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    #16
    Accessible is only an old radar tower, which is now turned into a museum. There is also a Lousitania memorial on this area. Well.... did not seem attractive enough for us.

    2017-05-09 11.15.30 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Coast line near Old Head.

    2017-05-09 11.21.17 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    The next landmark was an old celtic grave near the road. We have seen dozens of those in Brittany, but at leas here is an Irish one:

    Foto 09.05.17, 17 08 54 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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      #17
      Famous name, but in Ireland just a small harbour village: Baltimore.

      2017-05-09 14.59.58 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      And, as we read this in Captainsvoyage Forum, there has to be shown a ship from time to time....
      A few people seemed to finish a major renovation at Lövön.

      Foto 09.05.17, 16 01 45 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      And everywhere, this shining yellow color.

      Foto 09.05.17, 11 41 17 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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        #18
        It was late afternoon and we reached our campground for that day: Barleycove. Obviously low season.

        2017-05-09 18.10.24 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        Seems to be quite windy sometimes. All the caravans were fixed to the concrete plates.

        2017-05-09 18.10.19 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        From there we had an evening walk to Crookhaven, which is called the last port before America. Last possibility for Atlantic Crossers to fill up their stock in former years.

        Foto 09.05.17, 19 54 35 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        And we finished our day in front of the last pub before America!

        Foto 09.05.17, 19 56 12 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        Next to come: The famous Mizen Head. Stay tuned.
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          #19
          The next morning we intended to be the first visitors at Mizen Head, the South-Western corner of Ireland and the first of the four fingers, as the peninsulas are also called. Some campers had spent the night at the parking lot right in front of the entrance, we preferred the luxury of having a real toilet and a big shower on the camping ground.

          View from the entrance to the lighthouse station.

          2017-05-10 10.39.08 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          After a couple of minutes you have to cross Mizen Bridge with spectacular views. Since this place was armed in war times, there is a lot of spectacular paths to each corner.

          Foto 10.05.17, 11 47 02 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          View from the bridge to the North.

          2017-05-10 10.47.19 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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            #20
            Some meters higher, also towards North. For us a nice view on the coastline we want to follow during the next weeks.

            2017-05-10 10.52.05 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            Turning to South-West, we see the lighthouse again.

            2017-05-10 10.54.26 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            Inside there is a small museum, as in most lighthouses along the coast.

            2017-05-10 10.59.43-1 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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              #21
              The South Western lightpoint of the South Western point of Ireland.

              2017-05-10 11.05.41 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

              On our way back we detected another path, which led down the cliffs to more amazing viewpoints.

              2017-05-10 11.28.44 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

              Always spectacular: rock arches. But this was also a good spotter place to watch birds. So we spent a while here before we headed forward on the next finger.

              2017-05-10 11.29.18 HDR by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
              Last edited by Ralf__; September 18th, 2017, 15:15.
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                #22
                Beautiful sandy beach bay nearby. The place is called Barleycove beach.

                Foto 10.05.17, 12 54 06 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                On Sheeps Head it is quite remote and lonely, but you find excellent hiking trails. It is a wonderful place. The roads are so narrow and bumpy that no big coaches and campervans are making this way.

                2017-05-10 13.32.58 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                As we approached to the lighthouse, we detected a lot of movement in the sea: A pod of bottlenose dolphins was heading out of the bay to the open sea. An i-phone camera is clearly unable to cope this sight. Anyway we had a try...

                Foto 10.05.17, 14 39 44 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                  #23
                  We were looking for a while, but saw no lighthouse. Finally we reached these stairs.

                  2017-05-10 13.45.55 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                  They led steeply down between the rocks.

                  2017-05-10 13.43.19 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                  Until we finally reached it. They had chosen a nose, where it is visible perfectly from all over the sea. But not from land.

                  2017-05-10 13.43.10 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                    #24
                    We were sweating after our steep walk and there was a cold wind blowing over the rocks. So we decided to have a coffee and cake break in the small café at the end of the road. Soon we had a very interested visitor...

                    2017-05-10 14.36.32 HDR by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                    We drove back along a very small road at the northern shore of the peninsula. A German at the cafe recommended this to us, but only with a small car. We agreed that we have such one and took this road.
                    We were too concentrated, so no pictures of this passage, but it was wonderful. Pictures of similar roads will follow later.
                    We just stopped at a kilometer long, red shining hedge to find out where this red was coming from. And look, the whole hedge was containing of fuchsia plants. We don't know those in "free" nature from Germany, we all have them as balcony plant. In Ireland they are common like weed.

                    Foto 10.05.17, 16 30 50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                    We had appetite for fresh fish that evening, so we stopped in Bearhaven to get some fresh fish. The harbour looked promising.

                    2017-05-10 17.20.43 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                      #25
                      We had a walk around, but the local fish shop apparently had closed some years ago. We had such experiences in various harbour towns later during our trip. All the fresh fish is directly loaded into big trucks.

                      2017-05-10 17.20.48 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                      But the offer of Bearhaven's SuperValu was coalfish, fresh and local. So we bought some big pieces and some white bread. Yummy!

                      2017-05-10 19.12.59 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                      We had our dinner at a famous parking lot, because we were waiting for the last tour of the day of a local curiosity.

                      2017-05-10 19.13.04 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr




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                        #26
                        It was Inchinaleega, where a funicular leads over to Dursey Island, the only funicular they have in whole Ireland, a sign was telling.

                        2017-05-10 18.35.29 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                        In low season they is just running a few times a day, so when we arrived the station was completely abandoned. Five minutes before departure time some employees arrived as well as some people to catch the passengers. And there the cabin came.

                        2017-05-10 19.10.33 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                        It is just big enough to carry a cow or eight people. I saw a TV report in the German series MareTV years ago and had to see that in real.

                        2017-05-10 19.11.56 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                          #27
                          Now here on the third finger there is also very less traffic. So we had seen just two "camping parks", one quite scrappy and the second one was just offering a meadow without any facilities. So we decided to stay for the night on a nice quiet place along the Wild Atlantic Way and soon we found one.

                          Foto 10.05.17, 21 27 40 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                          You can find these sign posts anywhere on the WAW, where is something remarkable to explore or where you have a good view.
                          Here Dooneen is featured. There is a nice a ballad describing this place:

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH8jYhmcaQE

                          So we had a peaceful night here and a wonderful next morning.

                          2017-05-11 07.51.26 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                          2017-05-11 07.50.58 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
                          Last edited by Ralf__; September 20th, 2017, 16:05.
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                            #28
                            I just love that tortured geology of the coastline. Could stare at those formations for a long time. Thanks Ralf, from a geology freak!!

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                              Thank you for your comment, Nari. Yes, there will follow some more pictures for people with geologic interests!

                            #29
                            The next morning we completed the ring of Beara, passed Kenmare, which was full of tourists even in the morning hours and entered the famous Ring of Kerry. Kenmare is the start and ending point of many coach tours around the Ring of Kerry. All buses are driving counter-clockwise, which means, if you will travel in opposite direction, you will be on your own in the morning and in the afternoon. You must manage to pass most of them around lunchtime, when they are stopping in front of the restaurants and all is good. In our opinion the Ring of Kerry is so popular, because the Kerry peninsula is the only one with roads, wide enough for coaches. The Southern Peninsulas are nicer, but quite remote and full of very narrow roads. Here on the Ring of Kerry, we met masses of tourists for the first time.

                            Our first stop was Staigue Fort near the village of Sneem. The road is very narrow, so no coach can climb up there, so that made it to our place.

                            2017-05-11 12.03.58 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                            It is a round circle, built just of stones, layered on each other without cement or similar connection. It is about 2.500 years old and there is not much known about function and builders.

                            2017-05-11 12.04.43 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                            You can climb on the wall by using integrated stone stairs in the inner circle. The view is amazing.

                            2017-05-11 12.08.38 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                              #30
                              The fort is private owned and there is a donation box at the entrance. The grandson of the actual owners is running this small café during summer offering homemade cakes and marvellous icecream. He just opened for the summer season some days ago. During winter he has a job in Dublin and he was full of happy expectation for the summer. We spent our lunch break here.

                              Foto 11.05.17, 13 15 34 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                              The Ring of Kerry follows the National Road and does not follow the coastline. But the WAW does, so our next stop was Ballinskelligs Castle and Abbey, where we had a nice beach walk at low tide.

                              Foto 11.05.17, 15 03 44 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                              Some kilometers later we reached the Kerry Cliffs, which are also not on the coach route. Very impressing and not filled up with so much people. Her we stood a while and watched birds.

                              2017-05-11 15.02.04 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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