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    • Day4

      To much private property

      June 4, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Es macht einen nachdenklich, wenn man versucht einen interessanten Punkt in der Natur zu erreichen, aber man überall nur Privatbesitz und kein Zutritt liest. Gehwege oder Feldwege sind praktisch nicht existent ausserhalb der Städte. Schade eigentlich. Ich hoffe das sich das im Laufe der Reise ändert. Wäre doof, wenn man nicht mal durch die Natur wandern könnte. Zumindest den Fluß Boyne konnte man erreichen.Read more


      Wenn nicht schau doch mal im Internet nach offiziellen Wanderwegen. Vielleicht findest du da was. :)


      Burkhard Tünge war vor vielen Jahren auch mal in Irland, das gleiche hat er mir auch erzählt. In den Städten wird es aber hoffentlich immer was zu sehen geben. Das Wetter auf deinen Bildern sieht ja gut aus.


      Bisher ist das Wetter super. Ich hoffe bei euch auch.

    • Day145

      Day 145: Bru na Boinne

      July 10, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Exciting day today, since it's our first UNESCO site for quite a while, and will be the last one for quite a while as well! The site in question is Bru na Boinne (Bend of the Boyne), where there's a collection of neolithic burial mounds, many thousands of years old. It seemed like it would be a bit similar to Orkney, so we were a little apprehensive, but set off early in the morning to go and check it out.

      We decided to arrive fairly early, since you can only visit on guided tours and we'd read that they tended to fill up pretty quickly - meaning you either had a long wait or missed out entirely. Neither of which were options we particularly wanted to contemplate! As it was, we drove the 40 minutes north of Dublin to the site and arrived around 9:30am, early enough to get on the 10:15 tour of Newgrange mound, and the 11:45 tour of Knowth mound. Just enough time for a quick look around the museum!

      Since the museum and visitor's centre are a few kilometres from the mounds, they have shuttle buses to ferry you around. We hopped on one just before 10:15 and got to the first mound. Newgrange is very large, probably 10 metres tall and about 30 metres in diameter. It was a burial chamber likely for someone very important, as the cremated remains of three people were found in the central chamber on large granite bowls.

      It had been perfectly preserved since it's just a large (man-made) dirt and stone mound, and the site was abandoned after only a couple of hundred years. So it was completely unknown and unused for something like 5000 years until it was discovered in the 1960s. The front had a facade of quartz stones mined a few miles away, though it's not known if that was the original facade or not (the rocks were just found at the base, so the original archaeologist just assumed so).

      This one is like Stonehenge, in that sunrise on the mid-winter solstice lines up perfectly with the passage and central chamber. There was even a light-box well above the (blocked-off) doorway to allow this to happen, so it was definitely deliberate and very carefully calculated. Seemed like a hell of a lot of effort for a burial chamber, particularly when the villagers probably weren't particularly rich or important!

      After an hour of looking around the site, we got the bus back to the visitor centre and then switched to the other bus for Knowth. This is a series of burial mounds - one large one, and 18 smaller "satellite" mounds around the outside. Unfortunately this one wasn't quite as well preserved and you couldn't go inside, since the hill itself had been re-purposed over the centuries (a Roman fort, wooden Norman castle, early Christian settlement etc) and many original features had been lost.

      But the most distinguishing feature here was the artwork - it's known as the largest collection of megalithic art in Europe, and for good reason! The largest mound had "kerbstones" running around the entire base, and most of them had carvings or engravings of some sort on them. It was interesting, since most ancient peoples depicted important things to them: animals, plants, trees, stars etc. But these engravings are all completely abstract: swirls, whirlpools, chevrons, zig-zags, wavy lines. What do they mean? Language? Heiroglyphs? Lucid dreams? Religious rituals? Drug hazes? Nobody knows. Fascinating stuff though.

      Back to the visitor's centre where it was now 1pm and high time for lunch. Fortunately they had a cafe on site where we indulged in paninis and hot drinks, then headed out to the car to collect our dog.

      Drove back to Dublin where we figured we'd make use of the afternoon, and so found a park and wandered around St Stephen's Green, a nice park right in the middle of town. Schnitzel enjoyed himself! Did a little more wandering of the nearby city streets, but since we'd only paid for an hour's parking we didn't explore far. Back home where we had home-cooked pasta for dinner and spent the evening working and planning next steps after the UK.
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      Newgrange entrance - note the lightbox above the main doorway


      Knowth main mound plus satellite mounds


      In front of the kerbstones

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    • Day15

      Newgrange @ Brú na Bóinne

      July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

      Brú na Bóinne, which translates as the “Palace of Boyne,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits in the bend of the River Boyne. This Neolithic site contains some 90 monuments, three of which — Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth — are megalithic tombs that date back some 5,000 years or so.

      With our road trip quickly nearing its end, we had no choice but to visit this popular heritage site on “Free First Wednesday.” This event promised that the site would be more crowded than usual. Two things worked in our favor, however. First, we arrived soon after the site opened at 9:00a and managed to get on the first tour. Second, most of the people already in the queue wanted to visit both Newgrange and Knowth. As a result, we had only 10 people instead of the usual 24 in our group for a “single tomb” tour.

      When the shuttle dropped us off at Newgrange, our guide escorted us to the entrance of the tomb, which consists of a cairn surrounded by a white quartz wall girdled by slabs called kerbstones. After she gave us some general information, we entered the very narrow rock passage that leads to a large chamber. Here, our guide talked about how the sun enters the tomb through a door-box above the entrance, travels down the passageway, and lights up the chamber on the three shortest days of the year during the Winter Solstice. A simulation of the event accompanied her words ... a stirring event.

      I’m glad we were able to visit Newgrange this year. Apparently, all tours — except for the Winter Solstice ones — will be discontinued after this season due to damage to the tombs from the humidity generated by the breath of visitors.
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      Sonia Gelman

      Very interesting site. We visited it too.


      Oh my goodness, I don't think I knew about this, discontinuing tours. Winter Solstice tours are by lottery. So very grateful that we also got to see the interior of Newgrange. This year I watched the Solstice via live feed on their website. It was wonderful to see, although the simulation was quite good I think. Still, watching the sun enter the tomb on Solstice was kinda cool.

      Two to Travel

      What with the COVID closure of the site it probably went unnoticed. Perhaps the 2020 forced-closures will have helped heal the damage so that they can do some tours with smaller groups. Our group of 10 was plenty large for that chamber.


      Fascinating history I read from Wikipedia. Cool to be able to view it,.

    • Day8

      Day 7 - Battle of the Boyne

      October 9, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Today we left Bettystown after a crappy nights sleep at Reddans Bar and Grill B&B. Headed to the Battle of the Boyne location at Oldbridge in Meath. This was an interesting site and it was suprising to know this was where the biggest battle in Ireland and English history took place. The old Oldbrige house is a beautiful renovated estate that has the gardens as they were originally. Worth a look.
      From here we headed off to a old ruin that was an early roman cistercian order called Mellifont Abbey. They were constructed in 1142. It was the first roman catholic order in Ireland and this is where Catholiithism was first started in Ireland. We then travelled onto Monasterboice to the site of the earliest know christians in ireland. This is long before Roman Catholics days in Ireland and is thought to date back to the first century AD 521.
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    • Day14

      Last supper

      June 22, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      We arrived at our hotel in Drogheda, a town outside of Dublin that is convenient to the airport for our flight tomorrow. For some reason they booked us in the Presidential Suite. Which sounds a bit more impressive than it really was. Plenty of room to spread out for the final repack of the luggage.

      We wandered around the town a bit before deciding to just eat in the hotel. The hotel building used to be a monastary and it has a very nice old world feel.
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    • Day15

      Lunch Time!

      July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

      Drogheda as a city did not impress us. Big. Crowded. It just didn’t feel at all Irish. But it fulfilled our needs to complete a couple of errands. Starting with a delicious lunch that we enjoyed at the Grey Goose.

      We both ordered the Beef and Guinness Irish Stew, which I thought was even better than the one I had in Adare earlier in our trip. A pint of Rockshore, an Irish lager brewed by Guinness, washed it all down.
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    • Day3

      First trip on the left side

      June 3, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Hat gut geklappt mit dem Fahren auf der linken Seite. Bin sicher in Drogheda angekommen. Nettes Völkchen die Iren. Praktisch jeder hat mich unterwegs gegrüßt und schöne Landschaften haben sie. Nur leider konnte ich das nicht voll genießen, weil die Straßen hier ne KATASTROPHE sind. Der Aphalt kommt wahrscheinlich von der Firma 'Es könnte Kopfsteinpflaster sein'. Ich hoffe nur, dass es so nicht weitergeht. Jetzt erstmal ein Guiness und n Burger.Read more

    • Day15

      Ottoman Aid During the Great Famine

      July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

      History records that during the Great Famine (1845-1849), the Ottomans sent aid to Ireland.

      Reports say that Sultan Abdülmecit wanted to send £10,000 to the people of Ireland, but that Queen Victoria asked him to reduce the amount to £1,000 because she had sent only £2,000. The Sultan, it is said, acceded to her wishes, but in addition to the money, he sent five ship loads of food ... in secret. From what I recall, the arrival of the ships in Dublin was blockaded by the English, so the foodstuff was unloaded in Drogheda instead.

      It was this story that took us to Drogheda. After lunch, we took care of a few errands, and then went in search of a plaque of gratitude honoring the aid. It wasn’t easy to find, but a volunteer at the visitor center directed us to the Westcourt Hotel and told us to look above the entrance to the property!

      P.S. Note added in January 2021 ... Apparently, there is a movie in pre-production — titled, Famine — that tells the story of this charitable event. Whether it will ever be released is TBD.
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    • Day10


      August 20, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Na toch even zoeken naar een slaapplaats besluiten we naast de weg te stopen aan een ganggraf dat gratis te bezichtigen is . Je kan er niet in maar wel op en rond. Het regent bijna heel de tijd maar we gaan toch even wandelen in het hoge gras.Read more


      Dit lijkt de cone van een vulkaan.


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