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Minard Castle

Minard Castle and beach is about 15minutes drive from Annascaul Village, or if you are walking it should take just under 2 hours at a reasonable pace. It’s perfect for a day-trip from the village.
Directions To Minard Castle
To reach Minard from Annascaul, head out of the village in the Dingle direction (south-west) and take the first left where you see the sign post for Inch. In about 450 m take the right off this road, and just follow the road which will lead to you Minard Castle, a 16th century tower house.

This is a nice road for walking, there’s little traffic and stunning scenery along the length of the road.

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History Of The Castle
As you approach Minard you’ll see the ruins of the castle. You’ll notice as you study the castle that the base corners are missing. The castle was a stronghold for the Knights Of Kerry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight_of_Kerry). They drew some unwanted attention to themselves, and the castle was later attacked by the English Cromwell army in 1650 and structurally damaged. Fortunately the castle was well built and did not topple when the charges were detonated at each of it’s corners. However, the damage done was sufficient enough to make the building inhabitable. While we know this as Minard the area is actually called Min Aird Castle or in Gaelic Caisleán na Mine Airde.

Blueberry Breakfast Pancakes

Originally posted on Balkissock Lodge:

Now that the B&B is re-opening at Easter, I thought that I’d try out some breakfast recipes for the 2015 season.

Today I started with breakfast pancakes with Greek yoghurt and blueberries.  I tried two different pancake recipes with two different types of honey and also maple syrup.

Ingredients

Taste testing today was my guinea pigHoward, my other half!!

I have to say Paul, you may know how to bake but Hugh knows a thing or two about tasty pancakes. The wholemeal recipe in River Cottage Everyday was far superior in our opinion.

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We tried a decent quality store bought honey and also maple syrup but locally produced Kirkbride Farm Honey was by far the best.

So here is my own recipe adapted from HFW’s book:

Ingredients:

  • 100g plain (all purpose) wholemeal flour
  • 5g baking powder
  • 10g muscovado sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 free range egg
  • 125 ml (1/2…

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