Thursday, October 20, 2016
Beaches are actually the anomaly along most of the Kerry coastline -- rocky shores are far more common. But not all rocky shores are equal. Some sea cliffs are simply higher and more spectacular than others. Here, west of Portmagee, the land rises steeply, then just plunges hundreds of feet into the Atlantic.
I believe most of the Iveragh Peninsula is composed of Devonian Old Red Sandstone, even if it isn't all red and doesn't all consist of sandstone. But it was all deposited in rivers and desert conditions a very long time ago.
We could see Skellig Michael offshore. We had booked a trip out a day or two before, but gale force winds jinxed those plans. The 700' high rocky spire was the site of a small monastic community between 700 and 1200AD and their stone huts can still be visited, perched high on the rock. This year, tourism to this site (already a UNESCO World Heritage site), went through the roof, since it was featured in the last two minutes of last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens (it's where Rey finds Luke).