Scruffy and family set off to enjoy a leisurely walk by the Boyne river in Trim, Ireland.
The Battle of the Boyne was fought on the banks of this river in 1690 with the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland.
The town of Trim in County Meath is the site of the largest Norman Castle in Ireland. Dogs were not allowed inside the castle grounds.
All that remains of the bell tower of the Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary’s that once stood opposite the castle is what the locals now call The Yellow Steeple. It’s said to be the tallest medieval building still standing in Ireland.
The Boyne river can be so treacherous that ring buoys are stationed every several hundred yards or so. Needless to say, we kept a tight hold on Chloe, the Labrador (absolutely not a concern for Scruffy, who despises water).
Further down the riverbank lie the ruins of The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul at Newtown.
Having explored the ruins of the cathedral, we continued down the path to another area of open field.
And of course, that’s when the heavens decided to open up upon us. The wind furiously pelted our faces with hail as we abandoned the path and raced across the fields seeking shelter. Poor Scruffy (who detests water) kept pausing to rub his face in the wet grass – get it off, get it off, get it off! Even Chloe (the water dog) was sympathetic to Scruffy’s plight and was a bit put out herself.
Concluding the adventure, we locked the pups in the warm car to dry off and enjoyed some hot soup at a local restaurant.