Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry.
This was my second trip to the Dingle Peninsula, the first was part of a photography workshop, but I was keen to return to share some of the incredible sights with my wife. Dingle is a short drive from our base for the trip in Killarney. The planned day trip included lunch in Dingle Town, a drive round the Peninsula and then back to Dingle for Dinner. This trip was back in the summer, so I was hoping the timing was right to catch the sunset on the way back to our hotel via our route over the Connor Pass, the highest road pass in Ireland.
Fuelled on the freshest fish and chips possible from the Reel Dingle Fish Co (we were first in the door upon opening for lunch) we set out on the Slea Head Drive loop to our planned stops at Coumenoole Strand and Dún Chaoin (Dunquin). Even the second time around, the sheer vertical cliff face drop to the Atlantic Ocean below is unnerving. On my previous visit to Coumenoole Strand, we photographed solely from the beach so on this visit, I captured a few more including the shot below, but my main goal was to photograph the jagged cliffs to the north of beach. This is the photograph at the top of the post using a long exposure to smooth the sea.
The drive concluded back in Dingle where we planned an early dinner at Out of the Blue followed by the magnificent Murphys Ice Cream for dessert. With flavours such as Dingle Sea Salt and Brown Bread ice cream, this isn't your typical seaside ice cream van but a gourmet experience in itself. The heavily overcast skies were not looking promising but we headed over Connor Pass anyway. I managed to take this final shot looking back up towards the pass, the barest glimpse of the sun striking the side of the hill.