The waves, quite big ones, were rolling in the from the ocean and, near to the beach, a surfer was trying his luck in the big rolling waves. Further out, a bunch of people were trying their luck in the water, with a jet skier in the immediate vicinity. This intrepid bunch were more easily seen from the high road when we resumed the trip west.
Had quite a walk on the beach before turning back in a hurry. Heavy showers had been forecast and we spotted one coming in over the mountains to the south. Not sure the shower ever quite made as we were on our way to Dingle.
But not before a coffee stop. That came at Lispole. Many of the major attractions are closed up for the winter, as you’d expect. But the very handy Fáilte Ireland book, South West (one of a series), indicated that the nearby Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary was open. It wasn’t but the cafe, Blúiríní Blasta, was.
This is well worth a call. There is some lovely food here, including lights meals and an excellent children's menu. They also do some great home baking and our scone was top class, enhanced by their home made jam and an excellent coffee.
|Spider crab in Aquarium|
|Penguins in Aquarium|
|Waves crash in|
The brewery may be relatively new but our next stop, Gallarus Oratory in Ballydavid, certainly isn’t. This is the best example of an early Christian oratory on the peninsula; must have been handy builders as it was built in the ninth century or thereabouts. The oratory is under the care of the OPW. But the facilities, including a video introduction, are not and you are charged three euro to use them.