Glengarriff, West Cork. A Blissful Elysium.

IG3C9137-2

Glengarriff sits on the upper reaches of Bantry Bay in West Cork. I was lucky enough to spend five wonderful days there last week at a Fiddle Retreat and was able to closely observe the various moods of this sublime waterway. I never actually visited the village of Glenngarriff itself, as my accommodation was tucked away on its own private estate behind the golf course; so private and so quiet that in the time I was there encountered not another soul. other than my fellow residents.

Join me on a walk through this blissful elysium.

IG3C9187

Glengarriff waters I

IG3C9120

Glengarriff waters II

IG3C9119

Glengarriff waters III

Bantry Bay is a drowned river valley (like Sydney Harbour), and its quiet, still protected waters are dotted with steep sided rocky islands sometimes capped with remnant, thick sub-tropical vegetation.

IG3C0033

A perched forest I

IG3C0098

A perched forest II

The surrounding forest of magnificent oaks birches and conifers has (where the rhododendron hasn’t taken over) a primeval under-story of forest detritus draped with mosses, lichens and ferns, in places forming a vivid green carpet.  There is a bubbling stream of crystal clear water that snakes its way down the steep slope into the Bay, cascading over the smoothed rocks and falling into occasional, inviting, pellucid pools.

IG3C9935

Moving water

IG3C9865

Still water

IG3C9834

Forest green I

IG3C9818

Forest green II

IG3C9839

Forest green III

Azaleas and camellias add colour.  This is only March and the rhododendrons can’t be far away from joining in.

IG3C9972

Lush sub tropical gardens with flax, azaleas and camelias.

You regularly sight seals cavorting on the shore.

IG3C8241

A cavorting seal I

IG3C8247

A cavorting seal II

The scene was ever-changing. One moment bathed in brilliant sunshine, then heavy cloud.  Frigid weather brought some light flurries of snow flakes drifting to the ground but not settling and then blue skies brought out the singing birds.  A Great Tit in an oak tree near the house harmonising with the sweet sounds of the fiddle coming from inside.

IG3C0080

Sunshine one moment

IG3C0277

Snow the next

IG3C0102-2

The sun brings out the birds.  The Great Tit.

Another wonderful hidden gem in beautiful West Cork.

Categories: My Journey, Wild Ireland | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Post navigation

One thought on “Glengarriff, West Cork. A Blissful Elysium.

  1. Pingback: Springboard Fiddle Retreat 2018. A Dive into the unknown. | Singersong Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: