|view from Compass Hill|
|the never-ending stairs|
Compass Hill is an excellent vantage point to see over the harbor. Where sailboats and yachts now dominate the scene, hundreds of fishing boats used to anchor, delivering their cargoes of mackerel and herring. Old stone walls, and narrow winding streets with colorful shops and houses, along with road grades of around 80 degrees in some places, made for interesting exploration. Not to mention the neverending stairs...but I digress.
Desmond Castle, a 16th century customs house, and also a residence, was used as an arms store by the Spanish in 1601,and to house French captives in the 18th century. It is now the International Museum of Wine.
|Lord Kingsale Pub|
After our extensive walking we decided to pop in to the Lord Kingsale Pub, where I had my very first Guinness. It was delicious! The pub takes its name from the first Anglo-Norman baron who took charge of this Irish port in 1223. It was clean, cozy, and a very comfortable place to rest our feet and refresh ourselves.
Tomorrow, we visit the English Market, here in Cork, before traveling to Killarney, and another new adventure.