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The camp site we stayed in was ON the border - the Irish Free State/the Republic of Ireland was over the fence.
Drove to the city of Londonderry. Originally called Derry, the city only became Londonderry when the London Livery companies set up branches there on the 1800s.
So much history here. Walked along the walls, looking at canons, including Roaring Meg, used in the Siege of Derry in 1689. The story of ...
... purgatory. Local legend has it hat St Patrick drove the snakes of Ireland into Lough Derg. The snakes being the druids. And guess who had the hereditary title to Saints Island...good old Miler. Now if I was looking at the right island (and I'm not sure I was) there is now a church on Saints Island. It is now a place of pilgrimage and sanctuary. But not in the winter time. On the shoreline there are buildings for the pilgrims, a pier and a couple of boats. But ...
Ok - so we left Ballyshannon on our way to Westport. Great ocean views and a lot of cattle/sheep. Great ride - I really like Sliago area - the town of Innisscone has some great beaches.
So we are now in Westport - having dinner on the quay - tomorrow night we head to the pub by the name of Matt Molloy - owned by the Chieftains - if I have to tell you who the Chieftains are - well - you are not Irish nor do you like Van Morrison.
Well we left Bunbeg in the rain - stopped in Ardara to shop for woolen items
Headed to Ballyshannon - a very old town started by the Vikings - had a great dinner at Nivana
Mai Kelly's place was great - although at first blush a little out of the ...
... the drive to find the Lake Isle of Inishfree at the end of a winding track (and a locked toilet block .... Hmm.) Driving on I found a ruined Abby at Dromahair and walked in to be surprised by the number of modern graves in amongst the old walls and cloisters. Driving on through the village of Dromahair I found the restored Parke's castle which was unfortunately closed for the winter. Ready for ...