Category: Ireland

Ireland’s Edge – Cliffs of Moher

It was a magical and very windy moment looking along the edge of the Cliffs of Moher. The plush green landscape curves along the edge where the waves of the Atlantic crash into the surface below creating one of nature’s most inspiring visions of landscape architecture. I stopped along the edge witnessing the way nature curated the aesthetically pleasing surroundings while it beckoned me to become part of it’s story. A timeless story located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 120 metres (390ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and...

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Ireland – The Victorian Walled Gardens of Kylemore Abbey

There is something so captivating about the broken terracotta pots scattered, and shattered artfully outside of the garden greenhouse at Kylemore Abbey. Some may walk by these broken pots, and not realize the story they once contained. The fractured vessel represents a growth that could no longer be contained, one that slowly introduced itself to me as I wandered through the rest of the garden. The time and care it takes to curate this growth is not only visually pleasing, it is nourishment for the soul both spiritually and physically. The vegetables and herbs planted here are all used...

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Ashford Castle, Ireland – Beyond the Castle Walls

Beyond the abundant hydrangea blooms rooted against the wall at Ashford Castle is the stunning view of Lough Corrib, a lake in the west of Ireland.  It is the second largest lough in the isle of Ireland, connecting to the Corrib River that eventually connects to the sea of Galway.   During my first evening at the castle, the white hydrangea blooms beckoned me to explore the outer walls, where endless stories rich in history whisper into the soul.  The prestige of the castle dates back to 1228 located in Cong, County Mayo, Ireland.  The castle’s timeline has a notable history before becoming part...

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An afternoon stroll and a look around Dublin

In the last two posts we looked deeper at Dublin Castle and pondered at Ha’penny Bridge. Of course this was a flying visit and whilst the sun was out it would have been a shame not to have wandered under the blue skies. Dublin, I must say, is a capital of wonder to wander. Not just for famous sights but each turning seems to bring a new curiosity to learn about and investigate. From the wide roads near the River Liffey, to the grand buildings with huge historic reminders but also the charming and unique side streets that have...

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Dublin Castle: exploring the grounds

Dublin. The name? Comes from the old Irish ‘Dubh Linn’, and that translated to English is Black Pool, but let me say this great city is immensely and nicely far removed from the Blackpool that springs to mind 😉 The gardens of this castle, so full of history, sit where the black pool was. Of course much has changed since the time of vikings and with a great city built around it, together with some great and some rough times through the ages, the castle stands proudly on the highest point of Dublin. We had a little time so...

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Dublin: Ha’penny Bridge over The Liffey

Flowing through the centre of Dublin is the River Liffey, cutting through, leaving the city with a north side and a south side. As we walked along the riverside we found numerous bridges to cross from old stone ones shred with cars or modern ones like the millennium  bridge. However, a couple of hundred years ago of course things were very different. Just walking a few minutes from the hostel we came upon the fondly named and quaint cast iron, lamp adorned, older styled Ha’penny Bridge. I wanted to find out a bit more….. Way back in the very early...

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