AND other photos from Ireland. In 2007 and 2008 my wife and I travelled to the west of Ireland to take part in two walking tours. The first was in County Kerry, and the second tour sampled The Burren, the Aran island of Inis Mór, and Connemara. From a photographic perspective it was challenging. Our small groups consisted mostly of real walkers, so I had to “snap and run”, in order to keep up. And, there was the rain, of course. Not all the time, but present enough that we always carried rain gear with us in our backpacks, and it was used on many days, if only for an hour or two. However, I don’t think there’s a better way to see this country than by walking with a knowledgeable guide. We saw places and things that would be inaccessible by any other means.
The Irish people were great, accommodations were clean and pleasant (we stayed mostly in B&B’s), and the food was surprisingly good. I say surprisingly, perhaps, because my only previous experience in that part of the world (England in the 1970’s) was filled with “stuff” and chips. And my Irish aunt always served at least two types of potatoes at every dinner. While pub fare is still easily found in Ireland, we also ate at some excellent restaurants, including a superb seafood restaurant in Cahersiveen, a town with a population of around 1.300. Overall, these were the two most memorable vacations that I’ve taken.
Dún Aonghasa is a ring fort at the edge of a high cliff on Inis Mór. The original construction is prehistoric, dating to around 1100 BC, and it was refortified around 700-800 AD. This view is from the entrance to the fort (easily defended, I imagine), and it overlooks some of the rocky landscape below.