Despite inviting and encouraging others to join us it was just us
and my neighbour Jan who turned up for this special visit
... and a special and adventurous visit it was.
Leaving home at Carrowcrory, it was quite heavy rain, but by the time we reached Roscommon town it seemed there was no evidence of rain here. Cloudy, but sun peeking through. This is how it remained with the sunny spells getting longer and longer until it was just sun and warmth.
So here we are, lots of noticeboards at the start including this ...
and this ...
and the start of the trail markers, immediately warning us of a Bull ...
Before we set off we were fascinated by the herbs and flowers scattered by the hedgerows around here.
Before really setting off we were awed by the trees and a potential hollowed trunk planter
We saw the next marked walk arrow ahead of us, beyond the cows and calves,
so we walked straight ahead.
going a bit right here and visiting the medieval hospital and graveyard
... so that's what we did.
I switched off his commentary, and still heard his voice.
There he was, talking to the others over his garden gate :-)
After our wonderful chat with Richard, we were eager to explore.
This is the only pic I took of the Hospital Building remains, the oldest building on this peninsula dating 1216.
but there is no indication of who is buried here.
Jan tried to make the date engraving clearer.
make a wonderful relaxing tea to aid sleep.
of them all around here.
so we did that ... some of us did, anyway.
We came to the very long fortress wall, here's part of it.
Most of it is cleared now to make grazing fields.
This is a stone stile to cross over here near the shore.
so we stopped here for awhile for tea and flapjacks.
Next up, investigating the castle ruins.
Meanwhile, inside was this ...
Next up was the remains of the village windmill
It was now time to enter the magical Warren Wood
It was now 6 pm, and we are only half way round. Beautiful sunshine,
but gorging into a full picnic was in our minds now.
Beautiful Aspen trees around here, but I did not get pics of them,
which a a surprise, just this stray on the shore.
Back inside Warren Wood the trail broke up a bit and the pointer markers did not seem to be present. Looking at my trusty app I saw we had strayed west of the trail. Good sights though such as this oak tree.
For awhile the trail seemed like a desert of a straight line track on soft grass with Richard and Kate's B&B House way ahead of us and seemingly never getting closer. The sun was indeed warmer now too.
Not boring though, as there are more interesting things on the way
such as the remains of the medieval parish church
and the end of the bay was very pretty
The guide says 1 hour to 1.5 hours for the whole lot. We used up over 4 hours.
Even a 2 hour visit seems as if it would be a rush here.
Well worth walking and exploring this Warren Loop trail though.
Its an easy walking path. Generally very well signposted
so I do not know why we left the trail twice.
So off to enjoy our picnic we went.
I did not take pics of that this time.
Looking forward to returning to Rinn Dúin, and with more people.
We will try to return here in May, bluebells and spring flowers time.