After a couple of days in Dublin, we took the train across the country (a whole 4 hours) to the ring of Kerry on the west coast. I know that Dublin is that capital, but I think that to really appreciate Ireland, you need to explore outside of the city. I stayed at my friend’s place in the small village of Camp (more on that later), and took day trips to Dingle and Killarney. By this time, the “heatwave” was over and it was back to typical moody Irish weather (which I was actually thrilled about because I wanted to get some “moody” photos).
Dingle is a cute little harbour town with colourful houses and lots of local artisans. I found the perfect celtic knot pair of earrings and pendant in one of the many jewellery shops. There’s not much to do in the town other than enjoy the scenery and visit Fungie. He’s a 30 year old dolphin that likes to play with the boats that head out into the bay. I actually didn’t know that dolphins swam so far north, so this was a really fun surprise.
The boat ride had a guarantee of seeing Fungie or your money back, but I have a feeling that they never had to refund anyone. That dolphin is super sociable and loves racing with the boats. Maybe you skeptics out there are wondering if there are just many dolphins that they call Fungie, but no, we were only followed by one.
I think the Fungie attraction drives half the tourism in this town, so there are lots of dolphin-themed hommages everywhere:
And here is the rest of the little town. What’s that, you ask? Sunshine? Yes, we had a good 2 minutes of sunshine while we walked from one store to another. It disappeared without a trace by the time we got out.
Next town: Killarney, also in the ring of Kerry.