Galley Head Cliffs, Castle and Lighthouse in Ireland

October 9.

We spent the day in County Cork driving from Skibbereen around to the fishing villages of Baltimore and Union Hall, visited a large number of beaches including Galley Head, then carried onto Kinsale via the Drombeg Stone Circle and the Timoleague Friary Ruins

Galley Head has it all: a private castle, an underground inlet in spectacular rock formations and a private lighthouse.

Tiny white flowers scattered up a grassy slope.Tiny white flowers scattered up a grassy slope at Galley Head, IrelandThe ruins of the castle wall.The ruins of a stone castle wall at Galley Head in IrelandA stone ruin at Galley Head in IrelandThe castle is ‘private property, nobody allowed across fields, fishing or otherwise’.
'These Castle Ruins are Private' sign at Galley Head in IrelandAs beautiful as the stone ruins were they were nothing compared to what the cliffs had in store for us.
Plants growing on the rocky cliff at Galley Head, IrelandAn array of colours, here the jagged stones reveal pale greens with a touch of rust in amongst the grey.Fantastical jagged rock textures on the cliffs at Galley HeadA stone that is pure rust with brown stripes.Fantastical coloured rockfall on the cliffs at Galley HeadAnother close up of the rocks, pale sandy tones and black striped this time.Fantastical striated rock textures on the cliffs at Galley HeadAnd the long shot of the same stones with the waves crashing against them. Somewhere there was supposed to be an underground channel but it wasn’t here.
The ocean waves crashing on the striated rocks of the cliffs at Galley Head, IrelandBlack stripes with hints of purple.Fantastical striped rock textures on the cliffs at Galley HeadLong shot of the same stones with more ocean crashing.The beginning of the Galley Head InletMother Nature tries out some graphic design on the rocky textured cliffs.Mother Nature tries out some graphic design on the rocky textured cliffs of Galley Head in IrelandLong shot of the ‘graphic’ stones with an odd patchwork rust section closer by. And here is the underground tunnel we were looking for.Fantastical patchwork rock textures on the cliffs at Galley HeadThe underground tunnel comes out as a deep channel cut into the nearby hill. That’s me looking very tiny at the end there. The Galley Head Inlet near the castle, IrelandCarrying on along the grassy slope takes us past more rocks, not as graphic but with a lovely mauve that makes the bright green of the grass pop out. The cliffs at Galley Head, IrelandAnd the reward at the end of the walk: a picture-perfect lighthouse. The lighthouse at Galley Head, Ireland Lighthouse at Galley Head in Ireland

Galley Head signGalley head is at the far right of this map.Cork Peninsula Route Around Ireland

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