Gurteen Beach near Roundstone in Ireland

September 29, late afternoon and evening.

After a drive along the Connemara Coast we arrived in the village of Roundstone, Al’s favourite town in Ireland.

Arriving in Roundstone, we picked the first B &B we saw, as it was strategically located between two pubs.

We told the landlady that “we could do with a bit of a walk” so she sent us off to Gurteen Beach, saying, “keep to the headland with the cemetery on your right and you can walk from one beach to the next.”

At Gurteen Beach there were actually people swimming – summer had finally arrived in Ireland at the end of September!

We found the cemetery…
Crosses at the Cemetery at Gurteen Beach, IrelandPushing up daisies at the Cemetery at Gurteen Beach, IrelandVirgin in a Glass Ball at the Cemetery at Gurteen Beach, Ireland…and keeping it on our right, carried on along the long sandy shoreline of the beach. Long stretch of sand at Gurteen Beach near Roundstone in IrelandAl getting bent out of shape taking a photo. Al getting bent out of shape taking a photo at Gurteen Beach near Roundstone, IrelandAl’s shot.Gurteen Beach near Roundstone, IrelandMeanwhile I was amusing myself by taking photos of seaweed that looked like jewelry…
Seaweed on the sand at Gurteen Beach near Roundstone in Ireland…and close-ups of the brilliant green seaweed on the occasional photogenic rocks. Rocks with bright green seaweed at Gurteen Beach near Roundstone in IrelandThen we scrambled up over some sand dunes and onto the next beach. Dunes at Gurteen Beach near Roundstone in IrelandThis was a very different beach, with a rocky foreshore, green fields, cows, fences…Rocky foreland at Gurteen Beach near Roundstone, IrelandPanorama of Gurteen Beach in IrelandAt the end was yet another sandy beach and more dunes…Gurteen Beach near Roundstone, IrelandOn the way back the tide had come in a long way and the place looked totally different. Here’s a scan of Lonely Planet page showing our route that day.Route scribbled on my Lonely Planet map: Sep 29 to RoundstoneMy artsy shot for this post: pushing up daisies at the cemetery near Gurteen beach run through Psykopaint. Daisies in the cemetery by the beach painted in Psyko PaintMore on our 2015 trip to Ireland.

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