Notes from Asdee, Ireland

Having spent four days in the quiet North Kerry village of Asdee, the most memorable parts of this trip were the abundant montbretia, which added color to an otherwise grey and rainy visit to that corner of Ireland in early August. The other one is that I spent four evenings there and did not visit a single pub, neither daytime nor evening time. You see, it can be done. Wonders never seize.

The village of Asdee, situated at the mouth of the Shannon estuary, is very quiet and has little infrastructure.

Asdee shore, Ireland

These montbretia decorate many private gardens and roadsides.



While searching for charity shops, we passed this rather sad-looking Charlie Chaplin in the window.

shop window

The shore lines, once for strategic reasons are dotted with castle ruins. This left side of the castle shows the Men’s Beach. To the right of the castle, you find the Ladies Beach. Both are unisex these days.


The Shannon Ferry has just left the port.

Shannon Ferry

In the town of Ballybunion, a coastal town and seaside resort in County Kerry, I saw this attraction. If you can call it one, that is. Former President Clinton preparing for a swing of golf. The plaque underneath reads:

President Bill Clinton

This sculpture was unveiled by Mr. Charlie McCreevy T.D. Minister for Finance

on the 5th of September 1998

to commemorate the golfing visit by the President of the United States of America

The plaque

Bill Clinton in Ballybunion

Some tidbits about Asdee:

* Jesse James’s father was born there. Jessie himself was an American outlaw, gang leader, bank robber, train robber, and murderer from the state of Missouri, USA.

*The last claim to fame for Asdee was the moving statues of Mary in 1985. 30 schoolchildren saw two Marian statues moving in the church at Asdee.

Longshore Fishing at the Baltic Sea

It was interesting to see the longshore men bring in their catch one morning. It came in many different colored plastic containers, and together with the ice, looked quite heavy when getting hauled up and stacked. I took quite a few photos, and as time went on, more and more onlookers gathered around.long shore fishing

One morning, they only came in to spread out their nets for mending.

mending fishing nets

fishing net

The port in Maasholm was the most fascinating place any time of day. The sky constantly changed its color, some tourists stopped at the ice cream parlor, the seagulls were ever-present (but not annoying), and there was a constant breeze.

Maasholm Port

The evenings were especially lovely. There are beautiful walkways around most of the peninsula. Sometimes we did not walk that much; we only carried a bottle of red wine to the nearest bench, gazed out onto the water, while others passed by.

Walking around the Schlei Estuary

Walkway around the Schlei Estuary

Two Weeks at the Baltic Sea

Maasholm – The weather at the Baltic Sea is as changeable as they say. But this summer, it ranged mostly in the upper 20s and low 30s. My iPad even developed some heat issue after 30 minutes in the sun. Mind you, this was at the Baltic Sea, which has a cooler climate. Usually.

The iPad needs to cool down

The iPad needs to cool down

I spent most mornings at the Maasholm Harbor for its fresh air, cool breezes, and wifi access. Our apartment did not have internet connection and I assume most other rental places did not either. Maasholm is an Erholungsort (recreational village), so the residents and landlords might like to keep the internet out as well.

This fishing village also had restricted car traffic within, but there is a big parking lot outside the village.

Maasholm port

Our summer break starts earlier than the rest of the German public schools. Therefore, we usually get to leave before peak season begins. Our two weeks ended right at the beginning of the summer break in four German states.

This is what the beach looked like before schools ends in summer. The first four states started summer break in mid-July (2014). These dates vary from year to year.

empty beach

Here we went on a short boat ride to Schleimünde. From Maasholm Port to Schleimünde, it takes about 15 minutes and we got to spend about 45 minutes there. We joined the volunteer tour guide, who took us around this peninsula stretch.The boat ride is 12 euro per person.

Evenings by the Schlei estuary were just as quiet and beautiful.

Sundown Schlei

Maasholm is very much in contrast to the famous Baltic Sea resort of Schönhagen (about 20 min by car from Maasholm). Schönhagen has many facilities to accommodate all the tourists (including a Döner stand) and comes across as very generic and overdeveloped when compared to tranquil Maasholm.

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