Little Island II

We resume our walk along the straight Queen’s Channel. Our first stop is a tower painted in black and white bands that stands at the end of a drying mud spit and guards the dangerous entrance to the King’s Channel. At low tide, the depth here can be just 0.5 m because of the deposits of silt, however the tidal currents can be very strong. The western end of the King’s Channel is as dangerous, but it is very well marked.

Across the water from the beacon tower there is Faithlegg House hotel and golf course. Another lovely place to visit some day.

A look back to where we walked from – the river from one side and the golf course from the other.

And this is where we are heading now –  around the mudflat, towards the wood.

Some butterflies land on the path and fly away as we come closer – Peacock, Painted Lady and Comma.

Looking back you see the Belview Port on Kilkenny side of the river…

… and our familiar light tower with Sliabh Coillte hill in background.

I have read that the island is densely populated with badgers. It may be so but I have never seen any evidence – not even a tuft of badger hair somewhere in the brambles. The article was almost two decades old – perhaps most of the badgers have since been relocated or died from infections. According to the article, the island is divided into six territories. There are at least three badger latrines along this stretch of path – I had a map with me, yet didn’t see or smell anything.

Man-made ponds provide a safe home for swans, ducks and shy Little grebes.

This gorgeous heron couldn’t make up his mind about me. How dangerous could I be when standing on the other side of the pond? He got out of the water, took off, circled over me, assessed and returned back to the same place. Safe enough!

A short walk through the silent wood isn’t exactly peaceful – this place gives me the willies…

I don’t recall having any more pictures taken in the wood, and I always breathe a sigh of relief when I see the light again.

A picturesque barge makes a great prop. Her best days are behind her though.

The rest of the walk is lovely and peaceful. Some old, strangely shaped trees and winding ropes of ivy along the path look peculiar yet harmless.

Birds and insects provide a soundtrack.

Silver-washed fritillary – another beauty to add to our list of butterflies found in the Little Island.

We walk to the ferry point and back to the castle.

One more look around.

We drive downhill past the golf club and cottages. It was a great visit, something to remember.

I hope you enjoyed being transported back to a warmer season.

Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

  Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the walk around Little Island with you, Inese. Your photos of the wonderful landscape and beautiful creatures leave me in awe of your photography skills and a great desire to see this lovely place for myself. A truly great tour, with interesting pieces of history as well. Thank you for two excellent posts, Inese.

    1. Thank you so much, Millie! It is sad that the island has been closed for visitors all the summer. I miss these walks.

  2. INESE!!!! Heavens, how long has it been since I walked your shores?! Oh, I’ve missed your lands of whispering grasses and birds in flight. I sought your Waterford Walls in spring to show students the power of art in the urban landscape. I’m so thankful to be here again, wandering the fields and enjoying the little wonders of your world. Hugs to you, Friend, and take care! xxxxxxx

    1. It’s good to have you back.
      I trust you are staying safe and we’re enjoying the recent sunshine though I suspect that you may have been away.i look fwd to to pics and observations
      Regards Inese from. Leo

      1. Hi Leo, thank you for your comment. I haven’t been away, I became ill in September and after that one thing just led to another… Now I only hope the virus doesn’t get me 🙂 Stay safe you too.

  3. Dear Inese, thank you for another beautiful, relaxing stroll. I loved seeing the heron (the first shot of him is truly splendid!) and even the rusted old barge. What a gorgeous place. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Sorry for the late reply, Teagan. These have been quite dark few months. Hope you are safe and well. Hugs xx

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