-tired, a bit spaced out and with a flu bug!
-But as always it was all so worth it. A few days and I’ll be put to sorts again and time to catch up with all!! Here are a few pics of County Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula and Ring of Kerry and I will post others from time to time. I can’t decide whether to buy a house in Kerry or Perthshire and Kinross!! both are so gorgeous. ( Dream on!)
The Skelligs off the coast
Megaliths outside of Waterville
The Skelligs are off the coast of the Ring of Kerry. Sceilig Mhichil or Michael was the site of a 6th century monastic community started by St. Finian. The island is a formidable jutting rock and there is a steep climb to get to the beehive cells of the monks situated at the peak. (Two tourists fell to their deaths here). Weather permitting as the seas are very rough, a ferry will take people there and even if you don’t make the climb, you will see plenty of wild life including colonies of puffins who make their home on the cliffs of these islands. We didn’t have time as you must book well in advance.
on the strand
remains of an early Christian community
A bit late again and this will be my last post until I get home and can sort through all my images of these magical places!!- and have a better internet connection.
In a monastery garden
I could imagine what the Franciscan monks must have sounded like as they sang their chants and vespers in the halls and gardens of this ancient and sacred place. Walking along the vaulted upper floor and having once been in the church choir, I actually burst into a Kyrie eleison that the monks may have sung back in the 1400’s. The resonant echo was like having an angel counterpart in accompaniment if I don’t say so myself!- :D At least I hope so!
Please visit leanne Cole’s monochrome madness for some wonderful images
Gregoian chant – mass of the angels Kyrie
Oh boy! Internet is very hit and miss here- mostly miss. I apologize for not keeping up at all with anyone at this time but will when I return. Thank you, everyone, for your comments and I will try to reply. While I have the access I will try to post some of the pics I have and hope I am not cut off half way.
As well as a Pictish, Celtic and Gaelic heritage ( of the Dalriada kingdoms), Skye has a strong Viking history as many of the names here indicate- such as the lochs of Snizort and Pooltiel, communities like carbost and skeabost, (bost means farm in Norse) and Duirinish (Deer Parish). The firths of Scotland take their name from the Norse word fjord. The clan MacLeod which includes my grandmother’s family are thought to be the descendants of a Norse chieftain named Leod, and the MacLeod’s of Skye built Dunvegan Castle.
the viking settlement of Duirinish and site of an old church Cille Mhuire or St. Mary
There is a much older Pictish stone visible on the distant hill.
Cille means cell in Gaelic so Mary’s cell is the meaning of Cille Mhuire. The early missionaries built small, cell like monastic dwellings and churches.
Scotland is the land of the standing stones and – sheep!
The Land of the Standing Stones by Paul Anderson
as one Italian tourist exclaimed- “Sheeps everywhere!” and indeed- walking down the roads, crossing the roads, lying in the roads!!
Cliffs, beaches and craggy mountains. pictish and standing stones, St. Columba’s island and a 6th century graveyard, castles, even hadrosaur footprints in the sand at Staffin- Skye is rich in ancient history and of course not least- the fairies.
standing stones on Loch Snizort
St. Columba was one of the first missionaries to preach the gospel in Ireland and Scotland. He converted many of the Picts to Christianity. This island still bears the stones of an ancient church and grave yard from the 6th century.
St. Columba’s island and an ancient grave site
Please view these in display for the full effect
the port of Portree
Old man Storr
Scottish weather and oh the light!
Cliffs at Stafffin
Sgarbh Lodge by the sea-pronounced scarrav.
Dunvegan Fairy Castle
The Fairy Pools
And of course we must never forget the fairy pools in Glen Brittle. I must have displeased the Sidhe because I took a tumble and injured my knee-(fine now) so didn’t take as many pics as I would have liked. The longer exposures were hand held and a tad shaky I think.
the path to the fairy pools in the glen
I will try to post some images as the slow internet connection and/or laptop permits.
My Scotland is fields and hillsides of heather and wild Lupins, castles and towers, amber rivers full of peat (an ingredient of their famous whiskey), jovial Scots and the Scottish Thistle where a bee did a Braveheart showing me only his bobbing hindquarters.
I am so pleased with the detail and resolution in both zoom and panorama of my new Tamron 16-300mm. The stability also is very good. I so wanted to buy a full frame camera but at the cost, it was that or give up either Scotland or Ireland. I could not make that choice so we will be back in Ireland the middle of August.
I love the tiny castle- and what a wonderful play house it would make! It belonged to the ill fated Mary, queen of Scots They call it her bathhouse though it’s actual use is unclear today.
So my friends, it’s off to the Highland games in Perth and then Glamis of Shakespeare’s MacBeth fame; “this castle hath a pleasant air” -and murder most foul.
tamron lens (except for infrared)
Dramatic skies on Castle Rock
wavy windows at Starbucks on Princes Street
The amber waters of Leith
Queen Mary’s bath house
Princes Street Gardens