Everything we read told us we would love the Ring of Dingle even more than the Ring of Kerry, and after driving both, I agree. The Ring of Dingle has even more incredible views. Plus, it’s a significantly shorter drive! And what really made it wonderful was that we had another day of GORGEOUS weather! Ireland was really showing off!
We stopped at Gallarus Oratory, one of the best preserved early Christian churches in Ireland. It was built around 1,300 years ago. It was so small inside. Must not have held many worshippers. Similar to the passage tombs we saw in Bru Na Boinne, the church was built in a way that water cannot enter.
After such a beautiful morning drive, we were back in Dingle for some shopping and ice cream at Murphy’s. I’m a bit of an ice cream connoisseur, and I have to say that it was some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. (Don’t worry, Jeni’s; you’re still my number 1.)
Similar to my love for ice cream, my mama has a love for all things Christmas. Because of this, we had to check out The Dingle Elf.
Before leaving town, we grabbed some sandwiches and snacks for the car ride and embarked on what I was warned was the most treacherous part of the trip…Conor Pass. When you come across signs like this, it makes you wonder just a bit if you should continue…
Conor Pass cannot accommodate vehicles wider than six feet! It’s a narrow stretch of road running along the edge of a cliff. And, there’s no stop light system or anything to direct traffic. On our side, we waited for a number of cars to come through before the person a few cars in front of me took off (probably praying the whole way that cars weren’t trying to come from the other direction). I decided I was going to go, too, since I had three cars in front of me as a shield! I’m happy to say that we made it through. We made it a point to pause before and after to take in the beautiful scenery!
The rest of our drive was a bit of a “repositioning” drive. We wanted to get as close to the Cliffs of Moher as possible to keep from having to drive in the morning. This required another car ferry. Sometimes Garmin is crazy and makes up her own path, but she was fully aligned with our decision to take the car ferry. She didn’t even lose us when we were out in the middle of the water!
We arrived at the beautiful Moy House near Lahinch in County Clare in time to nap and enjoy the beach before dinner, which was delightful!
[Another room with a view]
It’s really hard to choose, but the tasting menu we had at Moy House was one of our best meals of the trip! The panna cotta with fresh rhubarb and strawberries was like magic!
[As you can see, excitement for the meal started really early on when the salads were served]
Beautiful landscapes, terrifying passes, delicious food, and abundant sunshine made for a really spectacular day! We both marveled that with each day Ireland just kept getting better and better!