Sunday

The hottest day of the year so far. Marvelous! We took a stroll around the village.

Kilmore Quay village

Kilmore Quay village. 

A castle turned into a farm. A touch of turning  swords and plough shears!

A castle turned into a farm. A touch of turning swords and plough shears!

We walked down to the shore and looked across at The Saltees.

The Saltees, two miles out from Kilmore

The Saltees, two miles out from Kilmore

Having watched several motor boats being launched from their trailers to go over to the islands, we decided to launch our own dinghy for an afternoon’s adventure!

Leaving the beach behind

Leaving the beach behind

The sea was so calm, we were soon up on the plane and zipping along.

Hand on the tiller, hat on the head and away we go!!

Hand on the tiller, hat on the head and away we go!!

The approach to the landing beach is strewn with rocks, but some careful paddling saw us ashore.

Life's a real beach!

Life’s a real beach!

The western island of the Saltees is privately owned and the family took it over in 1954, when the first owner proclaimed himself Prince Michael the First! When the family is in residence, they fly a flag and there is a notice on the beach asking that visitors leave by 4.30. We walked up the hill to find Prince Michael’s throne at the top, overlooking the ‘principality’.

Prince Michael's throne

Prince Michael’s throne

Marcus, The Pretender

Marcus, The Pretender

The Saltees are home to one of the largest Gannet colonies in Ireland and there are Puffin burrows on the western end of the island.

Part of the Gannet colony

Part of the Gannet colony. We didn’t walk far enough to see the puffins.

This one's for you Dawn and Ian!

This one’s for you Dawn and Ian!

The island reminded me a lot of the Scillies …mmmmmmm!

A little attempt at some mackrel fishing in the bay on the way back, but the fish weren’t biting, so back to the Saltee Chipper for an excellent fish supper.

Another great day doing something wonderful on the spur of the moment.

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