Glengarriff Park Hotel
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Caha Mountains in winter
ENTRANCE TO THE BAMBOO PARK - GLENGARRIFF
One of the entrances of Glengarriff State Forest
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Wonderful Scents and Sub-tropical Growth
It is the way that it is so mild all year through. You see Palm trees growing there and other exotic shrubs and trees, among them is the Arbutus or Strawberry tree, also the Chillian Fire tree. The scents are lovely too, of the vegetation and the flowers. In the bay you can see the seals and you can visit the Flower Island, an exotic garden of Italian design.
But most of all I love the forest there, it is one of Irelands natural hardwood forest and it is protected and is called the National Forest. Years ago it used to be overgrow with Rhododendrons, I used to love all the purple flowers in June, then they were thinned out severely, but this was very neccessary because the Rhododendrons were sufficating the lovely ancient Oak trees. Now after lots of hard work this forest is looking good. There are walking paths and these are used by the many visitors. A river runs throught the forest and adds lovely atmosphere to the whole area. Glengarriff National Forest certainly warrants a visit of the Nature Lover. Listening to some of the older people telling stories of long ago is one lovely memory. These people are gone since. Glengarriff had its fair share of characters.
Seeing the first glimpse of the Blue Pool just outside the village which is a magic place.
Walking the road to Coomarkane and after turning a bend in the road, seeing a valley unfold, beautiful and peaceful beyond all imagination.
Climbing in the Caha mountains and seeing the views.
My first introduction to Glengarriff on holiday in my teens, the smell of the hay as we camped, the whole family, in a freshly cut hayfield. The walks we made through the Fuchsia hedges and the way that we explored the rocks and discovered the river behind the camping. I was, as a city girl very impressed with all this.
I would not realy miss anything as everywhere there is something nice, but yes, the scents and the views would be something that I would regularly think of. only now I can go there regularly so it does not bother me to have to miss them.
Glengariff is the most beautiful town in Ireland, in my and many others' opinions. It is in west Cork close to the Kerry border.As well as having some great pubs one can get a boat to Garnish Island , a small island in Bantry Bay a few hundred yards from Glengarriff Harbour.Garnish Island is famous for its Italian Garden. The journey to garnish takes you past seals and on a good day, dolphins.
MORE BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF GLENGARRIFF
"A VIEW OF SHRONE HILL"
Shrone Hill is overlooking the village of Glengarriff. In summer it is green and in winter it is a lovely brown. This is partly due to the bracken which are ferns and partly to the different types of grass actually being brown.
Shrone Hill is part of the Caha Mountains, which make a natural border between the County Cork and County Kerry and of which Sugarloaf Mountain is one of the most beautiful mountains (575m high) and further along the coast and the Beara Peninsulla Hungry Hill is the highest with 686m.
"SUN AND CLOUDS OVER THE CAHA MOUNTAINS"
Among the wild plants and flowers growing on the Caha Mountains is the rare Blue-Eyed-Grass or Sisyrinchium angustifolium. I have seen it there once or twice on a trek through these mountains (long ago). This is not what you would think it to be by its name, rather, it is a lovely little blue flower which does grow on a long stem and it has grasslike leaves. This little plant was first found in Ireland in 1845 and it might have been introduced or have been a native, it is not sure.
It is a small perennial herb, abut 25cm tall. It grows in damp meadows and marshy places.
Other plants found in the Caha Mountains are; Butterwort (Pinguicula grandiflora which is an insect eating plant, small and growing again in very marshy places, lovely purple flowers.
Bog asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum) which is a beautiful delicate yellow spike-like flower.
Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) this is a wild orchid in the form of a pyramid. Also the "West Cork Orchid" or Dactylorhiza majalis or better known as the Broad-leaved Marsh Orchid, this one is a dark richly-colored species.
Another plant that I have seen lots of in the Caha Mountains is the Common Cottongrass (Eriophorum angustifolium) a white fluff of cotton hangs from the grass and blows about in the wind.
"VIEW TOWARDS SURGARLOAF MOUNTAIN"
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