Doolin to Galway

83.5 kilometers.

I ride to the ferry launch this AM to see if the ferry is going to run.

Hmmm, looks pretty deserted.


A long timer out to walk his dog tells me they have officially shut down for the season. We talk for a while and he tells me I am a very strong man to ride in weather like this. He says he is going to Galway later today and will honk when he passes me.

I set off and ride into the landscape called “The Burren” The Burren is an very old Karst formation. It was written about it that there wasn’t enough land to bury your dead, and that neighbors stole dirt from each other.


Yet cattle thrived eating the mineral rich grass growing in the rock clefts.


I was so excited to be riding through this landscape. Jerry at the hostel who is a hiker reminded me to just switch the rain off in my mind.


This land has been inhabited for a long time. It is crossed with rock walls and remains of cottages.


This is the first peat I’ve seen, cut and rolled to dry for burning. Looks like little soil rolls.


What kind of creatures are these? Llamas? Alpaca’s? They have such long graceful necks.


To the point.


Slea Head and the Dingle peninsula

Today is a day of rest. Fin at the Rainbow Hostel has a car, and is going to drive around the Dingle peninsula. I invite myself along. This is the furthermost western part of Ireland, and therefore of Europe.


This is Fin. She is an art teacher in London here on holiday.


The Irish in the early Christian era created small homesteads and built rock houses and “beehive” huts on their small farms. These beehive huts date from before 1200 and served as food storage buildings. They are very cleverly built. Each successive layer of stone went in a little bit until a single stone could cap the top. The layers of stone sloped outwards directing water outdoors. I like the bush toppings.


The dramatic coastline at Slea Head.


An early homestead pre 1200- but still used.


The Dingle peninsula.


There are several small harbors. This boat is typical of the small boats I see. It is covered with fabric and tarred. You can see several of the patches.


Here is the underside showing the craftsmanship.


Big thanks to Fin for sharing the day with me and best wishes for her further adventures in south Ireland!