Old Head of Kinsale, Kinsale
This is one of my favourite places in County Cork, this windswept rocky promontory reaching out into the ocean. There is a lighthouse at the end of it but you can't get to it - the road ends with a gate a long time before it and a fence on both sides tells you in no uncertain terms you won't be welcome there. Unless... unless you join the exclusive golf club, which has its golf course at the tip of the cliff. Just EUR 250 and you can drive in.
We didn't of course - Katherine parked the car in the small car park by the gate and off we went to explore the cliff. It was lovely - the lush grass dotted with masses of white and yellow flowers looked so soft and inviting. Coming to the edge of the cliff, we saw the rugged rocks and heard the cries of seabirds nesting on them. There is a colony of seabirds including kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills on the cliff but it would be best to observe them from the sea as the rocks seem to be inaccessible. The wind was so strong that a sudden gust nearly pushed me off the cliff, but the place was great. To me, it brought back memories of Cornwall, buried deep in my mind years ago. Here they were again - the cliff, the jagged rocks, the seagulls and the invigorating wind.
There is a ruined tower or castle wall nearby and another a little further up the hill. I still keep wondering what they were and why they had to fall into oblivion, like all things, sooner or later. Only the cliff must look as it looked centuries ago and, hopefully, there will always be people who will admire the wonderful scenery.
I wasnt sure where to put this entry as first of all, the Old Head has been sectioned off and turned into a very posh golf course. The views are great but you can only gaze from the gates of the golf course. You cant just walk in to the golf course, it costs 250 euros per round!! It's not v popular