Monday, June 2, 2008

We continued with our mission of trying to explore more of the Dingle Peninsula today. We did a nice circular walk starting at the Gallarus Oratory, west of Dingle. We've been to the Oratory before, so we carried on up the road, and this soon leads you to a settlement of five stone huts within a ring fort called Cathair Deargáin. Its really well preserved with walls that curve in, low doorways between the huts, and superb views. Just down the road from this is the Chancellors House, Tigh an tSeansailera, which is the 13th century home of the Bishop of Ardfert. Its well preserved again, and apparently quite a large house for its time, but pretty basic. You can then walk down to the church at Kilmalkedar - this is Cill Maolchédair in Gaelic, coming from an Ulsterman who founded a 6th century monastic settlement here. The church has ancient stone crosses and an inscribed Ogham stone outside. The church is quite ornate compared to some structures nearby, and you can also see St. Brendans House, which is an old priests house, and another small Oratory further down the road. We then walked down to the small village of An Mhuiríoch, and along the beach. From there you can head back towards Gallarus via Gallarus Castle along the Way of the Saints. Actually, the only ones on this path were a large black hen and her brood of chicks! Its an interesting area, full of history, and the fields and hedgerows are filled with flowers at this time of year. Rachel and Caitlin did have to indulge in some apple pie and cream at the cafe at the visitor centre, so they were happy!

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