Ireland has been a country that I have wanted to visited for many years and I am pleased that I was able to have a very relaxing week away in County Kerry in the South West corner of Ireland.
It is a country that has a rugged, natural beauty which I feel has been slightly neglected over the past few years due to the financial climate of the country.
I stayed in a holiday cottage in a little seaside village called Ballinskelligs, the view was amazing and the private access to the beach was a real treat for us as we live many hours from the seaside, so to have access so close was just perfect.
We did a lot of exploring the local area and seeing some spectacular coastlines with the rugged cliffs, waves crashing against rocks and the rolling hills of green with old stone farm cottages dotted about.
For all its amazing, rugged scenery, there was an air of desperation, an air of times that are hard especially in the area that we were staying in. The cottage we rented was on the market for 250,000 Euro’s, it was bought 5 years ago for 500,000 Euros, and there was doubt it would get the price they were asking as a similar house sold for 125,000 Euro’s. How can people survive such loss?
There is so much potential with Ireland, the history is fascinating but so poorly preserved compared to England, again, I feel this is due to the lack of funds to support historical preservation. We visited a fort just off the Ring of Kerry which was dated back to approx. 400 AD which was totally made of stones and no mortar at all, it was amazing how all the stones had moulded together over the centuries.
This fort was at least 6 metres tall and approximately 4 metres wide! I really like the shapes and patterns the rocks make in the wall of the fort, I can see this used for a fabric pattern in the future.
I seen many dilapidated buildings on our journey through Ireland which I am not sure whether they have not been renovated due to cost or if they are many centuries old and left in that state for the purpose of preserving it as it is. Whatever is the case, they make for interesting photos against the very striking scenery.
There is one thing for sure and that the fish we ate in Ireland was one of the freshest fish I have ever eaten, it just melted in your mouth!
Ireland, in particular, County Kerry, is an area of natural, rugged beauty, where once there may have been a tourism boom but now there lies an idyllic place to go to unwind and get away from it all. If you like being slightly remote and away from the modern world then this is the place to go and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all, I mean it a way where sometimes in life it’s good to get away from everything to recharge.
Have you been to Ireland? What are your thoughts or travel experience in Ireland? I would love to hear about your experiences.