Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Now we fly home. A bus from Donegal to Dublin airport (18 euros), flight to Heathrow, flights to Sydney via Hong Kong and a bus from Sydney to Canberra. A total of 43 hours. Worth every second.
Dolores and Maugie dropped us a the small town of Millford, from where the bus company send a maxi taxi for passengers catching the Dublin bus from Letterkenny.
Our last day of our holiday today. A lazy morning with several courses for breakfast.
Dolores and Joe's home on the shore of Mulroy Bay in Kerrykeel.
Despite the rain and cooler temperatures the girls were adamant that we go for their daily dip.
There was much deliberation about where to go because of the low tide so we went off the beach at Portsalon.
This is a very serious ritual and involves much squealing and dancing. It actually feels fabulous afterwards with the release of the adrenalin and endorphins.
A walk along the beach in showery rain. This is looking back to Portsalon.
Then we drove further up the peninsular to the lighthouse at Fanad Head.
Another spectacular view. You can rent various types of accommodation attached to the main building.
Early morning over Malin Bay.
The tiny town of Kerrykeel. School market morning.
Maugie and Dolores are addictive swimmers. The Irish practice is to swim regardless of season or weather and dip for several minutes. Brave and absolutely crazy. It's common practice. Bit like 'taking the waters' for health purposes. It certainly gets the circulation going.
We first visited the Information Centre with displays on the geological formation, wildlife, various programs of the area, with a comsiderable emphasis on school visits.
Viewpoints to capture the full estate.
Final breakfast together as Miriam, Sergio and Claudia are returning home. We intend to meet in Cadiz in southern Spain next year.
Such a wonderful reunion.
Meanwhile Maugie and John drove us up north, through County Mayo with their Gaelic football flags flying as they are in the grand final.
Just out of Sligo we visited Lissadell House and grounds. We had lunch in the converted coach house before enjoying a tour of the house.
Built in the mid nineteenth century by Henry Gore-Booth, an Artic explorer.
Our tour led us through the extensive servants' quarters, which culminated in exiting via the tunnel where goods and coal were delivered and servants discreetly entered and left.
Benbullben dominates the valley to the coast. This is all called Yeats country as the poet Yeats grew up here and is buried in the churchyard. He wrote several poems dedicated to the Gore-Booth house and the family.
We arrived in Kerrykeel about 8pm and were delighted to see Malin Bay from our window. We are staying with Maugie's sister, Dolores and her husband, Joe, and son, Brian.
An early morning cuppa in the comfortable Rainbow Hostel in Doolin.
Medieval structures around the town. County Clare is renown for its small castles.
As we began our walk there were many backpackers on the road, walking and catching buses to their next destination.
Following John on the well-marked path.
Ancient burial stones
Beautiful views up and down the coast.
Arriving at the cliffs. Maugie sharing some local knowledge.
It takes about and hour and a half to walk along the total area of the cliffs.