Strange, is it not? That of the myriads who
Before us pass'd the door of Darkness through,
Not one returns to tell us of the Road
Which to discover we must travel too.
~ Edward Fitzgerald
Derreenataggart stone circle. In my head I keep rolling the R's with a Scottish accent.
I've mentioned more than once that Dario and I LOVE the Beara Peninsula. Since we are planning on heading back to Italy in mid-December, we want to soak up as much Beara-y goodness as we can before our departure. We recently went for a drive out there, opting for a bit of random exploration in the Castletownbere area.
We let ourselves get lost on some back roads and took in the pastoral scenery. Soon we spied signs for a stone circle and a ring fort. We visited both, one in a cow pasture and one in a sheep pasture, respectively. The stone circle, Derreenataggart, was in a cow pasture and was blessed by sacred cow flops all around. Fortunately, the cows were in the next field over and didn't seem to mind that we were poking around their dinner table. (Also fortunate was that we managed to avoid the cow flops.)
While looking for some online info about the site, I chanced across the Isle of Albion website. They have a lovely way of describing the scene, as well as some gorgeous photos taken on a day when the weather was bit nicer:
"The few visitors who drift in with the wind seem inclined to respect the site, perhaps humbled by the rough dignity of the stones. They explore briefly, walking with soft steps and whispers, and depart with surprising swiftness. For those of us who feel inclined to loiter, this leaves extended periods of solitude during which the stones can be enjoyed with quiet reflection."
We were in the latter group. Thankfully, there weren't any "No Loitering" signs about. Although I have more of a tendency to loiter than Dario. Probably something to do with my camera-carrying obsession. …ok, and the fact that I admittedly felt a sense of awe and reverence. And I love Ireland. And I don't want to leave.
Have you been somewhere so beautiful
you nearly cried at the thought of leaving?