Sunday, 4 January 2015

Another Day Walking Around The Sheeps Head Peninsula.

This picture was taken from a viewing point high above
Bantry bay looking down onto Bantry town.
Sheep graze nonchalantly.  Totally not interested in us taking pictures and walking passed them.  It you want peace and serenity and to embrace total isolation.  Then a visit to the Sheeps Head Peninsula is a must.  That will be ten Euros please Irish Tourist Board!

Night falls on Dunmanus bay.  You can just see the silhouette  of St James church , Durrus in the 
fading light.  My parents and my dad's family are interred there.  Many years a go when my wife first visited my grandparents grave.  She said:

"They lived by the sea and they are buried by the sea." 

 It's a wonderful peaceful place.  It's most famous grave belongs to the Booker prize author:  Jg Farrell.
Old ruin of a grain store built during the Napoleon wars.  It was also used for an auxiliary workhouse during the potato famines in the 19th century.  Locals have told me it was once a leper colony.  But I have never seen this wrote down.  It looks highly possible though.  Especially with the door entrance right on to Dunmanus bay.  

Mussel boats tied up at Durrus pier.


Back on the north side of the Sheeps Head peninsula.  The evening tide coming in on Bantry bay.
It was good to have a few good walks the last week.  It makes me feel very grateful for living in such a beautiful and peaceful place.

14 comments:

  1. Hi Dave it is such a beautiful and peaceful area. If we ever won the lottery we'd be over there viewing property in a shot :) Lovely photos. The first time we stayed on the Sheeps Head our ferry was the only one that went over that weekend as the sea was so wild _ I've never seen so many sick people in my life ! Anyhow when we finally arrived it was 3am and pitch black. We couldn't believe how gorgeous the surroundings were when we got up the next day, blue sky and everything.
    Twiggy

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  2. Yeah Twiggy. I sometimes think we live in a beautiful oil painting. A lot of property in Ireland is incredibly cheap at the moment. If you are prepared to do some work or live just off the tourist map. You will find some incredible bargains. Especially when you convert the Euro back to Sterling. Thanks!

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  3. Some very paintable sights if you were an artist, and unusual to get round them in January?

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    1. Yes they would make great paintings Cumbrian. It's often very mild here because we are on the Gulf Stream. It's incredibly mild at the moment. Mizzle weather today. Thanks!

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  4. Lovely place to walk and recharge your batteries, Dave. I walk round our fields with the dogs at dusk, and that recharges me, even if it is raining and windy!

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    1. Yes Vera. If you want a peaceful and solitude life in the countryside next to the sea. This is the perfect place to live. Your smallholding in France sounds like your very own paradise. Thanks!

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  5. And sometimes we need to make the connection with our roots.

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  6. Hi Irene. Yes we sometimes need to make connection with our roots. I may talk with an English accent but my father's roots are from here in West Cork. I often find it strange that I get so few Irish comments. West Cork is a beautiful place and I thought I would share some of the local views. Thanks Irene.

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  7. Thank you Sol. That's here on the Northside of the peninsula. The tide was just coming in when we took the photo. Thanks for your comment!

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  8. I've not been down as far as Bantry, so it's nice to see photos of that part of Cork. Thanks for sharing Dave. :-)

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    1. I am pleased you like West Cork, Deb. Which county do you live in? Thanks!

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    2. We're in South Tipp, just on the border of Waterford.

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  9. Hi Deb. I have passed the Rock of Cashel and been through Waterford and Wexford going to Rosslare port. You live in a nice place.

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