in Ireland. Private property owners charge several Euros (about $3) to visit historical places on their land. We also visited the the Blasket Islands Center. They had a great movie describing life of the Islanders. Life there was extremely tough. The last of the islanders moved to the mainland in 1953. Beside stops to view the scenery, our final stop was to see Gallarus Oratory, a tiny dry stone church built between the 6th and 9th centuries. It is the best preserved early Christian church in Ireland. There are no internal roof supports or mortar. The weather was cold and windy, but the scenery was magnificent. We return to Dingle for lunch and then drive on to Killarney, a busy tourist town that's the beginning point for a tour of the Ring of Kerry. However, this is just a stopping point for us on the way to Dublin tomorrow.

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