I have been a camper for years; as a child, a girl guide, as part of a young couple and as a family. I love dragging the tent out and getting everything ready. I love the smell of the tent and waking up in the morning to the sounds of the camp site. However in all our camping years we have never camped in Ireland. It is a beautiful place but the weather is too unstable and I simply don't do two weeks of being damp...
Way back in the start of spring we were starting to plan our trip; we had a middle and an end but there were a few days at the start to fill. Neither Mark nor I really remember how we stumbled across Top of the Rock Pod Pairc, it was one of those wanders around the internet that starts in one place and leads to another, but we are both so glad that we did.
The pods are based on the ancient architecture of Gallurus Oratory. The setting is beautiful, on a hill farm with mountain views. The surroundings were full of wildlife as well as the animals you expect to find on a farm. The pods are a very simple structure and I think rather beautiful. Ours had a double bed, toilet, sink and kettle and a pull out bed for the boys. We just had Finn and Fergus with us at this time. There is room for an extra mattress if needed.
I have to say that one of my favourite things about our stay was the wonderful welcome given to us by the owners David and Elizabeth Ross. They were happy to spend time chatting and telling us about the wonderful walks in the area. Elizabeth also made the most wonderful scones which we ordered every morning for breakfast. They came with yogurt and butter from a local farm and Elizabeth's homemade raspberry jam. Delicious. In the evenings a fire was lit and us happy campers gathered to chat and enjoy the warmth of the flames as well as the warmth of companionship.
What ever led us to Top of the Rock it was a lucky find; we loved our time there and will certainly go back.