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... on this trip in the British Isles and my third in
While we through a few very scenic mountainous areas on the
long route from Derry to Westport in County Mayo, most of the day was through
rural and small town farm country Ireland – lots of rolling terrain, fields
sectioned off by hedgerows, and grazing cattle and sheep, probably the scenery
of much of Ireland’s relatively flat interior.
... Rourke family who were the kings / lords of West Ireland at the time. In 1610, after the Tudors conquered Ireland and the O'Rourke's property was confiscated,, Roger Parke built a manor house on the site; it was abandoned at the end of the seventeenth century. From Parkes Castle, we followed ever-narrowing laneways that led northwards to Glencar Lough ('Lough' is the Irish word for 'Loch') where we found a waterfall and series of cascades tucked off the road in a ...
... but that was not our problem. After a detour to explore the island opposite Roundstone (where Monty Halls, a marine biologist and TV presenter was based for six months), we set off following the Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic route that follows (as best it can) the west coast of Ireland. It is denoted on road signs by a white zigzag line on a blue background, frequently appearing on a brown "tourist route" background. We have actually been ...
... be the "Famine Town". I said, "Sounds like a hoot." Evidently the highlight is that you get to go to a funeral. We were advised, while shaking the bereaved's hands to say, "....." ****. I've forgotten what to say! Uhhggggg I guess it's back to O'Donnell's for me before we leave! Anyway they also have a thing where you go into the houses and see where they hid food away and then part of the tour is getting on a boat, crossing some water and ...
... for us. Cake was cut, the band got set up around 11pm (still light!) and this was to be followed by supper and a DJ! We left with Blake before this and Andrew stayed on as the dance floor got going. An amazing wedding!! A beautiful lunch the next day at Lough Eske Castle while it poured down. Then a post-wedding catch up on Sunday in a pub to say goodbye to everyone. The next day was an early start to head to Killarney and meet Lucy ...