Nicole O'Neil Photography
I haven't had good internet for a couple of days, so this blog will cover 3 days of pics (and not even all of the ones I took). I woke up in Dingle to see the sun was shining and this was the view from the B&B..yay!
I walked down to the harbor and took pics of the boats and the fishermen getting ready to head out.
You may notice in the last few pics, that the sky looks very dark and grey... Yes, the weather changed in a matter of minutes from bright and sunny to dark...pretty typical here. :) Rain soon followed, but I was able to get a few shots before heading on my way.
I made my way out the Dingle Peninsular. I loved it. It was serene and beautiful and had all of the characteristics you would want to see...farms, old stone structures, beaches, grass with stone walls.... I visited the famine cottages and these cows were making a lot of noise...and staring me down.
I first visited the famine cottages.
These "people" scared the crap out of me...and they weren't the only ones lurking in the dark. Loved checking out the cottages and the history (sad), but could have done without the people.
I next made my way down the road to the beehive huts which have been there for about 4000 years.
I made my way around the peninsula, stopping along the way to take in the scenery, churches, and other structures as well as the quaint towns that you pass through.
I was then on my way to Galway. I had a little roadblock on the way.
This time, I was staying in the city so it was more of a hotel than a b&b. The room was huge and the cost was low, so all was good.
I headed out the next morning to explore and visit a fishing village I was told about, Roundstone. Before I went there, I stopped at Aughnanure Castle. You can read about it here: http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/West/AughnanureCastle/
This guy was making a lot of noise at me as I walked past...luckily he was on the other side of the water. He then followed me along while I walked above toward the castle. I think he wanted to hang out...
I had a nice drive back to Galway along back roads that went along the coast and through mountains.
I stopped at a beach just outside of Galway to sit and enjoy the crashing waves (and blustery wind).
The next morning, I left Galway, headed for Boyle, where my great grandmother was born. I passed this beautiful Friary and decided to stop and snap some pics.
I found this old castle on a website. There is a photographer who discovered abandoned castles, houses, churches, and other buildings and created a book around them. I decided to try and find some of them myself. This is one.
It was very quiet in Boyle since it was Sunday, so I just walked around a while and went to a beautiful park where I went through servant's tunnels that were once part of the large "Rockingham House". I then walked over a treetop canopy which had views of the lake.
This next pic was taken from the top of a tower..which was very high. I am not a big fan of heights, but the walk up and the view were worth it! (The next pic is the tower).
I finished with another walk around town, stopping to take pics of the Boyle Abbey and the Boyle River.
You'll have to see pics from today later on. That's enough for one post! ;)