As a avid fly fisherman, traveling to Europe, and in particular Ireland, without at least a day on the water would be a disappointing holiday. I carried along an abbreviated set of fly fishing tackle with the intention of doing some fishing in mind. The Dingle peninsula is not a major area for fresh water fly fishing but there are loughs and creeks with trout. The local tourist information center suggested Lough Anascaul (The Irish name is Abhainn an Sca'il), so we planned an outing and picnic to the lake.
|The creek and bridge in the village of Anascaul|
We have been to Anascaul on previous visits to Ireland, but mostly just a quick stop on our way. Anascaul is a small village east of Dingle, with a beautiful creek running through it (flowing out of Lough Anascaul). The noteriety of the village is due to its most famous resident, Tom Crean who was a member on three Antarctic expeditions, and heroic member of both Robert Scott's British Antarctic Expedition (Terra Nova) of 1910-1913 on the ship Terra Nova and Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Exhibition of 1914-1917 on the ship Endurance. He was also a member of Scott's failed first expedition Discovery in 1901-1904. He returned to Annascaul following his naval and exploration career to open a tavern called the South Pole Inn, which is still open today.
Anascaul Lough-- A small lake above the village Anascaul. The quiet of picnics and fishing here are interrupted only by occasional bleating of sheep on the far shore.
|Nate trying his hand at fly casting for the brown trout in Lough Anascaul.|
|Tom Crean-- A monument to Antarctic explorer Tom Crean is found in Anascaul's small park.|
South Pole Inn-- Tom Crean's tavern in Anascaul. The tavern has a beautiful location, on the creek just past the bridge into town. Of course, we stopped and had a pint of Guinness before making our way back to Dunquin at the end of the day.
|South Pole Inn-- There are many photos and newspaper articles on the walls honoring the explorer Tom Crean.|