Monday, November 19, 2012

Ireland Part 2

I am back home from the UK and our amazing wedding and honeymoon. The internet access was poor in Wales and southern England and we were very busy sightseeing that I didn't get to continue blogging about our adventures so will do so from home.
The Standing Stones at Keakil in southern Ireland.
The Ring of Kerry.
A Jaunting Horse and Carriage in Killarney.
Killarney National Park.
This section of the park was really eerie and magical especially as it was raining but no rain came through the canopy of the woodlands.
You felt like an leparcorn or elf was going to come out at any minute so Treasure decided to try to be one.
Drombeg Stone Circle near Glandore.
Drombeg Stone Circle was very magical and you got a real spiritual feeling when you were there.
Crosshaven. It is a port where English tourists go for fishing and sailing.
Cobh. This was a very pretty town. It was the site where the Titanic picked up it's last passengers before heading for America. They have opened a Titanic Experience Tour which took you on a tour of what the ship would have been like and what happened just before and during the sinking of the Titanic. It was very interesting.
Brownshill Dolmen near Carlow. A Dolmen is an ancient burial site. Brownshill is over 5000 years old.
Wicklow Goal.
Wicklow Goal was one of the best tours that we went on. When you arrived the goaler collected you and took you through the fist part of the goal describing what would have happened to you there if you were a prisoner in the 1800's. He also explained about the trip to Australia as a convict as many convicts were sent from Wicklow Goal to Australia. We were then allowed to wander around the Goal. Each goal cell had stories about various prisoners that lived there. It was an extremely interesting place.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Ireland Part 1

Slievemore Deserted Village on Achill Island. It was an amazing find while driving along the road.

The villagers deserted the village more than 5000 years ago and the reason to this day remains unknown.

Bridge in Westport.

Old Sewing Machine in kylemore Abbey.
A lot of the pubs in Scotland and Ireland have old Singer sewing machine cabinets for tables. I really wanted to bring one home with me.

Thatched cottages in Adare.

Ballycarbeny Castle near Cahersiveen.

The castle is completely in ruins and what is left is supported only by vines which cover it.

We walked all over the castle and I even went right up to the top.

Cahergal Stone Fort near Cahersiveen.

This is one of the best preserved Stone Forts in Ireland and dates back to the 8th or 9th Century.

The remains of the Beehive Hut inside the Fort.

It is used for special Celtic Music Festivals each year.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Northern Ireland

We went from Scotland to Northern Ireland.
Only spent a day there before heading to Ireland.
Northern Ireland countryside.
Dunlice Castle.
Dunlice Castle.

Near the Castle there was a cave with this sign up.
Treaure had to enter the cave. Typical boy.
he did get some great photos from inside the cave.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Scotland Part 2

Loch Ness.
South West Scotland.
Tantallon Castle in south east Scotland.
Tantallon Castle is one of the best castles we have seen.

View from Tantallon Castle.
Lighthouse on a small island near Tantallon Castle.
Dirleton Castle and Gardens in south east Scotland..
Dirleton Castle.
Dirleton Castle Gardens.
View from Dirleton Castle of houses in the village.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Scotland Part 1

This is just some highlights of our time in Scotland. We went to some gorgeous places and saw some amazing sights.
This is an amazing old abbey that we stumbled across in Loch Awe called St Conan's Kirk Abbey.
Inside the Abbey.
Urqhuart Castle.
Urqhuart Castle.
Isle of Skye.
Isle of Skye.
Isle of Skye.
Highland Cattle.
Highland Cattle.
Glasgow Cathedral.
Glasgow Cathedral.
Edinburgh skyline taken from Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh Castle.