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The Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe, Ring of Kerry, Kerry county, Ireland. Tuesday, 19 December 2023. Adventures in County Kerry, Ireland. Photos by Thomas Baurley, Techno Tink Media.

The Gap of Dunloe

Named after the River Loe that runs through it, the "Gap of Dunloe" is derived from the Irish "Dún Lóich," meaning 'Lóich's stronghold' or "gap of the little hollow." This narrow mountain pass was forged by glaciers during the last ice age 25,000 years ago.

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The Fairy-Go-Round Ring Fort, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Fairy go Round / Fairy Ring Fort, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland. Monday, 18 December 2023. Adventures in County Cork and County Kerry, Ireland. Photos by Thomas Baurley, Techno Tink Media.

The Fairy-Go-Round Ring Fort, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland

A tourist-attraction with a petting farm, this privately owned attraction is 10 km west of Dingle in the parish of Kilvickadownig. Its along the world famous Slea Head Drive.  This Ring fort, also known as a "Rath", "Lios", or "Fairy Fort" is a circular ancient pre-Celtic settlement

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Glastonbury Tor

August 1, 2011: Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury, England. (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4287) (c) 2011-2012 - photography by Leaf McGowan, technogypsie.com. Glastonbury Tor, one of the most famous and sacred landmarks in the West Country. From the summit at 158 metres, you can get amazing views over three counties - Somerset, Dorset, and Wiltshire. What is the tor? "Tor" is a West Country word of Celtic origin meaning hill. The conical shape of Glastonbury Tor is natural - due to its rocks. It is made up of horizontal bands of clays and limestone with a cap of hard sandstone. The sandstone resists erosion, but the clays and limestone have worn away, resulting in the steep slopes. A historic landscape: Before modern drainage, the tor in winter would have towered as an island above the flooded Somerset Levels. The terraces on the slopes date back to medieval times when the hillside was one of the few dry places where people could grow crops and graze animals. A place of pilgrimage: The tor has been a place of pilgrimage for over 10,000 years. Many thousands of people still visit each year, some for its links with religion, legends and beliefs, and others because it is such a renowned landmark. History of the Tower: on the summit is St. Michael's Tower, part of a 14th century church. It was built to replace a previous church which had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1275. The second church lasted until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. At this time, the tor was the scene of the hanging of Richard Whiting, the last Abbot of Glastonbury. The Tor was the site of a 6th century settlement, the earliest yet found in Glastonbury. Some believe this was the first Christian community in the area, said to have been founded by Joseph of Arimathea in AD 63. 8th Century: The great Abbey: A stone church was built on the site of the present abbey ruins in the 8th century. It was rebuilt and became one of the wealthiest abbeys in Britain, but was destroyed in 1539

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