Lough Tay, aka 'the guinness lake' is named for its obvious resemblance to 'the black stuff' with its head of creamy white sand. These features stand out even more in infrared, and if you like guinness, you could happily while away a few hours looking down on this amazing place. The northern coastline is still owned by the Guinness family, purchased, no doubt, for its striking resemblance to their black brew, and their giant white mansion is all but sequestered behind the thick woods that cover either side of the valley. Bertrand Russell, that lover of the wild and natural, loved the place and associated it in his mind with Shakespeare's lines: 'Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end.'