Funny dog having a snooze in Ballylanders. Also a beautiful church ruin in great condition and you can go inside. I didnt as too spooky for me!
Have had three of these traffic jams so far! Also regularly had to wait for tractors to pass by. You should see the tractors and cars trying to pass eachother on the narrow little roads! The lovely 'gatelodge' at Castleoliver is like a mini castle...so nice!
I am way behind on my blog! This blog editor isnt the best and with poor internet connection its very slow to upload photos. Will bring the blog up to date but mostly with photos rather than writing....!! These photos are on the way to Liscarroll. There were some stunning views of the hills around and mostly was on small quiet roads like these
On the way to Churchtown. This is on the Ballyhoura Way and goes through counties Cork, Limerick and Tipperary
Newmarket is a lovely large town with a good few accommodation options. I would have like more time to check out this lovely town. Lismire is very small and pretty but with no accommodation. Johnsbridge is just crossroads with Casey's Foodstore and a petrol pump. Literally whats in the photo below is it! Its the smallest of all the places I've been through so far!
Up to Millstreet I have done over 100km. Here is a map for you to see where all my photos are from so far. Still a long way to go to reach the Giants Causeway!
Another day hiking in the hills is rewarded by the beauty of Gougane Barra. It is not a town but a lake with an island that has a tiny chapel on it. There is also a hotel and cafe beside it as well as a forest walk. So its a great place to spend the night and stroll around the forest before it gets dark. There are a few trail options and a couple of waterfalls.
The photos below include a goat (there is a herd of them on the hill descending into Gougane Barra), a circular thatched building (toilets!), the little chapel and lastly me having a well-deserved cuppa in the sitting room of the cosy Gougane Barra Hotel!
I didn't book accommodation in advance and the next three towns (Kealkill, Gougane Barra and Ballingeary) each only have one B&B/Hotel which were all booked out over the weekend. So now I'm off again, booking accommodation in advance from now on!
Here is a photo of the ruins of Carriganass Castle which is right outside of Kealkill. You can go 'inside' (no roof!) and there are some plaques with some historical information.
I passed by a house/farm on a quiet country road which had a lovely garden of flowers across the road from the house and a wooden carved statue of an angel. They also had two very happy, friendly pomeranians and one was licking my hand. Sweet dogs!
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