Travel Blogs from Castlebar
... especially compared to what I saw so far of Ireland mostly in Ulster.
The National Museum of Ireland has four separate institutions, three of which are in Dublin and the fourth, The Museum of Folk Life and Culture, is in a small town named Tulough just east of Castlebar in County Mayo. Since it was right along route we stopped at the museum for about an hour on the way into Westport. The museum concentrates on the lifestyle and history of ...
... a well-patronised tea room in the bustling town of Westport. Locals were enjoying the summer conditions, with many seated outside the cafés and bars that appeared frequently up and down the main street. We opted to sit inside, knowing that if it isn't raining, it will be in 30 minutes. Our determination to follow the Wild Atlantic Way had us exploring peninsulas around Mallaranny before turning towards our final destination for the day at ...
We awoke this morning to the sound of rain - not what we wanted, but it was expected. After a huge Irish breakfast we drove into town, diverting a km or so to "cross the border" into Eire to buy cheaper petrol. We arrived just in time to join the walking tour of Derry, which was really good value for money and most informative at £4 each. BUT it was bloody freezing. A free cup of coffee afterwards warmed us up though.
We walked the walls of Derry, which are ...
... for me. Our tour guide approached, gave me a hug, handed me a wrapped gift, and the server set the cake in front of me. The gift was a gorgeous hardcover book of Ireland that she secretly got everyone on the tour to sign. The cake; a delicious pavlova that Gord secretly ordered days before. Although I ...
... 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
Ballacutchel Road, Santon | 3 star hotelfrom $138