Michael Quirke, a local storyteller and wood carver keeps the myths of this area alive for anyone willing to listen. One day while strolling around town, I was lured into his shop by the hand carved figures and ornate storyboards displayed in the window. He began with a legend about two ill-fated lovers. Diarmuid and Grainne were said to have eloped across Ireland, and their final resting place, a cave- high up on the back of the Dartry Mountains. Now that the weather is warming up, I decided to check out the magic of this mythical mecca.
Walking the lane of Gleniff Horseshoe, looking up at the cave, I imagined how tempting it would be to create a good story from this unique geographical feature. Once you notice it, you can’t stop peering up at it. It’s watching you, you’re watching it. With something more like a soul, this cave sends out some serious vibes.
Apparently before 2015 you could go up in the cave, which would have been amazeballs. But maybe ruin the magic for me and/or I could fall to my death.The walk is about 6 miles in total. Today was rather windy and overcast but still worth the fresh air and mountain views. On a clear day you can see the Donegal Mountains, Mullaghmore and the Classiebawn Castle. One thing I love about this area of Ireland is that it is underpopulated. Prepare for a quiet roam with old ruins and sheep grazing.
Until next time!