Visits For February, 2007

Sunday, 4th February 2007

Out of the Fog and Into the Sun

As I left Dublin I was a little apprehensive. Not only was it foggy, but it was really cold. My accident three years ago when I spun off the road due to a patch of black ice on the way to Mayo has made me very cautious about driving in such conditions. Thankfully I arrived in Waterford without incident and the rest of the day follow a similer theme. To add to the accident freeness of the trip the weather was fabulous for the whole day, too.

I didn't see a great deal of stuff today, mainly due to hanging around for an hour or more at Ardmore having my lunch and waiting for the sun to reach the perfect spot to light up the carvings on the west wall. From up by the roundt tower you can look down on to the beach and the sound of the surf crashing in was intoxicating. I really do want to live in a remote-ish spot close to the sea.

While at the top of Crohaun Mountain above the Maum Pass I met a local man who was up there for the 753rd time! After sitting and taking in the views I can see why he makes a weekly pilgrimage up there. To the south you can look out to sea over Dungarvan and to the west the Mealdown Mountains were floating in a sea of mist. I sat up there for quite a while, too, after the man had left.

Apart from Ardmore and the cairn on this mountainand a revisit to Ballynamona Lower (County Waterford) I did see some nice standing stones in some nice and interesting places.

Ballynamona Lower (Co. Waterford)Court Tomb6 New Images
Glenwilliam (Co. Waterford)Standing Stone3 New Images
Boherboy (Co. Waterford)Standing Stone3 New Images
Ardmore (Co. Waterford)Round Tower4 New Images
St. Declan's Church - Ardmore (Co. Waterford)Church3 New Images
St. Declan's Oratory - Ardmore (Co. Waterford)Church1 New Image
Monaneea (Co. Waterford)Standing Stone3 New Images
Ahaun (Co. Waterford)Standing Stone4 New Images
Crohaun (Co. Waterford)Cairn5 New Images
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