This is Girley Bog which is just outside Kells in Co. Meath. The bog is a beautiful and peaceful walk with flora and wildlife such as beautiful birds, and even a lizard if you are lucky enough to be on the boardwalk at the same time. There are gravelled paths, grassy trails and raised wooden boardwalks which make for very interesting walks. The Eco Walk is a 3.5 miles/ 5.6 km waymarked Loop, but as myself and my husband got a little lost, we managed to do the same distance doubling back several times.
Girley Bog is a site of considerable conservation significance, as it comprises of a raised bog, a rare habitat in the E.U. and one that is becoming increasingly scarce and under threat in Ireland. To be there on a fine warm day, listening to the birdsong and just watching nature is an experience not to miss.
On our return journey home we took a detour to the Spire of Lloyd, Kells.
The Spire of Lloyd is Ireland’s only inland lighthouse. Built in 1791, it stands about a 4 minute drive outside the Heritage Town of Kells on the Oldcastle Road.
This inland lighthouse was designed by Henry Aaron Baker designer of the King’s Inn, Dublin for the First Earl of Bective in memory of his father Sir Thomas Taylor in 1791 and provide work during the time of a local famine.
At 30m (100ft) high, on the summit of the Commons of Lloyd, from 428 ft above sea level one can see magnificent views of the surrounding countryside as far as the Mourne Mountains in County Down, Northern Ireland on a clear day.
Girley Bog Car Park
Scurlockstown, Co. Meath