Posted in Carmich Travel Journal

Wonderful Ireland.

As promised, some time ago, in a previous post (sorry for the delay), I am back with a short description of other places I have visited in Dublin and beyond.

I have attached a lot of photos, so enjoy!

I’ll start with the Wellington Monument, in Dublin city. Situated in Phoenix Park, this obelisk is 62 metres tall, and it’s pretty amazing, if you ask me. As I’ve read, its foundation stone was laid in 1817, but because there weren’t enough available funds, it was eventually finished in 1861.

Wellington Monument - edit

Next in line is the Poolbeg Lighthouse, located on the Great South Wall, built initially in 1768. It was rebuilt in its current form in 1820. The walk towards the lighthouse is pretty exciting, because you have to go on a very long road, which seems to never end, check the picture, so you can understand what I mean.

Poolbeg Lighthouse - edit

Bull Island is a great quiet place to go for a walk, or to collect seashells (as I do). You can admire all the ships going into and out of the port. It’s a pretty nice place, for a quiet Sunday walk or a relaxing evening spent with your favourite person.

Bull Island - edit

The first castle I have visited in Ireland was Malahide Castle. It is situated 14 km north of Dublin and it has an amazing garden, a cosy restaurant and very nice tour guides. As I remember it was the home of the Talbot family, for many generations, more than 700 years. Parts of the castle were built in the 12th century and the towers were added in 1765. Inside the castle there are great furniture pieces and in some places you can feel the presence of the ghosts that haunt the castle.

Malahide Castle - edit

Howth is a suburb of Dublin, situated at the north of Dublin Bay. It has great restaurants where you can eat fresh fish and enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer. It’s like a breath of fresh air.

Here, I’ve been to the harbour and lighthouse…

Howth Harbour and Lighthouse - edit

… and on the cliffs, where I’ve seen the Baily Lighthouse at south-east end of the Howth Head.

Howth Cliffs - edit

Another place I’ve visited is Ardgillan Castle. I loved it!

It is actually a country house in Balbriggan, Fingal, built in 1738. Inside there is a great library and other rooms full of history and legends. I enjoyed a lot the gardens and all the green spaces, which are great for any kind of family activity.

Ardgillan Castle - edit

A fairy tale place is the Glendalough Woods Nature Reserve, in Wicklow County. It’s a glacial valley, full of very old churches and monument ruins, along with flowers, trees and waterfalls. In order to spend a very “heavenly” evening, you need to bring your camera and a good book, nature will do the rest.

Glendalough - edit

Going into another area, I’ve visited the Newgrange Monument, in Meath. It was built during the Neolithic period and some consider it to be older than Stonehenge. From the outside, it looks like a giant plate and actually it is 76 metres across. It’s 12 metres tall and covers about 4,500 square metres of land. There is a tour that brings you inside and you can see the beautiful chambers there, after you cross a very tight passage.

Newgrange Monument - edit

Last, but not least, I’ve been to Skerries Mills, in Fingal. I’ve seen how the mills work and I’ve seen all the old tools they used in the 18th century for making bread and other goods. The place seemed to be very busy, because a lot of people had to put some effort into making the wheels turn.

Skerries Mills - edit

My journey continues and as soon as I’ll have new secrets to reveal, I’ll write other descriptions of my beloved Ireland.

Photos: my personal archive.

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