. we were planning on driving right through to a town on the coast but then we saw it, an essential part of every road trip... drive through mcdonalds. so of course we stopped, drove through, twice, then ate in the carpark, it was great! we drove along the peninsular next to a big sea lough bordered to one side by northern ireland. we stopped for a walk along the bay and some coffee. thats when we (i) decided we (i) wanted to see the sunset over the ocean. we drove rapidly across the peninsular and up towards the north. we stopped on the side of the road and sat on some rocks to watch the sunset. unfortunately the sun was setting too far south so some of ireland was in the way but it was still very pretty. from there we drove up to the most northern point of ireland, it was really pretty there too! on the way back to the hostel we stopped to take some photos of white washed, thatched roofed cottages. then we stopped at the curriosity shop, the most northern shop in ireland. it was pretty much a antique/junk shop but it was really interesting. alana became quite attached to a 1 foot tall figurine of the guinness toucan. i thought she was joking but she was quite serious! so she bought it and named him paedar after peter, the shop owner. our hostel was amazing, it was a whole house, there was only one other person there and the showers were fantastic! we went to dinner at the pub, the only place in town that served food, and met some of the regulars. we were asked to judge the morality of one man who had sent his dog home in a taxi because he'd taken his wifes car to drive to the pub and wasn't leaving any time soon! great town!
we had another early start to catch up from the day before. it was quite misty on the drive and we couldn't have the heater on so the windows wouldn't fog up. we got to donegal town shortly after 8am and went straight to a cafe to defrost and have breakfast. we were planning on leaving at 9 but the fog set in so we had a walk around town and did some hard core souvenir shopping! the fog still hadn't lifted by 10:30 but we decided we should keep moving anyway. we drove out through the fishing village of killybegs (had a nice chat to alana's mum since she was driving!) and headed for the slieve leagues the tallest sea cliffs in europe. we were quite optimistic when the fog suddenly cleared with a "day after tomorrow" style speed. unfortunately we drove into some more fog and the road got a bit dodgy so we decided to give up and move on. we drove up the coast for a bit then cut accross the centre of the county along the edge of a national park. it was really beautiful and dramatic. we stopped for a couple of photo stops and ended up in letterkenny