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Voyage en Irlande 2005

jeudi 4 août 2005, par Mentom

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Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is a unique and special place. It was Ireland’s first National Park.

Situated in south-west Ireland, close to the most westerly point in Europe, the National Park covers over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways, parks and gardens. A major geological boundary occurs within the Park, and this, in combination with the climatic influence of the gulf stream and the wide range of altitudes in the Park, gives rise to an unusual and varied ecology.

Central to Killarney National Park are its three lakes, all inter-linked but quite different in their respective characters. The lakes support a large population of Brown Trout, as well as an annual run of Salmon, and sport angling has been a popular pastime for generations in Killarney. Noteworthy fish species include the Arctic Char and Killarney Shad.

The Gap of Dunloe is a wild and rugged gap excavated by forging ice flows during the last ice age. It is sign posted off the R562 road to Killorglin and runs outside the western perimeter of the National Park.

Cliffs of Moher

Situated in County Clare and bordering the Burren Area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.

Slieve League

The Slieve League (Grey Mountain) cliffs, situated on the West coast of Donegal, are said to be the highest and one of the finest marine cliffs in Europe with a three hundred metre drop straight down into the wild, Atlantic waves below. This creates a breathtaking but extremely scary view ... when you have good weather ! We didn’t...

Carrick-a-rede Bridge

The Carrick-a Rede Rope Bridge is located on the North Antrim Coast, east of Ballintoy. The bridge connects a very tiny island to the mainland.

It is a little walk out to the rope bridge but the views and adventure make the hike all worthwhile. Some people even find walking over this 80 foot high, wind swept bridge, scary.

Giant’s Causeway

The lunar landscape of the Giant’s Causeway, lurking below the gaunt sea wall where the land ends, must have struck wonder into the hearts of the ancient Irish.

* ’When the world was moulded and fashioned out of formless chaos, this must have been the bit over - a remnant of chaos.’ - Thackeray

Like the early people of North Antrim, Thackeray was very impressed by the strangeness of this place. Like other sophisticated visitors he had read that the Causeway is a geological freak, caused by volcanic eruptions, and cooling lava.

The ancients knew differently : clearly this was giants’ work and, more particularly, the work of the giant Finn McCool, the Ulster warrior and commander of the king of Ireland’s armies.

Rock of Cashel

Standing proud of the plains, is the great 4th century fortification of Cashel - the stone fort. This was the seat of kings and mediaeval bishops for 900 years and flourished until the early 17th century. Indeed there was a settlement here from pre-Christian times, traces of which have long since vanished.

The original forbidding fortification of the Eoghanachta, kings of Munster, witnessed the struggle for dominance of Munster kings over the whole of Ireland. Brian Ború was crowned King of Munster here in 977 and he became High King of Ireland in 1002. He was the first high king to exact universal and effective tribute from the other kings of Ireland.

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