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Today dawned with fairly clear skies and no rain. After a good country breakfast at Glenn Dearg, we strapped on our packs and started walking. Each guest house along the way has packed lunches for us. The standard fare seems to be ham and cheese. Angel has dubbed this the ham and cheese tour of Ireland. At least today we had a little mustard to jazz things up. We started walking along Slea Head drive, following the trail markers.

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We stopped at Louis Mulcahey’s pottery, where we drooled over the beautiful pottery. Fortunately for us, you can order from him online, which we both are likely to do later after we return home.

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Our directions today, however, were not making a lot of sense. Somehow we missed a turn and wound up in the town of Ballyferriter.  This turned out to be serendipitous, however, as there was a very small, but very interesting museum in town which we would have missed had we not missed our turn.

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There was also a beautiful old church built in the early 1800’s.
After determining where to get back on the Dingle Way by following a single lane road down to Smerwick Harbour, we sat on the beach and had lunch (ham sandwiches) and watched sea birds plunge into the water to catch their lunch.

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There were a few people surfing and trying to enjoy the beach, but is was very cool to be swimming, and most who were wore wetsuits. We ascended a low cliff line to continue on the Way, encountering an electric fence that gave Angel a bit of a shock. We managed to get past that, climb over a rock wall and keep walking.

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The beach was beautiful. At some points we were walking down on the beach, and where it was impassable, we took to the dunes again. We found several interesting seashells and stones on the beach. We even saw a river running down the beach, joining it in places.

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Finally, we arrived in Ballydavid, where the hosts of An Bothar retrieved us from the T.P. Pub, where we had hoped to get a drink, but it was full and we couldn’t find a seat. We are now warm, clean and dry and the lovely host of An Bothar is seeing to our very dirty laundry. We hope to enjoy a fantastic seafood meal tonight. It looks like rain tonight and tomorrow. Our host told us several hikers came off of Mt. Brandon crying today, and it wasn’t even raining, so it’s looking like we may skip walking tomorrow. Either way, our next stop is Cloghane. See you tomorrow!

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