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

  • nari
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    Thank you so much for your comments. Good to see that there are followers.
    We thought about a visit to Cobh, but our focus was the Irish Coast, not the transatlantic liners. I am also somehow annoyed by this mass of stories, books and films about the Titanic. Too much for me (and too much obviously not true).

    Now we reached the official starting point of the Wild Atlantic way: Kinsale at the southern coast.


    Foto 09.05.17, 11 38 10 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Our guide book described the place of the first sign, but that obviously disappeared. But the view on the town is nicer anyway.



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    May is such a nice season for an Ireland trip. The colors are so stunning.
    Our next stop was planned at the Old Head lighthouse. Unfortunately the area is owned by a golf club, so you don't even see it.
    The road is restricted to members from that tower on.

    2017-05-09 11.15.03 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr


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