Ag am ar bith – Ireland & Scotland 2019

Weel may the keel row

Weel may the keel row
This entry is part 26 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

3 September 2019 It’s Scotland. It’s raining. The plan was to take a drive around the island. If we spot something that we can see, without getting too wet, great. We just wanted to have an easy day, really. Our first attempt was Duart Castle. But it was covered in scaffolding. Then we tried a…

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Bheir mi sgriob do Thobar Mhoire

Bheir mi sgriob do Thobar Mhoire
This entry is part 25 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

2 September 2019 From the first time I considered visiting Scotland, I wanted to go to the Isle of Skye. I had seen some photographs of the Fairy pools, but managing to fit it in, with sufficient time on Skye, and without causing excessive driving distances, was a bit tricky. And when I discovered that…

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So he said, ” Head south!”

So he said, ” Head south!”
This entry is part 24 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

1 September 2019 And slowly, but surely, we are making our way back South. Back home. We were booked on the early ferry back to the Scottish Mainland. Driving to St. Margeret’s Hope, I couldn’t help quietly giggling at some of the things we’ve spotted along the way throughout Scotland. Like the seagulls. Every afternoon,…

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Someone told me long ago

Someone told me long ago
This entry is part 23 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

31 August 2019 It’s Scotland. It’s raining. A good day to take it slow, maybe. So we figured, at some point, we would just take a drive, and see what we can, without getting too wet… The Orkney islands have a very long history, with some of its historic sites going back to around 3000…

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It just keeps getting better

It just keeps getting better
This entry is part 21 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

29 August 2019 Nope – we are not quite far enough North. We are ultimately trying to get to the Orkney islands, but we figured that having to try figure out ferries after a day’s drive, might be too daunting, so we are heading for Thurso, or Brough really, on the Northern coast of Scotland….

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Took a drink beside the Spey

Took a drink beside the Spey

28 August 2019 A day in the Scottish Highlands. Where to go. It’s rather overwhelming, really. But we are close to the Spey valley, which means… whisky. Oh, and be sure to spell that without the ‘e’. We don’t want to be talking about the Irish version of whiskey, when we are referring to good…

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A-chasing the deer

A-chasing the deer
This entry is part 20 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

27 August 2019 The Scottish Highlands! Heilan coos, hopefully! And maybe some other animals. I’m excited. We headed North into the Cairngorms National Park – the largest national park in the British isles. It has the Cairngorms mountains at the heart of it, with some other ranges added for good measure. The A9 runs through…

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When will we see your like again

When will we see your like again
This entry is part 17 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

24 August 2019 Nope. Not a rugby fan at all. But to be able to sit in a packed rugby stadium, and hear The Flower of Scotland being sung by tens of thousands of passionate Scottish rugby fans…. now that’s a different thing altogether. Scotland against France in a warm-up test for the rugby world…

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And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught

And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught
This entry is part 16 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

23 August 2019 I’ve come to love trying to figure out where the Windows Spotlight mages on the workstations at work are taken. And when I spot one of a place that I know, or where I have been, my nomadic genes get quite excited.  One particular image caught our attention a while ago. It looked…

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Up, ride with the kelpie

Up, ride with the kelpie
This entry is part 15 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

22 August 2019 Parents will always find something to scare their children into submission. In Scotland, it seems that parents like to use the mythical kelpie, to scare their children away from open water. Even though some believe that the kelpies will actually save them. According to Scottish legends, kelpies are mythical spirits that haunt…

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Hiding from the clouds of grey

Hiding from the clouds of grey
This entry is part 14 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

21 August 2019 Don’t you just hate airports. For a flight that barely lasts an hour, it seems like an awful lot of effort. And sadly, I would have to say that Ryanair is not the most helpful of airlines. All that aside, we’re in Scotland! We were told that the amount of rain that…

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Hurrah for General Guinness

Hurrah for General Guinness
This entry is part 13 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

20 August 2019 It’s a bit of a special day, so we planned to take it slow. Niel wanted to visit the cathedrals. But the real highlight of the day would be the Guinness Experience The Guinness experience is impressive. I’ll just let the photo’s speak for themselves. And that effectively is a wrap for…

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We’ll bring back the MacCarthy cup

We’ll bring back the MacCarthy cup
This entry is part 11 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

18 August 2019 It’s the day that almost every person in Ireland was waiting for. Well – most definitely every person in Kilkenny and Tipperary. Or Tipp, as they call it. It’s the All-Ireland Senior Hurling final. Those who could get tickets, will be in Croke Park in Dublin to watch the match. Some cinemas…

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It’s a long way…

It’s a long way…
This entry is part 10 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

17 August 2019 The St. Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh is celebrating their centenary this year. Whilst building on this impressive cathedral already started in 1869, it was only in 1919 that the cathedral was finally consecrated. It’s tower contains one of the largest carillons in Europe, with a total of 49 bells collectively weighing more…

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We set sail from the fair Cobh of Cork

We set sail from the fair Cobh of Cork
This entry is part 9 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

16 August 2019 Somewhere around 1680, England ordered the build of a fort at the entrance of Kinsale Harbour. They had wind of the fact that the king of France felt a bit like causing trouble along the southern coast of Ireland, and they rather wanted to be sure to be able to resist a…

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Where the Bandon meets the sea

Where the Bandon meets the sea
This entry is part 8 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

15 August 2019 It’s time to explore the Southern coast of Ireland. But first we had some shopping to attend to in Kenmare. Every year, on the 15th of August, the town has the Kenmare fair. People come from far to buy livestock, and other farm-like stuff. And we ended up in the middle of…

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The valleys and the peaks

The valleys and the peaks
This entry is part 7 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

14 August 2019 After the lack of visible yesterday, we decided to retrace our steps back to Valentia island. Windy.com suggested that visibility would improve around midday, so we had high hopes of some good views.  The first stop was the Waterville Golf links golf course. The pro at the course was so impressed with the fact…

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…and the mountains above you

…and the mountains above you
This entry is part 5 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

Every now and then you come across a guesthouse that feels like you are simply visiting an old friend. Our hostess at our guesthouse in Dingle is such a welcoming and helpful lady. She has given us all the insider tips for making the most of our time on the Dingle Peninsula. First, we took…

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The broad Atlantic swells below me

The broad Atlantic swells below me
This entry is part 3 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

10 August 2019 One of our guidebooks describes Connemara as breathtakingly beautiful. I suspect that can be said about most of Ireland. We decided to drive North along the coast to Roundstone, before heading South to Doolin, our final destination for the day. The landscape consists largely of lakes, mountains and bogs, and it is…

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In Dublin’s fair city…

In Dublin’s fair city…
This entry is part 1 of 27 in the series Ag am ar bith - Ireland & Scotland 2019

8 August 2019 It’s about time… For a new adventure, that is. But also to get that dreaded international flight behind our backs. I originally started considering a trip to Ireland well over a year ago. Eventually we decided that there is no use not including Scotland as well. And finally, all the many months…

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