It was time to leave Dingle and it wasn't something I really wanted to do. I loved the quaint little town and the people in it. It was just so wonderful walking around town, looking in shops, great places to eat, and spectacular ocean views.
The night life in Dingle was simply spectacular. With a variety of pubs. and music to match. it doesn't take long to get to know some of the locals, as well as meeting people from all over the world.
As much as I hated to leave, I had no choice. as we drove out of Dingle I think I left a little part of my heart there.
Prior to leaving Dingle Sheila had heard about Slea Head Road from someone. This road has various points of interest and amazing scenery. You start in Dingle, travel clockwise, that is very important, and when done end right back up in Dingle.
So we head out and our first stop was the Fairy Fort, It is not really a fort but a Fairy Ring. The big attraction here were the animals. It was like a little petting zoo with goats, sheep, and donkeys. You get a bucket of food for your 2 Euro admission. They were slobbery but cute.
Our next stop was the Slea Head Famine Cottages. These cottages are intended as a memorial to remind us of the tragedy of famine that has visited Ireland on numerous occasions in the past, but left a detrimental effect in the mid eighteen hundreds (known as the Great Famine), when the population of Ireland fell by over two million as a result of death and emigration.
Our third stop was Dunmore Head, which is a nice little cove surrounded by cliffs. It was a bit of a hike down, so you can imagine the hike back up. We stayed there for a short while, me shooting video (which I might figure out how to load up some day) and exploring every nook and cranny while Sheila watched the surfers.
We had already done a lot and we had a 3 1/2 hour drive to Shannon so we decided not to make any more stops. We drove until we hit Dingle and I as got one last look and I started to feel sad. I really will miss this place.
On our way to Shannon, Tom our somewhat pain in the ass GPS, did really good and took us through the coastal route. It is there we came across Inch Strand. This most amazing stretch of coastline we had seen to date. So we detoured a little, we still had plenty of time. Sheila was so excited because she could drive right on to the beach.
I found it interesting that the water was quite warm there. we walked the beach, watched the surfers then headed out. We knew our time at the coastline was limited so we really enjoyed the little time we had.
The drive to Shannon was uneventful. We reached our hotel which was somewhat fancy and huge. We check in, get to our room, open the door and go, Hell no! We had again booked a double room, which in Ireland is one double bed. Luckily we were able to get another room with two beds.
We showered and changed and went to the dinging room for dinner. I was surprised that the food wasn't that good and the service was slow. It was food so we ate it. We then headed to the hotel bar, which I have said in prior posts, they are boring. We had a drink and then headed back to the room to make plans for our last night in Shannon.
I can't believe we only have one more day.
It was time to leave Dingle and it wasn't something I really wanted to do. I loved the quaint T