Knockranny House Hotel
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... little town, not so much trapped in the past as fully preserved. It had some gorgeous ruins, old oaks, narrow streets and little shop fronts with half doors. But my appointment wasn't in Cong, it was two minutes down the road at Ashford Castle, home to Ireland's School of Falconry.
Ashford Castle was just jaw-dropping. A proper 13th century castle with a few added bits and bobs to keep it up-to-date -- like some serious security. I passed though two gates and guards to ...
... was humbled and reminded at how simply the Irish lifestyle is. We passed properties and villages that in the states would be considered prime time real estate and quickly snatched up by investors. In Ireland you'll find old farm houses and even trailer parks rooted at the edge of a cliff over looking the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing fancy, just the necessities. Not a concept that is often practiced in the states. When we finally got to the Cliffs of Moher, my jaw literally ...
... in a nearby tent, who swore and screamed until 2am. In classic passive-aggressive fashion, we spent the time plotting revenge - like taking some of their more strategic tent pegs... When we woke at 5am to take the bus, our passions had cooled and we heard what sounded like vomiting from inside their tent, so left it.
Bus to Dublin ...
... dangerous man.
Nodding eagerly and embracing this knowledge, we backed slowly upstairs into our appointed room. It was deliciously comfortable, and we did not emerge again that night, save to purchase some simple food. I used my binoculars to watch the tinker encampment (nothing going on there) while Megs watched Jeremy Kyle (like a UK Jerry Springer).
We slept like ...
We woke after a surprisingly good sleep. The sand was soft and the spot was largely sheltered from the wind. I'm sure the pints of Guinness also improved the situation.
Today's destination was Dugort, on Achill Island.
It may be pertinent to mention that we have not showered for a few days. Thoughts of a shower spurred us on to pack ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility