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Published: October 26th 2018
We arrived in the Harbour Nights BnB in Dingle. The views of the harbour were beautiful. Kathleen, the hostess, was really friendly and settled us in. By the time we got the car unpacked and got Grace fed it was pretty late and we were starving. So we headed out and strolled up towards the town to get something to eat. We were finding it hard to get anywhere that still served food so we thought we'd just get fish n chips. We stopped into a nice diner where we had fish n chips, and it was bring your own booze, so Dave nipped out to the offy for a couple of beers while we waited on our order. Just as we were finishing our meal, a Dutch couple came in to grab so food on their way home from an apparent long day of drinking. They started up a sing song in the chip shop and we had great craic.
The next morning we headed out into the town to Grey's Lane Bistro for brunch. We had eggs benedict and pancakes and it was delicious. We took a stroll around Dingle before heading back to the BnB to pack
We had to have a shnakey pint
up the car and drive to Dunquin. Dunquin was only about a half hour drive away, on the Slea Head drive. We decided to take the shorter, more direct route on the way and do the Slea Head Drive on the way back. We arrived at Dunquin and the weather was looking a bit bleak but it didn't dampen our spirits. We sat in the car and ate lunch (sandwiches we had bought earlier that day) and looked out at the beautiful view of the Blasket Islands in the distance. Once we had eaten we popped Grace into her sling and headed down for a walk down to Dunquin Harbour, where many boats, called currachs, docked bringing people to and from the islands. The islands have not been inhabited since 1953, as the government deemed the islands too harsh an environment to live in, and the population was declining rapidly. We walked around the cliffs at Dunquin for about an hour taking in the beautiful views.
We stopped for a coffee in a very questionable cafe/gift shop which looked like something from a horror movie. We didn't stay long. On the way back, we took the Slea Head Drive
around the peninsula. It was an interesting drive, to say the least, with a very winding road and only enough room for one car at a time. We stopped off at a few viewpoints and took some photos. We hoped to see the beehive huts but we didn't have time to stop for too long.
Later that evening, we went to Páidí's Bar in Dingle for some dinner and live music. There was a great band playing all sorts of music and the atmosphere was great. We headed back to the BnB for a good night's sleep as we were hoping to head to the Skelligs the following day. But during the night, Dave had a fever, so we decided not to go to the Skelligs the next day and leave it for another day.
The next day was our last day in Dingle. We had breakfast in the BnB, checked out, then strolled down the town. We bought some sandwiches in the supermarket for our lunch, put them into our car and headed across to the aquarium. We spent an hour or so in the aquarium looking at and reading about all the different types of fish
and invertabrates. Grace really enjoyed looking at all the colours and movement. The best part was the sandtiger shark tank, it was great to see them up close. After the aquarium we got into the car and drove to Inch Beach. It was a fairly dull day, not too cold, but not warm enough to be sitting out. So we had our lunch in the car, fed Grace and then headed out for a walk on the beach. We were both really tired and didn't want to go walking but as soon as we did we felt much better. We took some photos of the views and breathed in the fresh air. We got back into the car after about an hour and drove on to our next destination, Killarney.
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