In the summer you may catch the faint scent of coconut, which comes from the bright yellow flowers of the gorse bush, also called furze or whin. It’s leaves have adapted to form sharp spikes and it is one of the few plants in Ireland that flowers all year round (though it’s tropical smell is strongest in the summer), leading to the old saying, “when gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season”. Later in the year you may see a few crab apples along the trail, as the pollinated flowers of spring and summer grow into the sour fruits of autumn.
Fun fact: Gorse flowers have five petals, which have been described as being like parts of a ship. When opened and viewed head on, the lower petal is called the keel, the two lateral petals the oars, and the wider top petal (which is actually two fused petals) is known as the mast.