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  • Day27

    To Gort

    September 30, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    According to google maps it should take just over 2 hours to travel from Killarney to Gort but there’s no fun in taking the direct route. I headed first to Dingle, finding a lovely beach at Inch Strand - very sandy and golden. Despite the cold cloudy day there were quite a few surfers out.
    I then took the Conor Pass over to Castlegregory. Like all of the mountain passes I have taken the scenery was beautiful. The road was quite narrow in places and I had to back up quite a bit in one spot.
    Up to Talbert and then I took the car ferry crossing from County Kerry into County Clare. I went up the coast to Lahinch and then across to Gort which is where I’m staying tonight. Basically I couldn’t decide between Ennis and Galway and Gort is halfway between. The hotel I’m in seems to be a hotel for business travellers as tonight is cheaper than the next two nights.
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    Cathrine Clay

    Yah what a handsome hound 😃 was he friendly 🤣🤣🤣


    Looks cold but still beautiful 💚


    Inch strand is a really beautiful beach, and I know the Connor Pass well :) I've also been on the Tarbert car ferry, many, many years ago :) Loving reading your posts. Phil

  • Day7

    Lunch Time!

    June 25, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    I already mentioned in the previous footprint that our timing was just right to have lunch at Tom Crean’s South Pole Inn ... even if the place is no longer associated with the Crean family.

    From the pub menu, we both ordered the delicious fish and chips ... which was made with hake. A pint of Guinness´s Rockshore Irish lager was the perfect accompaniment to our food.

    As good as the food was, I especially enjoyed the ambiance with memorabilia from Crean’s Antarctic expeditions decorating the walls.
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    Sonia Gelman

    What a lovely couple!

    Two to Travel


  • Day7

    Annascaul: Tom Crean’s Hometown

    June 25, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    From Inch Strand, we briefly got back on R651 before taking a short detour to the village of Annascaul.

    In my Kenmare footprint yesterday, I mentioned the name of an Antarctic explorer of the Heroic Age — Tom Crean. Born at a farm near Annascaul, Crean returned to live out the rest of his life in this village after he retired from life at sea.

    Our visit to Annascaul had a couple of goals. (1) Find the South Pole Inn, which Crean opened in the early 20th century after he settled here. (2) visit the memorial park where there is a statue of him in one of his iconic poses from the Endurance Expedition ... with husky puppies gathered in his arms. (3) Hike/stroll to the Ballynacourty Cemetery ... to stretch our legs and also to pay our respects at Crean’s grave. (4) Have lunch ... preferably at the South Pole Inn.

    I’m happy to say that we achieved all of our goals!
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    Nickie Wilkinson

    Always good to achieve all your goals!

    Nickie Wilkinson


  • Day13

    Day 2

    August 5, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Thank all that is good, but today was a much, much easier walk. Most of it was on either gravel roads or tiny, one-lane paved roads. What a relief after yesterday! Mom and I still chose to only walk from Camp to Inch (7.2 miles) and Kathy picked us up there. This cut 3 miles off the overall journey and meant that we've spent the afternoon resting and wandering the small village we're staying in. The best part of the day? After a brief rain shower this morning it has been sunny and warm. So lovely.

    Now we are in Annascaul, home of Tom Crean, an heroic member of Ernest Shackleton's team to the South Pole in 1914-1916. He has a pub named for him and a statue of him in the town center. In the statue he is holding two puppies, so mom and I figure he had to be a pretty great guy.
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  • Day2

    Dingle Peninsula, Evening in Annascaul

    September 1, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We thought our day was almost over, but we still have a 2-hour drive ahead of us. Luckily, the sleep-inducing effects of the Irish music (that Sean keeps putting on) doesn't seem to be wearing out, so we both end up sleeping through most of the drive.

    We just have a quick toilet/ATM stop in Kilkenny, a truly beautiful town made of historical buildings and pictoresque squares decorated with flowers. Apparently, tomorrow we will come back here and we will get to spend two nights in this place, so no much need to wander around now.

    After our quick pit stop, we resume driving towards our destination for tonight: a tiny little village in the middle of nowhere in the Dingle Peninsula. Thanks to Google Maps we find out that this bunch of 5 houses and a bar are called Annascaul, as everything seems to be written in Gaelic here... 🙄

    Our accommodation for tonight is house with a wavy wooden roof that seems to have come out of some fairy-tale book for children. I'm already prepared to sleep on an hammock swinging between two mushrooms, when I actually realise that the interior of the building is actually that of a high-level 3-star hotel with sloping ceilings.
    Dinner will be served in a pub literally next door, where we get to choose a main and either a starter or a dessert... apparently tonight we are invited by our tour organiser!

    By chance, we get to sit at the same table with the tour mates that we were most interested in talking to: the Kiwi couple (Brian and Yvonne) and a lovely gay nerd couple from New England (Steven and Nathan). 🤓
    We get on so well that, when everybody else heads back to the hotel, we decide to stay on and play pool. The first and only time I played was with Bill in New Zealand, which means a good 15 years have passed since the last time I held a stick in my hands... and you could tell from my "skills"!🙄😓
    Ludo seems instead to be quite good at it, but in the end we get to win the second game just because I put the white ball very close to the black one (absolutely on purpose, of course), so the other team accidentally sink both with their last shot... thus automatically losing the game. 😂
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Anascaul, Abhainn an Scáil