Westport Country Lodge Hotel
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... decided the steeper last 1,000 vertical feet to the summit weren’t in my cards. It was well worth the work of hiking up and down, though, for the spectacular views over island-studded Clew Bay and out towards Clare Island.
So that raises the question, does Mayo (Mayonnaise) come from County Mayo? It sounds like it should. I actually know the answer to the question of where mayonnaise gets its name from, and it’s not in Ireland. Any ...
... for a small lunch and coffees. Then we headed back on the Northern part of the loop to visit Kylemore Abbey. It has a lovely walled garden, woodland walks, the abbey and a gothic church. We only visited the walled garden and walked back through part of the woodland to the entrance. The wind was rising and the skys were grayer so we bailed on any more outdoor things. As we drove on the last part of the loop, I lobbied for a stop at a geocache named "The Tower". It is a mysterious tower ...
... but that was not our problem. After a detour to explore the island opposite Roundstone (where Monty Halls, a marine biologist and TV presenter was based for six months), we set off following the Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic route that follows (as best it can) the west coast of Ireland. It is denoted on road signs by a white zigzag line on a blue background, frequently appearing on a brown "tourist route" background. We have actually been ...
... and learned about the siege of Derry in the 1600s. The Jacobites were active here as well as Scotland and held the people of Derry inside the city walls for around 100 days, with thousands dying of starvation.
For those who are wondering, Derry is also known as Londonderry. The name is very familiar to me growing up in the 70s when it was a hub for the "troubles" and of course the site of Bloody Sunday mentioned in yesterday's blog. The "London" part came about ...
... to Westport! What would be a four hour drive was an eight hour hitchhike, with 9 different rides. The sporty businessman, the postman and his daughter, then Linda the Business Psychology Professor (who did TEFL in Greece), the talkative chef with a Florida timeshare, the pay it forward RedHead who used to hitchhike, Old Lady Waitress, disbelieving Polish chicken factory guy, Old wise and ...