Showing posts with label walks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label walks. Show all posts

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Early February Stroll In Blarney Castle Gardens

 Early February Stroll In Blarney Castle Gardens

All pics from 3rd Feb 2021

The Wishing Steps. Make a wish, then walk up and down. Better results if you
close your eyes and walk backwards.


Fern Garden

Fern Garden

Blarney House (not open to the public)


Don't know. Anyone?

Picnic anyone?


Putting down roots



Trees with castle in background.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Sunshine in Blarney Castle Grounds. Walks And Interest Galore.

Sunshine in Blarney Castle Grounds. Walks And Interest Galore.

(pics from 14th Jan 2021)

Horse. And robin!

Horse. And robin!


Fungus, also below

Badgers Cave

Badgers Cave. The escape route for defenders
when Cromwellian troops attacked the castle 

Lion Rock

River walk

Horses Graveyard

Not looking good for this owl. Checked with office who already knew about the casualty
and had someone on the way.


Blarney Castle Grounds. First Tuesday of 2021

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Knockadoon Cliff Walks

Knockadoon Walks, East Cork.
Welcome to Knockadoon

Knockadoon is a small rural peninsula, close to the seaside town of Youghal in County Cork. Take care, and watch out for walkers in particular, as you make your way through the narrow roads to the pier. From there, you have a choice of two walks, the Capel Way Coastal Trail towards the west (made up of two loops, 2.5km and 6km) and, towards the east, you may take the Barry's Cove Way.

From the pier itself, you can look across to Youghal nd you see more of that area if you take Barry's Cove Way. On the other hand, if you head west, you'll soon pass Capel Island, then an old Signal Tower. All the while, the ocean is to your left. Later again, views of Ballycotton and its lighthouse open up.
You'll start here by the pier. Youghal, and the mouth of the River Blackwater, are directly across from the pier.

Lots of wildflowers grow quite close to the path. Many kinds of birds are seen too, from big hungry looking seagulls to busy little sparrows, and they keep you company. And don't forget to look inland as well where the landscape changes from season to season. Do bring a bottle of water and perhaps a little snack and take a break. There are a few seats along the way.

Capel Island

On the road down to the pier (from earlier trip), all other pics July 1st 2020

On the lookout

The old ruined signal tower. The towers were part of an all-island coastal defence system constructed in the early 19th century. The one in Kinsale (near the Old Head) has been restored and is open to the public.

The island, with Ballycotton Lighthouse.  The village is on the mainland to the right of the island.

Don't forget to take the odd look inland!

A crop of barley. July 1st, 2020
Pictures from a 2019 walk here.