Magical Woodland by an Irish Castle

Stepping into a magical woodland can be one of the most healing and re-energizing acts of care for oneself.

www.bealtainecottage.comThis morning I ventured into the woods around Kilronan Castle and the mystical Lough Meelagh, a short distance from Bealtaine Cottage. I’m glad to have brought my little camera, as am now able to share this enchantment with you.

www.bealtainecottage.comThis sacred place nestles into the valley that sweeps off towards Sligo and the Atlantic Ocean.

www.bealtainecottage.comThe Lough is dotted with Crannogs…ancient dwelling places constructed by ancestral forces on the Lough itself. You can just see this Crannog in the distance.

www.bealtainecottage.comThese were places of safety in times of a forested land where wild animals posed a threat and tribal invasions were part of life.

www.bealtainecottage.comThe Lough has risen high along the gentle shoreline, where moss and lichen hold sway.

www.bealtainecottage.comTree roots have loosened in the storm ridden rain and some have given way into the dark, watery depths.

www.bealtainecottage.comBirds sing out merry above me as I walk and trees groan in the windy heights… the wind has washed the sky a summer blue.

www.bealtainecottage.comIt is here that I remember my mother and her gentle passing…her energy has joined the forces sweeping in Spring. If it were just possible for a moment in time to lift the veil and peer inside, for it seems that this woodland hides many secrets.

www.bealtainecottage.comAnd so the path bears me forward on this fine day…

www.bealtainecottage.comAs the blue sky deepens and colours…

www.bealtainecottage.comLittle wonder our ancestors regarded these places as sacred…

www.bealtainecottage.comFor they are!

www.bealtainecottage.comThe path diverges as in the Robert Frost poem, though choice is not difficult, for the path loops round and brings one back.

www.bealtainecottage.comBy this time my spirit has been lifted high into the trees, my mind calm and serene and energy charged.

www.bealtainecottage.comAll is well.

The magic flows within.

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  1. Lovely pictures… thank you for sharing, Colette! Reminded me of the year our family lived in Europe. Sunday afternoons my husband and I would go on a petite randonnee through the French countryside… our 4 little boys in tow.

  2. How utterly gorgeous, green and magical. Its all dust and tumbleweeds and dry brown grass here at the moment and we lust after green and damp and alive. Can’t wait for Autumn 🙂 Thankyou for sharing this gorgeous place that most of us will never get to visit. That’s what makes blogging and social media such a good thing, we get to live and travel vicariously through other people’s efforts/eyes 🙂

  3. such a beautiful piece, Colette, I almost felt I was there alongside you,
    such was the depth of your description and wonderful photos. we have a forest over from our cottage and there is something magical indeed when surrounded by the energy within.
    thankyou for sharing, much love and blessingsx

  4. Truly magical – reminds me of a beautiful woodland near us here which we must bring you to next time you visit. I am glad that the walk in the woods brought you peace and serenity and that wonderful connection to the ancestors. Love and blessings. xxx

  5. That’s an old trackway in the first pic, I see a lot of travellers on there. nice post thank you xx

  6. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. These are indeed magical and sacred places — the woods, but also your blog, which brings such joy and rejuvenation to so many. Thank you, Colette, for bringing us all a little bit of Ireland. Many blessings!

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