Clouds, Sea and Stones...

Ireland

by Slawomir Stepien

Scamall, Tonnta and Cloch - three words that are used here in Ireland. In the Gaelic language it just means clouds, sea and stones. For me, these three words describe Ireland perfectly.

I arrived with my friend in mid September 2011. We spent two weeks travelling over 3.000 kilometres around the entire island. We spent most of our time in County Kerry, because this region captivated us through its stunning landscape.

If you ever visit Ireland, you should definitely visit as many places as possible, hike to several mountains and simply enjoy its stunning nature.

This is Ireland for me:

Slea Head
This is the westernmost part of the island in County Kerry through picturesque the road by the steep Atlantic coast. the blue water and Mediterranean plants make this place unusual and most popular in the South or Ireland.

Killarney National Park
Also located in County Kerry, this national park is over 10 000 hectare large and is conserved as a protected landscape. Here you can visit Macgillycuddy' Reeks - the highest mountain in Ireland, one of the few tree yew forest in Europe and three characteristic lakes – Lough Muckross, Lough Leane and Upper Lake. If you're passionate about history, Castle Ross is a huge must!

Ben Bulben Mountain
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see the entire mountain because of fog. Still, the atmosphere around the mountain was stunning. Ben Bulben rises up 500 metres and due to its characteristic shape, many legends are associated with it.

Fanad Head
The peninsula lies in the North of Ireland where you will come across the fabulous light house near the cliff. The view is really unique, especially late in the evening while the light is changing and the nearby rocks brighten up.

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