Visits For December, 2009

Sunday, 6th December 2009

Out Again At Last

So, November 2009 became only the second month in 8 years that I haven't been out to visit a monument. I have to admit that I was very tempted on the last day of the month to walk up the road to see my local standing stone, but I resisted. I'm working too much lately and the point needed making to myself as much as anyone.

For a long time now I've wanted to get to the cairn on the top of Seefingan Mountain. I've seen it from Seehan and Seefin, but I've never actually made it to the top of the mountain itself. Today was the perfect opportunity, so I parked by the Kippure Adventure Centre and set off up the hill. What a hill!!! Even though I was heading straight up the slopes I still got a little lost and took a slightly longer route that I'd planned.

When I arrived at the top I was rewarded with fine views over Kildare and south across the Wicklow Mountains. You can see over Dublin from up there and Howth and Lambay are very visible. I always feel close to home when I can make out Howth or Lambay. The cairn is an impressive one, but not as impressive as Seefin, where I headed next. I'm sure Seefingan has a passage tomb inside, but having access to the passage at Seefin makes it a special place.

I saw three walkers at Seefingan and one man and his dog at Seefin. The latter was not dressed for being on top of a mountain. On my way down I fell down a hole and hurt my leg. Luckily nothing was broken, but at least I had survival stuff in my backpack if I had been in trouble. Some people are so stupid. You may be just a few miles from home, but on a barren hillside exposure is a serious threat. Dress sensibly when heading into the mountains.

Seefingan (Co. Wicklow)Cairn18 New Images
Seefin Hill - 5 km East of Kilbride (Co. Wicklow)Passage Tomb22 New Images
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