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Reen Rua or Reenroe beach is one of the many gorgeous beaches along the Wild Atlantic Way. Located in Ballinskelligs in South West Kerry, it is part of Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve. It is a wide, sandy stretch of beach which is perfect for walking and water sports. Recently I stumbled upon a news article about the beach and it's facinating history.
In 2014 so much sand was washed away from the beach that the remains of an ancient forest were revealed. The tree stumps dotted along the sand were found to be the remains of a 4,000 year old oak forest. Eroded but beautiful, the fossilised trees are a reminder of a time when sea levels were much lower.
I just couldn't believe that I hadn't seen or heard of it at the time and guessed that two years on in 2016 that trees would be well buried again under sand. It was only when I looked at a photo of the beach I took last month that I could see the tops of the tree stumps! At the time I had no idea of their significance but next time I'll definitely be taking a closer look...unless the sand has recovered them!
If you look at the right hand side of the above picture you can see the stumps!Pretty cool!:)
The South West Kerry camera club took some great snaps at the time. Here's the link, Enjoy!