So today i went for one of those drives where you just hop into the car and keep driving until you end up somewhere new. My girlfriend had a bag of stale bread she wanted to feed the birds with so that was the first mission..
We drove over the Conor Pass and headed for Castlegregory to a place called Lough Gill.. Its a beautiful shallow lake with loads of wildlife and has Irelands only Toad called the Natterjack can be found here.. Today we saw mostly some swans and other variety of birds.. Mission accomplished!!
We kept driving towards Tralee and following the Wild Atlantic Way we found ourselves driving on the coastal road towards Fenit.. Its a small village with a beautiful lighthouse and a big commercial sea port to cater for big vessels importing and exporting goods to Ireland.. The place was surprisingly busy for this time of the year with alot of people walking on the nice beach beside the port..
It was my first time down here and i will definitely be back to get some more shots of the lovely lighthouse they have sitting perfectly in front of the setting sun.
Few more miles up the road i saw a really cool castle sitting very close to a beach.. I had no idea how to get down there and ended up at a Golf club at Barrow which was overlooking Fenit Harbour and the castle.
I grabbed the camera and took a walk through the Golf coarse hoping to not getting knocked out by a golf ball and reached a good spot to grab a couple of quick shots.. Im no golfer but this place looks pretty epic!!
Next up on the Wild Atlantic Way we passed a little cemetery at a place called Churchill.. This old graveyard was also overlooking Fenit harbour and had a ruin of a church in the middle of it.. Seems like alot of history around here and some very interesting sites..
Another few miles up the road we arrived at Ardfert and immediately saw this incredible Cathedral which was where we headed straight for..
Ardfert Cathedral (Irish: Ardeaglais Ard Fhearta) is a ruined former cathedral in Ardfert, County Kerry, in Ireland Dedicated to Saint Brendan.
The site has three medieval church ruins, the main and earliest building being from the 12th century. Within the adjoining graveyard there are two other churches, Temple Na Hoe dating from the 12th century and Temple Na Griffin dating from the 15th century. The main church has an ogham stone and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs.
The roof was destroyed in 1641 during the Irish Rebellion..
This was the highlight of our little trip and we were very happy to have found such an amazing piece of history so close to us and in such great condition..
A quick spin into Tralee for some food and we headed straight for Inch beach on our way home for the sunset!!
What a great day and no matter where you are in the world there is always a new place to discover right where you are!!
Get out there and start searching!!
Go raibh míle maith agat :)