Old Head - Where Forest Meets Sea
Only one person shared this with me. Pity really, as I discovered this is a special place.
However, despite outstanding weather forecast and sunny blue sky when I left Carrowcrory, once past Westport I did drive into mist and haze.
I did visit again a couple of days later, tide was almost fully out, and this is what it was like. Even the lifeboat was grounded
Off up the sandy path into the Oak Wood
I am thinking this is one of the most beautiful woodland forests in Ireland, which is largely enhanced by being next to the beach, by the coast and all of those coastal sounds, smells and embraces that mingle with the woodland ones.
Our attraction was to take the path that hugs the coastline
Some coasteering people arrived, I did not take any pictures of them, and they seemed intent on getting there.
Returning, and tide was in and shadows on the rocks reminded us
So now, time for some Bards In The Woods picnic.
We found this delighful hidden picnic table among trees against the beach
On the way home there was some intent to stop at the wonderful ice cream parlour just up from the beach a little.
Also, it is now painted all white, I did not take a photo, but it does not look so good either.
We tried to get an ice cream when we returned a couple of days later, but it now only opens at weekends in September. I have read that the ice cream and coffee is not as wonderful as it used to be either. Still, I would like to try again.
There was a stunning sunset as we left, but for some reason the pic will not stick to this blog post.
I will try again in a follow up post about some local Holy Wells we visited :-)