Sand as Far as the Eye Can Sea

Amy and I started off this morning with a good Irish breakfast. Given that breakfast is my favorite meal I have been loving starting my mornings with good eats. Our goal today was to walk from Cloghane to Castlegregory. We were particularly excited because this portion of the walk almost entirely is on the beach.

 Barefoot today

Barefoot today

 Today's path

Today's path

There was heavy wind and light rain most of last night but thankfully by the time we started to walk it began to clear. This stretch of beach is the longest in Ireland and spans 7 miles. About a mile into the walk we had to cross a river that flows into the sea. We evaluated the best place to cross and there was no way to avoid getting our shoes wet. We decided to take our shoes off and wade through the water barefoot. The cold water was so refreshing on our feet we kept our shoes off for the remaining 6 miles. Amy and I were grinning the whole way because we had views of the ocean and blue skies to our left, sand dunes to our right and mountains behind us. It was so picturesque we just wanted to take it all in and savor it.

 Amy kicking back

Amy kicking back

At the end of the beach we arrived to the town of Fahamore which is at the tip of a finger of the peninsula. We walked through the town about a mile to get to the other side. We arrived to a huge bay where the water was so calm.

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At the end of this stretch of beach we will have walked 15 miles today. We made a right turn off the beach up a road. I was ready to find our B&B for the night. We passed by a futbol club with some kids playing and then an Irish language school. We looked at each other and wondered how far we would have to walk. We turned our heads and there was the sign for the Castle House B&B.

After a much needed hot shower we were seriously in need of some grub. We asked our host for a recommendation and she suggested Ned's pub. I haven't said a lot about the food here in Ireland but it has surpassed our expectations. We have had chicken curry, steak, Thai seafood stir fry, fish and the desserts! Berry crumble, warm apple tart, brownie a la mode and cheesecake.

Tomorrow is our last day of walking. A short five miles to Camp and we might even have time to get a ride to Dingle to do a little souvenir shopping and visit the distillery.

Stats

  1. Miles: 15
  2. Floors climbed: 1
  3. Steps taken: 36,000
  4. Hikers: 2
  5. Sheep - handful
  6. Horses - 10