It was a bank holiday in Ireland this past Monday …
And I felt it was time to get out of a rut and do something special. There had been a show on television about Cahir Co. Tipperary, so I decided that a visit was in order.
Had a late start, and didn't get down to Cahir until after 1. So we decided to head straight to the Swiss Cottage. It was about a twenty mintue walk from the car park along the river. "Just a good stretch of the legs."
The cottage is quite unusual. There's nothing "Swiss" about it, it just happens to have that look. The idea was that the building was suppose to blend in with nature "as if it had grown there" as the guide put it. The local lord built it as a big playhouse and used it for parties and entertaining guests.
Back in the town, I decided I could manage without lunch so we headed over to Cahir Castle. That turned out to be fascinating. We'd missed the last tour, but it gave the chance to just wander and discover the place on your own. It's a warren of passages, staircases, tunnels, and rooms. With something new around every corner. I ended up spending over an hour exploring every nook and cranny.
Was absolutely starving by this time, so popped across the road and had a nice supper in a cafe overlooking the river. The menu was limited, they'd had a busy day and we just made it before closing, but the food was delicious :yes:
The clocks went back over the weekend, so it was already geting dark, when I realised I missed the dovecote :doh: But I managed to get some get some sunset photos of the castle that I'm quite pleased with.
These are only a couple of samples, I'll be adding the rest of my photos to the album over the next few days. :spock: