At the very end of my last day in Ireland, I went to the Skerries. It is a little seaside town on and around Red Island, a tied island sticking out like a thumb into the coast just north of Dublin.
Skerries is the Viking word for rocks. In Finland, any small rocky island is called a skerry. Actually something similar to skerry means sea rock in just about any language related to Old Norse, Russian or any Gaelic.
These photos are taken from Red Island. There are five other islands; Shenick Island, St Patrick’s, Colt and Rockabill.
Rockabill is the most distant island. The Skerry lighthouse was built there 1855–1860. Rockabill is actually two rock islands, The Rock and The Bill or The Cow and The Calf. It looks like just one island, but they are actually some 65 feet apart, separated by a channel.
Shenick Island has a round Martello tower, one of the towers built as lookout and signal towers during the Napoleonic Wars of 1803 to 1815. There is another Napoleon tower on the other side of Red Island.
The water is so shallow, it might be possible to walk to the other islands at low tide, but it’s not a good idea, since the fast returning tide can be very dangerous.
This is Skerries Harbor. The first pier was built here around 1496. There is a playground and a swimming area.
When it got dark, I went back to my room and flew home in the morning.