we started the morning at the b&b filling our stomachs on some delicious fruit, overnight oats, bread, jams, cheese…so much goodness!
we put on our rain gear (you know, plan ahead and all) and got in the car to head to a place anne (our host) recommended for us to visit – Gleninchaquin Park.
going into this trip i knew one thing – we wanted to do lots of hiking.
lots. of. hiking.
i mean when you’re surrounded by the beauty that is the southwest of Ireland, why not?!
on the way into the park (which was about a 30 minute drive from the b&b) we just kept telling each other how beautiful it was – and to be honest i just kept getting this feeling of home. (which i experienced a lot of during my trip 2 years ago – moments of just feeling yourself really connect with a place – so amazing). we kept pulling off the side of the road to get out, walk around, and explore…it probably took us close to an hour to go down the drive, visit the stone circle, and get to the actual park because we were so absorbed with everything.
Gleninchaquin is actually a family owned area and is a working farm full of hikes, bird watching, a stunning waterfall and so. much. more. plus there is this stone circle on the way in that will just still your heart and take your breath away.
we waded through muddy lands to get to these stone platforms that overlooked the water and mountains, it was a cold and windy day, but so worth the random exploration! when we finally made it to the stone circle (i’m telling you, lots of random stops) we just kind of stared at the beauty we were standing in. the mountains in the background, the mist that was hovering over everything, the fog that was making its way down the top of the mountain, no one really being around the area (there were TWO (yes, just two) other people at the stone circle), and feeling like you walked into lord of the rings – it was absolutely remarkable.
…stay tuned, because next up will be the beautiful hike we went on!