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Postcard from Ireland: Dingle Peninsula and Beehive Huts

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Dear Luke and Leia,

We are visiting the Dingle Peninsula, to see the beautiful cliffs and beehive huts on Slea Head Drive and to find us an Irish pub or two for a bite to eat. Well, the last one should be easy since – being in Ireland – all the pubs are Irish.

The first thing I realized was the coastline was amazing.

Beautiful but rugged coast of the Dingle Peninsula
Beautiful but rugged coast of the Dingle Peninsula

Prehistoric beehive huts

The huts along the Slea Head Drive date to the 12th century. The invading Normans forced the Irish off the good land and out to the Dingle Peninsula.

Beehive hut in Dingle, Ireland

Those beehive huts are larger inside than they look.

Ruins surrounding the Beehive Huts
These walls have been standing since the beehive huts were built.

Bunnies, sheep and angry birds

Rabbit foraging at the Beehive Huts

Sheep in Ireland
Sheep in Ireland for the famous Irish Sweaters
The spray paint on the sheep is a code for who owns it.
The spray paint on the sheep is a branding code. It shows who its owner is.
Seagulls along the rugged Dingle coastline
Seagulls along the rugged Dingle coastline
Angry Birds Irish Style
Angry birds, Irish style

Rugged coastline of Dingle Peninsula

Dingle Peninsula, IrelandDingle Peninsula CoastlineSmall beach among the rugged Dingle Peninsula coastlineDingle Peninsula, IrelandDingle Peninsula, IrelandDingle Peninsula, IrelandBeach on the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Far and Away movie filming location on the Dingle Peninsula
The movie Far and Away was filmed at this location

Time to eat

There aren't many places to eat along Slea Head Drive and we weren't sure we would find one until we saw An Bothar Pub. The area is Gaelic-speaking so the radio in the pub was set to a Gaelic station. Even in August the weather can be dismal, and we enjoyed warming up in this pub. “It only rains twice a week in Ireland,” a local told us. “Once for four days and once for three.”

An Bothar Pub on the Dingle Peninsula
An Bothar Pub on the Dingle Peninsula
Nothing like a pint of Smithwick's to warm a girl up.
When even your bones are cold, there's nothing quite like a pint of Smithwick's to warm a girl up.

An Bothar Pub InsideAn Bothar Pub, Dingle Peninsula, IrelandAn Bothar Pub, Dingle Peninsula, IrelandThe Town of Dingle

Wikipedia says Dingle is the only town on the peninsula, but that's not strictly true. We stayed at a B&B in Ventry, which is a little hamlet that's even further out on the peninsula than Dingle Town is. Most of the residents have lived there all their lives.

Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Dingle, Co. Kerry, IrelandDingle, Co. Kerry, IrelandDingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

The Dingle Pub, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The Dingle Pub

Dingle Pub, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Dingle Pub, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Entertainment at the Dingle Pub
Dessert at the Dingle Pub, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Dessert at the Dingle Pub

We left the best photo for last so you guys can see the great food you'll get to taste some day. I wish you guys knew how much both of us miss you.

Love,

Nana and Pap

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Visit Dingle for an authentic taste of Irish culture.

Dan

Written by Dan

Professional photographer specializing in street, food and travel shots at As We Saw It travel blog. Enjoys catching children at play, showing their innocence in every situation … we all can learn that, to be content with what our Father in heaven has provided. Photography is unique in that it captures light in all forms, and since the Bible says YHVH (God) is light, photography captures Him in many forms.

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7 thoughts on “Postcard from Ireland: Dingle Peninsula and Beehive Huts

  1. We went to Dingle in the middle of Winter a few years ago and have it on our ‘list’ to return …your photos have reminded my why. I will save the link for later 🙂

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