So, for all you visitors from abroad, most of which seem to be visiting from the states, and looking for information on Wine Strand – this one is for you.
Wine Strand, as you may have gathered from the name, is actually a beach, way out on the Dingle Peninsula, in County Kerry, on the west coast of Ireland.
The beach, to be technical, is in the village of Baile an Reannaigh, or Ballinrannig, although to describe it as a village might be pushing it a bit – as it consists of about 8 houses which are occupied year-round, along with maybe thirty or so holiday homes.
There is no shop, no pub, no church, just all these buildings, and a couple of beaches.
Snowy Mount Brandon as seen from Wine Strand Jan 2010 - it was exceptionally cold last winter!
As for the beaches, apart from Wine Strand itself, which is the smallest, and most popular, one in the village, on the eastern side of the village is Muiríoch beach, which takes its name from the village on the opposite end, and Cúl Dorcha on the western side.
The dog (Jessie) on Cúl Dorcha beach
The nearest shop/pub is a kilometer away – that’s Bric’s pub.
Then a further two or three kilometers up the road is Baile an Fhéirtéirigh, or Ballyferriter, which does have a shop, and a church, and a museum, a couple of cafes, B&B’s, a hotel, and no less than four public houses.
Westward, there is one more village, called Dún Chaoin, or Dunquin, which some of you movie buffs may know as the place where Ryan’s Daughter was filmed back in the late 60′s, and more recently, parts of Far and Away.
Next stop westward – America.
Winter dawn on Wine Strand - Christmas 2010 - you can just see the roof of one or two of the Wine Strand Holiday Cottages
Chances are, if you came here by searching for Wine Strand, you may have been looking for the holiday homes that are rented out here in the village, and you will find them by searching for Dingle Holiday or Dingle Wine Strand Cottages. But you won’t find them here.
So, that’s just a general summary of the place I call home – Baile an Reannaigh, or Wine Strand.
Let me know if this helped!