Today we went on the ferry to Burtonport, hitched into Dungloe and got a cab back to Burtonport before returning on the ferry. We needed to get some lube oil for the engine and that was the main reason for going to the mainland. The ferry trip is a delight. Its a narrow channel and both sides are lined with what appears to be sandstone with a pink tinge. There are numerous tiny perfect beaches lining the way.... I think west Cork has a serious challanger!. Once ashore we discovered that the only place to get oil was Dungloe about 5 miles away. A lovely gentleman stopped and offered us a lift. He told us stories of the area including the Aranmore disaster of 1937 when a ferry to the island carrying returning bothies from Scotand was lost and about 30 souls were lost. One woman lost her husband , three daughters and three sons . There is a curious monument in Burtonport to two boats that were lost in the 70's. Within two years there were two boats lost from here in Rathlin O'Birne. One with six crew and the other with five. Once in Dungloe we realised that it
was cheapest to buy 20L of lube oil for 50 euro. We tried hitching back but the rain looked ominous and we gave in and called a cab. Back in Burtonport we had fish and chips and goujons (!) and a pint before taking the ferry back to Aranmore. The channel is well marked and we could have come across ourselves but it looked very dodgy on the charts. Next time we will......... Back ashore with our 20 liter drum we went to Earlys bar for a few pints. Sadly (and uniquely!) the bar ran out of Guinness after only one pint! I have since been in contact with my solicitor but alas I have no case. Back to the dinghy and on a very calm evening we drank tea and looked over at the Aranmore lifeboat. There are two. One is a Severin Class similar to Kilronan and the other is a small craft.