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Exploring Cork area

Ireland 2008


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large_1297706_14329804356471.jpgAfter breakfast we went to explore the coastline south of Cork [Cork-travel-guide-935857]. First Kinsale, a pretty harbor town. At the far end of Old Head of Kinsale, they have built a golf course, if you lose your golfball hereI thinkyou have a problem. At the entrance of the golf course are the ruins of a tower andan ancient wall which runs on both sides of the roadto the cliff edge. Abit moreinlandthere is another tower ruin which I also viewed from the inside.large_1297706_1432980438793.jpg

On our way to Clonakilty [Clonakilty-travel-guide-935578] we visited Timoleague Abbey, it's a ruin but the cemetery is still used by the local people. One other tourist got a blessing from one of the many pigeons, thank god elephants don't fly was his reaction.

NearClonakilty the Drombeg Stone Circle is located. This stone circle aged around 150 v.C. consists of 17 upright stones and has a diameter of 9 meters. Partly because of the stories circulatingabout it in the area it has withstood the test of time, locals used to stay away because of witchcraft and sorcery. Besides the circle there is also a kind of stove from the same period and the remains of a settlement, but the latter is less evident.

At Baltimore we walked up to the Beacon, it's a white painted stone beacon locally known as Lot's wife after the biblical woman turned into a pillar of salt. The view from this point is magnificent.large_1297706_14329804588635.jpg Another beautifull view at Mizen head,the most southwestern tip of Ireland. From the carparkwe walked to the lighthouse. First through the visitors' center and then a steep path and an old bridge (in scaffolding) to the far end. The actual tower of the lighthouse is no longer there, but you can see the outbuildings and living quarters of the lighthouse keeper. At the far end there is a beacon and from the small platform you have a fantastic view of the rocky coast.

It was getting late so we decided to go back to Cork, had diner at a chinese restaurant and then back to the B&B. There we got an unpleasant surprise, we were put in our room ! They packed our stuff and put it in the hallway. Apparently there already was a booking for our room for tonight and our second night was not registered,and no more rooms available. The girl we had arranged this with was not working tonight and could not be reached. They could arrange a stay at a hostel but we declined, instead we took the B&B book and the map and called a B&B in Macroon. They had a room available and no problem we were this late! Everything turned out ok

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Posted by Stefmuts 22:28 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes lighthouse cork

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