Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Adventures in Ireland Part II

We stayed in Gallway for a couple of days. This enabled us to visit  Inishmor, the famous Aran Island. We took a ferry out, rented bikes and headed out to explore.

Lichens on a rock wall. The rock walls provide a rich visual symphony of neutrals. 

There are lots of variations on the dry stone walls. This was a particularly elegant style.

This is the 13th century Athenry Castle.  The Irish government has done a splendid job reconstructing this beautiful building.
The little room hanging off the side of the castle is the most up to date toilet technology money could buy back then.

If your farm field is wall to wall stones then your option, to get them out of the way elegantly is to make....dry stone walls. The walls on the brow of a hill look like rock lace so the wind won't blow them over.

This is the bronze age fort of Dun Aengus. You can see beautiful areal photos here.
Adorable rock picnic table!

This is going to have to be three parts. I'm having a hard time editing all the beautiful sights......Stay tuned


Jeanette Jobson said...

This brings back memories. I recall my visit to the Aran Islands back in the 1970s. Interesting place, make sure you find some soda bread to eat!

Lindsay said...

Jeanette,weLOVED the soda bread. We at it everyday with those huge Irish breakfasts the B and B's served.
Thanks for the comments.