Mayo West of Ireland
This is a picture port folio of a recent visit I made to the West of Ireland with 2 of my nephews. We could not have been luckier as the sun shone from dawn till dusk for the 4 days of our visit.
If you are lucky enough to catch good weather here its quite simply one of the most fascinating landscapes on earth. In fact it reminds me in part of some of the best landscapes in New Zealand!
Lough Cullin (Irish: Loch Cuilinn) is a lake in County Mayo in Ireland. With its immediate neighbour to the north, Lough Conn, it is connected to the Atlantic by the River Moy. Lough Cullin is noted for its trout and salmon fishing.
In Celtic mythology, Lough Cullin was created when Fionn mac Cumhaill was hunting with his hounds; Cullin and Conn. They came across a wild boar. Finn and the hounds attempted to chase it. However, as the boar ran, water poured from its feet. The hounds ran ahead of Finn and eventually Conn was ahead of Cullin. Conn chased the boar for days until a lake appeared. The boar swam back to land but Conn was drowned. This happened again in the south to Cullin.
This is the road that leads from the farmhouse cottage, Hare Cottage, we stayed in during our visit, which I found on Airbnb and can heartily recommend. Details and links at the bottom of the post.
And this is the remains of the ancestral home of our host. Although i’m sure the abandoned bike is not quite as old as the house!
And this the end wall of what used to be the granary.
And these the crumbling walls of history at sunset.
Old singer sowing machine now a feature outside our cottage.
Newport river flows down to meet the sea.
And this is where we tried our luck at fishing. Alex and Dylan running, aaahh!! sure we’ve had enough, lets get back to the cottage!!
The tide is out, the sky is blue, the faces smiling, the hearts happy and planes high overhead, the trails of travel and missed places below.
The sun begins to set on another glorious day
Locals head out with fork and bucket and spades to dig in the sands for bait as the sun sets in Mallaranny
Echoes of the past, a place of history and stories, Mallaranny Harbour
The ruins of haunting echoes from an abandoned past.
We stayed in Hare Cottage as the guests of John, Angela and Juno the sheepdog, in training! If only twasnt for all the pesky visitors ruining Johns best efforts at training, who knows he might be a champion sheepdog, somehow i don’t believe Alex and Dylan much care, they just loved spending time with him as they made best effort to round sheep. Idyllic is my last word!
Here’s the link https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/6483745