Stella Maris Country House Hotel
Travel Blogs from Ballycastle
... the appearance of swarms of midgies when we stopped for lunch. I don't mind midgies so much, but Megan tends to flap her hands wildly and squeal when attacked. This gets tiresome.
When we stopped for supplies, I discovered a new foodstuff - a chocolate bar with flakes of cheese and onion crisps.
By 5pm, our legs were becoming tired, and a chill was entering the air. We stopped in a sheltered spot, on ...
... were all very curious about what we were doing in their village, and we chatted for a while about farming in the area, the price of lambs and cows (both down at the moment, apparently) and how best to transform bog land into grazing land (dig deep drainage ditches around the field, cover with some soil and plant grass ...
The sky was grey and threatening as we broke camp in Ballina to head north-west towards Kilala.
Sure enough, it began raining heavily within 10 minutes of the photo, and did not let up for most of the day. It was a cold and challenging day of cycling, with no campsite or shower to reward us at the end.
The cliffs at Ceidhe Fields were spectacular although a gruelling climb on ...
We made the Ballina campsite by 4pm, and set up the tent just before it started raining.
Ballina is the last town of significance before we head further west. It has a bike shop and a supermarket. We needed to visit the bike shop to perform some 'tweaking' to our 'steel horses', and unfortunately it was closed ...
... that the nearest campground was 15km away, we decided to camp rough, by a ruined castle, on a hill overlooking the ocean.
After a couple of pints of Guiness in the local pub, we slept very well indeed, lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves. We also saw some dolphins fairly close to shore.
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- Free parking