So, did you all see the recent episode of Top Gear where Matt LeBlanc tooled around the Dingle Peninsula in a £250,000 Rolls Royce Dawn? If not, you really should. If you missed it, there’s no need to worry because we were coincidentally there that same weekend covering pretty much the same ground as they did. (During one of the shots from the episode we were behind where the camera man was so while you see our vantage point, you can’t actually see us.)
Our Land Rover might be a couple hundred thousand dollars cheaper than the Rolls, but we love taking it along Ireland’s back roads and world class driving routes and this weekend escapade did not disappoint. The 47 kilometer Slea Head Drive, which starts and ends in Dingle, makes up just a fraction of Ireland’s famed Wild Atlantic Way. The afternoon we spent exploring Slea Head was, as you’ll see below, incredibly beautiful. Stopping at various points along the way, we visited the Fahan Beehive Huts which are estimated to be from the 1300s, a few wonderfully beautiful beaches that we practically had to ourselves, and one sheep that tried to get mouthy with me when we approached the stop for Brandon Creek. This inlet was the legendary starting point of the voyage of St. Brendan to America, centuries before Columbus. We didn’t visit the Blasket Islands this trip since we were too early in the season, but my understanding is if the boats are running it’s definitely worth a trip.