Touring the Gap of Dunloe was a bit of risk. We were told we’d be picked up in the car park of a Killarney hotel, then we’d be transported by bus to nearby Ross Castle where we’d board a boat to someone called Lord Brandon’s cottage, then there’d be a pony and trap waiting to carry us on the seven mile journey through the Gap of Dunloe. In all honestly I think we were half-expecting it to be a bit of a pensioners trip, which is all good and well, but not when you’re 23.
When we did our little road trip of Ireland and Northern Ireland none of us had ever been before so there were definitely a lot of the more ‘touristy’ things on our itinerary, and the Giant’s Causeway was one of them. It was quite busy, especially as we were there at the height of summer, but as the photos show, the Causeway is pretty sprawling and you could still get a good patch of it to yourselves.
St. Leonard’s Church Crypt in Kent was another place we passed through briefly on our road trip of the South of England, which I’ve mentioned a few times and promise to expand on in a later post. The village and church are idyllic looking, and one would never suspect that the latter harbours the skeletal remains of 4000 men, women and children in it’s crypt.
Our visit to Margate was fleeting. We were passing through during out road trip of the South of England purely to visit its shell grotto.
Margate Shell Grotto is located beneath the unlikeliest of housing estates imaginable! We had to park a few streets away from the shell grotto and were slightly concerned about leaving the car unattended, but all was fine!
The Natural History Museum of Ireland, sometimes called The Dead Zoo, is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin which houses around 10,000 taxidermy specimens from around the world, some of which have since gone extinct.
Remaining largely unaltered since it opened in 1857, leading some to call it a ‘museum of a museum’, many of the specimens are faded and display the bullet holes that originally killed the animal.
Puzzlewood was the first stop on our little road trip of the South of England last year (more about that later…). Said to have inspired the likes of J R R Tolkien and J K Rowling, it’s a an ancient woodland in The Forest of Dean, Gloucester.
In the 19th century a mile of winding pathways leading over wooden bridges, and through deep and narrow gaps in the rocks, were laid and have remained mostly unchanged ever since.
A clootie well is a well or spring, usually with a tree growing beside it, with supposed magical healing powers. Back in the day sick or injured people would make pilgrimages to the site and bathe naked in the waters then circumnavigate the well three times before resting on a nearby hill. A strip of cloth would then be torn from their clothes and tied to a nearby tree, the belief being that as the cloth deteriorated so would the ailment.