Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry in South West Ireland is a lovely drive with lots of things to do and see. Unfortunately when you are there during Easter, some things are closed. No matter, we still enjoyed ourselves.

This is the Staigue Fort. It is one of the largest forts in Ireland and was built in the early centuries AD before Christianity came to Ireland. It is believed to have been the home of a very wealthy landowner or chieftain who had a great need for security.

The wall is 6 metres high and 4 metres thick, and encloses 30 metres inside. The amazing thing about it, is there is no mortar to hold it all together, just dry stone wall, and look how well it has stands still today!

Although it is hard to see here, there is walkway about 2/3's of the way up the wall, and there are steps built into the wall, so you could watch who was coming towards you.

This is a view of the town of Waterview. It looks drab like this, but the colours of the pebbles on the beach were gorgeous shades of purple/blue/green and grey...

Unfortunately the photo doesn't do the pebbles any justice to the colours

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