Ireland Travel Stories | Visionquest Ireland

The Hill of Uisneach

Horse Temple at Uisneach

Mythic memory can be reawakened, and at the core of any Visionquest lies mythic memory. By awaking our mythic memory and exercising those abilities, we can connect the now to deeper time and cosmic memories of the ancestors. This mythical concept has been found to exist in many cultures ranging from the Far East, to the native peoples of North America, the Mayans, etc. Such a complex concept cannot be mere coincidence and speaks to something deeper in our psyche and soul, and in fact transcends time itself and connects us to the ages.

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Tea With Josie

Ireland Tour Pics Glanmore Lake

While exploring the Beara Peninsula in Ireland, a wonderfully relaxing place to stop is Josie’s Tea House. The views, ambiance and serenity are unrivaled and although off the beaten track, a stop is well worth the effort.

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Ériu’s Purpose Circle

Ireland Tour Pics Grianan of Aileach

In Ireland, we have no need to construct a purpose circle of stones within which to remain for our quest. Our island, entirely within Eriu's eye gives us a permanent ring to stay within as we construct our journey, exploring endless paths limited only by our own intent.

Staying within the rings of Ériu’s eye, we can construct our journey focusing on endless paths and purpose limited only by our own intent

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Horn Head – County Donegal

Ireland Tour Pics Spiral snail at Horn Head

Reaching Horn Head is about an hour from Letterkenny and can be reached on the N56 heading to Dunfanaghy. Go through Main street following the signs to Horn Head and after crossing the bridge, look for a gravel road and head left. The car park is shortly up the gravel road and appears to hold at least a dozen vehicles although I was the only one there. From the car park, you pick up the Tramore loop.

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Banba’s Crown at Malin Head

Ireland Tour Pics Ireland's Northernmost point

At the northernmost point of Ireland is Malin Head, where according to the proprietors of Farren’s Bar, Ireland’s northernmost pub, the sun shines most of the time. This was certainly true when I arrived from Horn Head where the morning had been wet with a misty rain.Malin Head is a remarkable place to visit and do a little light hiking. The views are spectacular and the cliffs as grand as any in Ireland. Even better, for those of us seeking to connect with the ancient and mythic past, Malin Head is known by another name: Banba’s Crown.

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Lough Gur

Ireland Tour PicsBolin island

Of the many gifts of an Irish summer, we most enjoy daylight coming shortly after 5 AM and lasting until nearly 11 in the evening. Before catching an early afternoon flight out of Shannon, (SNN), why not visit Lough Gur which is only about a 30 minute drive from the airport? Of course, there is much to see and experience here so one can make a day trip out of it as well with more time on hand.

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