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A close encounter with dinosaurs

Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30

Kells Bay gardens
Kells Bay gardens

On the way home from our trip to Valentia and Skellig Michael, we took a short detour to Kells Bay gardens near Cahirciveen which overlook Dingle bay.

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Kells Bay is a place of exceptional natural beauty and contains many sub-tropical species.

Originally planted in the mid-1800s, it is designed as a botanical park covering over 40 acres and was extensively restored in 2006.

Walking up the winding paths, one encounters cliffs, waterfalls and wonderful mixed woodland along with a host of exotic plants.

The sound of rushing water accompanies you while you stroll along the paths and every few hundred yards, you will suddenly come upon amazing wood sculptures of dinosaurs, cleverly crafted from huge fallen trees.

These, along with seats, again cut out from trees where they fell, are something I wish I could replicate in my own woodland in Co Meath. It just proves how travel always inspires us and helps broaden the mind.

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