There’s been a noticable surge in the number of aerial photos that have been doing rounds on the web over the last year or so. The steady rise in photos taken from the clouds is partly thanks to the new wave of affordable drone technology that’s seeping into the market.

Ireland’s first ever drone expo even took place in Dublin a couple of days back.

The photos below, however, were taken far beyond reach of any commercial drone – they were snapped by the Irish Air corps back in 2012 during a patrol of Ireland’s west coast.

Pictured, you’ll see Slea Head, an enormous costal headland that’s part of the Dingle Peninsula in the beautiful southwest of County Kerry.

While the chances are you’ll never get to see Slea Head from this angle, if you do happen to visit this wonderful chunk of Ireland you’ll be treated to dramatic views of the Blasket Islands.

slead head kerry

slea head kerry aerial

slea head aerial

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