During the last week in August in Ireland we have been celebrating National Heritage Week, and we have been taking full advantage of the many activities taking place, a lot of them free, and visiting places that are not usually open to the public.
One such place that we visited was the lighthouse at Galley Head, to do some whale watching. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday when we travelled the hour or so to Galley Head, beyond Clonakilty. The whale watching took place in the grounds of the lighthouse, and was organised by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), who gave a talk on the different varieties of whales and dolphins that can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland.
There were also Bird Watching Groups at the event, as large groups of birds usually follow the whales and dolphins, to take advantage of the copious amounts of fish and plankton disturbed by these huge mammals, so if ever you see large groups of birds circling over the water, it could be that there are whales nearby!
And did we see many whales…..not even one! They were playing hard to get, I think!
We did have a lovely day though, and managed to get a few more interesting photos on our walk to the lighthouse