Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Places to run: Ireland (and its environs)

Howth Cliff Walk
Run distance: 3.25 miles one way
Location: 12 miles north of Dublin
Description: The cliff walk starts just outside the Howth city center (ask a local for directions) and runs the whole perimeter of Howth Head (a.k.a. “The Nose”) to the 1814 Baily Lighthouse.

Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk
Run distance: 3.7 miles one way
Location: 12 miles south of Dublin
Description: Climb the 790 meter Bray Head and then follow the path that hugs the cliffs. On a clear day you can see Wales.

The Forest behind Belleek Castle
Run distance: 2.5 miles one way
Location Ballina in Co. Mayo
Description: A forest path that winds its way through the castle grounds of the Belleek castle. Enchanting without being spooky.

Buncrana Ocean Path
Run Distance: 3 miles one way with optional 1-mile beach run
Location: Buncrana in Co. Donegal
Description: A paved path that winds along the coast. Don’t forget to check out Friar Hegarty’s rock, the site of the poor friar’s beheading.


Musa D said...

Friar Hegarty's beheading is my second-favorite beheading.

The Enchantment of the Emerald Isle is my favorite enchantment.

Anson Mountain said...

What is your favorite then? It's Mary Queen of Scots, isn't it?

My favorite enchantment is the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in Back to the Future.

DrGravitee said...

One of the Indiana Jones movies had ample beheading. Is Mary Queen of Scots the one that needed 12 swipes to get the job done?

Musa D said...

No, my favorite beheading is the water buffalo in Apocalypse Now. But Hannah's favorite is Mary Queen of Scots.