Just 25 minutes north from Dublin city by train, a town of islands and castles; harbours and windmills; the turf-smoke tang of cobbled backstreets; salt air and seals, trawlers chugging to sea and the steam of your breath in the air under an azure November sky. The music is by Bryan Michael Mills from the movie soundtrack to Slow West (2015) – reminding me that Skerries is the only place on the east coast of Ireland where you can sit in a pub and watch the sun set over the sea. How about a pint?
The hidden Milverton Quarry in Skerries, Co Dublin
That magical old quarry?
David Diebold writes:
Some time ago, you featured a spectacular photo of a hidden quarry at Skerries, Co Dublin, with great cliff faces descending to a turquoise lake. Your readers could hardly believe such a beautiful place existed so near Dublin.
Well, Roadstone is filling it in. Looks like the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] will grant a license despite the established presence of nesting Peregrine Falcons, otters and kingfishers. Submissions against the plan [deadline February 11] will cost individuals €200 a pop. I’m no tree hugger, but, c’mon…