The Island of Saints, and many birds

After breakfast yesterday morning Colin the Bardsey Island ferry man entertained us and took us to the nesting grounds of Puffins, Razorbills and, Kittiwakes next to the steep cliffside. We were served tea and coffee at the farmhouse and spent the day walking around the island of 20,000 saints. Saint Cadfan built the first church here in the 6th century. We passed through quite a few kissing gates on our walkabout around the island!

Walkabout Ends in Tenby

Our Walkabout finished this morning in the seaside town of Tenby, Pembrokshire, South Wales. During the last four days we hiked along the Welsh Coastal Path from Whitesands Beach, where there still remains the foundation of the small church that Patrick established in the 6th century. Patrick was Welsh, and was kidnapped by Irish pirates early in his life, he returned to Wales after his escape five years later and sailed to Ireland from this headland to become a missionary. A glade of Bluebells and Wild Garlic scented this grove of woodland as we passed through. A birthday celebration last night at a Tenby restaurant for one of our Walkabouters! Leaving on the train this morning for Swansea

The Welsh Coastal Path

The last couple of days we have been hiking along the Welsh Coastal Path that was created in 2012. The world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast, all 870 miles of it!! The path meanders along the coast above the cliff sides, through meadows, woodlands and across sandy beaches and estuaries. Along the way we enjoyed the return of the birds and all the wildflowers. Much of the path was established by travelers thousands of years ago on their pilgrimages to sacred sites.

The Rolling Stones!

We had no idea when when we arrived in Dublin on Tuesday that the Rolling Stones were beginning their 2018 European Tour in Dublin on Thursday. Some of us from our group along with 86,000 other Stones fans packed into the Croke Park Stadium down the street from our hotel. Mick and the boys turned up alright giving us a heck of a show, they performed all their greatest works as good as ever! There is no doubt that they still are the greatest rock’n roll band in the world today. Don’t miss them if they decide to come stateside! Arriving at Fishguard, Wales last night at sunset on the ferry from Rosslere.

Walkabout Begins in Dublin

Yesterday morning we started our Walkabout here in Dublin and visited Newgrange, a Neolithic burial tomb on the banks of the river Boyne. Last night we eat our supper down at Pinocchios, an authentic Italian restaurant on Pudding Street a block away from the Liffey River and our hotel the Harding. After breakfast this morning we took a short walk along the cobbled streets down to Trinity College to visit the “Book of Kells”. Tomorrow along the way we will visit Wexford, and in the evening sail across the Irish Sea to Fishguard, in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. Newgrange images by OPW.

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