Ireland
Donegal

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  • Day10

    Immer weiter...

    June 28 in Ireland

    Heute haben wir ein Hotel in Ballina gebucht.
    Sind erst gegen 21:00 Uhr eingecheckt, frisch gemacht und noch ein Pup mit Live Musik besucht. Nach 2 Guiness war die notwendige Bettschwere erreicht. Waren an dem Tag beinahe 11 Stunden unterwegs. Ist ja hell bis ca 12:00 p.m 😉

    Da es wieder richtig warm war, haben wir heute mehrere kl. Pausen eingelegt. Aber die Stecke will dennoch gefahren werden.

    Bellina, Sligo, Bundoran, Donnegal und hoch bis Loughanure bei Annagry

    Downpatrick Head

    B&B ‚Lóistín an Iuir‘ in Loughanure bei Annagry
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  • Day11

    Sind heute morgen wieder gegen 9:45 los und waren noch nicht vom Hof, Hektik und Stress...! Petra hat ihr Bluetooth Sprechgerät verloren. 🙄. Sind zwar nur 20m gefahren und haben aber auch 20min gesucht... und gefunden😅👍.

    Das wird ein super Tag. Endlich mal etwas kühler. 15 grad. Freu mich schon auf einen Tag ohne Schwitzen beim Fahren. 😎. Hatten dann dennoch Temperaturen bis 26 Grad. 🙄😉.

    Heute waren wir etwas über 10h unterwegs. Die BMW hat 2 Schnapsgläser Öl und wieder Benzin bekommen, wir Kaffee und 🍦.

    Heute war der nördlichste Punkt Irlands, der Malin Head das inoffizielle Ende des Wild Altalantik Way‘s das Ziel.

    Das offizielle Ende ist Muff. Direkt an der Grenze zu Nordirland.

    ‚Malin Head’ selbst ist wirklich schön. Hier wurden auch Szenen aus StarWars gedreht. Petra als Jedi gibt als Bild. 😂.

    Waren wieder mal bis auf den letzten Drücker unterwegs. Daher habs heute nur den ‚Ultimate Burger mit Fries’ am ‚Take Away‘ Laden. 😋.

    Übernachtet wird im 4* B&B Loge in Greencastle. Der Luxus Wahnsinn! 50m2 Zimmer, 20 m2 Bad mit Whirlpool und Regendusche. Very, Very Nice! 😎
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  • Day10

    Upps. Das Schild zu spät gesehen und auf der Straße umgedreht. Immer wieder spannend bei Linksverkehr...😅

    Sind jedoch nicht ganz rausgefahren zur Spitze. Wir haben einen Schotterweg entdeckt, der uns zu einer ruhigen Aus geführt hat und wir die Aussicht im Ruhe genossen haben.

    Nach dem Abstecher zum ‚St. Patricks Point’ wird’s Zeit für eine Pause bei Appel Juice, Sandwiches and Mussels.

    Eigentlich ist es zu heiß zum fahren. Momentan wieder 32 Grad. ☀️☀️😅😅
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  • Day9

    Donegal, Ireland

    August 28, 2017 in Ireland

    We left Achill Island in the rain and wind this morning, we have been very fortunate so far with the weather. On our way we drove to the headland of Mullaghmore, we read the town was where Lord Mountbatten holidayed and had been assassinated whilst fishing off these shores, coincidentally the anniversary of his death had been on 27 August. The reason for our detour had been to view a Castle that is prominent on Mullaghmore's skyline, Classiebawn Castle which was formerly the holiday home of Lord Mountbatten.

    We then travelled along the banks of the Lower Lough Erne which took us into Northern Ireland on our way to Enniskillen. We were hoping for some scenery, but the roads are narrow and right up to the tree line so there is no room for stopping and we only had glimpses of the lake at times. Once we reached Enniskillen and had lunch we followed the opposite bank of the lake back to Ireland and onto Donegal. The rain had cleared by mid afternoon so we had a walk around town, our accommodation is right in the middle of town on Diamond Square. We walked along the banks of the Eske river which flows into Donegal Bay. The walk amongst the moss covered trees was like walking through an enchanted forest, there were fairy doors in the nooks of the trees and mushrooms and toadstools growing in the mossy banks.
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  • Day7

    Sliabh Liag

    June 13 in Ireland

    Ann hat eine kleine Rundreise durch Donegal mit uns gemacht.
    Bei guten irischen Wetter mit viel Wind und Regen ☔️😊😊
    Wir sind an der Westküste entlang gefahren, vorbei an Jessica Parkers Ferienhaus 😊. Hinauf an die Klippen Sliabh Liag. Am Rückweg gab es in einem urigen Pub noch ein Guinness

  • Day7

    In Killybegs gab‘s am Hafen leckeren Fish‘n Chips und ein nettes Beisammensein mit Blick auf den Hafen
    Ann hat uns am Abend noch mit nach Donegal ins The Reel Inn genommen. Es war ein toller Abend mit super irischer Live Musik

  • Day136

    Day 136: County Donegal

    July 1, 2017 in Ireland

    Up and out a bit late today after another good conversation with our hosts. It was Saturday and they weren't in a hurry to get anywhere, while we only had a fairly short drive today and weren't in a huge hurry either.

    First stop was just nearby, an old Celtic ring fort from the 5th century or so. It had been restored rather poorly in the late 20th century so there's not a lot of heritage stuff there, but it was an interesting spot nonetheless. Fantastic views of the entire district from here, probably 30+ kilometres in all directions - no wonder it was used as a watch tower!

    Had a quick lunch at a sandwich shop in the town of Letterkenny, before continuing south-west across Donegal. Lots of great countryside and views here, grey slate mountains covered in moss and peat bogs. Very dramatic, roughly on par with the Scottish Highlands.

    Arrived at our main destination for the day at around 3pm, the cliffs of Slieve League. These are enormous cliffs, apparently the highest in Europe, dropping 300 metres sheer down to the water. We did a bit of hiking along the cliff edges, looking at various vantage points and taking some photos as it was very dramatic and picturesque. Not too many people around either which was nice.

    Eventually the slight drizzle got to us and we decided to call it a day, heading back to the car. As we drove back down to the lower carpark, hundreds of people were walking up the trail from the tour bus parking lot, so we'd definitely timed it well! It's sad, but nothing crushes my spirit quite like the sight of several coaches pulling up at the same time.

    Drove on to our accommodation on the southern coast of Donegal, just outside the eponymous capital city. This was a large modern country house, where we were staying in what was essentially the guest wing. We had our own bedroom and en suite, plus our own hallway, stairs and lounge room with huge windows and a fantastic view across the bay. Our host wasn't the lady of the house, but her 16 y/o daughter who ran the AirBNB as her summer job. Fair enough I guess!

    The room itself was great and it was really nice to stay in a modern place after so many old farmhouses and buildings. We were provided tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, and she even offered to look after Schnitzel while we went out for dinner! Which we accepted of course.

    Drove into Donegal for dinner, where we went to Ye Olde Castle Inn. Fun fact: although we think of it as "yee", it's literally just "the". Earlier versions of English used the letter Y to denote a "TH" syllable. Digression aside, we had some good food and headed back to our house in time for the sunset over the water - though it's still around 10pm!
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  • Day135

    Day 135: Causeway Coast

    June 30, 2017 in Ireland

    Out of Belfast and back on the road again. Slightly late getting on the road as Belfast's confusing streets did another number on us, but we soon made it out of the northern suburbs and onto the coast. Today's plan was to drive around the north-eastern coast of Northern Ireland, visiting a few famous spots along the way, then eventually crossing into the Republic of Ireland near Londonderry/Derry and on to our accommodation nearby.

    So we headed north for a couple of hours, stopping here and there as we fancied. At the first stop, a cute little harbour, we found an information board showing that a Game of Thrones scene featuring Arya had been filmed on the harbour steps in front of us! Unexpected bonus. Stopped at a couple of other points as well, with nice views or interesting towns. Also stopped at one point in a narrow road as there had been a rockfall from a cliff above! Cleared the rocks with the help of a couple of other drivers and set off again.

    First main stop was the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which is (obviously) a rope bridge out to a small fishing island. It spans about 20 metres, 100 feet above churning waters, with dramatic cliffs and buffeting winds thrown in for good measure. We bought our tickets and walked down to find a gorgeous spot, and the beauty was probably even added to slightly by the drizzle and wind.

    I crossed the bridge no problems, though Shandos was pretty scared and held on very tightly. Spent some time exploring the small island while taking photos, then headed back across the bridge up to the car park.

    Although our next stop was to be the Giant's Causeway, since we'd stopped more than we were expecting during the day, and had taken far longer than anticipated at the rope bridge, we decided to do lunch first since it was by now after 2pm. We drove over to the town of Bushmills (home to a famous Irish whiskey distillery of the same name), and had lunch at the inn there. Very tasty food, though a little pricey.

    So it was that after doubling-back a bit, we didn't arrive at the Giant's Causeway until nearly 4pm. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site so I had to do a video, but of course managed to forget my microphone in the car! Hopefully the speakerphone audio works OK. We'd read online that although the site itself is free, parking isn't, and they charge you per person rather than per car. And it's 10.50 per head, which is kind of outrageous. So we parked a few hundred metres up the road, walked down through the carpark, dodged the visitors centre and headed down to the site itself, all free of charge.

    The Causeway itself is very impressive. It's a collection of thousands of basalt rock columns of varying heights, formed when a lava flow from 40-60 million years ago cooled and dried (think of the way mud cracks into regular shapes when it dries and you get the picture). Although the local explanation is that a giant named Finn McCool wanted to fight a Scottish giant, and so to go and confront his rival he started building a causeway across the Irish Sea. I think I know which one I prefer!

    Anyway it was a very impressive site, though there were hordes of tourists around. I don't begrudge anyone being there because they aren't doing anything I'm not doing, but it's hard to see the site existing in its current form for a whole lot longer. Although basalt is pretty hardy as rocks go, you can see where they're being worn and smoothed out by gaudy sneakers and hiking boots all day. We'd hoped that by arriving a bit later in the day it wouldn't be crowded, but no such luck!

    Ended up getting the shuttle bus for the mile or so back to the visitor's centre, where we got chatting to an older couple from Camden. They struck up a conversation because they patted Schnitzel, then told us they have a dachshund at home (amongst other dogs). Such a small world sometimes!

    Back in the car where we drove for another 30 minutes to our final stop for the day - the Dark Glades! This is a narrow country lane edged by twin rows of enormous beech trees planted in the 19th century, a very beautiful sight. They're now suddenly famous because a couple of scenes from GoT were filmed there (scenes from the Kingsroad in seasons 1 and 2). We managed some good timing here, as a tour bus just left as we arrived, and another one pulled up as we were leaving. Strange that a narrow lane with tall trees now attracts busloads of people from across the world, but that's mass tourism for you.

    Finally to the car, where we drove the last couple of hours westward now, eventually crossing the border into the Republic of Ireland. Country #6 for this trip! A little more challenging to drive since all of the speed limit signs are now in KPH, whereas my speedo is in MPH (albeit with KPH in small numbers in the centre). Found our way to the farmhouse that is our accommodation for the night, where we're staying with a fairly young couple. Had a good chat with them before they headed out to the movies for the evening, while we enjoyed our supermarket pizza and played with laptops!
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  • Day1

    The West

    September 24, 2017 in Ireland

    Mild weather,a really strong "breeze" friendly horses, a band playing music in the book shop, fans celebrating the win, really good seafood chowder and brown bread, and the always stunning scenery. I like the West of Ireland.

  • Day18

    Wild and wilder....

    August 4, 2016 in Ireland

    Die Weiterfahrt kann man nicht beschreiben. Dieser Weg wir immer enger, kurviger und steiler. Hoch und runter, von Stränden zu Bergen. Uns stockt teilweise wirklich der Athem. Am Glengesh Pass geht es steil Bergauf. Wir gönnen dem kühlenden Auto eine Pause. Dort steht eine Junge Frau und verkauft Popcorn und Kaffee. Sie begrüßt uns auf deutsch. Katja ist Berlinerin und hier her ausgewandert. Sie beantwortet alle unsere Fragen. Über Irland, die Iren aber auch über Ihre Auswanderung mit Ihrem Mann. Nach einer Stunde Gerede empfiehlt sie uns noch einige interessante Punkte die wir uns anschauen sollten. Unter Anderem auch El Port. 15 km in die Pampa. Schafe und schlechte Feldwege aber wir sind auf Abenteuer aus und wollen wissen was Ihr Tipp so taugt. Eine laaange Fahrt ins bergige Land. Aber der Blick entschädigt, die Bucht ist ein Traum. Wir sind umgeben von grünen Hügeln und hohen Bergen. Wir bleiben hier und machen uns einen Tee!
    Zum meinem erstaunen haben wir hier sogar Internet. Wo das allerdings her kommt bliebt ein Rätsel.
    ... Die Nacht war nicht so ruhig wie gedacht. Mitten in der Nacht "klopfte" es am Auto. Ein Blick nach Draußen verriet mir daß wir von einer Schaf Herde umzingelt sind. Als das klopfen stärker wurde (Hörner an der Heckklappe) riss ich die Tür auf, da stürmte schon die ganze Herde den Berg hoch.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

County Donegal, Donegal, Dún na nGall

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