Beach walking in Kerry is one of the many privileges available to those who live here. Kerry has several beautiful beaches, many of them absolutely stunning – long, short, rough, refined, friendly and not so friendly, but all of them a real joy to experience.
Ventry Beach, on the Dingle Peninsula, about 5 miles from Dingle town, is one of the many, much loved blue flag beaches. At about 3 miles long it makes a perfect distance for a regular walk.
The sea is not so rough here as a general rule, being quite sheltered and it’s a popular beach for swimmers. Observing the long, gentle, uniform waves breaking on the beach is a marvellous meditation. At certain times on a sunny day the sunlight glistens and gleams on the frothy foamy breakers and swirling, swishing, whispering sudsy water.
From the beach can be seen the Iveragh Peninsula (South Kerry), famous for many things, notably the Ring of Kerry route around the peninsula, a popular tourist route, and also for Mount Carrantuohill, (the highest peak in Ireland), which can be seen from here. It’s particularly beautiful on a clear evening, or a winter’s day when snow covered – not a very frequent event.
On one end of the beach can be seen the village of Ventry, appealingly nestling on the gently sloping hillside, and depending on your viewpoint, Mount Eagle and Cruach Mharhain can be seen and at the other side is Mount Brandon – all beautiful walks for another day.
Birdlife is plentiful here, although numbers appeared to diminish after our two bitterly cold winters. We are now almost through the second milder winter since then, and things may be starting to recover.
On some occasions the clouds may form a blanket-like layer – more like a fluffy white duvet descending over the entire area – an event which, if one painted, nobody could believe it to be real or possible.
Sand comes mainly in two shades here – dark and light. This enables the creation of a striking wavy repeat pattern all over the beach in low tide, as the retreating water drags the two different colours while separating them, towards the sea. Also, the receding water creates exquisite rivulets in the sand, enhanced by the contrasting tones. See: http://helene-brennan.com/c105-sand-paintings.
The persistent rough weather this winter has ravaged the sand dunes, but I have seen this happen before. Nature has a way of destroying and renewing. By the end of the summer you won’t even notice the damage.
More images of Ventry and other places on the Dingle Peninsula can be seen on my website at http://helene-brennan.com/c25-dingle-peninsula-photos.