Visits For July, 2005

Sunday, 3rd July 2005

A wet one!

My aim today was primarily to visit Holy Island in Lough Derg. Another round tower to tick off the list and several bullauns to see. I couldn't wait! I set off quite early and arrived at Mountshannon to get the ferry at 11am. After ringing the number on the booking caravan for the ferry I found that the ferries don't run until after 2pm.

With three hours to dispose of I headed off to see a few sites that I've had my eye on for a long time. Due to torrential rain at the first of these I only saw the one before heading back to wait for the first ferry to Holy Island.

What a great place! Loads to see and explore, and lots of variety too. Old churches, holy wells, bullaun stones by the bucket load and a round tower. I stayed for over two hours on the island and the ferryman kindly showed me two of the bullauns that I couldn't locate. He also told me of one that I would never have found, or even known about for that matter, in the next town. Many thanks to him for all of that!

If I had managed to get a morning ferry I had planned to head for a couple of great tombs in the Burren that I have still yet to go to, but the late afternoon trip to Inishcaltra put pay to that. Not to worry. It just means that I can head back to the Burren again soon, which is never hard work.

Violethill (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb5 New Images
Holy Island - Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Lake or Island4 New Images
The Confessional - Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Church4 New Images
The Church of the Wounded Men - Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Church4 New Images
St. Caimin's Church - Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Church11 New Images
Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Round Tower3 New Images
Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)High Cross2 New Images
Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Bullaun Stone3 New Images
St. Brigit's Church - Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Church4 New Images
Our Lady's Well - Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Holy Well3 New Images
The Bargaining Stone - Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Rock Outcrop3 New Images
St. Mary's Church - Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Church5 New Images
Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Bullaun Stone3 New Images
Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Bullaun Stone3 New Images
Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Bullaun Stone3 New Images
Inishcealtra (Co. Clare)Bullaun Stone3 New Images
Derrainy (Co. Clare)Bullaun Stone6 New Images
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