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Travel Blogs from Castlebar
I have been staying with a university friend of mine who is working in Ireland. We have travelled around the county of Mayo seeing abbeys that have Mass said in them since 1216, and ruins of old monasteries and churches. You leave with a sense how constant the Church has been through the centuries. We had afternoon tea at Ashford Castle including scones and clotted cream! On Saturday, we went to Knock where 15 people from the ages of 5 ...
update on 10/16 - went to dinner on the quay (pronounced "key" for those of you in the Bronx. - Had some oysters and scallops right from the Bay.
Went to Matt Maloy's Bar - the flutist from the Chieftains owns it or that is the rumor - met some folks from Belfast.
Went to the bar next store - the Portush - nice Irish music -
update 10/17 - Marian made us soup for lunch - went to an Italinan restaurant for dinner in town - food was great - La Belle Vita ...
A relaxed start to the sunny day, allowing the patient to sleep in. Reluctant to leave with so much unseen. Ok, we will have to come back. We picked up our car at around 11. It is a 1.6 l diesel Golf with engine shut down when idling. It seems great. We drove out of Dublin following the taxi driver's instructions, " when you come to the church in the middle of the road, go right". It worked and soon we were on a freeway heading west. We stopped at Enfield to get our bearings, have a ...
... br> The cliffs surrounding the light are beautiful and well worth the drive. The best part was that there were almost no other visitors and the car park doesn't even have places for buses! A very cute local lady gave us the Cook's tour of the light and suggested a walking route around the cliffs. A highly worthwhile 90 minutes.
Historical note: the light was used during WW II as an aid for aircraft coming from the USA ...
... engineering division is awesome, and I get my own desk with a nameplate, which of course is the most important thing.
After work I drove up around Ballina (the "salmon capital of Ireland") and met friends there. We visited a couple of ruined castles and an amazingly nice Victorian estate, ate fish and chips, and enjoyed the views. The days are long right now. As I write this it's just past 11pm and I guess you could call it dark....
Other places to stay in Castlebar
Lannagh Road, Castlebar | 4 star hotelfrom $83
Station Road, Castlebar | 3 star hotelfrom $78
Castlebar | 3 star hotelfrom $77
Castlebar | 2 star hotelfrom $101
Old Westport Road, Castlebar | Hotelfrom $138