October 6, afternoon.
After our detour around the Ring of Skellig it was back to Portmagee where a boarded-up building made vibrant with painted flowers and false windows caught my eye.
Just outside of Port Magee we saw the signposted ‘Kerry’s Most Spectacular Cliffs’ that turned out to be another roadside attraction, Irish style. These are reproductions of the old stone buildings called ‘Beehive Huts’ or Clochans, dating from 2000 BC. These waterproof stone huts were used for habitation up until the Early Middle Ages when pilgrims and monks were visiting Skellig Michael, a monastery on an island off the wild west coast of Ireland. I think there is a ferry there from Portmagee but we missed it on this trip.
The cliffs themselves resembled Valentia Island which we had visited earlier in the day for no charge although we had to admit that the turquoise ocean crashing against the rocks was spectacular. Artsy shot for this post: Most Spectacular Cliffs in Kerry, Ireland run through Snapseed.More on our 2015 trip to Ireland.