Bridge crosses a 24m
deep and 18m wide chasm.
View from where I am
Bob: "Kim run to me"
Kim: "No way Jose' "
Dinner at the Horsehead and Zzzz's at the
Shelburne Lodge. Beautiful brightly painted
store fronts with layers of flowers.
|Bob: "No wonder we
"Pony & Trap" we took around the Island.
Kim: "Bob, he has a family to feed. Pay the price"
Bob: "Ok, but I don't want to buy the 10 pints also"
Dun Aonghasa is a dramatic stone fort sentinel standing defiantly on a cliff
top on Inishmore Island, almost 300 feet above sea level. 6,500 tonnes of
stone were used in its construction. Stone foundations of seven houses were
found in the inner enclosure. Outer walls measured 5 meters width. The
grounds outside the walls scattered with strategically and vertically placed
sharp bladed stone, to prevent horses and people from reaching the fort.
stands on Black
Basalt stack, 30m
high off the Antrim
Under the castle a
sea cave could hide
a boat for a quick
Bob: "This is cool !!"
Kim: "It says in the brochure, that a
storm took down the north wall,
kitchen and workers - into the sea"
Bob: Love the water!
Kim: "Give me back my camera!"
Bob: "Kim, Lunch is on"
Kim: "Bob, Don't touch my Crab Toes!"
Bob: "Kimmy, Hang On! "
KIM: "Bob, I wish I had my ski's"
Stayed here for one night. The
inset picture a view of the back.
ROCK walls, houses, roofs, chairs, tables, fencing, water troughs and more. As Seen below, rock walls are abundant. There is so much rock in Ireland that they are moved
out of the way to allow for growth to feed the livestock. Walls were also created for property lines.
Along the Dingle Peninsula, west coast Ireland -
A remote coastal road less traveled, we came across a
farm that had numerous ancient Beehive Huts high in the
hills above a farmers home. After paying 2 Euro to the
farmer - we were given the OK to come on his property to
see the ruins
Seen all through Ireland were inhabited from ancient time to
2000 AD. These huts were often found attached to
each other with a
from one to the
houses were made
of stone because
in the form of a
circle of successive
strata of stone. No mortar was used in building. The
stones have downward and outward tilt so as to shed the
water. This method of building is called corbelling.
When the news of the "discovery" of an amazing natural phenomenon broke
on an unsuspecting world in 1693, the news caused quite a stir in 'the polite
society' of the time and in 1697 a draughtsman was sent to make drawings
of the Natural Curiosity on the North East tip of the island of Ireland.
What seems remarkable to us now, in the 21st century, is that there was
much argument as to whether the Causeway had been created by men with
picks and chisels, by nature, or by the efforts of a giant. For in the 17th
century nothing like it had been seen before. As an artist, Miss Susanna
Drury spent, in 1740, quite some period of months on site. Depicting the
magnificence that she found, ensured that the Causeway became
noted on The Grand Tour. And it was not until 1771 that a Frenchman,
Demarest, announced the origin of the causeway to be the result of
The Causeway proper is a mass of basalt
columns packed tightly together. The tops of
the columns form stepping stones that lead
from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea.
Altogether there are 40,000 of these stone
columns, mostly hexagonal but some with four,
five, seven and eight sides. The tallest are
about 40 feet high, and the solidified lava in the
cliffs is 90 feet thick in places.
The Giant's Causeway
"Turf" - known to us a Peat,
is harvested from natural Bogs
all over Ireland. Families own sections of land and cut their own, dry it,
bag it ready for winter and is used for heating and cooking.
~ Northern Ireland
75 miles long
S h e e p e v e r y w h e r e !
All stone cottage, now a roadside cafe.
?Could you sleep under this roof?
|This is the cliff we
stood on as shown
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Ireland by Car
We decided we
needed a Pint of
the time as Bob
wanes for his
End of August our Main Sail was
End of August our Main Sail was to
Boom Hospital to have some
brought down and the Boom went
upgrades done before crossing
Changes & Delays.... September
October 13, 2005 - October 18, 2005