The narrow winding road around Slea Head, with it’s spectacular views of the Great Blasket Islands and vivid green hillsides dotted with sheep, attracts many visitors. Some find their way down the cliffside to this beach, used for filming some of the scenes in Ryan’s Daughter. Low cloud is common here, on the western-most peninsular of land in Europe.
We have also been looking for Holy Wells on our trip to Ireland, and after a long conversation with a farmer who was engaged in separating his cows from their calves (lots of loud mooing involved), we found one on the cliffside at Dunquin. This is an ancient spring, revered in the old days as a source of life, and since Christianity honored as Saint Gobnait’s Well. people come to pray here every year on 11th Februay, St Gobnait’s Day. I made an essence here, you can see the essence bottle sitting in the well.
While waiting for the essence to finish and Stuart to complete his drawing I sat on the rocky cliff top looking at the afternoon sunlight leaking through the cloud around the Blasket Islands.