|Date||Thursday 31 March 2016|
|Distance stage||7,0 km|
|Quality of signs||very good|
|Quality of the hike||A (excellent): hills and spectacular ocean views|
After a thorough preparation my E8-hike continous in Ireland, at Ireland’s most remote location from Dublin: Dursey Pond. My wife joined me for this once-in-a-lifetime experience: It was superb!
Early in the morning we leave the B&B in Castletownbeare and drive to Dursey Pond, the only location in Ireland where a cablecar is operating, which is also the only cablecar in Europe that crosses the sea. At this hour of the morning at this time of the year we are the first visitors to the Island. We hike along the road on the Island towards the southwest cape, enjoying the spectacular views on this Sunny day. A few of the houses on the Island are still being used by farmers who look after their sheep. From the cape, Dursey Head, we start the E8 by going back to the cablecar. The colours of the ocean change continously by the changing angle of the Sunshine in the water: from dark blue to light blue to turqoise. Close to the harbour, near the cablecar, we can even see Dolphins jumping out the water! We arrive a bit too early for the afternoon service of the cablecar and we wait near the old church on the Island. At a quater to three we are back on the Mainland, and I am ready for my crossing of Ireland!