Slea Head Ride to Kerry’s Dunquin Pier


Dunquin and the Blasket Islands - photocatalyst

When I was nine or ten the family toured the wild, remote Atlantic west coast of Ireland, from Cork to Kerry and the far western point of Europe on the Dingle Peninsula.

Dingle bay cliffs - photocatalyst
Dingle bay cliffs - photocatalyst
Dingle bay boat - photocatalyst

I had vague memories and a grainy scan of a print of an outlandish road winding down steep storm-shaped rocky cliffs to a concrete pier.

Dingle bay cliffs - photocatalyst
Cows at Dunquin - photocatalyst
Slea Head shrine - photocatalyst

So when I was in Kerry last month I had to ride out there to re-find and shoot again this fantastical landscape.

Dingle bay cliffs - photocatalyst
Slea Head cliffs - photocatalyst
Slea Head road - photocatalyst

Out along the Slea Head Drive clinging to the cliffs along Dingle Bay, past ancient houses, ruined farms, and random roadside religious shrines.

As the sun slowly moved into position over the Blasket Islands in the west.

Dunquin Pier - photocatalyst
Dunquin Pier - photocatalyst

AndĀ over a small rise, Dunquin appeared, possibly more preposterous than I remembered it.
Dunquin and the Blasket Islands - photocatalyst

An enjoyable hour was spent watching the weather develop and waiting for the light to be just right for the shot.

Dunquin and the Blasket Islands - photocatalyst
Dunquin and the Blasket Islands - photocatalyst

And for just a couple of minutes the sun broke through below the scattered clouds and shone through the grass for the picture I was looking for.

Dunquin and the Blasket Islands - photocatalyst

And then the light was gone and it was time for a swift night ride back to Dingle along the deserted clifftop roadĀ above the breaking waves.

Inishtooskert Island - photocatalyst

Blasket Islands sunset - photocatalyst
Blasket Islands sunset - photocatalyst
Slea Head sunset - photocatalyst

Slea Head sunset - photocatalyst

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