Visits For October, 2003

Sunday, 5th October 2003

A Wet Day In Wicklow

Today was a day of rain, failure, sun and success. While failing to find some standing stones that we were looking for we came across an amazing set of stones that could be a natural (or partly natural) setting, but this seems unlikely.

As always when walking in the Wicklow Mountains the views were stunning even in such damp and gloomy weather. The occasional break in the weather, when the sun broke through momentarily, enhanced the experience even more.

After this walk we popped into the Glendalough visitor centre to take a long overdue look at what that offers. The verdict? Not bad at all.

Paddock Hill (Co. Wicklow)Dubious Site3 New Images
Glendalough (Co. Wicklow)Visitor Centre5 New Images

Sunday, 12th October 2003

A Wedge Tomb Fest in East Clare

What a day out this was! First stop was at a Sheela-na-Gig in Offaly. A real beauty - in the way only a Sheela can be. Then I started off the day's site-seeing proper with a 10km walk that took me past a possible 10 to 15 monuments, I really couldn't be sure how many there were. There were certainly a lot of possibles and a lot of probables. This incorporated some spectacular views over Lough Derg too. Fantatsic!

This was followed up by an extreme climb to the Ballycroum monuments. An exhilerating experience at the end of which I got wet! Rain on top of a mountain ... so wonderfully Ireland!

Doon Castle (Co. Offaly)Sheela-na-Gig3 New Images
Knockbeha Mountain (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb1 New Image
Bohateh North (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb6 New Images
Cappaghbeha Mountain (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb4 New Images
Cappaghbeha Mountain (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb2 New Images
Cappaghbeha Mountain (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb1 New Image
Glenwanish (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb2 New Images
Glenwanish (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb2 New Images
Ballycroum (Co. Clare)Kist1 New Image
Tober Grania - Ballycroum (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb6 New Images
Ballycroum (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb1 New Image
Altoir Ultach - Ballycroum (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb5 New Images

Sunday, 19th October 2003

A Wander in Wicklow

Just the four sites today. A relaxing short day out taking my time and meeting great people. At the first site, Ballyhad, a farmer took me to the bullaun stone and told me more about the area than I can remember.

Then at Magnacool Lower the farm lady took time to give me directions and walked me halfway to the rock art.

I finished off the day with an icecream (complete with flake and raspberry sauce) sitting by the river opposite the gatehouse at Glendalough.

Ballyhad Upper (Co. Wicklow)Bullaun Stone4 New Images
Magnacool Lower (Co. Wicklow)Rock Art2 New Images
Magnacool Lower (Co. Wicklow)Wedge Tomb4 New Images
St. Mary's Church (Co. Wicklow)Church3 New Images

Sunday, 26th October 2003

Taking the 'bull' by the 'auns'

My partner and I went down to County Carlow on a bullaun hunt today. We managed to locate a few, but failed with some. The bullauns in Carlow seem to be mainly deep conical ones - very unusual.

The highlight of the day, though, was definitely the rock-art at Rathgeran - truly wonderful.

The Piper's Stones - Athgreany (Co. Wicklow)Stone Circle2 New Images
Waterstown (Co. Carlow)Cross4 New Images
Ballycook (Co. Carlow)Cross1 New Image
Ballycook (Co. Carlow)Bullaun Stone2 New Images
Johnstown (Co. Carlow)Bullaun Stone3 New Images
Busherstown (Co. Carlow)Bullaun Stone4 New Images
Killoughternane (Co. Carlow)Holy Well1 New Image
Killoughternane (Co. Carlow)Bullaun Stone2 New Images
Rathgeran Lower (Co. Carlow)Rock Art6 New Images
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