Daily Archives: July 10, 2008

Co. Kerry::Inch Beach and environs — Day 6

Dean and Andrew on Inch Beach

Dean and Andrew on Inch Beach

Today we did go back to the Dingle Peninsula. We stopped at Inch Beach first because the sun was showing. Even so, it was chilly and windy. The beach is huge — long and wide. It may have been low tide. We walked along the beach for a bit, then Dean wanted to head to the dunes.

Dean on a Dune at Inch Beach

Dean on a Dune at Inch Beach

These dunes, which are the largest I’ve ever seen, had no signs warning of environmental impact if trod upon — so Dean and the kids climbed to the top of the nearest dune. I hesitated, then followed them. I passed bya  couple of people sheltering from the wind. The dunes were so large that I didn’t see the people until I was nearly on top of them.

Colorful snails lined the path — clinging to reeds or just sitting in the sand. I picked up one from the sand  and saw that it was alive.

I met up with Clare at the top of a dune and saw that behind that dune, dozens more spread towards the road.

Dean and Andrew were resting in the bottom of a dune and claimed it was warm.

After climbing for a while I walked back to the beach, but Dean and the kids continued their exploration of the dunes at Inch Beach.

I later read that Ryan’s Daughter was filmed there.

Andrew inside the South Pole Inn

Andrew inside the South Pole Inn

Andrew outside the South Pole Inn

Andrew outside the South Pole Inn

We then drove towards Dingle Town and stopped for a late lunch at a bar called the South Pole Inn that was once owned by Tom Crean, one of Shackleton’s crew mates on his Antarctic adventure. Andrew is reading a book about the voyage for school so we snapped a few photos of the inside and outside.

Scary driving in Ireland

Scary driving in Ireland

After lunch we tried to find Minard Castle, but the road there was blocked.

After the Dingle drive we stopped at home for a couple of hours then took the kids to a pub in town that advertised live music. It must have been too early, because no one was playing anything. (Later we discovered that “Trad” didn’t start until 10 pm or later — too late for us).

Back home we had a simple pasta meal and retired early to be able to areise for our Skellig Michael trip the next day.

More Day 6 photos on Flickr.

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