Ireland 400ce-1200ce Ancient Ireland
The Hill of Tara
While in Ireland, we visited a truly breathtaking stretch
of land near the River Boyne; in County Meath,known as the Hill of Tara. The Hill of Tara contains a number of ancient monuments, including theStone of Destiny (The Lia Fáil), which is said to be the
seat of the High King of Ireland. Once you touch the Stone of Destiny, it is believed in history and myththat the next high king of Ireland will be determined if there is a woman’s yell in the distance (Unfortunatelyfor us, this was never occurred).
Glendalough is an early Medieval Village in County Wicklow, Ireland. This site, despite being mostly in ruins (due in large part to by the invasion of British Troops in the late fourteenth century), is a partially intact and preserved site of medieval monasteries, churches, and tombs of Irish Catholic clergymen and monks. Glendalough was an amazing experience because it was like taking a step backwards in history. One of the most breathtaking experiences of the entire trip was the upper lake of Glendalough Manor. This lake, which was once part of the Lower Lake, was created by a retreating glacier during the last ice age.
The Giant’s Causeway is an area directly on the side of a cliff in County Antrim, in Northern Ireland. The Giant’s Causeway is listed as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom, and for good reason. The area is made up of 40,000 interlocking basaltic columns, which were left as a result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The story or legend behind the Giant’s Causeway is that a young Irish warrior named Fionn, built the causeway as a passage for him to reach a giant that was challenging him in Scotland. The Giant’s Causeway was the most breathtaking and humbling experience of the entire trip. Climbing to the top is definitely listed as one of my greatest accomplishments.