Well, that was an experience! It was touch and go for a while whether or not we’d actually be able to land on Skellig Michael today with 2 meter swell, rapid wave period and fog, but somehow we made it!
We’ve been celebrating Mr Flavour’s upcoming 40th Birthday for most of the month, and the one thing he said he’d love to do was to visit this haunting, other-worldly archipelago of Skellig rocks off the coast of Co Kerry.
Little Skellig is uninhabited but is home to a colony of thousands of White Sea gannets who come here in their lifelong mating pairs to raise their one chick for four months with nothing but seaweed to make a nest from.
Skellig Michael is a @unesco World Heritage site and was occupied by monks for over 600 years and carved steps into the hard rock with not much more than chisels and a belief that settling on the rock and living with nature in its rawest form would bring them closer to God, and building beehive huts to live a simple, humble life.
Latterly it has become a beacon for @starwars fans looking to see where some scenes from the latest clutch of movies were filmed. I don’t know about that, but what can be accomplished by human endeavor and an unshakeable faith to serve a higher purpose is what should draw you to this place. Absolutely breathtaking!
Day 2 of the Lung Lough Gara Way! A pretty wet one, so we took it easy and walked from Ballaghderreen to Monasteraden ☔️
Lots of work carried out recently on this trails - it’s always great to walk a trail and see all the recent improvements that have been made to it 👣
🏞 Sunday walks 🐶
Lifes all about balance ☯️
Get out there, have fun,
Work hard with what you have,
Enjoy the small things ✌
Bridget's favourite walking spot 🐕
In search for Fairies & other Irish mythological creatures✨ our students have really embraced all of the activities and challenges we’ve thrown at them... from diving deep into the bog to climbing up mountains, their thirst for adventure is unquenchable and their good spirits are infectious!🙌🏻 #BeBold#StudyAbroad#GoFurther#Galway#IrelaND#weareND
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Lough Gill, Friday night.
Have a wonderful week all.
What I love so much about Ireland, is the fact that it's not only the final destination that holds beauty & interest but the actual roads travelled that lead to your destination. This long lesser travelled road is a prime example of what I’m trying to describe.
For over 10km this dusty old road carves & bends its way through the finest ‘wilds of Donegal’. It’s more a less a narrow single car trail, that for the most part has grass growing along its centre. I have a name for these grassy roads found across Ireland…. “Bearded Roads” 😂
This dusty bearded road passes through boggy peat marshes, fresh water mountain streams & some of the oldest thatched cottages to be found on our island, all proudly guarded by wild grazing sheep. There are so many bends & wrong turns but I can guarantee you that behind each wrong turn you will discover more raw beauty than you had ever expected from this small rural corner of west Donegal.
I remember during capture of this photo, thinking there was too much dust & haze in the air, which seemed to be washing the colours out of my composition. However I still captured the scene & during edit realised that this hazy look was how the skies normally around ‘Port’. This phenomena is due to water evaporating off the wet marshes, this large lake & sea spray from the nearby Atlantic ocean. Rural, rugged, dusty & hazy are ingredients required to create the natural beauty I adore chasing 😍
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Surrounded by intrigue, Doe Castle has survived siege and cannon fire, standing proudly in the heart of Sheephaven Bay, since the mid-15th Century. Castle quest to Donegal, anyone? 🏰 📸 @rory_odonnell
A desert island off the coast of Donegal! 🏝 Did you know, at the turn of the 20th Century, Glashedy Island was famous (or infamous) for illicit poitín production! 📸 @imaginelightmedia
📍 Glashedy Island, Donegal