Cork to Galway

26 07 2012

From Cork our route took us via Blarney Castle and the virtual cache Blarney Cache.

Blarney Castle

“You will kiss the stone!”

We continued on north west towards the Dingle Peninsular where we found an ghaeltacht the westernmost cache find of the holiday. On the way there we were amazed at the colourful state of the hedgerows as they were made up of fuschia bushes.

Mile after mile of the hedgerows consisted of fuschia bushes.

Together with them there were vast areas of watsonia, a iris like plant that I have only seen on the West Coast of New Zealand previously, although it is a native of South Africa. Both coasts share a similiar climate of course. We drove as far west as the road permitted and there the coastline was wild to say the least.

Westernmost point on the Dingle Peninsular.

Our 350km drive of the day ended in Limerick. Of course, I had to pay a visit to the establishment directly opposite our hotel.

Named in my honour,

One of the main reasons Ireland is so green is the abundant rainfall. We were about to spend a couple of days of travel getting wet. As we were passing the little town of Ennistymon a cache icon appeared on my GPS so I just stopped to see what kind of cache to expect. It was a stroke of luck, as I found these Falls on the river Inach in the background.

Falls on the River Inach in the centre of Ennistymon

One of the things that I really wanted to see were the Cliffs of Moher. This is what we saw!

Visibility: About 50m. Humidity: 100% Cliffs: 200m high and invisible.

t was a great disappointment but life is such. From there we travelled North West to The Burren and the earthcache of the same name. There was a further earthcache at Ailwee Caves but it meant paying to get in and find the answers.

The scenery of The Burren was pretty unusual to say the least. Among the bare rocks of the karst with it’s myriad clints and grykes, hazel trees were in abundance. They were everywhere!

The Burren is a huge area of karst south west of Galway. It contains many prehistoric graves as well as the natural phenomena of clints and grykes at the surface and underground caves and sinkholes.

The Burren – an area of karst south west of Galway

Limestone. Look’s like a giants hand to me.

We didn’t go into the Ailwee caves as it was mid tourist season and everyone was prepared to pay the absurd entry cost just to get somewhere out of the rain. Just up the road from the caves I found Cahermore where I picked up a geocoin to take to Sweden.

To log the earthcache called The Burren we had to give the precise location of the Poulnabrone Dolmen. This is a roughly 6000 years old grave. Impressive, when thinking that it is only one of over 40 graves in the area.

ds8300 with the Poulnabrone Dolmen in the background

The Poulnabrone Dolmen

From here we continued on to Galway and splashed our way into town from our hotel for dinner.




%d bloggers like this: